The Unbelievables

We watched The Incredibles when they came out of retirement to rescue the world from total destruction.

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We watched Federal Agent Elliot Ness and his team of mob fighters, The Untouchables, bring Chicago crime boss Al Capone to justice.

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And not to forget those super-powered crime fighters, The Impossibles, as they dedicated their lives to battling evil supervillains

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Well, move over guys, there is another team of superhero balls in town.

The Unbelievables……..

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This modern day velo Batman and Robin left all (well some anyway) in their wake as they rode side-by-side up the slippery slopes of Hotham, rode on the coat tales of many a poison ivy and blitzed their way up the cryogenic slopes of Falls.

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The unbelievable act of the ride was the fact that JK (Left) and Zane (Right) finished despite themselves.

These guys threw the training handbook out the window. 

None of this ramping up week by week, day after day, slowly increasing their load to try as best as they can to simulate the long tough climbs around the Victorian mountains. Nah, these guys took the United Nations approach to training. Red, White  and Amber, mixed in with a few lazy shortened saturday training rides. 

Unbelievable.

Swanny, Matty and myself turned up at the Falls Creek accommodation Late Friday evening, only to find Zane, JK and our support team (Mark and Bazza) fine tuning their tapering, which didn’t finish to well after midnight.

It was good to see that they held back on the night before the ride though. Obviously they timed their tapering to perfection as they finished in the very low 12’s, well inside the cutoff.

To be truthful, they did put some hard yards in. JK has run many a marathon here and overseas, and Zane has a heart the size of an ox.        But still………….

The 3P itself, what an absolutely awesome weekend with the lads, the highlight being all 5 riders in our group crossing the finishing line before the Lantern Rouge.

If you’re thinking of tackling it next year, I’d recommend it. Highly.

Below are some pictures from this years road trip.

Road Trip – Friday

Bumped into the lads from Velo Porte at Ouyen

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Learnt something new about the Campaspe river behind the Beechworth Bakery in Echuca

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Dinner at the Bright Velo Indian Restaurant in Bright

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Saturday Morning Spin

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The Village

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The Briefing

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This years firsts across the Line – Steve Cunningham from procyclingtours , talking about the importance of Hydration

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The Start

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The Finish

Just have a look at that time. Unbelievable.Steve is a machine.

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The Day After

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Coffee at Bright Velo

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Strade Bianchi

Won by Michal Kwiatkowski over Peter Sagan, who finished runner up for the second year running.

Good to see a strong showing from Cadel who finished in 7th.

Here are some some classic Strade pictures from Steephill tv

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Documentary of the Week – Searching for Sugarman

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Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation.

In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman is an Oscar winning documentary.

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I was introduced to SfS on the road trip back from 3P by Matty, somewhere near Lameroo. The wonders of the internet and smartphones had us listening to Sixto’s music within minutes. Incredible.

Do yourself a favour. Have a listen here.

Sixto Rodriguez

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till next week

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