H’eroica Adelaide

H’eroica Adelaide

In 2014 the Adelaide Cyclists H’eroica ride is back for its fourth year. (from Adelaide Cyclists)

The Adelaide Hills has so many hidden unsealed roads and ever-opening expanses of hills, and car-less roads provide a sublime experience, that need to be shared. On the same day in Italy the famous L’Eroica ride is being held that taken on the dirt roads of Tuscanny. Logically it seems like the ideal region to have it’s own L’Eroica on these mostly unsealed roads.

Sunday October 5 leaving the Natural Resource Centre carpark, Norton Summit, at 9 am for 9.15 start. We leave Norton Summit at 9.15 am (Magill 8.30 am).


This event’s aim is to be fun, inspiring, eye opening, a bit of a challenge, as well as including our non riding family and friends in a get together. As the Italian L’Eroica event is held on the strade bianchi roads of the Chianti region, we are riding the unsealed roads of the ‘Little Italy’ region of the Adelaide hills – Norton Summit to Lenswood like you’ve never ridden before.

L’Eroica is an event in Italy that travels through the wine region of Chianti during spring along the strade bianchi.

Like L’eroica, you are encouraged to ride in vintage cycling gear.

They stop at Anderson Hill winery, Lenswood, at around 11 am where they will be offering pizza from their wood fired oven as well as cheese platters and home-made cakes and coffee. Families and friends are welcome to join us.

Like last year we are offering an extended ride adding an extra 30 kms or so to the original Norton Summit to Lenswood via Blockers Rd ride. It takes you out towards Gumeracha on more gravel. This group are estimated to arrive at the winery not too long after the basic route group.

If you are riding up meet at the Tower Hotel carpark Magill at 8.30 am

A note on the course. Thre are some steep sections. The road surfaces will be a mix of bitumen & compacted gravel roads – strada giallo. Accordingly your carbon fibre racer should not be used, but mountain bikes, cross-bikes, touring bikes, single-speeds, and whatever else deemed fit for purpose.

RSVP via the event page. There’s also a Facebook event as well here that you can share. You’ll see there are already 50 people indicating they are coming.



Cancer SA – Beat Cancer Tour

The Beat Cancer Tour is a Tour Down Under charity ride where a group of 30 riders ride every stage Santos Tour Down Under in front of the pros with the aim of raising charity for Cancer research.

This is the full pro experience with stops for brief ‘comfort breaks’ and at the FeedZones. Riders will ride approx. 150 kms a day for 6 days at an average speed of about 30-35 km/h.

As this event is primarily about fundraising for cancer research, riders contribute to covering costs associated with this event by way of payment of a registration fee, personal rider donation and commit to a minimum level of fundraising. This ensures that over 90%** of community donations made from the riders family, friends and supporters contributes directly in the fight to beat cancer.

  • Registration fee: $2,000
  • Personal donation: $2,500
  • Minimum fundraising commitment – between $12,000 and $20,000 (tax deductible to all donors).

I had the pleasure of talking to Matt over at Amys Gran Fondo a few weeks back. Matt has been accepted as one of the 30 Beat Cancer riders . Matt took up cycling around 2 years ago as a way to get fit and socialise with other blokes, without having a significant impact on family time (lots of early morning rides whilst the rest of the household is still snoring).

Matts dad passed away from Cancer some 27 years ago, and in is making the commitment to combine his love of cycling with a worthy cause, raising money for cancer research in memory of dad.

This is a big commitment from Matt, both financial and time as he trains for the event. Matt will need to train up to 15 hours a week, riding an average of 500 km/wk to be physically prepared for the challenge.

The most important effort will be in reaching his fundraising target of $15,000. Matt has reached the $10,000 mark, so he is going well.


Here’s where you come in!!

We are all bombarded with requests to donate our time and money to many worthy charities and causes. I’d appreciate your ability to help Mattin any way you can.

You can donate via the website http://sa.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/mattschmidtke or by purchasing raffle tickets.

Whatever you can do to spare your help in the fight against cancer would be really appreciated.

If you would like to get in contact with Matt to help him out, just drop me a line of wednesdaylegs@gmail. and I’ll make sure you get in contact with him. You can also find out more about the ride or research projects via the website http://www.cancersa.org.au/research/beat-cancer-projects/2013 and http://www.beatcancertour.com.au/about/

Matt has one major fundraising event to go: Matt’s Beat Cancer Tour Raffle. It has amazing prizes:


Tickets are $2 each and come in books of 10. Matt is aiming to sell 2000 tickets, with the draw being held on 30th November.

Matt can send books or tickets via post. Direct deposit of money collected is probably easiest but he is happy to go with what suits people best.

If you are able to help please let us know by email and I’ll get Matt to contact you.



UCI Road Worlds – Mens Elite

Michal Kwiatkowski broke free with just over 5km to go to win – what a stallar year for Michal.





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Simon Gerrans 2nd





Rule # 5

It has come to my attention that there are still some people out there who do not know about Rule #5.(Velominati)

It’s quite simple. Harden The Fuck Up.


The Rules is an essential part of every cyclist’s kit—whether you’re riding to work or training to be the next Greg LeMond or Marianne Vos. Since 2009, Velominati has become an online cycling mecca, where The Rules helped to guide Cyclists towards The Way of the Cycling Disciple.

In this book, the Keepers go beyond The Rules as they exist on Velominati.com; we’ve organized them into V sections, and wrote exclusive new content surrounding each of the 91 canonical Rules. We share tips on gear, tell stories from cycling’s legendary hardmen, and enforce the etiquette of the road—with a healthy, often sinister sense of humor.

Practical and motivating, unflinching and authoritative, The Rules will help Cyclists everywhere find a passion to do the most important thing of all: love riding your bike, and keep riding your bike.



Stuart O’Grady Cycling


As you probably have seen in the press over the last few weeks, Stuart O’Grady is moving on with the next stage of his life.Recently announced was the launch of hid new cycling brand –  Stuart O’Grady Cycling.


Stuart O’Grady Cycling will be offering a range of cycling activities and tours, with his first offering being a weekender in the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley in November.

Guests start the weekender at the Fabulous Mt Lofty House on the Friday evening, before an ala carte breakfast and a ride through the Adelaide Hills Saturday.


The route will tackle before meandering through the Adelaide Hills over to the Barossa Valley to tackle Mengler’s Hill. Accommodation in the Barossa is at the luxurious Louise Resort.


A tour and Private tasting at Seppeltsfield in the trophy cellar of the “paramount Collection” and the 100 year old Para Vintage Tawny.

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A 5 course dinner at the Appelation Six Season private room with Stuart’ will top off an excellent day.

If you can drag yourself out of bed the next day, you’ll be riding back through the Barossa heading back towards Adelaide, but be prepared for some challenging climbs, with Checkers Hill, and the Corkscrew Road.

Stuart O’Grady Cycling will be offering overseas tours with access to some of the Pro Tour events.

You may also have seen the plans for Stuart to partner up with Nathan Eagleton to set up a new cycling hub at Victoria Park offering a cycling gym, café and children’s play area. plus some other bike specific offerings including “Bike fitting” using state of the art hydraulic bike machine and running small exclusive Tours from out of there also.

Being next to the criterium course and miles of traffic free tarmac, the building offers such a great opportunity that with 20/20 hindsight, I’m surprised no-one has come up with a good model before.

The cafe in the middle will be a place for Stuart to hang some of his personal cycling memorabilia/collection on display. I just hope there is no “Power” memorabilia on display!

I’m looking forward to the opening as it is Being just a few minutes away from my house, I’m looking forward to it’s opening, which they are hoping for around the TdU.

Good luck Stuart.



Stages – Power Meter

I’ve been provided with a trial Power Meter by the guys over at Velo-Porte. Last night I installed the meter, which wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

A power meter is a tool to gauge your level of effort providing you with valuable instantaneous feedback on your performance, whci in the right hands can lead to longer term improvements. It remains to be seen whether these are the right hands. Anyway, more about the meter in a months time.





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Till next week

tight spokes


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