Before I get stuck into this weeks blog, a little bit of news, I have reached the 100,000 views milestone. Woohoo.
Thanks to all those who have shared the journey with me so far. Next stop, 100,000 visitors.
Spotify Song Listing of the week
A surprising development with my search for the best Zep in Adelaide.
I received a text with a corresponding picture from CdP on Saturday morning saying that he had found the best zeps, a little italian delicatessen at the back of Marden shopping centre. Well, not one to hold back, and also in need of some post dinner snacks that evening, I took off and purchased 4 of the said delicacies.
Suffice to say, I would have to agree with Chris and say that these zeps are on par, if not better than Nanos. Thanks Chris. Best time to grab these are Saturday mornings when they are fresh.
USA Pro Challenge
This week saw South Australian Dennis Rohan do something no other non American do, and that’s win the USA Pro Challenge.
Dennis has had a stellar year, starting off with the TdU win way back in January, then since he:
- Was a member of the winning squad in the team time trial on Stage 9 of the Tour de France.
- Won the individual time trial that opened the Tour de France and led the race for one day, becoming the seventh Australian to wear “the maillot jaune.”
- Led the Critérium du Dauphiné for two days after helping win the Stage 3 team time trial.
- Part of winning team classification squad at Baloise Belgium Tour.
- Finished a team-best fifth place in the final time trial at Tour de Romandie.
- UCI world hour record holder for 83 days and first rider to surpass 52-kilometer mark (52.491 km on Feb. 8)
- Soloed to win Stage 3 on the way to overall victory at Santos Tour Down Under
- Runner-up at MARS Australian national time trial championships.
Its good to see Taylor Phinney back in some form in winning stage 1 after his horrific crash just one year back. Have a look at the scars running down his let leg.
Apart from the bookends, barely an ounce of fat between them!
Red Hook Crit Barcelona
Only a few weeks away to the third of 4 Red Hook Crits in 2015. The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No.3 is due on September 5th, and its growing reputation has riders representing 30 different nationalities!
Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, and South Africa
Vuelta – the first four days
After a horrid Tour de France, Orice GreenEdge have got off to a flying start to this years Vuelta. 3rd on the opening stage TTT, 1 second separating the first 3 teams, and then a stage win for Esteban Chavez on the second and a successful defence of the red jersey on the 3rd and 4th stages.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” an ecstatic Chaves said. “I want to say thanks to all of my teammates, all the staff, this is unbelievable.”
“It’s really important. It’s the most important victory of my life. The first road stage of the Vuelta and to take the red jersey… it’s unbelievable.
“The team have all the confidence in me and they did the best today. Thank you mates!”
When asked if he can keep the race lead, Chavez produced his trademark big smile and some fighting words.
“I hope!” he laughed.
“I want to leave skin on the road to keep the red jersey. This is the reason I am a rider, I will try to stay in front for as long as possible.
Oh, and by the way, Nibali got himself thrown out of the Vuelta for clinging on to his team car on stage two, and Twitter was its usual unforgiving self
Wednesday Legs Rider of the Week – Matt Schmidtke
Matt is a 37 year old Registered Nurse working in a health planning role (for capital projects) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
He started riding late in 2012 in attempt to regain some fitness having come through the haze of sleepless nights with small children! Recognising my football days were over and that spending a day a week playing cricket took away too much family time, cycling seemed like a good option.
Last year he decided to use his new found love of cycling for a good cause, and joined the Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Tour. With the help of family, friends, colleagues and complete strangers, they raised over $25,000!!!! A fantastic effort and something he is humbled in achieving that staggering amount in memory of his dad who died of Bowel Cancer when he was a kid.
The hard work of fundraising and training was well and truly rewarded by participating in the actual tour and being part of an amazing team.
The honour of riding for the cause was upped when he was by the Beat Cancer Tour organisers to enter as an Ambassador for the 2016 event! An opportunity too good to pass up.
As an ambassador he will be supporting new riders and providing advice on fundraising and training throughout the year leading up to the Tour. Then in January he’ll get to ride those 1000kms all over again.
If you are keen to gear up and ride with Matt, check out the website: www.beatcancertour.com.au There is a 3 day and a full event participation option, so you won’t necessarily need to train as much as he’ll need to!
You can also check out his fundraising page and make a donation via the website https://secure.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=894457
- What are you currently riding?
A Giant TCR Advanced SL1 road bike and Lapierre Zesty 729 Mountain bike
- What bike do you covet?
That is a very tough question. Have always lusted after a Pinarello Dogma, but more recently my heart is having feelings for an S-Works Tarmac. Any suggestions on what I should ‘date’? Either way I think I will be batting above my weight!
- How many bikes do you own?
If my wife is reading this then the answer is 2, if not the answer is probably 5. However this needs to be put in context (to support my claim for a new road bike).
Let’s break it down… 2 that are rideable (Giant and Lapierre), 1 that is barely rideable (1994 Miata) and 2 that are kept for sentimental value (soon to become 1).
- How do you store your bikes?
Unfortunately very badly due to a significant lack of space in our house! There are bikes in the shed, the spare room, the study, the hallway and on the front porch!
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
I am using the term shed very loosely! I only have the basics, including a work stand, chain breaker, pedal wrench, cassette tool, chain whip and torque wrench. I always have access to Pete’s ‘loan centre’, he has just about everything!!!
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I do mostly my own maintenance (minor tasks), but do have major services a least once a year at the LBS!
- What is your pet hate about cycling?
Hate is such a strong word… Before I started cycling I was never a morning person, so I find the 0530 starts in the middle of winter very challenging!!! Add the factor of rain and it is just about unbearable.
- What do you love about cycling?
So many things – The personal challenge to improve my speed and fitness, the variety of events on offer, meeting new people and most importantly the social aspect of catching up with my mates at the same time as getting some exercise and grabbing a well-earned coffee!
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
I am not sure I have one, however I do enjoy watching the climbers.
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Competing this year’s Peak Challenge at Falls Creek. It was the toughest physical and mental challenge I have undertaken. The training journey to get to the start line, the road trip to and from Falls including the opportunity to listen to many hours of ‘adult’ only music made this event amazing
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot
Taylor Blend Coffee shop on Hallett Rd at Stonyfell.
- If you were to buy a post ride reward, what would it be?
Coffee (rarely omitted) and a blue berry cheese cake (or zeppole)
- Do you have a nickname on the bike?
Scooby Doo, because I eat constantly when riding
- Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I…..”
Think about what else I can buy for my bike!! (or not much)
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Most people won’t be surprised to read France particularly around tour time, but more recently I have seen some amazing images out of Japan and from what I hear the climbs are amazing and road quality good and generally uncrowded! So let’s go with Japan with a stop off in France on the way home. That works doesn’t it?!
- What is your favourite training route?
That is really a difficult question. We are so blessed in Adelaide with many amazing roads in the hills. Burdette’s would feature highly but when on the road bike I enjoy Montague, Ashton, Mount Lofty, Mount Osmond to Taylor Blend! Not that it is often used.
Matt’s Ride – route here
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I’ve only ever stretched the truth about how much I’ve spent on bike accessories.
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
A Pinarello Dogma (or maybe just a really big blank cheque)!
Thanks Matt, all the best for the fundraising and the cold mornings.
till next time