A few weeks late, but I’ve posted some photos I took from a few of the Tour down Under stages I got out to see later in this post. I would like to say a thank you to my interstate readers who caught up with me over the tour. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. A special call out to Lennie and GPS Johnny over from Perth. great to meet you.
Regular TdU visitors, it turns out that that they have appeared in previous editions of Wednesday Legs as innocent bystanders. One was a picture I took up at the Mt Lofty lookout, where they were sitting in the cafe, and a second time when Lennie was cheering the riders on at one of the hill climbs. Lennie was saying that this time around they took the opportunity to ride up Sheoak road after seeing reference in a previous Wednesday Legs. I got the feeling she wasn’t thanking me though! If your back next year, happy to be the tour guide and show your crew a few other Adelaide climbs you may not have had the pleasure of riding up previously. More photos later. _________________________________________________________________ Sampson Flat Bushfire
Most of you would know of the Sampson Flat Bushfire that ran riot in the Adelaide Hills around Kersbrook, Gumeracha and Cudlee Creek. Smudge Monkey and the guys at Port Adelaide Cycling Club organised a Poker Run up to Cudlee Creek and Checker Hill to raise money for the Sampson Flat Bushfire appeal. The y ended up raising $7,500 plus whatever the riders spent in the region. so well done guys, a terrific effort. Some photos off the Smudge Monkey facebook site.
And for those with a keen eye – that is a fixie. Fantastic effort.
I’ve mentioned everesting a few times in the past, but for those unaware, there was a major everesting event last weekend. Twenty amazing women completed the largest group #everesting on record, and in doing so smashed the doubters expectations, blew away anticipated times (like, really blew them away), and somehow made the whole thing look like a lot of fun. -All on Mt Donna Buang (Length: 16.8km; Average gradient: 6.4%; Elevation gain: 1,069m)
A terrific write up here from Verita Stewart – link here and some of the photos on her site.
Heres a thought – an Adelaide mass Everesting attempt to coincide with next years TdU.
WHOS UP FOR IT? I am if there is support.
_________________________________________________________________ Bucket List
Cycling Weekly published an article a few weeks back that got me thinking (yeah, and so early on the year as well). 26 things to do on a bike before you die
I think after a training ride in Saturdays heat, I’m going to have to get cracking. 39 deg C in Adelaide yesterday, and the lads need to pick up their training for 3 Peaks next month, so I thought I’d help them out by setting A Mylor Mauling. 118km with 2,643m climbing.
I cracked on Morgan, and if any of you know Morgan, with the sun beating down at around 35 deg C, it was torture. At the top I declared an end to my innings, pulled up stumps and rode back to Redberry for an Iced Coffee, a pepsi , a Hydralite and a couple of litres of water. It didn’t take much to convince the 3-Pikers to abandon with me. I must say that I am not riding 3-peaks this year, so I haven’t the training in my legs, so I don’t feel too bad. I digress, back to the Bucket List. There are some great ideas on their bucket list that would be on most riders list, but what would be on your bucket list? I’ve put my Wednesday Legs hat on and come up with my own list, some of which I have successfully completed, but here goes.
Ride with a pro/recently retired pro, not fussed where
Go cycle touring in Italy and/or France
Go on a training camp
Ride in the Grand Slam Challenge in Adelaide
Buy a piece of ridgy didge cycling memorabilia
Join a cycling club
Ride a long distance trail
Meet Eddy Merckx
Ride down the Champs-Elysées
Watch the Tour de France, French style, from the top of Alpe de Hueaz, and on the Champs-Elysées
Ride a tandem
Sit in the velodrome at the finish of the Paris-Roubaix
Ride with your kids up
Grab a ride in a team car
Win a sprint
Takea KoM on Strava
Ride on a velodrome
Ride the following Australian sportives
Around the Bay in a Day, Melbourne, Victoria
Successfully complete an Everesting
Ride the Dirty Dozen – Adelaide and Melbourne
Find, buy and restore the bike you wanted as a kid
Become a randonneur
Visit Adelaide for the TdU
- Alpe d’Huez
- Mont Ventoux
- Passo Dello Stelvio
- Arenberg Cobbles
- Col du Tourmalet
- Champs Elysées
- Col du Galibier
- Monte Zoncolan
Ride in the Dolomites
Ride around Mount Panarama, Bathfurst, NSW
If you have any thoughts on what you’d add to the list, drop me a line.
Tour down Under
It just seems to be getting better and better. Next year Wednesday Legs is thinking about a bigger presence on Top of Willunga Hill (the Market Umbrella has carked it), and if I can get some takers, will be hosting a few Adelaide Hills rides to introduce the interstaters to the climbing delights of the Adelaide Hills. Something a little different from the “ordinary” sites an interstater will see. This idea has stemmed from a ride to Paracombe where I “picked” up 3 riders from Melbourne and took them on a ride up to Norton, around to Marble Hill and down Corkscrew before we followed the Gorge up to Paracombe. They loved it and weren’t planning to ride that way, and wouldn’t have on their short stay. If anyone from interstate thinks they may be interested, drop me a line. I took the opportunity over the tour to borrow a Trek Domane bike from Trek overnight and took it for a spin up to Mt Lofty early the next morning. Now I’ve ever been one for a detailed write-up, and I won’t be starting now, but it was a beautiful bike to ride, but it didn’t knock my socks off like my ride of the Bianchi infinito did last year.
I must admit the discs on Domane was the first time I have ridden discs, and I do like the feel of them, irrespective of the heart starter coming down Greenhill. As you can see from the photos there was a mist in the air, and the roads were slightly damp. Coming down to the left/right about 400m from the top I accidently locked the rear brakes, took the bike over the dividing line and collected it together before I had the chance to do myself some damage. Fortunately there were no cars coming up. Anyway, some photos from the TdU.
Two attempts over the last few weeks.
First attempt was Jack Bobridges attempt in Melbourne last week. Unfortunately Jack was just shy of the world record, but did break the Australian record with 51.300km. He absolutely buried himself and was in a whole different world of pain with his effort, physically exhausted and unable to even dismount his bike for several minutes.
I’m in that much pain it’s funny. I don’t know what else to do but just smile. I can’t event describe how much pain my glutes and quads are in, it’s unbelievable.
It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done and, I think, the hardest thing I’ll ever do. Twenty minutes in I think it sunk in what was happening and what was about to happen and, yeah, 20 minutes in there’s nowhere to go. It was just brutal the whole thing, really. There was nothing nice about anything of it.
An unbelievabkle effort after his efforts the week before at the TdU.
Contrast that with Dennis Rohan who had an extra week and overhauled Matthias Brändle’s record of 51.85 kilometres with a 52.491 km ride at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen on Sunday.
Bradley Wiggins is attempting the record later this year in June, and Tony Martin also considering a tilt in the not so distant future. That will be the interesting one.
Website of the week – Eurovision
Inspired by the Sanremo Festival, the vision of a pan-European music competition was born in 1955.
The 1956 Eurovision Song Contest was primarily a radio show, although some cameras were taping the contest for the few Europeans who had a television set at that time.
It lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes. The seven participating countries were represented with two songs each. The songs of the contest were not to exceed three and a half minutes, and the performers were accompanied by an orchestra of 24 musicians,
till next week tight spokes iPib