Furnace Sandwich

How lucky was the 2014 TdU, sandwiched between 2 weeks of skin blistering energy sapping weeks of heat.  I’m not sure we would have had the Jay Weatherwall’s quoted 2,766,000 crowd had the TdU been 1 week earlier or later.

A great tactical full team effort by Orica Green Edge to get their man Gerro over the line. But wasn’t it fantastic to see some of Australia’s best riders in Cadel and Richie giving their all on the roads that we are familiar with and perhaps take for granted.

Top 25 GC placings are:

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
Position Name Nationality Team Time
1 GERRANS, Simon AUS ORICA-GREENEDGE 19:57:35
2 EVANS, Cadel AUS BMC RACING 1
3 ULISSI, Diego ITA Lampre – Merida 5
4 PORTE, Richie AUS SKY PROCYCLING 10
5 HAAS, Nathan AUS Garmin-Sharp 27
6 GESINK, Robert NED Belkin 30
7 IMPEY, Daryl RSA ORICA-GREENEDGE 34
8 THOMAS, Geraint GBR SKY PROCYCLING 37
9 HANSEN, Adam AUS LOTTO BELISOL
10 SILIN, Egor RUS KATUSHA 47
11 SUTHERLAND, Rory AUS Tinkoff-Saxo +1:00
12 BOOKWALTER, Brent USA BMC RACING +1:13
13 BAKELANTS, Jan BEL OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP +1:41
14 PLAZA MOLINA, Ruben ESP MOVISTAR +1:45
15 BOUET, Maxime FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE +1:54
16 VORGANOV, Eduard RUS KATUSHA +1:57
17 HAIG, Jack AUS UNI SA-Australia +2:08
18 HUCKER, Robbie AUS DRAPAC CYCLING +2:15
19 ROUX, Anthony FRA FDJ-BIG MAT +2:38
20 WURF, Cameron AUS Cannondale Pro Cycling +2:49
21 BROECKX, Stig BEL LOTTO BELISOL +2:51
22 GAVAZZI, Francesco ITA ASTANA +2:54
23 DIDIER, Laurent LUX Trek Factory Racing
24 GESCHKE, Simon GER ARG +3:00
25 VERONA QUINTANILLA, Carlos ESP OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP +3:17

Some of the web/blog sites I have been following over this last week are worthy a mention.

Manual for Speed – An American perspective on our sunny climate, culture and cycling. Piss funny.

Cycling Tips – I’ve been a regular follower of Wade for some time now.

Doug Report – Not a specific site as such but provides links to posts on other sites on a rolling update basis.

The Daily Tour

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VeloViewer

Some months back I briefly spoke about a site called veloviewer. Veloviewer is a personal endeavour that links into and extracts Strava data data and cuts and dices it into some quite amazing info-graphics.

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I had an opportunity to delve deeper into the offerings, and was surprised by what I found.

On first fire-up, it connects into and extracts all your strava data, and I mean all.

Without boring you with all the details, you must have a look at this site yourself to appreciate what this site can offer.

Some general graphics include:

Total count – you can see that you can cut’n’dice for distance/elevation/time and count. I can compare what I how this year is going compared to previous. In 2013, I finished the 3 peaks ride, but didn’t start using Strava till early Feb.  I know what training I did and what I should be doing this time around. i can use this as a quick visual grab to see how my distance and elevations are travelling in the lad up to this years 3P.

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Probably more satisfying my curiosity than serving any specific training purpose is the activity wheel. Cutting and dicing is doe on a time scale. The graphic below shows the last few months worth of rides.

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We all know the Corkscrew.  Here are some of my efforts (pitiful i know, but….)

segment stats gradient distances cs3d cs history Corkscrew Profile

You can cut and dice any ride uploaded onto Strava, cut and dice down to segment lengths. I think its absolutely brilliant.

Well done guys.

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Twit photos from the TdU

Below are random tweeted photos from attendees at the TdU.

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till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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