The Dauphin of France (strictly,) The Dauphin of Viennois (Dauphin de Viennois) was the title given to the heir apparent of the throne of France from 1350 to 1791, and from 1824 to 1830.
Guy VIII, Count of Vienne, had a dolphin on his coat of arms and had been nicknamed le Dauphin (French for dolphin). The title of Dauphin de Viennois descended in his family the LeVieux Princes of Ivetot until 1349, when Humbert II sold his seigneurie, called the Dauphiné, to King Philippe VI on condition that the heir of France assumed the title of le Dauphin.
The wife of the Dauphin was known as la Dauphine.
Some dudes in Lycra are currently battling it out around the roads of Dauphine in what is one of the Tour de France leadin races, the Criterium du Dauphine.
The 8 stage Criterium du Dauphine started last weekend. The race is (known as the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré before 2010) is an annual road race run over eight stages in the Dauphine region in France early June. The race was inaugurated in 1947 by a local newspaper, the Dauphine Libere. In 2010, the newspaper ceded all organisational responsibility to the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), and the race’s name was abbreviated. The Dauphiné is an important race in the lead-up to the Tour de France. The importance of the Criterium du Dauphine to the Tour de France hopefuls has risen over the last few years with Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins winning both.
|2013||Christopher FROOME won 2013 Tour de France|
|2012||Bradley WIGGINS won 2013 Tour de France|
|2011||Bradley WIGGINS – dnr|
|2010||Janez BRAJKOVIC – dnf – crash stage 5|
|2009||Alejandro VALVERDE – dnr – Italian Olympic Committee suspended him from competition in Italy for 2 years|
|2008||Alejandro VALVERDE – 9th|
|2007||Christophe MOREAU –|
|1998||Armand DE LAS CUEVAS|
Stage 1 – ITT
Its looking ominous
I’ve been working on a little project over the last few months in between life, and have developed a fairly rudimentary Google Map of all the Adelaide climbs I know of.
I really thought I’d struggle hitting my 100 target, but with the help of the guys over at Adelaide Cyclists, I passed my target of 100 climbs earlier this evening. Thanks all.
However if i have missed any, and I’m sure i have, particularly south of Adelaide and down to Victor, please let me know, if possible with the strava link.
By my reckoning, I have about 15 climbs I have yet to ride up, but are now on my to do list.
You can link in here – Adelaide Cycling Climbs
It’s easy to work, lets say you want Greenhill road details, just click on the paddle at the start of Greenhill Road climb, and wallah
You will see the climbs information board pop up with the Strava link. Click on the strava link and you will be taken to the current strava segment for that climb.
Where i want to go with this is to develop a map where:
- The route can be shown on the another layer w/o having to leave the page.
- insert photos and videos at points of interest along each climb
- show cafes we like
- other points of interest
- Hill climbing App
I know I can’t do that with the free Google maps (at least I think i can’t). I’ve looked at a few other free map making sites, and haven’t yet found one that suits what I am trying to do. And not prepared to pay anything, so for the time being, this will do.
If anyone knows of something I can use, can you please send me an email?
Over the coming weeks I’ll list these in order of Rule # Fiveness.
Valley Drive / Ridgeland Drive
Instead of your standard Norton ride, why not consider ducking off up Valley Drive, just on the first left hand hairpin at the end of the flat. The road is in excellant condition having recently been resurfaced. It is not as heavy now. There is hardly any traffic and throws in some tricky corrners.
Adeaide on your left shoulder, and of course Woodland Way
Unfortunately you need to turn right at the intersection.
Left shoulder is Norton Summit Road
CRITẺRIUM DU DAUPHINẺ – The Rules (most of them anyway)
The 66th CRITẺRIUM DU DAUPHINẺ is organised by TDF Sport under the regulations of the International Cycling Federation (UCI) and the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (French Cycling Federation- FFC) and the Ligue Nationale du Cyclisme (French National Cycling League- LNC).
The event is open to teams of the UCI’s 1ST and 2nddivision. The number of cyclists per team is restricted to a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 5 at the start of the race.
Information on the race will be broadcast on “Radio –Tour”, using the frequency of 162.425 MHZ.
Neutral technical support will be provided by Mavic. This service will be ensured by 3 technical cars and 1 motorbike for the hilly stages.
The leader of the general individual time classification shall wear the Yellow and Blue Jersey.
GC Prize Money
- 1st each stage €4,000 GC €16,000
- 2nd each stage €2,000 GC €8,000
- 3rd each stage €1,000 GC €4,000
The following points are awarded for each stage: 15/12/10/8/6/5/4/3/2/1 point to the first 10 riders.
The following points are awarded for each intermediate sprint: 5/3/1 point
The leader of the points classification shall wear the green jersey
Points Classification Prize Money – Final standing €2,000
The following points are awarded for each of the climbs or passes:
Hors catégorie-passes: 20/18/16/14/12/10/8/7/6/5 point (s) to the first 10 riders.
Category 1 passes: 15/13/11 /9/8/7/6/5 points to the first 8 riders.
Category 2 passes and climbs: 10/9/8/7/6/5 points to the first 6 riders;
Category 3 climbs: 4/3/2/1 point (s) to the first 4 riders.
Category 4 climbs: 3/2/1 point (s) to the first 3 riders.
The leader of the climbing classification will wear a white polka dot jersey.
Points Classification Prize Money – Final standing €2,000
Only riders born on or after 1st January 1989 may take part in the best young rider classification.
The leader of the best young rider classification shall wear a white jersey.
The prize money awarded for the best young rider classification is as €1,000
In accordance with article 2.6.016 of the UCI regulations, the daily team classification is established by adding together the three best individual times from each team.
Any team reduced to fewer than three riders is eliminated from the general team classification.
Time bonuses, applied only to the general individual classification, are awarded for all 7 straight stages . Bonuses are awarded at the finish of the stages – 10″, 6″ and 4″ to the first 3 riders.
The finishing deadlines are as follows:
1st stage: 25%
2nd, 5th, 7thand 8th stages: 15 %
3rd, 4thand 6th stages: 10%
Any exceptional situations may be settled by the Stewards’ Committee after consultation with the Race Manager.
The finishes for the 2nd 7thand 8th stages are summit finishes. The rule for the last 3 kilometres will not be applied.
The wearing of leaders’ jerseys is mandatory from the signature inspection until the finish protocol ceremony.
A.S.O. and each of the participating teams declare it an absolute obligation to scrupulously respect the regulations and procedures decreed by the relevant authorities governing the fight against doping, as well as the obligation to maintain a strictly irreproachable line of conduct in this domain.
Participating teams hereby commit to applying the aforementioned regulations and procedures and shall be entirely responsible for the strict adherence to these regulations by their riders and more generally, by all their staff and service providers.
Anti-doping tests are carried out under the authority of the International Cycling Union and designated officials at the finish of each stage in the organisation’s trailer.
After each stage, the following riders must present themselves at the protocol ceremony:
the stage winner;
the leader of the general individual classification;
the leader of the points classification;
the leader of the best climber’s classification.
the leader of the best young rider’s classification.
The stage winner and the leader of the general classification must present themselves at the press room.
The following riders must present themselves at the final protocol ceremony:
the winner of the 8 th stage;
the winner of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné;
the winner of the points classification;
the winner of the best climber classification;
the winner of the best young rider classification.
the winning team in the general team classification;
the first three riders of the general individual classification.
A.S.O. sets up collection areas which are specifically designated to recover waste. Riders must only dispose of their waste, water bottles or any other object in these specially equipped areas.
A.S.O. considers the preservation of its image, its reputation and that of its event of the utmost consequence.
A.S.O. expressly reserves the right to refuse participation in – or to exclude from – the event, any team or members of a team, whose presence shall seriously blemish the image and/or reputation of A.S.O. and/or the event.
In order to enable the promotion of the Critérium du Dauphiné, each team, and therefore each rider within the teams, acknowledges that participation in the competition grants the organiser and its beneficiaries or legal representatives to reproduce and display, without any compensation whatsoever, his name, voice, picture, biography and more generally his sports performance within the framework of the Critérium du Dauphiné as well as the brand (s) of his equipment manufacturers and sponsors, in any form and on any material existing or in future, in any format, for any communication in the public domain throughout the world, for any purpose including promotional and / or commercial use without any limitations, and for the duration of the protection currently given to any territory by the laws or regulations, judicial decisions and / or arbitration of any country, and international conventions either existing or in the future, including any extensions that may be made to this duration.
The present regulations are written in French and shall prevail in the event of difficulty in interpreting its terms in another language.
Big Ass Fans
Haiku® is apparently the most efficient ceiling fan in the world as rated by ENERGY STAR®. Spanning 60- to 84 inches (1.5- to 2.1m) in diameter, the Big Ass Haiku fan is made of sustainably harvested Moso bamboo, durable matrix composite or aircraft-grade aluminum, depending on which one you choose. It delivers silent air circulation with great style.
- Airfoil blades and central motor housing blend
- Patent-pending Thin Sheet™ airfoils feature an aerodynamic profile, resulting in smooth, silent airflow at all speeds
- Electronically commutated motor and controls delivering silent operation and an 80% improvement in efficiency over conventional ceiling fan motors
- Ten speed control settings, including sleep, timer and the exclusive Whoosh® mode which simulates natural airflow to increase perceived cooling by up to 40% (Similar to my riding – I have a whoosh mode which simulates pro riding with over 40% reduced energy consumption).
- Requires just 2 to 30 W of electrical input
I have a colleague in our Melbourne office who has a Big Ass, reckons it is energy efficient, silent and looks a treat.
till next week