Robin was an avid cyclist who owned 50 or more bikes, was a cycling tragis spending countless hours in bikes shops, and counted some of cyclings more famous faces as his friends.
Robin was passionate about one brand in particular: Pegoretti, custom-made in Italy by master builder Dario Pegoretti, who built frames for cycling icons such as Miguel Indurain, they are wild pieces of art, almost always steel, colourfully painted by hand. They’re also serious road machines.
“My favorite thing to do is ride a bicycle. I ride road bikes. And for me, it’s mobile meditation”
Look after your buddies, the guy next to you on your weekend ride could be afflicted with depression or anxiety. If you’ve been meaning to ask how someone is, or talk about what you’re going through, don’t wait – start the conversation now.
Matt de Neef over at the Climbing Cyclist has developed the Climbing Cyclist Wiki, a resource for cyclists worldwide that has the ambition of not just mapping, but providing a guide to the best cycling climbs so that riders know what to expect when tackling an ascent for the first time.
This is more than just percentage gradients and Strava files – The Climbing Cyclist Wiki provides detailed information about what you’ll face when you decide to challenge yourself on a particular climb. Its still in it’s infancy, with none loaded from SA yet (Sorry ,Matt, I’ll start to add some local Adelaide climbs any day now), but the invite is out there for anyone to add their favourite climbs. So please, have a look and add to the wiki.
2014 Adelaide Dirty Dozen – Saturday, September 6 at 7:00am
Adam has organised a bigger and nastier ADD for 2014.
3000m vertical in approximately 115km over a ‘Bakers Dozen’ of hills close to Adelaide. Are you up for the annual Adelaide spring challenge?
Starting and finishing at Red Berry Espresso, Le Strange St, Glenside, we will be taking on some of the usual steep hills close to town, but also adding some new challenges that may have remained ‘hidden’ to many cyclists in Adelaide until now. And the finish this year will be brutal!
Hills will be in order of:
Mt Osmond (Hayward Dve) – 2.3km @ 9.7%
Gill Tce – 0.6km @ 14.7%
Kensington Rd – 1.3km @ 11.5%
Coach Rd – 2.4km @ 9.8%
Coach House Dve / Woodlands Way – 2.7km @10.1%
Cleland Wildlife Park access road – 1.2km @ 10.6%
Whitewood Dve – 1.1km @ 10.3%
Heather Rd – 0.6km @ 12.4%
Ridge Rd – 1.3km @ 9.5%
Morgan Rd – 1km @ 10.4%
Pole Rd – 1km @ 9.9%
Lynton (Caroline) Bike Path – 0.7km @ 11.1%
Sheoak Rd – 5.2km @ 4.7% (incl sections of 0.5km @ 15.2% and 1km @ 8.7%)
With many ‘bonus’ lumps and bumps in between. According to Ride With GPS (which admittedly does read a little high) – 2945m vertical all up.
Route here – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4120207
7am – Sign On so that we can get a record of all participants (for future bragging rights of course)
7.15am – Riders briefing
7.30am – Roll out
**This is an unassisted social ride. You should have your own insurance, helmet and spares.
**Neither Cafe Souplesse, event supporters, or page administrators accept any responsibility for damage, accidents, injury that may occur.
There will be a minor charge for the event. Please refer to the ADD facebook site for more details – There are 234 acceptances to date.
So bad its good
This posting is very hard to write – I’m watching a replay of Sharknado – I’m having trouble concentrating. This is soooo bad its great.
Red Berry have found a new home – across the road from their old place. Good luck Walter.
Soon to be seen on the streets of Adelaide
More info in coming postings so keep an eye out and support this local startup.
Starting this weekend is the Vuelta. After the dominant effort of Nibali in the TdF and the unfortunate race altering crashes suffered by the major contenders, this years Vuelta provides the last opportunity for the GC competitors and teams and is bound to offer up some excellent racing.
Last years winner, the 40 year old Chris Horner is back with a new team.
Contador is back after his leg fracture at the TdF, but will be underdone.
Chris Froome is back but i suspect will struggle to attain race winning form given he was primed for the Tdf.
Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana will start as one of the favourites, and is in hot form after winning the mountains category at the Vuelta a Burgos
but he will be sharing the team lead with that old canny veteran and CI points leader Alejandro Valverde
Rigoburto Uran will line up with OPQ
And for a change for OGE, a GC contender in Esteban Chaves.
And who could forget
TV coverage by SBS will provide the following coverage.
- 1730 starting Sunday 24 August
- Live Stages
- Saturday 6 September – Stage 14 – 2310-0200
- Sunday 7 September – Stage 15 – 2350-0200
- Monday 8 September – Stage 16 – 2330-0200
- Thursday 11 September – Stage 17 – 0005-0200
- Friday 12 September – Stage 18 – 0005-0200
- Saturday 13 September – Stage 19 – 0000-0200
- Sunday 14 September – Stage 20 – 0305-0200
- Monday 15 September – Stage 21 – 0100-0500
All times AEST, please check your local guide for details.
Tour de Pologne
Well done Rafal Majka – another great effort with the Tour of [Poland a few weeks back – a terrific year to date, but that hat, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
And over at the iconic Spanish one day race earlier this month, the Clásica San Sebastián, a very happy Alejandro Valverde.
Over at Bike Exchange this week – the most expensive bikes in SA available this week (is this the best we can do?):
Private Sale – Cervello RCA 2014.
- Frame only or complete bike
- Size 56
- Only 325 made
- $12,000 complete bike
Bike has only been ridden less than a had full of times, purchased for a part of a bike collection.
Complete bike comes with:
Rotor 3D+ cranks
3T stem and bars
Campagnolo super record EPS
In Store – The new S-Works Tarmac Disc is Rider-First Engineered to provide every size frame with the hill destroying stiffness and legendary descending prowess the Tarmac is known for. It’s a no compromise race-bred machine and now with full hydraulic Shimano disc brakes, slowing down has never been easier.
Wednesday Legs Port
Well. not quite in production, a something to sip last Saturday evening at the annual shed cleanup. Pretty lame, but the best i could do with a 10 minute effort
Cafe of the Week – Pasta Deli
Remember the Old Glynde Fire Station over on Glynburn Road. The Pasta Deli have moved their manufacturing facilities into the old fire station and have converted the old engine bay into a cafe.
Meals on the right, cheeses, pastas, deli meats etc. on the left. I didn’t get to try the coffee, but the food was excellant.
till next time