Nice work Richie

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Ride for Pain – UniSA – 7 April

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A great name for a bike ride, and a good cause for a great days ride.

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Following last years UniSA’s inaugural Ride for Pain in 2012, UniSA are once again using a charity ride to help raise awareness and research funds for chronic pain. Chronic pain has an enormous impact on society, with one in five Australians suffering from a chronic pain disorder that reduced their quality of life.

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Patrick Jonker will be riding on the day.

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Patrick Jonker

Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to participate, with a 20km River Ride along the picturesque River Torrens for recreational riders and families and a 100km Adelaide Hills endurance course (with an optional 45km shortcut) available to cycling enthusiasts.

Those with a passion for the cause – and the cycling talent – are challenged to conquer Corkscrew Road in the Corkscrew True King of the Mountain Challenge, taking place in conjunction with Strava and the Australian Institute of Sport.

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Registration for the Hills Ride is $80 and includes lunch. An optional jersey can be purchased for $50.

Registration for the River Ride is $30 for adults, $15 for children aged 6-16, and free for children aged 5 and under. River ride participants are welcome to purchase an optional jersey for $50.

Registration fees are to cover the cost of the ride, with any profit to go toward research into the treatment of chronic pain disorders.

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Further details can be found at Ride for Pain

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3 Peaks

Well done to the 1,500 riders who took on the three peaks last weekend. Unfortunately there were a number of retirees, as you would expect, but spare a thought for those who suffered mechanical failure on the descent out of Falls Creek.  Wouldn’t that just piss you off!

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By all accounts it was a bloody hot day, but as usual, spectacular. Whilst the temperatures were relatively cool up the top of the mountains, the valleys soared, particularly brutal was the ride back to the base of Falls Creek where temperature hit the 40 degrees mark.

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Congratulations to local Steven Cunningham from ProCycling Tours who was the first rider home. Steve, an ex-pro from South Australia, smashed the course in a time of 7:20 at an average speed of around 33 km/h.

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That is absolutely amazing stuff.

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Third across the line, a beautiful vintage steel bike with downtube shifters. Well done.

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A great effort for those who finished before the Lantern Rouge crossed at 13 hours.

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Last man in.

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Tirreno-Adriatico

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It was cold, wet and miserable for the riders, but the previous 5 stages were nothing on the Stage 6  porto Sant’Elpido to Porto Sant’Elpidio, where the riders had to contend with the Sant’Elpidio a Mare where the slope kicked up to 30% near the top, the steepest road in all the RCS races this year.

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30%. Thats an astounding gradient. Around 3 times the worst of corkscrew. Faaaaarginhell

This stage was won by Peter Sagan ahead of Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodriguez.

Oh, and by the way, Andy Schleck left the race in the sunshine less than 50km after the start. He’s struggling big time since his nasty crash last year

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Richie Porte

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Richie celebrating his win

No doubt you’ve seen on the news or read about Richies effort at the recent Paris- Nice. The first Aussie to win the Race to the Sun.

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You may recall that Team Sky’s Wiggo won this event last year, and look how well they controlled the Tour de France a few months later.  Whilst Richie won’t be after the line honours at the Tour, the effort from Team Sky will have sent shudders throughout the rest of the teams.

Richie’s effort places him at the leader of the UCI ranking, 2 points ahead of Slagter.

Richie started his cycling career in 2006 at 21 years of age and comes from a triathlon background.

He is 172cm tall and weighs 63kg. He is a strong climber and a powerful rider.

At the end of 2009, he was signed up on a 2 year contract by Team Saxo Bank after a strong performance at the 2009 Baby Giro, where he won the individual time trial.

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Podium Baby Giro, Stage 4: Richie Porte, Andrea Tafi and Adriano Amici.

His best achievement before his Paris-Nice victory was a seventh placing and winning the young rider classification in the 2010 Giro.  He also wore the Pink Jersey during stages 11–13.

He narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2010 Geelong UCI Road World Championships.

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As a support rider for Alberto Contador in 2011, he had less individual success, although, along with a piece of steak, he helped Alberto win the Giro.

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At the start of 2012, Richie signed for Team Sky. At the Paris Nice, Richie supported a victorious . Richie provided strong support for the rollacking Team Sky and Wiggo in his wins at theTour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauohine and the Tour de France. He then topped that off to help Chris Froome to a second place at the Vuelta.

The victory at the 2013 Paris Nice is Richies most prestigious win in his career. Here’s hoping he can go on to be a great Tasmanian rider, preferably for Orica GreenEdge in the not too distant future.

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Extract from an article titled “Respect:Richie Porte” from the The Peleton Magazine, by Jered Gruber

With six kilometers to go, the leaders were fighting hard for the stage win and overall supremacy. Igor Anton was just up the road, pushing forward the gap that would see him to victory, whilst behind, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, and the best of the rest chased, pushed, did everything they could to dispense with a rival and/or get up to Anton.

Behind, however, the scene was quite different. Riders lurched forward, almost coming to a halt over the top of pedal strokes with the 20+% section of road doing its best to eliminate all signs of forward progress.

As the favorites disappeared into the brewing storm clouds above, the fans descended upon their heroes, the arms went out, the connection to rider was made: the pushes began.

In a comedy of assistance, riders almost seemed to duel as pushes came from left, right, center. Some were given an almost free ride over the section of road I was on. I saw Danilo Di Luca go from 50-meters behind David Millar to flying right by on the strength of a couple of pushes.

Of course, the Italians were favored in all of this, followed by favored stars, and then the riders that pointed at their asses and begged.

I participated. I admit it. I felt bad. The lunacy of the climb, the agonizing faces that accompanied the nearly two dozen percentage points of gradient, the thought of what was to come the next day, and the festive atmosphere of the push got me into the party. Plus, someone had to help the non-Italians, right?

Then came Richie Porte.

The hero of last year’s Giro climbed quietly, without expression. Pushes followed all around him, but he stayed the course. I took a picture, then went to give him a good shove forward, and what followed stunned me.

“Don’t push me. F*** off.”

I stepped back, mouth utterly agape. Did that really just happen?

I was a bit hurt at first, you know that moment where you’re like, well, to hell with you then, but then my wounded pushing pride subsided and got me to thinking…

Richie Porte has been touted as one of the leaders of a new generation of riders – a generation that loathes the very idea of doping; a generation that is not just clean, but unabashedly so, publicly, privately. For this generation, which sits on the cusp of superstardom, the only way forward is through hard work, grit, and years of sacrifice.

For Richie Porte, it goes all the way to the Zoncolan. While a friendly push up a murderous Monte never hurt anyone, it goes against this new credo – the only way forward is through one’s own personal power. The help of a needle, pill, or even a push is not.

So while Richie did write me back this morning and apologize for his ‘potty words’, I say – no apologies necessary. His level of integrity is foreign to me. I’m blown away. I could never imagine turning down help on that climb.

I’m happy to know that it’s someone like Richie that could well be the one I’ll be writing about as a Grand Tour contender in the years to come.

It’s refreshing, it’s encouraging – to any outside help: I’ll do it on my own.

Respect Richie. Respect.

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till next week

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