Michael Mathews – Tour of Poland – Stage 2
Michael Matthews from Orica-GreenEDGE celebrated the stage 2 Tour of Poland win(Torun to Warsaw ) the other day, unfortunately a malfuctioning radio meant that he didn’t get the message that Czech Petr Vakoc had already crossed the line 21 seconds earlier.
It looked like Matthews thought the peloton had caught all three escapees, particularly when his fellow sprinters began jockeying for position in the run towards the finish.
Australian Road Championships – 1979
I came across a teriffic Facebook site the other day called The Cycling Scrapbook that provides a very interesting read – a forum on Cycling History. The Facebook site description says……
This group “The Cycling Scrapbook” was started by Leon on February 22 and, as an introduction to his Blog of the same name – little did he know it would resonate with so many and reconnect so many friends in such a short space of time! Within 2 months, the group grew to 3000 members, and still growing! Leon created a serendipitous ‘monster’!
“The Cycling Scrapbook” has few rules but 4:
1. Mind your language and manners – admin acknowledge ‘colourful’ language and derivitives of, are a part of life – however the use of is not welcome or accepted within the Scrapbook
2. Contribute material, photographic or written, that is relevant to the theme of this group – bicycling historical
3. Please acknowledge where known, the photographer / writer of material being submitted to the group, and when shared from this group to another
4. Have fun and enjoy each others contributions and company!
Leon and Ell
The most atrocious conditions of all time prevailed at the Australian Road Championships in Adelaide 1979. Only eight riders finished the Senior Championship won by Michael Wilson … in the dark !
Chains and gears became choked with grit and stopped functioning. Numerous punctures also kept team mechanics very busy.
PHOTO – Geoff Skaines (NSW) changes bikes, pushed back in by Andrew Baxter – Skaines continued on to finish 4th.
Some other photos from Ray follow.
Rember that crash of Taylor Phinney some months back.
The 24 year old crashed on a descent of Lookout Mountain during the USA Cycling Professional Road Championships in May, leaving him with two breaks in the lower left leg and a knee injury.
A spectator captured the crash and the following 6 minutes before Taylor was taken to hospital.
The impact. Notice the following rider reacting to the unfolding developments.
The above photos make a strong case for the motorcycle protection barriers installed on some of the roads in the Adelaide Hills.
When you see these professional hurtling down mountainsides, and you hear broadcast commentators casually mentioning speeds approaching 100km/hr, you know its dangerous, but it just doesn’t hit home till you see scenes like Taylor’s. These guys are brave.
Taylor recently posted a photograph of his left leg showing the extensive scarring as a result of surgery to repair two breaks in the limb.
He is now back riding after a summer of rehabilitation on indoor rollers, although it is not known when he will make a return to racing.
Speedy recovery Taylor.
Its all over, but the Friendly Games threw up some terrific cycling performances.
Mens Teams Pursuit
- G – Australia (Bobridge/Davison/Edmonson/O’Shea)
- S – England (Burke/Clancy/Tennant/Wiggins)
- B – New Zealand (Archbold/Bulling/Kennett/Ryan)
Women’s 500m TT
- G – Anna Meares (Australia)
- S – Stephanie Morton (Australia)
- B – J Varnish (England)
Men’s Team Sprint
- G – New Zealand
- S – England
- B – Australia
Women’s Individual Pursuit
- G – Joanna Rowsell (England)
- S – Annette Edmonson (Australia)
- B – Amy Cure (Australia)
Men’s Individual Pursuit
- G – Jack Bobridge (Australia)
- S – Alex Edmondson (Australia)
- B – Marc Ryan (New Zealand)
Men’s B2 Tandem 1000km Time Trial
- G – Neil Fachie/ Craig MacLean (Scotland)
- S – Kieran Modra/ Jason Niblett (Australia)
- B – Matthew Ellis/ Ieuan Williams (Wales)
Men’s Para-Sport Sprint B2 Tandem
- G – Neil Fachie & Craig Maclean (Scotland))
- S – Kieran Modra & Jason Niblett (Australia)
- B – Paul Kennedy & Thomas Clarke (Australia)
Men’s 1000m Time Trial
- G – Scott Sunderland (Australia)
- S – Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)
- B – Matthew Archibald (New Zealand)
Women’s 10km Scratch Race
- G – Annette Edmondson (Australia)
- S – Amy Cure (Australia)
- B – Elinor Barker (Wales)
Men’s Scratch Race
- G – Shane Archbold (New Zealand)
- S – Glenn O’Shea (Australia)
- B – Remi Pelletier (Canada)
- G – Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)
- S – Sam Webster (New Zealand)
- B – Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
- G – Stephanie Morton (Australia)
- S – Anna Meares (Australia)
- B – Jess Varnish (England)
Women’s Para-Sport 1000m Time Trial
- G – Sophie Thornhill/ Helen Scott (England)
- S – Aileen McGlynn/ Louise Haston (Scotland)
- B – Brandie O’Connor/ Breanna Hargrave (Australia)
Elite Womens Cross Country
- G – Catharine Pendrel (Canada)
- S – Emily Batty (Canada)
- B – Rebecca Henderson (Australia)
Elite Men Cross Country
- G – Anton Cooper (New Zealand)
- S – Samuel Gaze (New Zealand)
- B – Daniel Mcconnell (Australia)
Elite Women Individual Time Trial
- G – Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)
- S – Emma Pooley (England)
- B – Katrin Garfoot (Australia)
Elite Men Individual Time Trial
- G – Alex Dowsett (England)
- S – Rohan Dennis (Australia)
- B – Geraint Thomas (Wales)
Elite Womens and Mens Road Race – No podium finishers
Tour de France
Yeah, yeah, the tour finished a few weeks ago, but just catching up after a Legs Break.
For a race that was promising to be a Sky borefest, it started with a bang and finished with a fizzle.With half the English population turning out in Yorkeshire for the first three stages, it started off promising, and then the racing over the next few stages, particularly stage 5 across the rain soaked cobbles raised teh stakes. Unfortunately the two main protagonists dissapeared early with bone fractures, leaving Niballi and Team Astana to assert control and strangle the maillott jaunne, leaving the other teams fighting for “minor” category and stage wins.
If your after an in-depth a analysis of the race, then your in the wrong place. I’ve plonked a few photos from the TdF from the fabulous site – SteephillTV. In no particular order…..
Cafe of the Week – Red Berry
Some of you know by now, but Red Berry Espresso recently closed their doors due to a change in Tenancy arrangements beyond their control.
The good news is that it is not permanent. Walter is currently on the lookout for a new home. If you know of anything, contact Walter – his number is on their facebook site.
- 4 cups fresh pig’s blood
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups steel-cut (pinhead) oatmeal
- 2 cups finely diced pork fat (or beef suet), finely chopped
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
Preheat the oven to 325°F and grease 2 glass loaf pans. (If you don’t have glass loaf pans, line metal loaf pans with parchment to keep the blood sausage from reacting with the metal and creating an off-flavor.) Stir 1 teaspoon of salt into the blood.
Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil and stir in the oats. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until just tender, not mushy.
Pour the blood through a fine sieve into a large bowl to remove any lumps. Stir in the fat, onion, milk, pepper, allspice and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Add the oatmeal and mix to combine. Divide the mixture between the loaf pans, cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour, until firm. Cool completely. Seal in plastic wrap and wither freeze for extended use or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To serve, cut a slice about 1/2-inch thick off the loaf. Fry in butter or oil until the edges are slightly crisped and browned.
Till next time