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Cycling For A Cause.

It seems that every corner you turn, there is one form of charity cycling ride. Nothing against any of the charities, they are all equally deserving in their own way, but we cant support every charity we come across so we end up picking and choosing those that we feel some empathy with. This one strikes close to my heart one of the houses I grew up in, up in Inglewood, when I was going through Uni many moons ago, burnt down.  The support given to my family whilst we rebuilt was extraordinary, so I know for a fact that any money donated to the victims will be well and truly appreciated.

cycle for bushfire

All welcome.  See you there.


TdU Stages – Cherry Picking

Its hard to pick which of the stages really stand out for me.

Stage 1 – Prospect to Lobethal. Passes through my old stomping grounds around Inglewood and Gumeracha, with Checker Hill thrown into the mix. Finishing off with two loops around Lobethal/Charleston/Woodside.


Stage 2 – Starting at Mt Barker and finishing at Rostrevor. Throw in the Gorge and the Corkscrew, with the downhill sweeping finish down Montacute road. This will be an absolute stunner.There are a couple of tight radius bends that may catch a few of them out on the way down. Fingers crossed for a trouble free but exciting finish.



Stage 3 – Unley to Stirling. The ride up the freeway, Devils Bend Eagle on the Hill is well known to just about every wheel sucker in Adelaide. It’ll be interesting to see how easy the pros make it look.

Finish off with 6 loops around Stirling should make for some fantastic entertainment.


Remember 2012 when TEAM UniSA’s William Clarke rode the second half of the 148km route solo and was able to hold off the peloton to win from Rabobank’s Michael Matthews and GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans. An epic ride.


Stage 4 – Modbury to Tanunda. The ride through One Tree Hill road is an absolute belter. Once you get down and up snake gully, the road out to the One Tree Hill turnoff is smooth, relatively flat and a pleasurable ride.


The climb out to Kersbrook is quite long, but the scenery is just superb. The the ride through Eden Valley and down through the picturesque Angaston, in my view arguably the best country village in Country SA.


Stage 5.  What can you say about this traditional Saturday Stage.  The Willunga Coastline is just spectacular. McLaren Vale. Down Pennys Hill Road. Willunga Hill twice with the finish at the top. One of the all time favourites.

Tour Down Under 2012


What is the Stage I am looking forward to the most.  It would have to be the Wednesday Stage 2 – Corkscrew. I’ll be up there somewhere on the climb watching them suffer.


If your heading up to Lobethal for the Tuesday Stage 1 Finish,and your’e hanging around after the finish, the Lobethal Community Association is hosting a celebration after the Stage 1 . Entry to the celebration is free to all and will be held on the shaded lawns of the Old Woollen mill from 3.15 pm to 5 pm. Fringe Acts will provide the entertainment.

Lobethal Township
Lobethal Township

Mary Safe, an ambassador of the Amy Gillett Foundation (Mary is Amy’s mother) and will be a main attraction during the after-party celebration in Lobethal. One of the focus points of the party will the the promotion of safe cycling practices for cyclists and other road users.  Mary will assist children to ensure they have good fitting helmets and promote safe cycling practices for cyclists and other road users. Activities revolving around safe cycling will be provided for the kids, whilst the adults can enjoy the entertainment while relishing on locally made wine, food and coffee.

Mary Safe at the opening of the Amy Gillet bikeway just up the road in Woodside
Mary Safe at the opening of the Amy Gillet bikeway just up the road in Woodside



I’m sure like me, you’re all looking forward to moving on. Lets get it out in the open, lets learn from it, lets move forward.


Tour Previews

Former Tour Down Under winner, Pat Jonker, teams up with the University of South Australia’s Jeff Kasparian to preview all stages of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.


TdU Preview 


Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships

Under 23 Mens – Jordan Kerby (QLD)

Jordan Kerby via smh
Jordan Kerby via smh

Women’s road race – Gracie Elvin (ACT)

Gracie Elvin
Gracie Elvin

Time Trial – Luke Durbridge (WA)


Elite Men’s road race- Luke Durbridge (WA)


Durbridge crossed the line 1:04 seconds ahead of teammate Michael Matthews (ACT) who clinched a bunch sprint for silver, whilst our mate Steel von Hoff (VIC) claimed the bronze medal.



Website of the week – Good Design Australia




Toy of the Week


Winning the 2012 “Sports and Leisure ” category Good Design Award, the Chappelli Nuvinci is a new type of urban bicycle that simplifies cycling and enhances the overall riding experience. The bicycle’s design, refinement, and its standout feature is the NuVinci® N360™ continuously variable drivetrain that makes riding quieter, smoother and more enjoyable by allowing the cyclist to quickly find and maintain their optimum ratio for every type of terrain and riding condition. With the NuVinci drivetrain shifting is as easy as adjusting the volume on a radio.

Can’t wait till next week.  Hoping to see you on the road.

Till next week.

Tight Spokes


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