Sitting in front of the tv watching the ABC’s “Played: Inside Australia’s World Cup Bid”. I’m fuming. Still. Cronyism, corruption, vote selling, scheming. Jeeeeez.
Anyway, onto brighter business.
Descending Burdetts Road
Congratulations to the 12 inaugural inductees in the Cycling Hall of Fame. From Cycling Australia.
Cycling has etched an indelible mark on the Australian sporting landscape and the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame allows us to celebrate those who have contributed to the success of Australian cycling over the past 100 years,” said Nicholas Green OAM, CEO of Cycling Australia.
“The inaugural group of inductees exemplify those that have achieved greatness or reached the pinnacle of our great sport – the best of the best – and on behalf of Cycling Australia, I congratulate them on their selection into this elite group.
Cycling Australia Hall of Fame inductees 2015
1. Sir Hubert Opperman OBE KCSJ (Athlete category, posthumous)
2. Russell Mockridge (Athlete category, posthumous)
3. Edgar ‘Dunc’ Gray (Athlete category, posthumous)
4. Sid Patterson (Athlete category, posthumous)
5. Phil Anderson (Athlete category)
6. Kathy Watt OAM (Athlete category)
7. Anna Wilson (Athlete category)
8. Robbie McEwen (Athlete category)
9. Sara Carrigan OAM (Athlete category)
10. Ray Godkin OAM (General category)
11. Charlie Walsh OAM (General category)
12. Gerry Ryan OAM (General category)
I’ve posted about this fella a few times before, he is an absolute nutter.
Last weekend he finished another everesting. Yeah I know, its getting boring all this everesting. Was thinking about doing it myself one day, but its kinda lost its attraction now.
Anyway, back to Dave. Another everesting. Another 8,848m of repeat climbing. What made this everesting extraordinary was that last weekend, Dave spent over 29 hours in the saddle of a mountain bike riding up and down chambers gully.
Have a look at that Calorie count. That’s a hell of a lot of donuts and beer to catch up on.
7 laps to go, and this…
This was the descent of the lap where I thought I was done. I had 7 to go after this, and the pain in my forearms was so bad I wept openly the whole way down. Got to the bottom and Sarah was there with the kids and I lost it crying. Couldn’t talk. I did not see how I could ride if I couldn’t hold the bars or brake.
Then Mark turned up with Voltarin. Took a fistful and we were back on. I set a personal record for the descent on the next lap! Voltarin – game changer.
Well done Dave on completing your 4th everesting, you mad bastard.
Vale Jimmie Chant
You may have picked up on this death in the news a few weeks back.
Jimmy Chant was tragically killed when a vehicle hit him from behind as he was riding his bike along the Snow Road just past the 100kmh sign west of Milawa. It was 4:30pm on Saturday 7th November 2015. The sky was a beautiful blue and the road straight with little traffic.
Jim was riding as part of an organised 600km Audax ride through North East Victoria.
Thanks to Peter Donnan for letting me borrow the following from his facebook page.
Jim participated in many rides that I organised and/or rode. For every one of these, there is a Jimmy Chant story. Jimmy always made me laugh. In spite of injuries and at one stage a serious illness, Jimmy was a great Audax rider. I witnessed this earlier in the year when he completed the Geelong Flyer 1000 (Geelong to Adelaide) as an unsupported permanent in 66h30, then with only a day turn around completed the Geelong Flyer 1000 (Adelaide to Geelong)… as a supported calendar ride in 65h09. His only comment on this brilliant achievement was that he thought a one day rest between the two rides perhaps wasn’t long enough.
Now because Jimmy was away for nearly a week on this epic adventure, he left his beat up old Rosebud Refrigeration van parked in the side street beside the famous (in Audax circles) Kardinia 24 Hour Café in Geelong. One of the residents was so concerned that she rang Jimmy (his phone number was on the van) to tell him that someone had trashed his van and dumped it in front of her place. Jimmy replied that was just how the van was, and he’d be there to pick it up in a few days. On arrival though, the battery was flat. So he enlisted the troops (including the ailing Michael Bentley) to push start it – took 3 goes and we nearly ran out of runway before it spluttered into life.
On one ride we were talking about the potential early demise of those who retire without an interest. Jimmy said that he’d be alright as he always had his knitting.
Dave Harrington was lamenting the fact that the Murray 1200 was so flat, the 0% gradient had been burned into his bike computer screen. Jimmy said that he’d overcome this problem by lifting his bike above his head at each control to get that 1 metre elevation.
His love of milk, especially the Coles Express $2 for 2 litres variety, would often see him divert off course.
I’m going to miss you Jimmy Chant. Now we’ll never know who would have got to that 2nd Ultra Award first.
I didn’t know Jimmy, but with this and other memories of Jimmy posted following his death, he sounds like a someone who would have been a great fella to have met.
Rider of the Week – Adam Willis
I’ve seen Adam 3 times over the last 3 years, each of them at the Adelaide Dirty Dozen.
This is his story.
- Tell us a little about how you got into cycling?
I’ve always been very active across a number of sports but eventually my left knee gave me some grief. I ended up getting the cartilage removed over two arthroscopes and my days of impact sport were over. A friend of mine got me interested in road cycling in around October 2011 (where it took me until my third attempt to ride up the Southern Expressway without stopping) and by March 2012 I had completed the 3 Peaks in Victoria. Fair to say that I was hooked.
- You have an involvement in the Adelaide cycling scene with your efforts organising some of Adelaide toughest rides, can you describe what you do and how you came to be involved?
I get bored riding the same routes all the time and I can’t stand riding in the suburbs or heading to Outer Harbour. Urgh! I just found myself exploring new roads and challenging myself to go further and have adventures on my bike. What started as a twitter exchange between a few of us become the seed of putting on an Adelaide Dirty Dozen in 2012. I thought it would be a group ride with about a dozen people rocking up, but about 70 odd people showed up – around half of whom completed the ride. Clearly there was interest in some challenging rides that the community events just didn’t meet. Three years later and almost 250 people attempted the 2014 Adelaide Dirty Dozen event – purely through word of mouth. I’m still kind of carrying the can for it!
Next month I have organised a particularly difficult ride – the ‘Fleurieu 300’: a 300km return trip taking in the major climbs of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. Totalling almost 4500m vertical metres, it is our third attempt at this event and technically (a re-route due to a road closure nailed our first attempt, and hot weather hurt us last year) the ride has never been completed. It will be around a 14 hour day in the saddle including stops.
Everesting, long rides, lots of verts, new roads…. You name it. I’m there or thereabouts!
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Most will appreciate that having a young family means that my cash isn’t all that free to throw at bikes. I have a fairly basic Merida Scultura road bike and consumes 99% of my kilometres. I have an el’ cheapo mountain bike that I use to putt around behind the kids when they are riding, but it never gets ridden on the trails in anger… Not my thing.
- What bike do you covet?
All of them.
- How do you store your bikes?
My road bike lives inside beside my dining table…ready for a quick opportunity to escape. My mountain bike lives outside.
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
I’m no bike mechanic. I can change my tyres and clean my chain…. Help?
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
Paul from Cycle2U is a brilliant mobile bike mechanic who – for a very, very reasonable price – will come to my work and service my bike in the car park here and I don’t have to go anywhere. Google him. He is booked weeks in advance, but he is worth it! (0459 215 116)
- What do you love about cycling?
Adventures, freedom, exercise, mates, exploring and epics!
- What annoys most about cycling?
I’ve started a recent habit of trolling rednecks on Facebook who preach about the desire to run down every cyclist they see in their car… I need to stop doing it. But it is fun – a guilty pleasure “correcting” such people. And I know I shouldn’t. So I guess this is one habit I need to kick – and it annoys me that it is an issue in the first place!
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
I’m also in the Peter Sagan camp. Just brings so much extra colour to professional cycling. Love his antics off the bike – but his ability on the bike simply amaze me.
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Without a doubt, my craziest cycling memory is flaking it by the side of the road alongside about 10 of my colleagues at the top of the Parawa climb during the Fleurieu 300 last year. It was a day in the mid-thirties and we were cooked, but still about 150km from home.
My fondest memory is completing the 2012 3 Peaks in Victoria – such an awesome day on the bike in an amazing place to ride with a great bunch of blokes.
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy?
Red Berry Espresso without a doubt. I work very close by so stop there most mornings post-ride, and Walter has been a major supporter of the Dirty Dozen and really gets behind it every year. Just a fantastic café with awesome coffee. And on that note, I have a boring flat white most times – but when it is hot, nothing beats a RBE iced coffee!
- Do you have a nickname?
Not really….but I’ve lost a bit of weight this year and my climbing times have improved. The name “Slim Jim” seems to have slipped out of the mouths of a few friends over the last few months.
- Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I…..”
Am wishing that this annoying creak in my pedal would go away” (this morning anyway)
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m currently exploring a cycling trip to northern Italy and the French Alps for September next year… So I guess that is the answer at the moment.
- What is your favourite training route and who with? Can you provide a strava (or other) map for inclusion?
Like I mentioned, I don’t ride the same routes twice very often and don’t have a strava loop. A route that is vertical and punchy is probably something I would look for if I needed a pre-work hit out. Based from Red Berry Espresso, I guess anywhere from Belair Rd across to Norton Summit 🙂
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
How lame am I. I’ve never told a cycling lie to a partner…. I know I couldn’t get away with it!
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
Kit. Or something to satisfy my sock fetish.
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
I’m currently really enjoying a very solid hit out on Tuesday mornings with a local crew based on Melbourne’s Hells 500 guys. Called “Ride from Wherever You Are” or #RFWYA we meet at Red Berry at 6am and have a different route to smash every week. We ride for a bit over an hour, hard, with rolling regroups and then come back to either Red Berry or occasionally elsewhere for a post-ride brew and banter. It is a great friendly bunch, fairly small at the moment, but growing. Anyone is welcome.
Bike Furniture – 8 Bar
This is one seriously cool bike shop, unfortunately located over in Berlin. The showroom has been google photographed and you can rotate around the showroom
8Bar is not just another bicycle company. Never pre-made and never identical, each 8bar bike is a unique, co-created project between 8bar and it’s owner-to-be.
The process is simple: 8bar provides high quality parts in a range of refined colors. Then you, as the collaborator, get full creative control over the look and feel of the end product. Mix colors and parts to your heart’s desire. Then 8bar will build your design from scratch with the finest attention to detail.
The end creation is always one-of-a kind and 100% reflective of your taste – a truly personalized ride for navigating through urban landscapes.
All 8bar products embrace sleek design with minimal branding to ensure that colors and the design itself stand in the spotlight.
8bar captures the progressive, fun and easy-going spirit of Berlin and its collaborative energy. The finishing touch to the brand is customization, so people can have a bike that’s unique and perfectly matching their needs.
Link here http://8bar-bikes.com/
On top of some fabulous bikes, 8Bar make some terrific bike furniture that deserve to be placed in a prominent position in the main living area, not at the back of the garage.
The Berlin Plus is handcrafted with great care and attention from solid Oak wood and finished with natural linseed oil, the BERLIN PLUS (€259.00) wooden bicycle shelf is the ultimate indoor storage accessory that makes your precious bicycle feel right at home.
STOCKHOLM PLUS €225.00
till next time