Well, this posting was an early surprise. Hit the wrong button didn’t I. Thats what happens when the wife tries to hold a conversation with me whilst I am busy working on my Legs.
Unfortunately it just proves the old saying that men can’t do 2 things at once.
Hot Fuzz – 1
Careful out on the roads guys, it appears that the police are targeting cyclists at the moment. One story doing the rounds last week was of a chef riding home late one night last week, running 2 red lights and then getting done by the cops for 2 infringements. $900 and 6 demerit points later. Fark!
The police do a great job, but c’mon guys. Late at night, no traffic.
Hot Fuzz – 2
An incident recently on Rundle Street.
A cyclist got car doored one night last week. No major injuries,only minor bruising. Bike was damaged of course, but is repairable. Insurance has come through and the bike is in the LBS as we speak.
Unfortunately what happened next shows just how diluted the gene pool has become. A fellow cyclists stopped to help and had taken a photo for evidence, but was set upon by the driver and passenger, who then left the scene without giving up their details.
Latest news was that police were talking to a person of interest who was helping them with their inquiries.
Well done lads.
This would be the lifestyle. Packing up shop and heading over to Europe for the cycling season for 6 months of every year. What a life.
Recent facebook posting from Steve.
This is the life of local tour operator and ex pro Steve Cunningham.
Steve has set up procyclingtours, and runs it out of Adelaide, or more specifically, up in them thar Golden Hills not too far away from Mount Lofty.
You may remember the name from an earlier post. Steve was the first over the line at the recent 3 Peaks, blitzing the ride in an amazing 7 hours 20 minutes, an incredible average speed of 33km/h.
procyclingtours service the cyclo tourism market – focusing on the riding while making you feel like a pro both on and off the bike. Every procyclingtours trip is led by Steve who is ex-professional cyclist.
Some of the tours they are running this year include:
- 2013 Giro d’Italia – final deciding stages
- 2013 Criterium du Dauphine & Time Megeve Sportive
- 2013 Classic Alpes & Provence
- Italian Lakes, Alpes & Dolomites
- Pyrenees and Basque Country
- Tour de France
Seriously guys, how can someone sneak a job this good past the taxman?
Steve is well supported by Michelle, Vanessa and Ed.
Vanessa is a former manager and professional soigneur for the Savings & Loans Cycling Team.
Vanessa is a French-Canadian native, fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She divides her life between Québec and Italy and has been leading tours in Italy, France and Spain for the last 4 years. She is also a professional nutritionist.
Ed has several years experience guiding in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium & the UK & having led tours on everything from winter training camps, the spring classics, grand tours & celebrity charity events.
This all looks good, and I am envious as hell, however procyclingtours is more than just facilitating cycling tours. Their range of additional offerings include structured, rookie and advanced cycling programs.
So if you are looking for some assistance to help improve your cycling skills, contact Steve (when the bugger gets back from Europe).
Whilst I have never ridden with Steve, I can say that I have heard very good raps from – an friend who toured with Steve a few years back, a local friend who rode a few times with Steve at the recent TdU. A colleague and fellow wednesday legger who comes to Adelaide for the TdU, and a friend who has had a couple of private lessons/rides with Steve to improve his hill riding skills. Every one of them has given Steve high praise, so all I can do is pass that on as a recommendation.
Steve is back from Europe in October and we will catch up for a coffee and a chat, so I will provide an update on procyclingtours and hopefully some photos and dialogue on his 2013 Europe experiences.
Link to procyclingtours here.
Congratulations to Simon Gerrans on his 3rd placing at the first Ardennes ride for the season.
Roman Kreuziger soloed to the finish in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, to take a win in the first of three Ardennes classics, the 251km Amstel Gold Race. Roman held off a determined late chase by Alejandro Valverde, Australia’s Simon Gerrans and world champion Philippe Gilbert.
A good effort from Simon who repeated his 2011 result at Amstel, finishing third.
Cafe of the Week – Zecca
This little beauty hasprime position right next door to GoodLife on Hutt Street.
Zecca is owned by David Solari and his wife Angeline. If you thought that there was a passion for cycling upon entrance to caffe, you would be correct.
David is a former cyclist, and get this, is the only person in cycling history to be national champion in two countries in the same year, 1985.
He was Australian Junior pursuit champion and Italian Champion. David had duel citizenship and represented Italy at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and eight World track Championships.
He collected two bronze medals in 1986, a bronze in 1989 and silver in 1990, 91 and 92. He also won eight Italian National track championships as well as representing Italy on 158 occasions. David was Australian Champion in 1985 and 1992 and was also a successful road cyclist with 78 International road victories.
- 1986 3rd Individual Pursuit- Junior world championships
- 1986 3rd Team pursuit- Junior world championships
- 1989 3rd Team pursuit- World championships
- 1990,91,92 2nd World Motor-pacing world championship
- 1987 Giro del Salento 1st Overall,one stage win
- 1992 Vicenza-Bionde
David and Angeline also own Caffe Allegria at Royston Park.
Mornings are generally spent at Zecca, and the afernoons at Allegria. If yiuo get the chance, pop in and say g’day to Angeline and David.
Oh yeah, the coffee and Zeppoles are great.
Random photos from Facebook