Milan San Remo

National Road Series

The premier road cycling series in Australia kicks off on Legs Wednesday 26th over in Perth. The second leg of the tour hits Adelaide on the 3rd April.

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A reminder that last years GC was won by George Tansley from the Euride team, who are not around thuis year. George is riding with the SASI team this year.

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You can catch this years 4 stages at:

  • Stage 1: Jayco Road Race: Point to point 85 kilometres (Angaston to Campbelltown – incl. corkscrew)
  • Stage 2: Jarvis Subaru Road Race: Women 102 kilometres (2 loops) / Men 156 kilometres (3 loops – Bird in Hand – Woodside/Nairne)
  • Stage 3: Adelaide Velo-City Criterium: Women 42 kilometres (22 loops) / Men 62 kilometres (32 loops around Nth Terrace, Frome, Victoria Drive, Kintore Ave)
  • Stage 4: Campbelltown Kermesse: Women 60 kilometres (16 loops – Thorndon Park/Stradbroke/Liscos/Gorge Road) / Men 82 kilometres (22 loops)

Cycling in Asutralia seems to be going from strength to strength, with an increbile 23 mens and 12 womens teams signed up for the Adelaide event.

JAYCO ELITE MEN

  1. Drapac
  2. Team Lightsview
  3. African Wildlife Safaris Cycling
  4. Team SUVelo Racing
  5. Swiss Wellness Cycling Team
  6. Team Scody Downunder
  7. ISC/Godfrey Pembroke
  8. SASI Cycling Team
  9. Anchor Point South Coast
  10. Team Budget Forklifts
  11. Essendon Skoda Cycling Team
  12. Subaru Albion Development Team
  13. Satalyst Giant Racing
  14. Avanti Racing Team
  15. Paradice Investment Cycling Team
  16. Date#3 Symantec Racing Team
  17. Team Seight
  18. Peloton Sports/Turramurra Cyclery
  19. GPM
  20. Charter Mason
  21. health.com.au–‐Search2retain
  22. Bianchi DCM
  23. Team Polygon Australia

JAYCO ELITE WOMEN

  1. BikeBug–‐NextGen Racing
  2. Boss Racing Team
  3. SASI Cycling Team
  4. Bicycle Superstore
  5. Jayco/John West/VIS
  6. Arbitrage Women’s Racing Team
  7. Holden Women’s Cycling Team
  8. Specialized Securitor
  9. Unified Solutions Group
  10. Suzuki Brumby’s
  11. Building Champion Squad
  12. Liv/Giant–‐Shimano
  13. + some individual entries

The national series is run in all states and the ACT.

Date Event Location
26 Mar – 29 Mar Woodside Tour de Perth WA
3 Apr – 6 Apr Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour SA
15 May – 18 May Battle on the Border NSW
22 May – 25 May FKG Tour of Toowoomba QLD
30 Jul – 3 Aug Tour of the Murray River VIC
13 Aug – 17 Aug Tour of the Great South Coast VIC
3 Sep – 7 Sep Tour of Gippsland VIC
19 Sep – 21 Sep National Capital Tour ACT
28 Sep – 5 Oct Tour of Tasmania TAS
11 Oct Melbourne to Warrnambool VIC
25 Oct Grafton to Inverell NSW

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Paris Roubaix – 13th April

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So, your’e thinking of riding one of the monuments, and Paris Roubaix tickles your fancy.

I have one question.

WHY!

Having answered that question affirmatively and fathered your last child,and you want a bit of info on how you can ride the cobbles,  then read on.

The Paris Roubaix Chalenge, at 170km, doesn’t cover the same distance as the real race (257 kilometres with 28 cobbled sections), but it’s damn close. The last 170km are the exact same, as are the cobbles.

Further details here.

Paris Roubaix Challenge

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You ride the Challenge, you also ride the famous Trouée d’Arenberg pavé sector.

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You better get cracking, its only a few weeks away on the 12th April, the day before the professional Paris-Roubaix, starting at 7 am in Busigny.

Your cobbled sections are:

# Place Lenght Total Stars  
28 Troisvilles à Inchy 2,2 2,2 * * *                                                                      
27 Viesly à Quiévy 1,8 4 * * *     
26 Quiévy à Saint-Python 3,7 7,7 * * * *     
25 Saint-Python 1,5 9,2 * *     
24 Solesmes à Haussy 0,8 10 * *     
23 Saulzoir à Verchain 1,2 11,2 * *     
22 Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing 1,6 12,8 * * *     
21 Quérénaing à Maing 2,5 14 * *     
20 Maing à Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon 1,6 15,6 * * *     
19 Haveluy à Wallers 2,5 18,1 * * * *     
18 Trouée d’Arenberg 2,4 20,5 * * * * *     
17 Wallers à Hélesmes 1,6 22,1 * *     
16 Hornaing à Wandignies 3,7 25,8 * * * *     
15 Warlaing à Brillon 2,4 28,2 * * *     
14 Tilloy à Sars-et-Rosières 2,4 30,6 * * *     
13 Beuvry-la-forêt à Orchies 1,4 32 * *     
12 Orchies 1,7 33,7 * *     
11 Auchy-lez-Orchies à Bersée 2,6 36,3 * * *     
10 Mons-en-Pévèle 3 39,3 * * *     
9 Mérignies à Avelin 0,7 40 * *     
8 Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin 1,4 41,4 * * *     
7 Templeuve – Moulin-de-Vertain 0,5 41,9 * *     
6 Cysoing à Bourghelles 1,3 43,2 * * *     
6 Bourghelles à Wannehain 1,1 44,3 * * *     
5 Camphin-en-Pévèle 1,8 46,1 * * * *     
4 Carrefour de l’Arbre 2,1 48,2 * * * * *     
3 Gruson 1,1 49,3 * *     
2 Willems à Hem 1,4 50,7 * *     
    TOTAL 50,7 km    

OK, so your’e going, but what wll you ride.

Shiley you wont want to destroy your bike, so you’ll need to hire one.

The official bike hire company for the ride is Prompt. You can book and pickup on the 11th at the Roubaix Velodrome, and drop off (or hand back piece by piece) on the12th. There is a minimum of 2 days hire for the event – Friday and Saturday. The full balance of the bike hire must be paid at least 7 days before the event.
The bikes are Prompt D211, with Carbon frame and fork and Shimano Ultegra 10 speed Triple.

In case your wondering, Prompt are a bike shop in the centre of Bourg D’Oisans at the base of the Alpe D’Huez that specialise in cycle hire, servicing and sales.

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Further details here.

Paris Roubaix Bike Hire

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23 Years of Milan SanRemo

via Peleton Magazine

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1992 - Sean Kelly
1992 – Sean Kelly
1993 - Maurizio Fondriest
1993 – Maurizio Fondriest
1994 - Giorgio Furlan
1994 – Giorgio Furlan
Laurent Jalabert
Laurent Jalabert
1996 - Gabriele Colombo
1996 – Gabriele Colombo
1997 - Erik Zabel
1997 – Erik Zabel
1998 - Erik Zabel
1998 – Erik Zabel
1999 - Andrei Tchmil
1999 – Andrei Tchmil

 

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2000 - Erik Zabel
2000 – Erik Zabel
2001 - Erik Zabel
2001 – Erik Zabel
2002 - Mario Cipollini
2002 – Mario Cipollini
2003 - Paolo Bettini
2003 – Paolo Bettini
2004 - Oscar Freire
2004 – Oscar Freire
2005 - Alessandro Petacchi
2005 – Alessandro Petacchi

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2007 - Oscar Freire
2007 – Oscar Freire
2008 - Fabian Cancellara
2008 – Fabian Cancellara
2009 - Mark Cavendish
2009 – Mark Cavendish
2010 - Oscar Freire
2010 – Oscar Freire
2011 - Matthew Goss
2011 – Matthew Goss

 

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2012 - Simon Gerrans
2012 – Simon Gerrans
2013 - Gerald Ciolek
2013 – Gerald Ciolek

and this years race

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Milano-Sanremo 2014

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and this years winner – Alexander Kristoff

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The hard luck story is Fabian Cancelara,  who has now finished on the podium in the last four editions of the race, but never stood in the middle.

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Yep, not happy.

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Coffee Shop of the Week – Jitterbeans

On the road to Port Pirie lies a small town of Lochiel.

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On the left hand side of Lochiel, overlooking the Pink lake, is a tin shed decked out as a coffee shop – Jitterbeans.

Do yourself a favour and drop in. Its the best coffee for 100’s of km.

Their roast of choice, and a damn good one at that, is Mahalia. And they know how to use it.

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till next week

tight spokes

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