Giro #DJTroll edition

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.

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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.

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She keeps no secrets from you

RIP Doc

It would be great to see the geeza below program in the following song at tyhe TdF –  We gotta get out of this place

The Angels

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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

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#DJTroll

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
Foo Fighters Wheels
Chickenfoot Lighten Up
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
Mr Probz Waves
Lorde No Better
Avicii Addicted to you
Ludovico Einaudi Fly
Kooks See the World
Kate Perry Roar
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)
Spiderbait Goodbye
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Mike Oldfield Harbinger
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
Imagine Dragons Tiptoe
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
INXS Devil Inside
Beady Eye Face The Crowd
SJD Reject Pain ???
Regurgitator Mountains
X Ambassadors Giants
The Maine Some Days
Spiderbait Reach for the Sky
Hellsongs Paranoid
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)
Noiseworks Touch
Mike Oldfield Harbinger
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
Beck Cycle
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
JLS One Shot

 

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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.

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Stage 17

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Stage 18

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Will we see him next year as the owner of a new Spanish team?

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Stage 19

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Stage 20 – The Mighty Zoncolan

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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 Antón, IgorIgor Antón (ESP) (2011).

This year an Aussie added his name to the list.

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Careful with those new knees

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Michael Rogers pulling away on the Mighty Zoncolan

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Stage 21

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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.

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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.

 

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A good review of the EVOC here – velonomad

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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

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Cafe of the Week – Bici Espresso

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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.

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till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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