Cyclist Pain Chart

I was out and about on Saturday morning giving the new bike a spin………….Yep, thats right – a new bike.  Picked up a few weeks back from the by now closed Avanti Lifecycle bike shop on Kensington Road. If you haven’t heard, Chris is retiring.

All the best Chris.

The new bike – a Scott Solace 15.

The below photos are not my bike, but exactly the same colour.



Have a look at the seat stays.


It took me a few weeks to get my head around the fact the brake bridge has been designed out to give the seat stays more flex for more comfort.

In the few weeks I’ve had it, it feels good across the lumpy Adelaide Hill roads.

Still getting used to the 28mm tyres and the 11-32 cassette. I’ll probably swap it our for an 11-28 some time over the next few months. Maybe.

Loving the disc brakes. I took it down a few of the steeper hills around the Adelaide Hills last Saturday morning and I found descending with discs down Corkscrew, Cherryville and Pound was simply the best I’ve ever felt.  And I don’t mind saying that having a few extra gears to get back up, specifically Cherryville, was, dare I say it, a pleasure.

For those that got out on Saturday morning, it was bloody freezing, but the views looking down into the valleys onto the floating mist banks was superb – the below photo is looking down towards then Gorge from atop the Corkscrew.


And then looking back up.



This is what cycling in the Adelaide hills is all about.


Tour de France

Starting this weekend is the 102nd Tour de France, starting with the Grand Départ from the Netherlands and then spending two days in Belgium before heading into France.


Some of the distinctive stages of this years race are:

The peloton will have its share of cobbled portions during stage 4 between Seraing and Cambrai. There will be seven sectors over a distance of 13.3 kilometres.

Two final climbs will spice up the first week of racing. First of all, the climb up the Mur de Huy (1.3 km at 9.6%), which is the traditional finish of the Flèche Wallonne, where stage 3 will end.


Then, the climb up the Côte de Mûr de Bretagne (2 km at 6.9% with some passages at 15%), known as the Alpe d’Huez of Britanny and already on the course in 2011, where the finish of stage 8 will take place.

1 Individual time trial Saturday, July 4th Utrecht / Utrecht 13.8 km
2 On-line Sunday, July 5th Utrecht / Zélande 166 km
3 On-line Monday, July 6th Anvers / Huy 159.5 km
4 On-line Tuesday, July 7th Seraing / Cambrai 223.5 km
5 On-line Wednesday, July 8th Arras Communauté Urbaine / Amiens Métropole 189.5 km
6 On-line Thursday, July 9th Abbeville / Le Havre 191.5 km
7 On-line Friday, July 10th Livarot / Fougères 190.5 km
8 On-line Saturday, July 11th Rennes / Mûr-de-Bretagne 181.5 km
9 Team time trial Sunday, July 12th Vannes / Plumelec 28 km
Rest day Monday, July 13th Pau
10 On-line Tuesday, July 14th Tarbes / La Pierre-Saint-Martin 167 km
11 On-line Wednesday, July 15th Pau / Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin 188 km
12 On-line Thursday, July 16th Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille 195 km
13 On-line Friday, July 17th Muret / Rodez 198.5 km
14 On-line Saturday, July 18th Rodez / Mende 178.5 km
15 On-line Sunday, July 19th Mende / Valence 183 km
16 On-line Monday, July 20th Bourg-de-Péage / Gap 201 km
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17 On-line Wednesday, July 22nd Digne-les-Bains / Pra Loup 161 km
18 On-line Thursday, July 23rd Gap / Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5 km
19 On-line Friday, July 24th Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne / La Toussuire – Les Sybelles 138 km
20 On-line Saturday, July 25th Modane Valfréjus / Alpe d’Huez 110.5 km
21 On-line Sunday, July 26th Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest / Paris Champs-Élysées 109.5 km

This year experience the three legendary climbs of the penultimate stage ending in L’Alpe d’Huez.

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With its 13.8 km ascent and its famous 21 bends, the real Alpe d’Huez will be the final showdown of the 2015 Tour with the summit finish of stage 20 on the eve of the finish on the Champs-Élysées.




Guest Speakers including the renown Gabriel Gate.

Lucky Door prizes to be won including a return economy flight to Paris flying Singapore Airlines with 2 nights accommodation at Hotel du Nord et de l’Est and Eurail pass, weekend stay for 2 at the Adelaide Hilton (incl breakfast), a Nespresso coffee machine, a 3lt bottle of Wirra Wirra in a wooden box, full leader kit from the Oceania Tour donated by the UCI, Cycling Australia cycling pack, DVDs, books and bottles of French perfumes.

Silent auction for SBS advertising and a signed cycling jersey.

Cost $35 includes souvenir wine glass (filled with Wirra Wirra wine), supper and Nespresso coffee.

Plus the opportunity to purchase additional wine and snacks.

All profits go to Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Any further enquiries contact Barney Habel, SBS Media on 0419 690 259 or Hugh Chevrant-Breton, Singapore Airlines on 0438 740 033


The Lion


The lion was (note the word was) the mascot of longtime Tour de France title sponsor Crédit Lyonnais. According to French sports magazine L’Équipe, the bank has been handing out the fluffy lions at the Tour since 1987.


Forty-five of the little guys attend the Tour each year, with one distributed to each day’s winner and the rest closely guarded to avoid loss or (zut alors!) theft.

2014, Tour de France, tappa 07 Epernay - Nancy, Astana 2014, Borselli Federico, Epernay
2014, Tour de France, tappa 07 Epernay – Nancy, Astana 2014, Borselli Federico, Epernay






The Contenders


This years race, at face value, looks like it will be an absolute cracker. The fab four are there, in good form, and supported by a good team.




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And sitting just outside the fab four are the likes of Tejay van Garderen and Thibaut Pinot  who are progressing nicely, and on any given day can match it with the best.


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Throw in Romain Bardet, Alejandro Valverde’s cohabitation with Nairo Quintana is interesting and Joaquim Rodriguez who could be riding his last Tour de France on a course that suits him.

Looks like it will be a cracker.

What do the bookies say? The latest odds are:


  • Chris Froome                                  13/8
  • Nairo Quintana                                9/4
  • Alberto Contador                             4
  • Vincenzo Nibali                               9/2
  • Thibaut Pinot                                  22
  • Mikel Landa                                    33
  • Tejay Van Garderen                       28
  • Joaquim Rodriguez                        33
  • Alejandro Valverde                         50
  • Romain Bardet                               66


  • Nairo Quintana                                4
  • Pierre Rolland                                13/2
  • Christopher Froome                       10
  • Alberto Contador                           11
  • Julian Arredondo                           11
  • Joaquim Rodriguez                       16
  • Thibaut Pinot                                 20
  • Romain Bardet                              22
  • Ryder Hesjedal                              20
  • Steven Kruijswijk                           25


  • Astana Pro Team                              13/5
  • Team Katusha                                   14/5
  • Team Sky                                          14/5
  • Tinkoff-Saxo                                      3
  • Bretagne Seche Environnement       7/2
  • AG2R La Mondiale                            21/5
  • Movistar Team                                   21/5
  • Trek Factory Racing                          29/5
  • Orica Greenedge                               34/5
  • Team LottoNL Jumbo                        34/5


Pain Assessment Chart

I’m halfway through series 3 of Breaking Bad on Stan – yeah I’ve already seen it all before, but that was watching the old fashioned way on free to air tv over something like 5 years, and during that time I missed some. So, I started again.  Anyway, the point is this – in episode 7, Hank attacks Jessie who ends up in hospital with a rather messed up face, and in one scene Jessie is seen staring at a pain assessment chart – like the one below.


I haven’t seen a cycling pain assessment chart, so I thought I’d look at some of the past and present cyclists on the UCI pro tour scene and see if I can develop a cycling pain assessment comparison, so here goes.

I thought this would be easy, but it wasn’t. Some were more difficult than I thought. There are quite a few poker faces in the field, and others that were just plain difficult to read.

I’ve placed the photos from lowest to highest pain levels, but not attempted to put a score against them. You’ll get the gist.

Cadel Evans

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Cadel Evans finished fifth in the men's time trial.
Cadel Evans finished fifth in the men’s time trial.


foto Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse 22 05 2014 Barbaresco, Alba (Italia) sport Giro d'Italia 2014 - 12a tappa - Barbaresco-Barolo Crono Singola. nella foto: Evans Cadel -Aus- (Bmc) photo Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse 22 05 2014  Barbaresco, Alba (Italia) sport Giro d'Italia 2014 - 11th stage - Barbaresco-Barolo In the picture:Evans Cadel -Aus- (Bmc)

8 9 10

Thomas Voeckler

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the yellow jersey, rides during the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse      (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT CYCLING)



4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Alberto Contador


2 3 4

Copyright:Franck FAUGERE

6 7 8 9

Spain's Alberto Contador gets assistance from his team after crashing during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 161.5 kilometers (100.4 miles) with start in Mulhouse and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Monday, July 14, 2014. Contador withdrew from the race as a result of the crash, right is his team manager Bjarne Riis of Denmark. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Chris Froome

1 2 3 4

Cycling: 5th Tour of Oman 2014 / Stage 5    FROOME Christopher (GBR)/  Bidbid - Jabal Al Akhdhar / Green Mountain (147,5Km)/  Rond Etape Rit /(c) Tim De Waele

Vincenzo Nibali

foto Ferrari - LaPresse 17 05 2013  Busseto (Italia) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 - 13a Tappa - Busseto - Cherasco. nella foto:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana photo Ferrari - LaPresse 17 05 2013  Busseto (Italy) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 - 13 Stage - Busseto - Cherasco In the picture:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana
foto Ferrari – La

foto Ferrari - LaPresse 21 05 2013  Valloire (Francia) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 - 16a Tappa - Valloire - Ivrea nella foto:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana photo Ferrari - LaPresse 21 05 2013  Valloire (France) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 -  16 Stage - Valloire - Ivrea In the picture:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana

foto Ferrari - LaPresse 12 05 2013  Arezzo (Italia) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 - 9a Tappa - Sansepolcro - Firenze nella foto:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana photo Ferrari - LaPresse 12 05 2013  Arezzo  (Italy) sport Giro d'Italia 2013 - 9 Stage - Sansepolcro - Firenze In the picture:Nibali Vincenzo (Ita) Astana

4 6 7

2013, Giro d'Italia, tappa 08 Gabicce Mare - Saltara, Astana 2013, Nibali Vincenzo, Saltara

Foto : Pool - Watson - LaPresse 15 05 2011 Messina-Etna sport Giro d'Italia tappa 9 - Messina - Etna nella foto: Vicenzo Nibali Photo : Pool - Watson - LaPresse 15 05 2011 Messina-Etna Giro d'Italia stage 9 - Messina - Etna in the photo: Vicenzo Nibali

2014, Tour de France, tappa 05 Ypres - Arenberg, Astana 2014, Nibali Vincenzo, Arenberg

Mark Cavendish

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Lance Armstrong

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I’m introducing a new segment into Wednesday Legs – WL Cyclist of the Week

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The first Cyclist out of the blocks is Dave Solari, owner of Zecca Bar and Kitchen in Hutt Street.


Dave is a former cyclist who, in 1985, became the first cyclist in history to be crowned national champion in two different countries.

He was Australian Junior pursuit champion and Italian Champion. Solari had duel citizenship and represented Italy at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and nine World track Championships.

He collected two bronze medals in 1986, a bronze in 1989 and silver in 1990, 91 and 92. Solari also won eight Italian National track championships as well as representing Italy on 158 occasions. Solari was Australian Champion in 1985 and 1992.

I sat down with Dave over a coffee (well, over several emails, but coffee sounds better)

What are you currently riding?

BMC. A gift from my old team mate and close friend, Fabio Baldato. Current team director of BMC racing team


What bike do you covet?

BMC Impec Lamborghini Limited Edition


 How many bikes do you own?


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How do you store your bikes?

I store them hanging in 2 different sheds.

What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

None anymore!! When I was competing I had all the Campag track tools you could get.

Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

These days I don’t ride as much as I like, so very little maintenance is required. If it is required I take it to Norwood Parade Cycles who have looked after my bikes for 30 years. Phil Mittiga is, in my opinion the best bike mechanic going around.

What is your pet hate about cycling?

Riding in the wind, rain and cold!!!

What do you love about cycling?

Physical benefits and sense of freedom. When I was competing at world and Olympic level it was the adrenaline you got from competing against the worlds best.

Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Francesco Moser. I was lucky enough to train with him on numerous occasions.


What is your fondest cycling memory?

Fondest memories are all World Championships and the 1988 Olympics I competed in.


What is your favourite post ride coffee spot?

Zecca bar & kitchen on Hutt st of course!!! (thats David below)


Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I’m…..”


If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Italy. Having lived there for over 15 years, I trained on very beautiful roads.

What is your favourite training route?

In Adelaide, up the Gorge rd and then around the Barossa.


What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?

That the BMC Lamborghini Limited Edition doesn’t cost much!!!! (€25,000)

What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?

The above bike!!!!!

Is there a local cycling outfit/company/person that you would like to plug?

Phil Mittiga at Norwood Parade Cycles. When I started in 1980, he looked after me and continued to do so every year when I came back here during the European off season. I had many top mechanics in the Italian National team and I can honestly say Phil is top notch.


Thanks Dave, definitely some great memories.

If you’re around Hutt Street, pop in, say g’day to Dave and try out his excellent food (zeppoles if you’re lucky enough to grab them) and coffee.

I’m looking forward to receiving more feedback over the coming months as we roam around the bike sheds and cycling minds of our Wednesday Leggers.


till next time

tight spokes


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