Adelaide Dirty Dozen
Another ADD completed, (2 for me now), and I think I love my bike, or more specifically the 32 little teeth on the back wheel. I wasn’t riding any faster, but I certainly wasn’t feeling the strain that I was last year on 28 teeth, and I definitely pulled up better than after last years ride.
Over 3,300m vertical gain in around 115km, this is an epic ride through the Adelaide hills. There were some doozies on this years route, and believe it or not, I was introduced to a new hill in Lenswood, Leslie Road, I’ve heard of it, but never ridden it, so it was a pleasure to ride it. Unfortunately it was followed by my nemesis, Stentiford. I just cant get my legs around that climb – its never defeated me, but it continuously taunts me and I struggle up it.
Unfortunately, Stentiford was quickly followed by Pound and then probably the hardest climb in Adelaide, Cherryville, thrown in as the second last climb. I was looking forward to the last climb of the day, the corkscrew. Go figure.
Check out the video of this years ADD from James Raison – thanks James – it looks a lot easier in 2D. 2015 ADD
I’ve grabbed a few shots from the facebook postings from JohnandLeann Thorp and Andrew Watts.
Thanks to Adam Wills who once again has pulled together an event which is going from strength to strength, to Walter at Red Berry Espresso for his continued support and the volunteers with water, coke and nibbles around the course.
A word of warning to those contemplating doing it next year. READ THE BLOODY MAP before you ride……..for fark sake swanny!
Spartabus lives in the Swiss Alps and has developed his own following as the signature vehicle of Swiss performance cycling apparel company Cervo Rosso.
Whilst not as modern as the Wiggovan, its certainly got more panache!
Mclaren Sporthome for Sir Bradley Wiggins Motorhome
“In some ways the Haute Route is harder than doing the Tour de France,” LeMond says. “The Tour doesn’t ride seven consecutive mountain stages, they’ll do maybe just three before a couple of flat days”
“I can’t even think of a professional stage race that is crazy enough to have seven mountain stages back-to-back. At least the pros ride in groups so they can draft each other, but I know a lot of the guys in the Haute Route ride solo with no help – even the time trial is up a mountain.”
The Haute Route is a series of three events which are dubbed the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world, and looking at the cols included on each of the three events, I don’t doubt that for one minute.
The events are the HR Pyrenees; HR Alps and the HR Dolomites-Swiss Alps.
Each event is a 7 day event, with each stage timed stages. Each event travels over 800km across 20 legendary cols with around 20,000m of vertical ascent.
Hundreds of riders from around the globe take part in the Haute Route events that are a mix of Classic and Marathon stages, plus an Individual Time Trial. Each stage is timed and ranked. Riders can enter as individuals or as teams and a few exceptional riders take on two events (Iron Riders) or all three (Triple Crown Riders).
The event is provided with professional level event organisation including medical teams, mechanical support, rolling road security, film crews and, of course, massages.
The three Haute Route events have just finished for 2015, but will, once again, run back to back in 2016. The Haute Route Pyrenees will be the first event, the Haute Route Alps second and the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps the final event.
Haute Route Pyrenees 2016 – 4th edition
- Grand Depart Village on Friday 19th August
- 7 consecutive stages from Saturday 20th to Friday 26th August
Haute Route Alps 2016 – 6th edition
- Grand Depart Village on Saturday 27th August
- 7 consecutive stages from Sunday 28th to Saturday 3rd September
Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 2016 – 3rd edition
- Grand Depart Village on Sunday 4th September
- 7 consecutive stages from Monday 5th September to Sunday 11th September
Riders can enter the Haute Route 2016 from Thursday 1st October to Sunday 15th November by paying the entry fee of €1,550 per event. Accommodation options start at €380 per event, which includes:
- 7 nights in group/shared accommodation (e.g. apartment, holiday centre, bungalow, gymnasium floor with temporary beds or nuclear shelter)
- 7 breakfasts (available close to the start line of each stage)
- Daily collection and delivery of your official riders’ travel bag from/to your accommodation
The HR entry fee includes
- Complete Haute Route cycling kit (only jersey for Compact riders)
- Haute Route 90ltr travel bag with wheels
- Haute Route back pack (25ltr)
- A red back light
- Presence of hundreds of marshals along the route
- Presence of motorcycle escorts
- Presence of security vehicles to escort the peloton
- Continuous professional medical team presence
- Mechanical support from Mavic along the entire route
- Live timing system for all stages
- Personalised frame plate and 2 sets of race numbers (a third race number will be given to you at the finish as a souvenir)
- Daily rankings (Solo, Team, and by age group and sex)
- Daily Awards Ceremony*
- Pit stops/refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products)
- Hot meal at the finish of each stage (except the last stage)
- Next-stage safety briefing at the end of each afternoon
- Drinks party at each of the evening briefings
- Closing party at the end of the event*
- Daily transportation of official travel bag from start to finish
- Transportation of bike bag/cover from start to final finish line
- Mid-week laundry service for 2 items of cycling kit (1 jersey and 1 short OR 2 jerseys OR 2 bib-shorts)*
- Massage service and recovery area at the finish of each stage**
- Access to a secure bike park at the finish of each stage
- Hot showers at the finish of each stage
- Access to a bike wash area at the finish of each stage
- A detailed Road Book of the race and each stage
- Videos produced daily (shown during each safety briefing)
- Professional photographers presence on several stages (pay on demand post event)
If your thinking of riding an event like this, have a read of this article from the telegraph – Haute Route Telegraph. There’s some great tips in this article irrespective of the sort of ride you are aiming for.
BMC Australia 2016 Dealer Range Launch
BMC had their dealer launch of their 2016 range at Penfolds Magill Estate, Nestled in the foothills of Adelaide’s spectacular hills.
The home of Grange, this really is a marvelous heritage winery and with the recent rejuvenation of the tasting and dining facilities, makes for a terrific place to mull away a few hours on an afternoon, which I had the fortune to do on Fathers Day last Sunday.
The Lofty 105 is a gravel grinding event in the South Mount Lofty Ranges with promises of an epic adventure of joyous undulations, vistas, ridge tops and valleys all en grave…all taking place on Sunday the 13th September.
LOCATION: Monarto Sports Complex (Schenscher Rd, Monarto) off S.E.Fwy/Old Princes Hwy, adjacent to the Monarto Zoo
– Lofty 105km – Loop from Ride HQ
– Lofty Mid 60km – Loop from Ride HQ
– Lofty Lite 25km – Loop from Ride HQ
Further details here Lofty105
A few photos from last years event.
Its been a classic last few days up the North of Spain. It was pleasing to see Frank Schlek grab a stage win last night on the Ermita de Alba, with the first half of the 6.6km ascent averaging 10 per cent. Above the hamlet of Salcedo, it ramps up to twice that before a series of precipitous hairpins and walls, including one at 30 per cent.
A great first week by Orica GreenEDGE, and some good strong riding by Chavez, whio is holding on to sixth place by the skin of his teeth.
The time trial on Wednesday will be extremely interesting for all placings.
A few photos from one of my favourite sites- steephill tv
Rider of the Week – David Sutton
This week we head back over to Perth for a chat with David Sutton. Here is Davids cycling view of the world.
I grew up in Adelaide and was into mountain biking through my school and uni days. Once we started getting our driver’s licences it was a regular thing to load up one of the cars/utes with bikes and head up Old Norton Summit Rd, Greenhill Rd or the freeway to find a track to come down. It was after uni that my second mountain bike got stolen and one of my mates convinced me to switch to a road bike and riding became more about fitness than thrill seeking.
I moved to Perth a few years ago for work and my wife’s study and – with 3 kids and a wife studying full time – cycling has gone from a fitness thing to a family thing… I have swapped the clip in pedals with flat ones and the slim-line seat for a nice padded one.
- What are you currently riding?
Currently “riding” a DBR (Diamond Back Racing) Podium… I think this is quite rare as I am yet to meet anyone else who has a DBR
- What bike do you covet?
My old Gary Fisher Joshua XO – I had two of these; both of them stolen… I’m obviously not the only one to covet the Gary Fisher
- How many bikes do you own?
Technically only 1, but I will beef it up a bit by counting my kids bikes and the au pairs’ bike – so make that 5
- How do you store your bikes?
I have a laundry that is under the house, where I have mounted some brackets on the wall
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
I have a bike pump, some tyre levers, a multi-tool thingy, a shifter and some allen keys… it’s pretty extensive
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
It’s all me!
- What is your pet hate about cycling?
Watching pissed idiots at the top of climbs in the TDF
- What do you love about cycling?
I love watching cycling (except when that boring guy that’s not Phil Liggett commentates)
I also used to love the peacefulness of dropping into that little valley over the back of Norton Summit on a nice still summers morning and feeling the temp drop about 5 degrees (sorry, forgotten the name it’s been a while)
Going even further back I used to love racing down some of the mountain bike tracks through Horsnell Gully or down from Mt Lofty into Waterfall Gully
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Maybe Thomas Voeckler – he is always having a crack at something or Contador at his best… don’t really care if they were both doped up or not but Contador v Schleck in the tour a few years back was the most entertaining riding I’ve seen
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Some of the craziest memories are the full moon / no lights rides we used to take through the Adelaide Hills – Drop your car at the top and come belting down through the darkness
One of my fondest memories is taking the kids to Rottnest Island off the coast from Perth.
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot?
Given that my most common ride is around Lake Claremont with the kids, it would have to be Lake Espresso
- If you were to buy a post ride reward, what would it be?
Maybe an iced coffee or a vanilla slice – The Smith St Bakery in Walkerville used to do the best vanilla slices but that was a long time ago
- What is your favourite training route and who with?
Is this a trick question – there is no training you can do for chasing a 7 y/o, 4 y/o and 3 y/o, when they all ride off in different directions
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
“Yes the kids were all wearing their helmets”
I have one memory of Dave I would like to share with you. Some years back, we had a GHD cycling team. Well, team wasn’t exactly the right word for it. Anyway, we were riding the coast to coast, and with a decent size peloton too, all the way through Kuitpo forest and coasted onto the Willunga Hill stop. As I recall, I didn’t once see Dave take a pull, and as we were walking around at the rest stop, Dave made mention of the fact that this riding gig wasn’t too bad.
The next time I saw Dave was down at Victor Harbor, red faced, out of wind, and some considerable time after the rest of us had finished. He unfortunately fell off the back of the peloton and struggled for the second half of the route pretty much on his own.
I think it was around about then that Dave moved interstate and put his bike into long term storage.
Thanks for your memories Dave, hopefully we’ll see you back in Adelaide one of these days.
Stuart O’Grady Asthma Classic
A new fundraising event is being organised to raise funds for the Asthma Foundation’s Paediatric Asthma Educator project which aims to support asthmatic children who are hospitalised, or who frequently attend hospital emergency departments, due to their poorly controlled asthma. The Asthma Classic will provide an opportunity for 50 cyclists to ride the Clipsal Adelaide Circuit at next years Clipsal 500.
To be eligible to participate in the 2016 Stuart O’Grady Asthma Classic, each rider will be required to fundraise a minimum of $3,000 for Asthma Foundation SA. All proceeds to support the Paediatric Asthma Educator Program.
Each rider will have the exclusive privilege of riding with Stuart O’Grady in a 40 minute plus one lap race on the Clipsal 500 Adelaide circuit on the Friday morning of the 2016 event.
Further details here. Stuart O’Grady Asthma Classic 2016
till next time