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.
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.
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
African Wildlife Safaris Cycling
- Team SUVelo Racing
Swiss Wellness Cycling Team
Team Scody Downunder
SASI Cycling Team
Anchor Point South Coast
Team Budget Forklifts
Essendon Skoda Cycling Team
Subaru Albion Development Team
Satalyst Giant Racing
Avanti Racing Team
Paradice Investment Cycling Team
Date#3 Symantec Racing Team
Peloton Sports/Turramurra Cyclery
Team Polygon Australia
JAYCO ELITE WOMEN
Boss Racing Team
SASI Cycling Team
Arbitrage Women’s Racing Team
Holden Women’s Cycling Team
Unified Solutions Group
Building Champion Squad
- + some individual entries
The national series is run in all states and the ACT.
|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|
Paris Roubaix – 13th April
So, your’e thinking of riding one of the monuments, and Paris Roubaix tickles your fancy.
I have one question.
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.
You ride the Challenge, you also ride the famous Trouée d’Arenberg pavé sector.
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:
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.
Further details here.
23 Years of Milan SanRemo
and this years race
and this years winner – Alexander Kristoff
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.
Yep, not happy.
Coffee Shop of the Week – Jitterbeans
On the road to Port Pirie lies a small town of Lochiel.
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.
till next week