Bring It On
OK, time to fess up, and apologise if i misled anyone, it wasn’t my intention, i just forget to add an extra line in last weeks blog. Time pressures got the better of me.
Last weeks 2015 Tour Down Under routes are not, repeat not the real routes. Whilst I forgot to mention that these are routes that I would like to see and are not official, I did think the stage sponsor names would have been a hint that they were fake. I would love to see some localisation, although i understand the commercial and marketing requiements to promote the regions. I get it. I would love to see some emphasis on routes that we know intimately, that we enjoy, that we can benchmark ourselves against, that we can easily gain access to.
I know the organisers need to make compromises, I get it.
Would love to see the riders ride through Belair Nartional Park.
What you missed this morning – Wednesday 2nd July
With the break in the weather, I took the opportunity to go for a slightly extended ride this morning which turned out to be a glorious ride in the quiet the Adelaide Hills. I was enjoying the ride, but it improved remarkealy when setting eyes on the sun hitting the mist in the valleys down behind Marble Hill – see some photos below.
- Up Greenhill in time to see the sun poke over the horizon by the time I got to the top.
- A detour around Uraidla to take in Parish Hill Road (its only short, but its brutal – 17% at its steepest)
- Across Range Road to Basket Range
- Down to Little Italy
- Up Burdetts
- Back to Ashton, then Norton and Home.
45km round trip, 1245m gain. A nice way to start the day.
Have a look at some of these photos from the ride
OK – its been relatively quiet on the TdF front of late, what with the world cup getting to the pointy end, the TdF lead publicity has been somewhat washed over by the world cup., but it is almost here.
Now that the Dauphine, Tour de Swiss and a few other stage races are out of the way, the classification contenders have been tapering and fine tuning at their home Road Nationals. Winners include:
Austria – Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing)
Belgium – Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol)
Belarus – Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r La Mondiale)
Canada – Road & Time Trial – Svein Tuft (Orica-Greenedge)
Czech – Zdeněk Štybar (OPQS)
Denmark – Michael Valgren (Team Tinkoff-Saxo)
Finland – Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ.fr)
France – Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr)
Germany – André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Great Britain – Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
Italy – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Luxembourg – Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
Netherlands – Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp)
Portugal – Oliveira Nelson (Lampre-Merida)
Russia – Alexander Porsev (Katusha)
Slovakia – Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Spain – Ion Izaguirre (Movistar)
Switzerland – Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling)
Orica Green Edge
Take your premium trackside seating in the Grand Palais Grand Stand and experience the monumental arrival of the riders after over 3500 gruelling kilometres. Witness the world’s finest cyclists complete the final circuits of Paris and the last 300m unfold in front of your eyes where legends are born. Be there to join the ORICA-GreenEDGE entourage as our boys vie for the most special stage win of the Tour.
Grand Palais Grand Stand seating includes:
- A personal welcome by Tour de France hostesses. ·
- Grandstand seats in the official tribune “Grand Palais” located approximately 100m down from the Finish line towards the Place de La Concorde on the opposite side to the finishing straight, giving you a great view of the cyclists speeding up and down the Champs Elysee on their famous circuits of one of the World’s most famous streets.
- Soft drink refreshments · An official “Tour de France” gift.
Steve, I’m expecting some great photos to come back through to Wednesday Legs!
Unfortunately there has been some news from OGE that explains why Darryl Impey is not on the TdF bus.
“ORICA-GreenEDGE has been notified that Daryl Impey has returned an adverse analytical finding and has been notified by The South African Institute for a Drug-Free sport that he delivered a positive A and B sample for the substance Probecenid after the South African Championships on February 6, 2014.
The team would like to underline that it respects Daryl Impey’s right to prove his full innocence and will not comment …any further until the process has run its due course and final conclusion has been made.
As per the team’s code of conduct, Daryl Impey will not feature on the team’s roster until the case.”
As you most likely heard, Thor is hanging up his shoes at the end of this season.
Thor Hushovd of Norway says he will retire from professional cycling after the world championships (Ponferrada, Spain.) in September because he’s struggling to be in form.
The 2010 world champion, known as a strong sprinter, said he needs “a bit of a holiday.”
The 36-year-old BMC rider began professional racing in 2000. He rode the Tour de France from 2001-11, winning 10 stages.
Born on the 18th January 1978 in Grimstad, Norway, he is one of their best cyclists, but unfortunately he has been plagued by the aftereffects of a virus illness in 2012, which kept him from racing for about a year.
This is a big relief for me because this mononucleosis is something that has been going on for months. I did not want to stop, but because I love the sport and love to compete and because of the problem I have, I just cannot do it anymore. On my bad days, I am suffering quite a bit. On the other side, I have a bad feeling about it in my gut because I am ending in a way that I didn’t want it to end. If I was to write the last perfect chapter, it would not end like this. But there are some things in life you cannot control and I just have to accept that
Thor has had an outstanding career, being a past world road champion who twice won the points classification at the Tour de France while capturing stages at all three of the grand tours.
Much to my surprise, has only teamed up with 3 pro outfits in a career spanning 15 seasons.
- 2014 : BMC Racing Team
- 2013 : BMC Racing Team
- 2012 : BMC Racing Team
- 2011 : Team Garmin – Cervelo
- 2010 : Cervélo Test Team
- 2009 : Cervélo Test Team
- 2008 : Crédit Agricole
- 2007 : Crédit Agricole
- 2006 : Crédit Agricole
- 2005 : Crédit Agricole
- 2004 : Crédit Agricole
- 2003 : Crédit Agricole
- 2002 : Crédit Agricole
- 2001 : Crédit Agricole
- 2000 : Crédit Agricole
A highlight for Australian fans was Thors win in the UCI Road World Championships, which started in Melbourne and finished in Geelong back in 2010. Thor was the first-ever Norwegian to win the men’s elite road title.
I do a lot of strength training and intense intervals – so lots of training specifically for my sprinting
On training for the Classics.
I do several long, very intense intervals as well as longer sessions on the bike, like 6 hours. You really have to work on your endurance, working to make your engine bigger you know. Stronger, for much longer
On pre race’ preparation
Coffee! We have an espresso machine on the bus, and before a long race I like to just relax and keep warm. We have a team meeting, and go from there.
Definitely the Paris Roubaix!
Other random quotes
The Vikings have returned to Brittany
In fact I didn’t suffer much
Motel of the week – Clown Motel
If you remember the clown scene in poltergeist, staying at a clown motel, which is located along side a graveyard. this would have to be the creepiest motels around.
The Clown Motel in Tonopah, NV is a cool place to stay in.
The rates are fantastic. Under $35 for the a family. TCM has Free wireless, decent channel selection, a table and chairs for snacking or working, a microwave and a mini fridge.
They have hot coffee in the morning and most notably: the largest collection of porcelain clowns in the world.
The bed is comfy and the sunsets from the porch are to die for.
Tonopah itself is gorgeous: surrounded by lovely mountains and preceded by miles and miles of untampered desert.
If you’re planning on stopping between Vegas and Reno, make your stop in Tonopah and stay in the Clown Motel.
If yo uhaven’t yet, download the tour tracker from SBS or Cycling news, they both contain a bucket load of information – download from then app store
till next week