Don’t Panic

The TdU seems such a life time away now, the only thing remaining is the heat.

And on the other side the world, the Jensie is having second thoughts about leaving!

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Not long now till the Spring Classics, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which is the the traditional opener of the Belgian calendar, is only a few weeks away on on March 1st. The Oomloop sees 10 climbs, including the return of the feared and popular Muur-Kapelmuur, a climb of around 700 meters of cobbles climbing a 20% slope following a narrow track up the hill.  A bit like Sheok Road, except on slippery nasty cobbles.  Fark!

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Following on from that are:

  • Paris – Nice                                                  from 09-03-2014                 France
  • Tirreno-Adriatico                                         from 12-03-2014                      Italy
  • Milano-Sanremo                                          on 23-03-2014                         Italy
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya                           from 24-03-2014                    Spain
  • E3 Harelbeke                                              on 28-03-2014                   Belgium
  • Gent – Wevelgem 2014                               on 30-03-2014                   Belgium
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres  on 06-04-2014                Belgium
  • Tour of the Bask country(Vuelta Ciclista al PaisVasco)from 07-04-2014 Spain
  • Paris – Roubaix                                           on 13-04-2014                     France
  • Amstel Gold Race                                       on 20-04-2014     The Netherlands
  • La Flèche Wallonne                                   on 23-04-2014                   Belgium
  • Liège – Bastogne – Liège                             on 27-04-2014                  Belgium
  • Tour de Romandie                                     from 29-04-2014           Switzerland
  • Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia)                          from 09-05-2014                       Italy
  • Critérium du Dauphiné                              from 08-06-2014                   France
  • Tour of Switzerland (Tour de Suisse)       from 14-06-2014             Switzerland
  • Tour de France                                        from 05-07-2014                    France
  • Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian                      on 02-08-2014                    Spain
  • Tour of Poland (Tour de Pologne)           from 03-08-2014                    Poland
  • Eneco Tour                                    from 11-08-2014  The Netherlands/Belgium
  • Tour of Spain (Vuelta a España)                    from 23-08-2014               Spain
  • Vattenfall Cyclassics                                   on 24-08-2014                 Germany
  • GP Ouest France – Plouay            on 31-08-2014                                  France
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec                  on 12-09-2014                    Canada
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal                on 14-09-2014                    Canada
  • Giro di Lombardia                                      on 05-10-2014                         Italy
  • Tour of Beijing                                           from 10-10-2014                     China

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Three Peaks

Well, after a few days of uncertainty, we were able to pick up the extra 3 tickets for 3 Peaks. JK, aka the Modern Day Legend, tracked down Cameron Hughes up in Brisbane. Cam is a cycling coach with his own business:

Cameron is taking 3 bus loads of his clients from Brisbane down for the 3P ride, and had a few spare tickets. A quick conversation and a few electronic transfers later and we had transferred tickets locked away in the bag.

Thanks Cam, hope to see you over the 3P weekend. The link to Cams website is camscyclecoaching

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A quick update on the training for the 3P, which is only 4 weeks away.

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My climbing is coming along nicely, just passed 25km  this year.

The hot weather is still playing havoc with the training, but we’re doing what we can without killing ourselves.

Lat Saturday, which was a Declared Catastrophic Fire Danger day, the ASS Deux 3P crew had to pull the pin from our hills climbing at around 9:30ish due to the bushfire starting some distance away over in the Belair National Park.  We could hear the CFS sirens blaring and after a short while the spotter plane flew not too far away from us on its way over to the Park. Fortunately the fire was brought under control by the dedicated CFS before it got out of control.

Sunday’s conditions were more favourable, and being the sportif director for the team training, I was able to set a series of steep climbs to get some pain into the legs and generally fark around with their heads. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Old Belair Road

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Sheoak Road

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Heather Road

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Morgan Road

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The Wall

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Hell of the South – A balls out climbing epic over a distance of  117.4 km with an elevation gain of + 3,827m

This Sunday is the second annual Hell of the South, organised by the guys over at SPACE/Velo porte.

The ride starts off relatively benignly, but it slowly ramps up the pain the deeper you go into the ride, finishing with something that Mike Turter has been planning for some time but hasn’t quite pulled it of yet, and that is a Mountain top finish on Mt Lofty.

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The ride clicks in at 7:30, starting at Felici Espresso Bar at 261 Rundle Street.

https://www.facebook.com/events/696626443723284/

Check out the route here.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3461464

All welcome – see you there.

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Toy of the week – Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressego

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Lavazza has introduced a new product called A Modo Mio Espressego, a portable capsule coffee machine that brews a pretty mean espresso on the road.

The A Modo Mio Espressego fits into a cup holder and whips up a thermos of Lavazza espressos in less than 2 minutes using a 12V cigarette lighter socket.

I have a standard lavazza pod machine at home and find it a very convenient way to brew a half decent espresso before my early morning rides.

If anyone has a spare one of these we can borrow for the 3P trip, you know how to contact me.

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And in Finishing

a few photos that have taken my fancy this last week

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till next week

tight spokes

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