Cycling – Its an Art

Don’t forget, starting tomorrow is the Adelaide leg of the National Road Series.

  •  Thursday – Stage 1: Jayco Road Race: Point to point 85 kilometres (Angaston to Campbelltown – incl. corkscrew)
    Women Start: 8.30 am – Approximate Race Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes, which has them at the bottom of corkscrew road around 10:38am
    Men Start: 1.00 pm – Approximate Race Duration: 2 hours 06 minutes  – which has them at the bottom of corkscrew road around 2:49pm
  • Friday – Stage 2: Jarvis Subaru Road Race: Women 102 kilometres (2 loops) / Men 156 kilometres (3 loops – Bird in Hand – Woodside/Nairne)
    Women Start: 9.30 am – Approximate Race Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes
    Men Start: 1.00 pm – Approximate Race Duration: 3 hours 54 minutes
  • Saturday – Stage 3: Adelaide Velo-City Criterium: Women 42 kilometres (22 loops) / Men 62 kilometres (32 loops around Nth Terrace, Frome, Victoria Drive, Kintore Ave)
    Women Start: 7.30 am – Approx finish time 8.42 am
    Men Start: 9.00 am – Approx finish time 10.33 am
  • Sunday – Stage 4: Campbelltown Kermesse: Women 60 kilometres (16 loops – Thorndon Park/Stradbroke/Liscos/Gorge Road) / Men 82 kilometres (22 loops)
    Women Start: 10.00 am – Approx finish time 11.43 pm
    Men Start: 12.30 pm – Approx finish time 2.33 pm

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Cycling Art – Greg Leitch

Greig Leach is an American artists currently living with his wife, actor/writer Bridget Gethins in a turn of the century home in Richmond with three dogs and three cats, all mutts and all rescued from the streets.

His work has been widely collected through the United States, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Ethyl Corporation, Phillip Morris, Chubb Insurance and the Progressive Companies.

He has exhibited at many galleries throughout the States, and his work graces many private homes, corporate offices and restaurants bringing.

He has a liking for painting contemporary cycling art created with oilsticks on paper, with the Tour Down Under (2014), Tour de France (2013), Giro d Italia, the Spring Classics and Dauphine on his list of races covered.

Check out his galleries here.  Gallery

Below are some examples of his 4″h x 6″ w paintings, which you can purchase at  $US50.00

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The following painting should ring a few bells.

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Fighting It Our
Cadel Evans went into the stage with a plan and a team that helped him realize his goal. Having used the rest of BMC to push a super high pace up Corkscrew Hill it was left to him to launch the final attack before the summit of the climb. When he went it was only Richie Porte that could hang onto his wheel, initially helping with the pace setting. But in the end, it was Cadel that rode the complete peloton off his wheel, not only up the hill but down as well

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Volta a Catalunya

The Volta a Catalunya is Spain’s oldest stage race.

The seven-day stage race is devoid of time trials, covers a hilly route with 25 classified climbs and two mountain finishes.

Catalunya (Catalonia) is located in the far North East corner of Spain, bordered by France in the North and the Mediterranean Sea in the East, and includes Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. It is Spain’s richest and most highly industrialised region, and also one of the most independent-minded.

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With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain. This feeling is fed by memories of the Franco dictatorship, which attempted to suppress Catalan identity.

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At a glance

  • Politics: Catalonia’s leader is pushing for a referendum on self-determination after elections in 2012 backed pro-independence parties. Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities, with separatist desires strongest in Catalonia and the Basque country
  • Culture: Catalonia’s laws require teachers, doctors and public sector workers to use Catalan, an official language along with Spanish
  • Economy: Catalonia is Spain’s wealthiest but most indebted region. Harsh austerity measures have boosted separatist sentiment

Stage 1 – Calella → Calella, 170 km

Calella is a seaside town on the Costa del Maresme, 58 km northeast of Barcelona.

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Luka Mezgec (Giant Shimano) pips Leigh Howard (Orica Greenedge)

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Stage 2 – Mataro → Girona, 168 km

Mataró is the capital and largest city of the comarca of the Maresme, in the province of Barcelona.

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Girona is an Spanish city in the northeast of Catalonia, at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell.

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Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano), wearing the Catalunya leader’s jersey, celebrates his second stage victory in as many days.

Stage 3 – Banyoles → La Molina, 163 km

Banyoles is a city of 17,309 inhabitants located in the province of Girona in northeastern Catalonia, Spain. The town is the capital of the Catalan comarca “Pla de l’Estany”.

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La Molina is a ski resort in the Pyrenees mountains of northeastern Spain, in the municipality of Alp in the comarca of Cerdanya in Girona.

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Purito Rodriguez wins Stage 3.

Purito Rodriguez wins Volta Catalunya stage 3

Stage 4 – Alp → Vallter 2000-Setcases, 166 km 

Alp is a town and municipality in the comarca of Cerdanya, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain. Alp is home to the ski resort of La Molina.

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Setcases is a municipality and town in the Pyrenean comarca of Ripollès in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, near the French border.

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View from Alp

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Tejay Van Garderen
Tejay Van Garderen

Stage 5 – Llanars Vall de Camprodon → Valls, 218 km

Llanars Vall de Camprodon is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the valley of Camprodon.

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Valls is the capital of the comarca of Alt Camp. Typical in the region are the human towers called castells.

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Luka Mezgec wins Stage 5

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Stage 6 – El Vendrell → Vilanova i la Geltru, 172 km

El Vendrell is a town located in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, in a wine-growing region. It is wedged between the Mediterranean and the Litoral mountain ranges.

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Vilanova i la Geltrú is a city in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and the capital of the Garraf comarca.

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Stef Clement wins Stage 6

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Stage7 – Barcelona, 121 km

Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the second largest city in the country, with a population of 1,620,943

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Lieuwe Westra solos to a stage 7 win

20144412_223217_670Your GC winner Rockin Joaquim Rodriguez, for the second time in his career

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Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Tejay van Garderen

Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Tejay van Garderen

Meanwhile, over in Belgium, the big Spring Classic names (Tom Boonen ,Fabian Cancellara and Thor Hushold ) are starting to show some form after a few years of indifferant form.

Friday was E3 Harelbeke (Harelbeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders)

SVK  1  SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE)                           4:56:31
NED  2  TERPSTRA, Niki (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP)
GBR  3  THOMAS, Geraint (SKY)
BEL  4  VANDENBERGH, Stijn (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP)
BEL  5  VANMARCKE, Sep (BELKIN)                              + 1:16
FRA  6  GALLOPIN, Tony (LOTTO BELISOL)
SLO  7  BOZIC, Borut (ASTANA)                                + 1:19
USA  8  FARRAR, Tyler (GARMIN SHARP)
SUI  9  CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING)
BEL  10 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)

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And on Sunday, the Gent-Wevelgem

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GER  1  DEGENKOLB, John (GIANT-SHIMANO)                     5:34:37
FRA  2  DEMARE, Arnaud (FDJ.fr)
SVK  3  SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE)
BEL  4  VANMARCKE, Sep (BELKIN)
BEL  5  BOONEN, Tom (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP)
BEL  6  VAN ASBROECK, Tom (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE)
RUS  7  TSATEVITCH, Alexey (KATUSHA)
BLR  8  HUTAROVICH, Yauheni (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
NOR  9  HUSHOVD, Thor (BMC RACING)

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The Kemmelberg, also known as Kemmel Hill or Mont Kemmel, is a 156m high hill near Kemmel in the municipality of Heuvelland in West Flanders, Belgium. During World War I, it was an important battle site. It was taken on 25 April 1918 by Germans.

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Greipel en Farrar betrokken bin zware val

Best wishes to Adelaides own Andre Greipel, who crashed heavily with 8km to go, sufering a suspected broken collarbone.

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Fortunately Tylars fall wasn’t as bad.

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And next week, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders)

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TV Show of the Week – Spoils of Babylon

Currently showing on ABC2 on Thursday nights, the spoils of Babylon is a 6 part miniseries that is like no other you would have seen.

By reading the program synopsis below, one could almost think it is a mix of those classic 70’s mini series Dallas, Thornbirds and Bah Bah Black Sheep.

Patriarch Jonas Morehouse shepherds his daughter Cynthia and adopted son Devon from meager beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City. Cynthia and Devon, entwined in undeniable love, stumble through war-torn battlefields, blazing mansions, filthy drug dens and velvet-sheeted bedrooms on their quest for power and influence. Despite Jonas’s best efforts to intervene, Cynthia and Devon’s merciless love sets into motion a wave of destruction that crashes down on Devon’s graceful wife Lady Anne, his daughter Marianne, his colleague and lover Dixie, Cynthia’s hen-pecked husband Chet, her evil son Winston, the scheming Generals and far beyond.

You would be heavily mistaken.

With actors including Toby Maquire, Will Ferrel, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer and David Spade, there are some heavy hitters, however if you can think of  all the spoofs ever produced and mix them all together, you’d be part way there.

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till next week

tight spokes

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