Melbourne to Warrnambool

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey

Day of the Dead occurs over October 31, November 1 and November 2, and coincides with the Roman Catholic triduum festival of Allhallowtide: All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Now whilst there appears to be a growing appropriation of the Day of the Dead celebrations with a spirited throng of zombies and skeletons converging on bars around the country drinking their way through imported beers and tequila shots, I suggest that we cyclists take the opportunity next week to celebrate in our own way the lives of those family, friends and cycling colleagues who have passed away doing the thing they love, Cycling.


Vale Leslie Karayan

Family and friends paid tribute a few months back to cyclist Leslie Karayan, who was killed on a notorious stretch of road in inner Brisbane, at the official unveiling of a mural dedicated to the father of two.

Mr Karayan died when a truck hit a rail bridge and rolled onto him in 2013.

A mural at the site of the crash on Annerley Road at Dutton Park was been unveiled a few months back in his honour.


His wife, Kerri Karayan spoke of her loss at the unveiling.

“He loved cycling, he loved doing his ironman events, so he died doing what he loved and I take comfort in that,” Ms Karayan said.


“We have good days and bad days, but many thanks to the team for taking our ideas on board and getting this mural off the ground.

“It’s just a reminder for us every day when we go past and hopefully promotes safer cycling – people have a think when they go past about cyclists on the road.”

Fellow cyclist Jason Brown was among a group riding with Mr Karayan on the day of his death.

He said Mr Karayan became separated from the group when had a problem with a wheel and told the rest of the group to continue without him.

“We were riding with a group of us and one of Les’ wheels – I think he broke a spoke – so we all stopped, checked to make sure he was all right,” Mr Brown said.

“He couldn’t go on because his wheel was broken but he encouraged us to go on and continue the ride as he always did.

“We continued the ride and then Les was picked up by his wife Kerri, went home, replaced his wheels and went out for a ride by himself.”

That was when the crash happened.

“There is no reason for it to happen – it’s a tragic incident that occurred,” he said.

“It’s difficult for the cycling community and the groups that rode with Les to comprehend it, that someone who was so conscious of safety on the road, that he was tragically killed in such a freak incident.

“Les was a fantastic guy, he was a fantastic dad and a great husband, a really good friend.

“I hope this mural will take some of the darkness away from it and help brighten it up for them.”


Spin Cycle Clothing


Looking for an opportunity to design your own cycling kit? Spin Cycling, based in the Clare Valley, is providing an opportunity to help you design your own kit with a fantastic competition. They will design whatever you like, match your bike, promote your business or have a bit of fun with colours and patterns, whatever, they will provide the opportunity for one lucky person.  All you need do is sign up for membership and go into the draw to win a FeatherLight professionally design one-off kit valued at over $500.00. A brilliant opportunity to stand out from the crowd.


Season 3 out soon.

The man behind Spin Cycle is Nathanial . He was originally from Adelaide but spent the last 12 years moving around Australia with work and cycling spending the last 6 years in Canberra.  On returning to SA they decided to invest some money into something a little different to his expertise, that being in web development. He had developed some clothing while in Canberra and decided to take it to the next level and put a load of resources into it. 12 months later here they are.


100th edition of the Melbourne to Warrnambool


The Melbourne to Warrnambool is Australia’s oldest cycling race and the second oldest in the world after the prestigious Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic.  The gruelling 273 kilometre one day classic serves as a round of the Australian National Road Series (NRS) and is the longest UCI race in the Southern Hemisphere.


Although how would this look?

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(Dave McKenzie thinks the race is heading towards extinction, and has some great ideas for the revival of this race, further details here on CyclingTips . I reckon the GOR route would be spectacular.)


The only race longer than the Melbourne to Warrnambool is the Milan-San Remo so it’s no surprise that it attracts many of the very best domestic riders Australia has to offer. The race has become somewhat of an icon amongst cyclists, both in Australia and abroad, largely due to its long history, the open and varied terrain it covers and the harsh weather conditions and punishing crosswinds that usually plague the route and make it a real classic.

Budget Forklifts rider Scott Sunderland (WA) has raised his arms in victory on Raglan Parade to cap a stunning 2015 Melbourne to Warrnambool after narrowly beating home Alex Edmondson (SA) and 2014 winner Oliver Kent-Spark (Vic).

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“The team rode superb with Jack Bobridge and Jake Kauffmann in the breakaway, setting it up beautifully for the finish.”

“I rode this race last year and it was difficult after an early crash, which helped me put a plan in place for today, and I felt good all day with my team around me. It was great to get the win.”

“The run to the finish was really fast, everyone was closing gaps quickly, and there was a lot of nervousness coming in, but the team got together well and did a perfect job in that final kilometre.”

A breakaway group worked well together, establishing a lead of over eight minutes at the 100km mark before they were joined by powerhouse Jacob Kauffman who put in a colossal 50km solo chase.


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The lead group got out to a lead of over 16 minutes before the peloton uped the ante to cut back into the lead. With 75 kilometres to go, the lead group was down to five and had dreams of fighting it out for overall victory, however the Bobridge chase group had sparked the peloton into life, and their lead came down under the five minute mark, which led to a flurry of attacks from Kauffman.

With 30 kilometres to go Kauffman was joined by his Budget Forklifts teammate Jack Bobridge and the two set to work to try and go 1-2 at the finish line.

It wasn’t to be for the two escapees, as they were caught inside the final ten kilometres, setting up an electric bunch sprint, where Sunderland showed his class to claim yet another win in the Subaru National Road Series.

“We had a plan from the start, and I believe we had the strongest team on paper. We had guys who could do everything across the board, and Jake going across put us in a great position.”

In the inaugural Women’s Melbourne to Warrnambool, it was Lauretta Hanson (Vic) who sprinted home to take the victory ahead of Miranda Griffiths (Vic) and Chloe McIntosh (Vic) who finished 3rd.


Miss Bikini Fall


OK, there may be one or two of you that hasn’t seen this on social media.

This is the hilarious moment a cyclist took a tumble – seconds after a model had stripped naked for a photo shoot with a Big Brother contestant.

The cyclist crashed to the ground as model Ana Pavel pulled off her bikini top and walked along tram lines on a road in the centre of Dublin, Ireland.

The fall happened in front of Miss Bikini Ireland 2015 hopefuls who gathered on Sunday to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Day by taking off their bras.



The Stelvio eXperience


The Stevio is one of those names that sends shivers of anticip……………………………………….ation down the spine at the sheer mention of the name.

The Stelvio pass is the second highest Alpine pass in Europe at 2758m above sea level, with it and other climbs like the Gavia and Mortirolo around Bormio, regular features of the Giro dÍtalia.

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A wednesday legs reader has come back from a trip to Europe, and recommended to me the Stelvio Experience.


Nestled in the Italian Alps, Bormio is a cycling paradise and the great destination for summer cycling…the gateway to the iconic Passo dello Stelvio.

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The Stelvio eXperience is a cycling network in Bormio and have been serving cyclists from all over the world for many years . They have put together a comprehensive range of services to ensure you have nothing to worry about except for riding your bike!

If you book a Stelvio eXperience package at any one of their Partner Hotels, you are able to join their daily ABT group rides.

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The main services on offer are:

  • B2T – backpack to the top.  They provide a bag transport service to the top of the Stelvio,Gavia, Foscagno and Cancano available from Monday through to Saturday. Why? Summer temperatures in the Alps can vary greatly; having a bag with a change of cold weather kit ready for you at the top of a climb can make the difference between an enjoyable descent and a very cold uncomfortable ride home!
  • ABT – accompanied bike tours. Monday through to Saturday they offer accompanied guided group rides , kit bag transport and photographs of your efforts along the way.
    The longer loop rides also include van and mechanical support, refreshments and snacks.
    The accompanied group rides have a structured weekly schedule listed hereunder.
  • Mass Ride. Every Thursday they organise an evening ride up the Gavia or Cancano Lake (depending on the weather). Climbing a mountain pass under the stars is a truly unique cycling experience! The Evening Ride includes kit bag transport to the top for your warm clothes, photographs of your achievement, lights for your bike, van support and of course our guides to ride with you and spur you on.

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The meeting point for our daily ABT group rides is the Stelvio eXperience Bicycle Cafe. The Stelvio eXperience bicycle cafe is the only cyclist dedicated cafe in Bormio.Here you can book your group rides, drop off your kit bags for the bag transport service, view cycling memorabilia including jerseys from many famous pro cyclists or imbibe in a local brew.




Rider of the Week – Anthony Catinari

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I was fortunate to share a frothy with Anthony and chat about his love of all things cycling. Here is a summary of what went down.

I vowed I would never wear lycra, shave my legs or drink coffee with a group of lycra clad men – HAAA! I had always enjoyed sports but between kids, work and life in general I found I had blown out to 106 kg and needed to get motivated again. I found my Ricardo Elite that I hadn’t ridden since I was 16  at mum and dads garage and decided to start riding.


I slowly went from the  strap in shoes to click ins, Board shorts to bibs and well we all know the progression. I did this solo for about 6 months, the weight started shedding and really started to enjoy it.  My wife surprised me with a bike for my 40th  and haven’t looked back since.


  • What are you currently riding?

I ride 2 bikes, an S-Works Venge with 404’s and Sram red/black and my second bike is a Colnago C59 with Di2. I have a 3rd Avanti mountain bike

  • What bike do you covet?

I have a few, Cipollini RB1000, and the new TREK Madone (team edition)

  • How do you store your bikes?

In the garage –  wall mounted brackets in the garage.

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  • What cycling specific tools do you use?

I basically use all the standard gear, grease, lubes, pump, spanner,  but basically use a Torque set and the bow to the cycling bible.

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

I generally clean , lube, check tension on bolts, cables etc, however servicing is carried out by the boys at Bicycle Express

  • What is your pet hate about cycling?

Waxing my legs – I’m a hairy Italian, and go through some serious pain.


  • What do you love about cycling?

Its kinda like golf – 5 hours on the course (freedom)  and the one great par/ shot (climb / sprint) brings you back. When you have pushed yourself to the limit, the legs are like jelly from the suffering up the hills, and  strangely enough, you can’t wait to do it again.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Peter Sagan.  An all-rounder, punches above his weight in the climbs, can sprint, and is an absolute  legend with the women.


  • What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?

My fondest is the first time I went out with my Mates for a Sunday ‘cruise’ (Chris, Jamie, Josh, and Dabba’s). I had just started riding as my wife bought me a bike for my 40th. Jamie a friend from school (kids) kindly invited me to ride with them on a Sunday.

I assumed it would be a leisurely ride up to Mt lofty, chit chat about our kids, teachers, life in general.  As we approached the bike path I noticed that it became quiet and then they were all off, leaving me for dead.  It basically became a race far from social. To put it perspective, Chris is an ex SASI rider, with the other three not far behind, and here I am an overweight, hairy legged MAMIL with my lungs and legs on fire. As they disappeared up the freeway.

I will always remember that ‘nice’ social introduction to riding. Not much has changed since, 4 years on.

(Don’t sell yourself short Anthony, you’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time)

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee spot

I have a few coffee spots. Week day mornings are at CIBO Hyde Park, and weekends either CIBO Glenelg, or Red Berry where Walter makes a find blend!

  • If you were to buy a post ride reward, what would it be?

We usually buy Zeppolies, however a ‘reward’ would simply be a Beer and Yiros

  • Do you have a nickname on the bike?

Not that I know of? Something that’s slow up a hill?

  • Finish this sentence  – When I’m on my bike I forget about work!
  • If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A group of us are off to Provence next year climbing Mont Ventoux. I’m no climber but always enjoy the challenge. Probably after that would be Stelvio and then the Dolomites.

  • What is your favourite training route?

Friday mornings we have the Power – On Bower Road ride. It’s from King William road out to Glenelg, military road to Bower road roundabout and back (about 55k’s). We usually site on 40-44 the whole way, so a great hit out.

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

I once saw a T-shirt that said – My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost. Now she is an avid rider and does tri’s so she is well aware of my early deception

Outright Lie –  It was 40 deg and Crits at Vic park was cancelled. We ended up at the Arab steed and drank beer for most of the night then came home and told her I was ‘tired’ from a hard nights racing!!


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

1958 Corvette

1958 Corvette

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

Sam and Ben from Bicycle Express. They have just renovated the store and its second to none. Always great service.

Thanks Anthony, always a pleasure.


The Warm Front

How many of you have thought of something like this on punching your way through the valleys on the Lobby Road around Basket and Forest Range.  If it’s ok for the pros to grab a newspaper before heading back down a mountain pass, there must be something in it.



The Warmfront is a chest warmer, but it’s a differant than a thermal base layer in that you can wear it to replace or boost the protection of your cycling jacket.

Why would you wear one? The Warmfront is smaller, lighter and more versatile. You can put it on when you need it, take it off and stash it when you don’t.

Thermal base layers are great – until you don’t need them. When you warm up, open the collar, pull The Warmfront off.

The Warmfront is a thermal bib – the neck opens so you can quickly put it on or remove it. Unzip your cycling jersey or cycling jacket, put it on just like a bib. Zip up and go!


$32US – Further details here  Warm Front


Cafe of the Week – Rymill Park


Its been a while since I visited Rymill Park Kiosk, and I must admit I was a little uncertain about it because it’s caffeine reputation wasn’t exactly the best.  I was pleasantly surprised.



The outdoor seating has always been excellent looking out over the lake, and at this time of the year, on a superb spring morning, it was sublime. What surprised me was the selection of baked goods and breakfast/lunch menu, and the coffee.


The coffee wasn’t too bad, not up there with some other cafes around town, but not too bad nonetheless.

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Well worth the effort, particularly after a group ride, plenty of space to sprawl out.


Instagram photo of the week

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till next time

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