First up, sad news that Doc Neeson passed away Wednesday morning after an 18 month fight against a brain tumor.
For those a generation younger than myself, Doc was the lead singer of one of Australias premier rock bands of the 70’s/80’s. Their songs have stood the test of ime, particularly the booze fuelled party starter, Am I ever gonna to see your face again.
These guys helped me get through many a long night of study, many trips singin aloud on the way back from uni, a couple of nights on the turps and a few nights around a bonfire on a cold night in Gumeracha.
It would be great to see the geeza below program in the following song at tyhe TdF – We gotta get out of this place
15 reasons to date a cyclist – eharmony
Here are 15 reasons to date a cyclist:
1. Two words: bicycle shorts.
2. It’s science: Cyclists are hot. A recent study found that cyclists who excelled in the Tour de France are perceived as more attractive than other athletes — and that the top 10 percent of cyclists “is about 25 percent more attractive than the lowest 10 percent.” Maybe fast is the new rich?
3. Cyclists are smart. According to a recent Mindlab survey, most people view cyclists as 13 percent more intelligent than the average person.
4. Cyclists are good. According to the same survey, cyclists are generally viewed as 10 percent more charitable than non-cyclists.
5. Your date will be around for a while. Pro cyclists live, on average, 6.3 more years than non-cyclists. (Um, as long as they don’t get hit by a car.)
6. Cyclists are handy. After years of honing bike-maintenance skills, your date will be up for fixing things around the house, too.
7. The great outdoors. If you’re sick of dating indoor cats, date a cyclist. You’ll get reacquainted with nature. And maybe even travel a little more.
8. Cyclists are committed — and don’t accept defeat. Hopefully this extends to their pursuit of relationship success, too.
9. No lazy bums here, just toned ones. Cyclists are disciplined, often rigorously so, and will withstand the elements to get their rides in.
10. Cyclists are constantly setting goals for themselves. If you want a forward-thinking date, look no further.
11. Cyclists have great near-death-experience stories to share, which is also why they’re also sticklers about safety.
12. You can start cycling, too! Your date will be thrilled to share his/her enthusiasm for the sport. In fact, the whole family can join in, should the two of you eventually procreate.
13. Cyclists don’t call in sick. According to a 2013 survey by the National Cycle Network, cyclists take half the number of sick days as their public transportation-riding colleagues.
14. Think your date’s obsession with the open road is a little over-the-top? He’s saner than you think. Studies have shown that vigorous exercise like cycling can boost concentration and memory while reducing stress and anxiety. The bike is good for his brain.
15. Love the planet? Cycling is as green as it gets
You would have seen the #DJTroll banner appear on the bottom of your tv on SBS’s return from ads during the Giro. Some excellant song selections. The below is a list of songs I have been able to glean friom a number of sources – i think it goes back around the 2 weeks so it is not conclusive, but pretty damn good.
|WolfMother||How Many Times|
|Sean Paul||Hold On|
|Kings of Leon||Use Someone|
|Imagine Dragons||On top of the world|
|Havana Brown||Whatever we a want|
|Four Hours Sleep||Wriggle On|
|All Time Low||The reckless and the brave|
|INXS||Never tear us apart|
|The Ape||Man on a Mission|
|U2||Race against time|
|Dave Grohl and Chris Joss||Time slowing down|
|Maroon5||Moves like Jagger|
|The Strokes||All the Time|
|Avicii||Addicted to you|
|Kooks||See the World|
|Calling all Cars||Every day is the same (couldn’t find this song – so went for another CAC)|
|The Jacksons||Can You Feel it|
|Walter Trout||Highway Song (couldn’t find this song – so went for another WT)|
|The Basics||Have Love, Will Travel|
|Architecure in Helsinki||Escapee|
|Baby Animals||Got it Bad|
|Indigenous||Let it Rain (couldn’t find this song, or anything halg decent)|
|Bruce Springsteen||Born to Run|
|The Beatles||Here comes the Sun|
|Icona Pop||I Love it|
|Noah and the Whale||Waiting for my time to come|
|Meaghan Smith||Here comes Your Man|
|Tegan and Sarah||Everything is Awesome|
|Queens of the Stoneage||Go with the Flow|
|Rabbits on Trampolines||Better Again|
|Dave Mathews Band||Ants Marching|
|Hilltop Hoods||Chase the Feeling|
|Miles Kane||What condition am I In|
|John Legend||This Time|
|Scorched||Up on gods Shoulder|
|The Doors||Riders of the Storm|
|Funk||Low Rider close enuf)|
|Rolling Stones||Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)|
|Ryan Adams||Let it Ride|
|Creedance Clearwater Revival||Travelling Band|
|Fats Waller||Your feets to big|
|Beady Eye||Face The Crowd|
|SJD||Reject Pain ???|
|The Maine||Some Days|
|Spiderbait||Reach for the Sky|
|The Airborne Toxic Event||Hell and Back|
|Avicii||Long Road to Hell|
|Lan Del Rev||Young and Beautiful|
|Freaky Boy||I Fink U Freeky (I Think Your’e Freaky;Explicit)|
|Aloe Blacc||The Man|
|The Zombies||Hold Your head Up|
|Billy Thorpe||Most people I know Think that I’m crazy|
|Francesca Battistelli||When the crazy kicks in|
|Gramme||I feel the moment|
|Placebo||Running up the hill|
|John Butler Trio||Only One|
|My Radio||Yeah Yeah Yeah|
|The Heart||Need to Breathe|
|The Fray||Our Last Days|
|Pixies||Where is my Mind?|
|noiseworks||Miles and Miles|
Giro – no wrap up – just some glorious pictures
Stage 16 – Yep, that stage again, but just some fabulous pictures of why this was/is the greatest stage of them all.
Will we see him next year as the owner of a new Spanish team?
Stage 20 – The Mighty Zoncolan
Killing Monte Zoncolan is website for celebrating the greatest road cycling mountain, the Monte Zoncolan. This site also includes information about the greatest climbers and other major ascents in the World – link here – Zoncolan
This was the fifth time Monte Zoncolan appeared in the Giro d’Italia. The mighty Zoncolan can be climbed by three roads, the hardest being the one from Priola. This year was the first time the Priola appeared in the Giro.
Average: 11.9 % (Max 22 %); Length: 10.1 km; Height top: 1730m; Height difference: 1203 m
Previous winners were Gilberto Simoni (ITA) (2003 & 2007), Ivan Basso (ITA)(2010), and Igor Antón (ESP) (2011).
This year an Aussie added his name to the list.
Careful with those new knees
Michael Rogers pulling away on the Mighty Zoncolan
Flying with your bike
A great article on flying with a bike over on Cycling Tips – haev a look here – flying wity you bike cycling tips
The article is based on what happens behind the scenes when the baggage handlers get a hold of you beloved.
Tips on packing your bike are:
– If possible, opt for a padded bag, as opposed to a hardshell case or cardboard bike box
– Remove your pedals, tri-bars or anything else that will leave part of the bike hanging out of the case.
– Regardless of the type of bag or case you opt for, make sure you put some padding around the most vulnerable parts of the bike, including the rear derailleur.
– Keep the weight of your bike bag down, and not just so you’re inside your weight limit. Heavier bags and boxes are more difficult to manoeuvre and have an increased risk of being dropped or manhandled in the tight quarters of an aircraft’s hold.
– If you are going to fill up the bag or box, make sure rigid items like bike pumps aren’t free to move around the bag, potentially scratching the frame or damaging the components.
– If you’re using a cardboard bike box, be sure to tape up the handles as well as the top of the box. It’s common for the handles on cardboard bike boxes to tear when you go to lift up the bike, particularly if the box is quite heavy.
The baggage handler is a cyclist and has a favourite bag – an EVOC Padded.
A good review of the EVOC here – velonomad
You can also purchase a frame for the bike to sit on if you are not quite happy with the way the bike sits in the bag
Cafe of the Week – Bici Espresso
I had the pleasure of being taken to Bici on Hutt Street (South End next to the Arab Steed) last Sunday after our ride – unfortunately they had no zepollis, but the pastries (donuts) almost made up.
What impressed me was the range of food and pastries on offer. Have a gander below. Coffe was nice too.
till next week