Ignorance is Bliss

What you cant see wont hurt you.



Over at Peloton Café, they’ve been posting readers magpie pictures

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Indiglo Kickstarter

The Indiglo Kickstarter campaign has kicked off and the uptake rate is quite promising. Monday night when I first started writing this post there was $11,275 pledged.


Tuesday night it had jumped to $18,040.


Hopefully the backing continues to roll in. I’ve pledged my support to this local SA initiative, please pledge yours. Please also pass this onto your mates.

Further details here – Indiglo5


Amys Gran Fondo – The Wall


In the host town of Lorne sits one of Victoria’s steepest climbs which is where Cycling Tips naturally chose the venue for the inaugural running of the Amy’s Wall hill-climb event on Saturday 13th September from 5:30pm.


Riders will launch themselves up the first gruelling section of Bay Street which towers above the Lorne Lifesaving Club. Hitting more than 20% in the first brutal metres, gear selection and pacing will be everything as groups of 4 riders at a time fight their way to the top of the taxing 120m climb.

I’m heading over for Amys GF this weekend with the Velo Porte  team. I was meant to have ridden last years AGF, but a broken foot put paid to that.  I heard some great feedback on the AGF, so am looking forward to the trip.  30+ guys, 3 houses, what can go wrong (Not all are staying with the lads, some are turning the trip into a family holiday).

I’ll try and post some photos of the trip next week.



What a day, what a very very hard but rewarding day.

Over 250 turned up to take on the Adelaide Dirty Dozen on what would have to be perfect weather for a ride in the hills. A tad chilly at the start, but it didn’t take long to warm up.

Apologise for the quality of some of my photos below, but you get the gist.

Starting at Red Berry Espresso (thanks for the ADD Support Walter)

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Keith from Velo Porte, Chris and Paul.  Keith was out and about providing support and lollies for the ride that were much appreciated on top of Morgan.


Rider Briefing

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Top of Kensie Road lookout

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Top of Coach road

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Mylor Café – a popular refuelling spot, only 5 climbs to go



At the finish

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A few photos grabbed from Velo Porte facebook site

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Andrew Watson was out on the course taking photos, these were grabbed from Andrews posting the ADD Facebook site.

Swanny, and I think that is me behind, which seemed to be the natural order of events for most of the day.

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Well done to all who completed, and thanks to all who supported the event.  And a stirling effort from Adam Wills who once again organised a superb event.

Yes it was tough, particularly after a long winter, and yes I was introduced to a few hills that I had ]never ridden before, and in the case of Lynton Bikeway, ignorance is bliss, because who in their right mind would build a 20% gradient into a public bike path. And then who in their right mind would place it the climb before Sheoak. Fark!  Aaaaaaaddddddddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sheoak is tough at the best of times, but this time I had to tack up the steep section. Thankfully there was only the one car coming down that I had to straighten up for. And by the time I got to the top of that that last climb along Sheoak, I had to ride straight past the water stop, there was no way I was going to or able to stop.

By this stage my body was in shutdown mode. Cramps were setting in, legs were spasming (is that a word? spell check throws up spamming – which is probably just as good), and the trip back down from the Bollards past the Eagle hurt. Breathing was ragged, ribs hurt, legs were telling Jens to shut-up and concentration was on the wane. Fortunately I made it back to Red Berry in one piece, mightily satisfied. Great coffee and the chicken salad roll was a nice change to gels and energy bars.


Melbourne Dirty Dozen

September 21st is Melbourne DD.


Sign up through the Climbing Cyclist website here.  DD14


NFTO Pro Cycling


Britain’s newest UCI Continental team. Keep an eye out for these lads over the next 2 – 3 years. They have lofty ambitions. They are Not For The Ordinary.


They were out here last TdU training in the Adelaide Hills, accommodated down Henley beach and out mixing it with team Sky. One of the British owners has strong links to Adelaide and is involved with a Melbourne bike shop.

Don’t be surprised when you see then riding the classics and the grand tours with the best of them.

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The journey began in the winter of 2011 when a Yorkshire man got back on his bike after a long career in the special forces. He got the bug, something he hadn’t felt since childhood. True to his character he rapidly formed a not for the ordinary amateur racing team. In 2012 NFTO race quickly started turning heads. With zero pressure and an ethos on having a great time the results came thick & fast. The man from up north believed in his little team of local riders, and thus started chasing his dream.

In 2013 the team hit the ground running, quickly taking victories. The most coveted win being the Jock Wadley won by Hugh Wilson. The young riders started showing their potential by kicking up a storm in Belgium. Their riders made a big impression as guests at the tour series which was broadcasted on national television. These performances gained them professional status for the 2014 season. They’ve signed contracts with the country’s top domestic pros.

They are preparing to take the fight to the highest level.


Keep an eye out for them in in Adelaide in January.


Euride Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Cycling Team – Community Event

This from the guys over at Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Adelaide are the proud sponsors of Euride, please join us for a night of entertainment and hospitality to help raise funds and assist visually impaired athletes pursue cycling as their chosen sporting endeavour.

Action on the night will include live bicycle races, a tandem frame custom spray painted on the evening by Cafasso Motor Body Repairs and auction items generously donated by their sponsors including a Mercedes-Benz drive day and passes to the Clipsal 500 motor race. The mentor of the program and five-time Paralympic Gold Medallist, Kieran Modra will also be presenting.

  • Date:              Thursday 18th September 2014
  • Time:              6:30pm
  • Location:        20 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Mile End SA 5031
  • Tickets:          $50 follow the link below to book your ticket


All funds raised for the event will go towards supporting vision impaired cyclists and their training pilots. Euride offer training and support to cyclists from beginner’s level, taking them through to national and international athletes.



Ding dong battle between Contador and Froome that we didn’t see in France. That race last night saw them battle it out wit h5k to go, with the Spaniard drawing blood wit ha km to go.

Contador has certainly exceeded my expectations following his recent leg break.

  1. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 63:25:00
  2. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:36
  3. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:39
  4. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:02:29
  5. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:38
  6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:06:17
  7. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:06:43
  8. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:06:55
  9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:08:37


Tour of Spain - Stage 13




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Play of the Week

Pittsburgh Steelers wide-receiver Antonio Brown kicks opposing punter in the face in week one of the NFL.

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till next time

tight spokes



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