Naked Ti

Euskaltel-Euskadi – Fernando Alonso

A month back I demise of Euskaltel-Euskadi. I saw on social media this morning a posting that brings a smile to my face.

Fernando-Alonso-001

Euskaltel Euskadi have confirmed rumours that Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso has decided to purchase the team’s license and take over the team.

Alonso, who’s an avid cycling fan and no bad rider himself, was last week successful in convincing his personal sponsors to come up with the six million euro needed to by the license from the team’s holding company Basque Cycling Pro Team. Rumours only surfaced about a deal being reached between the two parties early on Monday morning, but only a few hours later both Alonso and the team had confirmed the deal.

Alonso hails from the Asturias region in northern Spain and will run the team from Samuel Sánchez’s home region. Alonso is of course a long-time friend of the Euskaltel rider – as well as of Alberto Contador. ‘Samu’ and Alonso are known to be occasional training partners, and the latter has for several years flirted with the idea of running his own team.

Just quickly, Asturias, where is it?

asturiasspainmap

slide-5-best-places-to-visit-in-asturias-spain

d8b3b564e6ca1b481c2f787bbd8bab41

naturist-beaches-asturias-spain-3 asturias-region-casinos asturias1

e5e6172597560f505ad016bf6eeecce7

Some lovely scenery

There is no word yet on whether the riders with contracts expiring this year will stay on or not. Nor has a name for the team been released although it will change as the telephone company Euskaltel will not fund the team in any way.

___________________________________________________________

Adelaide Dirty Dozen

This ride has grown in just one year, with an anticipated 100+ riders expected to participate this Saturday.

Thanks to the generosity of Walter over at Red Berry Espresso, this year will see the Dirty Dozen Café appear for the very first time.

The DDC will be located at the top of Coach Rd, where riders will be able to refuel for the remaining rides with a selection of cupcakes, cookies and bananas as well as take on board a shot of Red Berry’s renowned Cold Drip Coffee for a caffeinated boost. But you will have to earn it by getting up about 200m of some 20% average near the top of the climb! This is the hill you won’t want to skip!

Due to the numbers, there will be 2 groups this year.

1. If you consider yourself a quicker rider who may get frustrated waiting for slower climbers, or have significant time constraints, you may leave at your own pace immediately following the Riders Briefing, before the ‘peloton’. You will need to be totally familiar with the route and you will need to leave your name back at Red Berry at the end of the ride IF you complete all the climbs.

2. The ‘peloton’ will ride as per last year with regular regroups waiting for all riders to ascend each climb before moving on. The social camaraderie and the challenge of completing all of the climbs is really what the spirit of this event is all about.

  • 7am – Sign On so that we can get a record of all participants (for future bragging rights of course)
  • 7.15am – Riders briefing
  • 7.30am – Roll out

The Dirty Dozen trailer can be viewed here! DD Trailer

Some key moments of last years ride were fortunately captured by the roving photographers, as shown below for the very first time.

There was the intense planning in the back room at Red Berry

TheDirtyDozen-Still6
“But sir, coming out of winter with a ride like this will be just plain cruel, they won’t have their climbing legs yet”

And then the reconnaissance (a military term for exploring beyond the area occupied by friendly forces to gain vital information about enemy forces or features of the environment for later analysis and/or dissemination)

dirty_dozen_01
Up there, thats where I want to send these bastards!

And who can forget that inspiring pre ride briefing?

dirty dozen 2
“When I get home people will ask me, “Hey Walt, why do you do it man? Why? You some ride junkie?” You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a god damn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.”

There were a few survivors at the top of Cherryville

Op cg 1
Rest and Rehydration at the top of Cherryville

And then there was the unforgettable welcome back at Red Berry.

the_dirty_dozen

Ahhhh! Will this years be as good?

Anatomy Lesson #1 – The Foot

Just over a week ago on a Saturday night, I had what appeared to be a small accident at home. A twisted foot at the bottom of the stairs.

Thought it was just a sprain and did the usual RICE, and jsu hobbled around when I needed to, however come Thursday morning the swelling had not gone down significantly and the weight bearing pain was just not going away.

Fridays visit to the doc and a subsequent visit to the radiologist confirmed it was more than a sprain – a midshaft Spiral Fracture of the 5th Metatarsal.

fifthmetafinalillus1

Athlete: Niki GudexLocation: Ketchum, Idaho

Fx_fracture_lines

The podiatrist at SportsMed on Monday morning initially recommended a treatment of “rest” for 4 – 6 weeks (the time it takes for the bone to re-grow), but was going to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to get a second opinion.

I got a phone call later that day from the podiatrist. The surgeon has seen a number of problems of late where the 5th Metatarsal hasn’t healed properly, resulting in excess stress being placed on the 4th Metatarsal causing complications to the healing process.

The upshot of that phone call is that Wednesday I will be fitted with a new moonboot, which will be my companion for another 5 weeks.  Faaark!

Just as the weather has turned for the better.After suffering through winter

Just as I was ramping up for the Adelaide Dirty Dozen and mys Gran Fondo.

Mind you, I’m in good company:

  • Michael Owen (2006): Fifth metatarsal – predicted 6-8 weeks returned 17 weeks later
  • Wayne Rooney (2004): Fifth metatarsal – predicted 8 weeks returned 14 weeks later
  • David Beckham (2002): Second metatarsal – predicted 6 weeks returned 7 weeks later
  • Steven Gerrard (2004): Fifth metatarsal – predicted 6-8 weeks returned 10 weeks later

_________________________________________________

Ti Bikes

I’ve never ridden a Titanium bike before, but every now and then I bump into someone who has one stashed away away at home. For some reason they ride a carbon, but talk with some reverence about their Tibike.  The thread of the discussion generally revolves around the comfort, the feel, the ability to soak up the harsh road vibrations and the rider bike interaction is more personal when compared to the stiffer, lighter but dull carbon framed bikes.

Titanium alloys are high performance alloys that offer a unique combination of high strength, low density, excellent fatigue and corrosion resistance. The performance of Titanium alloys makes them the ideal choice for bicycle frames and other tubular structures.

Ti bikes are generally an alloy with small percentages of aluminum (around 3%) and vanadium (around 2%). This alloy is commonly known as Ti-3-2.5. Ti-3-2.5 was developed for the aerospace industry for use in high pressure hydraulic lines and is found on virtually all new commercial and military aero planes being built in the Western World. Ti-3-2.5 balances the higher strength of some Titanium alloys and ductility of commercially pure Titanium to create an all round high performance material.

Ti’s magic potential for use in bicycle frame manufacture comes from its low density (low weight), high strength, extended fatigue life (frames that last a lifetime) and corrosion resistance (rust free) properties. With a greater elongation tolerance (ability to bend back”) than steel, ti frames are much more resistant to crash and shipping damage, a fact worth comparing to aluminium or carbon fibre alternatives.

Titanium as a raw element is often thought of as being rare; this, in fact, is not the case. Titanium is an abundant element with large deposits occurring in Australian beach sand. Unfortunately, Titanium’s extreme reactivity with oxygen makes it difficult to produce in metallic form. The manufacturing process of turning the raw Titanium into seamless tubes for use in high performance bicycle frames is a long and expensive one.

Titanium bikes found in Australia, and this is by no means an exhaustive list, include:

  • Dean Bikes
  • Van Nicholas
  • Rikulau Bikes
  • Everti Bikes

Van Nicholas Astraeus 

vannich

With Shimano Dura Ace DI2 11SP, the complete bike comes in at $10,100

Rikulau – 6AL-4V Titanium

Rik

Large Frame – 1.44 kg.

The complete bike with Campy Super Record 11 SP is priced at $8,400.00

Dean Randonneur

DEAN DEAN2

These look great, but before you buy a DEAN, have a read of some of the Adelaide Cyclists comments here:  AC

Everti

ever

3dea2913969d1d817170302dd1542d49

Some other well known brand floating around overseas include:

  • Seven Cycles – Axiom

axiom-sl-main seven

4a23d862836b58b320f3341b87592875

Moots RSL

Vamoots-RSL-11 Vamoots-RSL-61

The naked Ti frames look superb.

Irrespective of the material, it must be remembered that without a good fit, it won’t matter one iota what material the bike is made of. So whatever material you ride, make sure you get a good bike fit by a reputable bike fitter.

_________________________________________________________

Cycling for Culture

header-04

Some time ago, I mentioned a ride through Kaurna Country that was being organised by the Cycling For Culture group later this year. Well time has crept up and it is almost here. The team are riding over 3 days from 18th – 20th October 2013.

The ride covers almost 300kms through the breathtaking scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Mount Lofty Ranges and provides the riders with the opportunity to discover Aboriginal culture and learn about the stories and the land of the Kaurna people around Adelaide.

The group numbers are limited to 25 riders, They are taking sponsorship, further details here – Cycling for Culture

The donations will contribute to raising awareness and funds to support language and well-being projects connected to the Kaurna Aboriginal community.

map01

They will ride along the Tjilbruke Dreaming trail, listen to Kaurna Elders’ story-telling and get a better understanding of the lives of the Kaurna people past and present. An unprecedented cultural adventure!

Day 1 – Friday 18 Oct – 78 km
Warriparingga (Bedford Park) to Karrakarlangga (Carrickalinga)

Day 2 – Saturday 19 Oct – 105km
Karrakarlangga (Carrickalinga) to Kangkarrilla (Kangarilla)

Day 3 – Sunday 20 Oct – 97km
Kangkarrilla (Kangarilla) to Pirltawardli (Torrens Lake)

_______________________________________________________

Vuelta – 2nd Wednesday Wrap

Its been a fascinating Vuelta so far this year.  Some absolutely wicked mountain climbs, the oldest Red Jersey Holder and numerous leader changes have made for an unpredictable and entertaining race so far.

1357956507_460744_1357956604_noticia_grande

4f007c0f0debdf7454a6c8c57c5cc6e4

Stage 5

Great to see Bling take the honours at Sanabria Lake in the Zamora province

PIC391230682

PIC391235123

Stage 6

This stage will be remembered for an epic but ultimately unsuccessful solo breakaway by Tony Martin, who led for 170 of the 177km stage, but was pipped with 25m by 6 other riders.

PIC391647376
Tony with the sprint bunch almost on him
PIC391664614
Michael Morkov
PIC391677858
Great effort Tont M

7a38e1ad45ae358d1dac64988e3530a3

Stage 7

PIC391491111

Stage 8

PIC392385999 PIC392366629

PIC392245120

Stage 9

PIC392531443 PIC392541430

CapturePIC392542248

PIC392533816

Stage 10

PIC393081206
Rule# 5 Quadrified – Pain Pain Pain & Pain

PIC393037433

cc1f37791c8de1dbcccf4ba132495d5f

PIC393036105

cd6db2a4a804bb400f1e2cc59c3b4b51

GC standings at the end of Stage 10 are:

1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 40:29:14
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:43
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:53
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:02
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:01:40
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:02:04
7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:20
8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:03:11
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:16
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:28

b7d4577025748bc93e6aa150a4ea0113

till next week

tight spokes

iPib

2 thoughts on “Naked Ti

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: