Hell of the South

Put this one in your calendar. The guys over at SPACE (see the Tribes page this blog) are planning a Hell of the South ride in the Adelaide Hills for February 10, 2013.

100km riding in one continuous loop taking in Mt Osmond, Mt Lofty, Skye, Norton, Little Italy, Stirling and many other fantastic sectors around the Adelaide Hills.

SPACE Hell of the South – 2013 route

Total gain is over 2,800m (according to Strava).

Further details to follow the closer we get, but the route can be seen here.


Be warned, it has some kicks in it, but the glide back down Montacute from Marble Hill is the well earned dessert.



Peugeot has a long tradition in cycling, dating all the way back to 1882 when they started manufacturing bicycles.

L’Équipe cycliste Peugeot was a french pro cycling team from 1886 until end of 1986 and one of the most successful team of all time with 10 Tour de France, 6 Milano-Sanremo, 3 World Championship.

At the beginning of the century, the Peugeot cycling team was led by Hippolyte Aucouturier, the winner of the 1903 Paris–Roubaix and Bordeaux–Paris races.

Hippolyte has a face straight out of a whacky races episode, and a history to match. In 1904, he was disqualified from the Tour de France for the illegal use of trains and cars.

In fact, the 1904 TdF edition is famous for the disqualifications. Nine riders were excluded because of, among other actions, illegal use of cars or trains. The Tour organizers were happy with the result, but the Union Velocipedique Farancaise (UVF) received comlaints from other cyclists. In December 1904, they disqualified all the stage winners and the first four finishers. Ten of those disqualified were banned for one year, Garin for two years and the remaining two for life. In total, 29 riders were punished.  The reasons for the disqualification were never made public.

More details on the infamous 1904 tdf can be found at Bike Race Info

The riders of today just have no style.

Hippolyte Aucouturier

The Peugeot team obtained success for the following 4 years in the Tour de France.

The team would obtain two further victories in the Tour de France before the outbreak of the First World War.

Directly after the war, Peugeot cycles was one of the companies that made a consortium that pooled their resources into a collective cycling team called La Sportive. The objective of forming such a consortium was to keep the sport alive in the poor post-war economic situation.

In 1920, another epic tdf, the winner Philippe Thys rode for the manufacturer’s consortium, La Sportive. His manager, Alphonse Baugé, was the architect of many of both Peugeot’s and Alcyon’s pre-war victories

Philippe Thys (via race bike info)

After 3 years of the La Sportive consortium, Peugeot re-established its separate cycling team, and won the 1922 Tour de France.

From 1936 until 1955 the team was the Peugeot-Dunlop team.

From 1948 to 1959 there was a Belgian cycling team which was also sponsored by Peugeot, called Elvé-Peugeot

In 1963 Team Peugeot adopted the black and white checkerboard design that would be on their white jersey until the team retired from the sport, in 1986.

During this time the team achieved many successes, such as Tom Simpson winning Bordeaux–Paris in 1963, Milan – San Remo in 1964, and then in 1965 becoming world champion with the team, and winning the Giro di Lombardia.

Unfortuantely Tom collapsed in the 67 TdF, near the top of Mont Ventoux.

British cyclist Tom Simpson rides during the 1967 Tour de France, during which the 29-year-old cyclist died after he fainted during the stage Marseille-Carpentras in the Mont-Ventoux climb – via TheScore

This clip is one of many showing the last moments of Tommy Simpson. Last few moments

The clip shows Simpson weaving across the road before falling off his bike. He demanded to be put back on his bike and only continued for a short distance more before he collapsed, falling off of his bike and losing consciousness. Simpson was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he died later that day.

Amphetamines and alcohol had both been present in Simpson’s system at the time of his death. Simpson’s death helped bring about mandatory drug testing for performance-enhancing drugs in cycling.

Eddy Merckx rode his first 2 seasons with the team, and won Milan – San Remo twice, Gent–Wevelgem, La Flèche Wallonne, a stage in the 1967 Giro d’Italia, and the world championships road race with the team, in 1966.

In 1967, Peugeot’s Roger Pingeon won the Tour de France. He won the 1969 Vuelta a España for the team. The team won the Vuelta a España again, with Ferdinand Bracke in 1971.

The name of the team changed in 1965 to Peugeot-BP Michelin, which it stayed until 1976, when Esso took the place of the second sponsor.

Peugeot bike BP Michelin 1965

In 1982 Shell became the second sponsor, and until its finish the team was Peugeot-Shell-Michelin.

He is a 2 time winner (75, 77) of the Tour de France and is known for ending the reign of five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx.

The last time the team would win the Tour de France would be with Bernard Thevenet, in 1977.

The last time that the team had the yellow jersey of the Tour was the 1983 Tour de France when Pascal Simon wore the jersey, but had to abandon the Tour, due to a broken collarbone.

The team had its last chance at a Grand Tour win in the 1985 edition of the Vuelta a España with Robert Millar. Millar was wearing the leader’s yellow jersey on the penultimate day when Pedro Delgado attacked him, to take the stage and the leader’s jersey.

Robert Millar

Bernard Thevenet (1972)

Bernard Thevenet via velo-pages

En route to winning the 1972 edition of the Tour de Romandie, Bernard Thevenet is pictured cycling just ahead of Lucien Van Impe of team Sonolor who would end up placing second in that same event.

Bernard Thevenet in the Maillot Tricolore via velo-page

An autographed publicity card from 1974 showing Peugeot-BP-Michelin team rider Bernard Thevenet, seen here wearing the Maillot Tricolore (…the French National Champion jersey) in recognition of his having won the 1973 François le Championnat (…the French National Road Race Championship).

Bernard Thévenet 2011


The 1997 Bike

Via velo-page

The below photograph provides an excellent opportunity to delve into a few of the finer details regarding the equipment which was actually being ridden at the time.

Stage 20 (Dijon – Dijon) individual time trial. Bernard Thevenet on his Peugeot PY-10 model (via velo-page)

Peugeot-Esso-Michelin riders of this era were generally issued three official “team bikes” (…five if you were a top echelon rider like Thevenet or Esclassan), all of which were painted and decaled in the same team livery.

The first of these bikes was a Peugeot PY-10 model crafted entirely from Reynolds standard gauge 531 double butted tubing This particular machine was to be considered a “training bike”, which consequently meant that it would never see genuine competition under normal circumstances. The remaining two ”team bikes” that were provisioned to a rider were truly the tools of his trade.

The typical Peugeot-Esso-Michelin team bike as used throughout the 1977 racing season was again a Peugeot PY-10 model, but these more specialized bikes were crafted from thin wall, lightweight Reynolds 531 SL tubing excepting their down tube which was of standard gauge Reynolds 531 in order to add more bottom end rigidity / durability (…think of the pave of Paris-Roubaix).

Because the entire frameset was not of 531 SL specification, this version of team bike was adorned with standard “green” Reynolds 531 decals.

But like many other contemporary pro teams, Peugeot-Esso-Michelin riders were also issued purpose built bicycles in the form of a time trial specific variant, which in this case proved to be yet another PY-10 model, but one crafted entirely from Reynolds 531 SL tubing – and such examples were properly labeled with “red” 531 SL decals, making them easily identifiable.

Beyond the frameset itself and rather obvious choices with respect to gearing in the form of chain rings and freewheel cogs, there were other subtle but decided differences between typical Peugeot-Esso-Michelin team bikes that year and their time trial specific counterparts. Some of the more notable differences include standard use of Perrin-Maillard low flange hubs versus similarly branded high flange hubs intended for time trial use, Clement Tipo 12 bis Criterium or Strada 66 cotton ply tires for general road course duty as opposed to Clement Tipo 1 bis Criterium Seta or Seta Extra tires having silk casings for time trialing, and more often than not Simplex model SX 3607 quick release levers having exposed chrome plated handles instead of Simplex SLJ 3607 levers having a black plastic covered handle as seen here.

Finally, whereas all Tour riders were assigned an entrant number which one would normally expect to see prominently mounted on an official placard directly behind the head tube of a given bicycle (…Thevenet was assigned an entrant number of 21 for the 1977 edition of the Tour de France), this designation detail was often omitted in its entirety on Peugeot-Esso-Michelin time trial specific machines


The Bike

Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all, the following youtube clip is just bizzare. Go on, have a look, I dare you to watch it all, at work (not a “look behind you” Maquarie situation) with the volume turned up.  Go on, show some Lance Armstrongs.

“The Bike”  – Alex Marco


Steele Update

I mentioned Steele Hoff in last weeks post, but was alarmed to read that the Slipstream Sports’ UCI Continental development team riders were being released from their contract because they had not been able to find a title sponsor for next season.  The good news is that Steele Von Hoff will be moving up from the development team to Garmin-Sharp next year.

Good luck Steele.


Toy of the Week

Well, Xmas is not too far away.

via white line fever

One of the bikes I covet, and like all of us there are many, but I have always adored, is the Orbea ORCA. Sex on Wheels.

Tech Specs:

Frame Material:
carbon fiber (ultra-high modulus) 
Mavic Ksyrium SLR 
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Chain Rings:
50 x 34 t SRAM Red OG1090 
Crank Arm Length:
(57cm) 175 mm 
Bottom Bracket:
Brake Levers:
Brake Calipers:
Orbea Carbon Wing 
Handlebar Width:
(57cm) 44 cm 
Bar Tape:
Orbea cork 
Orbea Carbon 
Stem Length:
(57cm) 110 mm 
SRAM PC1030 
SRAM Red OG1090 
Rear Sprocket Range:
11 – 26 t 
Mavic Yksion Grip Link 
Selle Italia SLR Flow Monolink 
(57cm) 6.7 kg 


Website of the Week – Rockfords Winery

Arguably producing some of the best wine this country can produce, Rockfords is located just a quick hour by car in the Barossa Valley

Rockfords Cellar Door in the Barossa Valley


Photo of the Week

amazing photo by @jeredgruber of Johan Van Summeren in Arenberg Forrest @ride_argyle via castelli

till next week

tight spokes


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