The guys are half way there, 3 weeks to go. Kickstarter page link here. Indiglo 5.
Amys Gran Fondo
Over 5,000 people rode in the 2014 AGF in probably ideal weather in what would have to be one the most idyllic cycling region I have had the pleasure of riding along. Starting at Lorne we rode 38 km east towards Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road before hanging a right for the KOM up Skenes Creek Road, 9.5km at an average of 5.1% gradient. This took us up into the heart of the South Eastern Otway Ranges before sweeping down through some classic rain forest settings down to farmland North of the Ranges. From there we swung easterly before heading back up into the ranges, for a hilltop finish and a neutral ride back down Deans Marsh Road to Lorne.
I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with the Velo-Porte guys.
3 houses rented for three nights for 24 guys, with another 6 or so making a family outing and staying separately. The weekend came together seamlessly from my perspective, but I know that the organisation required to make a weekend like this come together is quite demanding, so Chapeau to Keith at Velo-Porte and the others who helped out along the way.
Below are some photos taken at various stages of the weekend, apologies for some of the blurry shots, but I’ve added them in as they add to the overall story of the weekend.
Accommodation was just superb (thanks AJ), the only gripe about it over the weekend was that it was at the top of some farkin 20%+ gradient short hills, which at the end of the AGF was not palatable for most.
Two things stick in my mind about these “little” hills, they were Tony P emptying his water bottle at the start of the first climb (TP is 50kg wet, and when he starts to lighten his load, you know its a nasty climb). The second was watching Keith trying to hang on to the 4WD on the trip back to the house after AGF. Good thought, but just didn’t work.
The locals were very friendly. The first bird for a long time I’ve ad eating out of my hand (or is that ever?). Funny thing, the local magpies were lazy as. They’d sit up in the trees watching the Rosellas pick away at the nuts n seeds for quite some time before they’d lazily fly on over and tell the Rosellas to fark off.
The traditional breakfast
A Saturday morning spin for half the lads up Deans Marsh Road.
A few of us carried on for a few extra K’s up the GOR before having the traditional “Chest Puff” group shot.
The 3PM rider briefing at the Mantra.
How hard can 110m be, really.
Bay Street was fenced off and the Amys Wall sprint was a great initiative of the Wade over at Cycling Tips
Gear selection was the key – the big ring was the go, as long as you could crank it over a the start. Unbelievably the winning mens time was 14.4 seconds and the ladies at 18.1 seconds – they flew up the course.
Chapeau to Graeme Theissen from Norwood Parade Cycles who came in at 29th position with a time of 17.9 seconds. Graeme was the only Velo-Porte entrant. I suspect he could have knocked off a few tenths had he not worn jeans.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos.
From AGF Facebook site, the wall of pain. #19 is Graeme – cool as a cucumber
Pasta night at Team HQ on Saturday night
Followed by the team sign in and the now traditional motivational Team Talk by the team motivaor
Keith from Velo-Porte
A thankyou to the team sponsors who’s contribution and support helped make the Velo-Porte AGF a success.
- Commercial & General
- dbphilpott real estate
- workspace commercial furniture
- Kristen Martins Consultant and Management Consultants
- Rodeo (Kit designers)and last but not least
If I can make one suggestion, a masseur sponsorship with sports masseur waiting at the house after ride would just top it off.
The Velo-Porte team
Waiting for the start on Sunday morning
Of course, after all the fun and games have all too rapidly wrapped up, there is the bakery hop on the way home.
Brunch of champions – Chocolate éclair, meat pie and mugachino – in that order.
All up, a brilliant weekend.
If you haven’t got this on your bucket list, you must add it. I’ll certainly be looking for a double up in 2015.
An excellent search engine for your KOM and Total time located here. KOM
A fantastic recovery by Contador, and an excellent fight Froome who got better each week.
Chapeau to Adam Hansen with his Stage 19 win up Cangas de Morrazo in his 10th completed Grand Tour in a row.
Website of the Week – The Sticky Bidon
Graeme Theisson (mentioned above), has developed a cycling website that you’ll find very interesting.
This website aims to disseminate cycling content that matters to regular people who chose the bicycle as a way of life, without bias. With any luck it can help give cycling culture a little push in the right direction.
The focus will be on anything that makes life better or more interesting for people who ride bikes. How cycling affects my life: commuting, advocacy, government, infrastructure, policy, cars vs. bikes, helmet use, responsibility. This is where you come to find something different: unique products, independent designers, shops, and ideas. Reviews? Maybe. This is where you come to kill some time: videos, photos, articles. This is where I get to take my soap box out: editorial, discussion, arguing both sides of the story.
Graeme posts some thought provoking articles that provide food for thought from a different perspective than the usual blogs. Go on, give it a go.
till next time