Welcome back to Wednesday Legs for a brand new year.
As you gathered, I’ve been on a bit of a break from blogging over the Christmas and New Years break, and have paid dearly with all the eating and drinking. On a positive note, I have achieved a mini goal I set myself on the drive back from Melbourne, and that was to complete 10,000 m in 10 days.
One of the reasons I’ve been able to spend the time on the bike each day is the fact that I’m in between jobs. After over 11 good years at GHD, I’ve made the decision to move onto other opportunities with AMCL (Asset Management Consulting Limited), starting January 27th. So that means some excellent riding opportunities around the Adelaide Hills.
To ease us into the new year, and to whet the appetite of those coming over for the TdU starting next weekend, I’ve included photos I’ve taken in and around the Adelaide Hills over the last few months.
A few of the events being held over the TdU circus include:
Sunday, January 24at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Each January, thousands of cyclists converge on Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, the sheer numbers on the road enough to put a smile on any cyclists face. There are pro teams riding our favourite climbs, friends from around the country dropping in to say hi and a seemingly endless stream of beautiful bikes to admire.
We’re (Treadly Bike Shop) using this opportunity to showcase what Australia is capable of out of the saddle – some of our favourite brands from around the country will take over Ebenezer Place on the morning of January 24 in what we’re calling MAKER. From custom steel frames to artist prints, custom-cut leatherwork, software and apparel, you’ll have the chance to put faces to those names you hear so often and perhaps catch some new and exciting brands you might not have checked out yet.
Join us from 10am to experience the best of the East End, with cafes open all day to help fuel your crippling caffeine addiction and get in on the ground floor of the next generation of Aussie cycling!
APPEARING AT MAKER 2016: FLINT // BUCK!T // SKINGROWSBACK // BUSYMAN // VELO-ONE // VELOPOSTERS // RIDE AND SEEK // BICYCLE LOG BOOK // VELODRONE // HEY REFLECT’O // ROGERS BESPOKE // CURVE CYCLING // MAAP APPAREL // FYXO // HILLS & YONDER // BIKETIVIST // BESPOKE CHAINRINGS // CREUX //
Returning again in partnership with the Santos Tour Down Under, Fork on the Road will be held in conjunction with the final leg, with all your favourite food vans in Elder Park, along with loads of entertainment options for the whole family and of course a perfect spot to watch the big race.
Meet the man behind the brand – Maurizio Fondriest is coming to Adelaide and you’re invited to join him for dinner at Jolleys Boathouse on Saturday 16 January 2016.
Chef, cyclist, Fondreist owner, and co-owner of the iconic Adelaide Restaurant, Tony Carroll, is creating a sumptuous 3 course menu to delight your tastebuds while Maurizio talks about his journey from World Champion road cyclist to bike designer.
Tickets are $150 per person and are available exclusively from Mega Bike.
Call Mega Bike (08 8223 3315), come in or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure your tickets.
January 22 – Port Adelaide Cycling Club – Roller Frenzy VIII – TdU Edition
Norwood Cycling Club
The two events the club runs during the week are;
• the Rapha Super Series with great sponsorship from Rapha, Swiss Wellness and Giant Bicycles Adelaide.
• The Willunga Pilgrimage again with great support from Rapha as well as Penny’s Hill wines.
For the races, we need you to get on line and enter now.
Pass on the details to as many riders as you can.
Entries will be taken on the day for each race but it will cost more, additionally, in past years we have had large numbers and for the crits will have a maximum of 50 riders per grade with preference given to those who have nommed on-line. Follow the link here https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm….
And then on to the Willunga Pilgrimage.
Details can be found here http://www.norwoodcc.com.au/willunga-pilgrimage-2016/.
It is a great day starting with a ride from the clubrooms at 8.30.
Étape 5 Saturday 23 January 2016 8am
NCC Club Rooms – 7 George St Stepney, 8:30am roll out
Wear your NCC club kit
The mid-pilgrimage pique-nique européen feast at Penny’s Hill Winery provided by Delectaballs with Rapha Coffee
Ascend to NCC’s Willunga KOM chalet to view the race live TV’s + drinks + shade supplied
Please bring a $20 donation on the day, 400 pilgrims max
Prefer the flats? We need help setting up the picnic area at Penny’s Hill winery. There is a very good chance of being rewarded with very good wine. Again, please give Ben a call if you can help.
There are a number of events organised for the Hells 500 Tour Down Under “RFWYA The Week-Long Edition“, including:
For full route, check it out on Strava – https://www.strava.com/routes/3888676
Beautiful climbs, legendary around Radelaide. Sunday the 18th of January, roll out at 8:30 am from Red Berry Espresso on L’Estrange
See the ride on Strava here https://www.strava.com/routes/3889354
Today we’ll be on course for parts of the ride. We should be able to see the race as it comes past on the way to Lyndoch. We will find a spot somewhere around the turn off to head north to Lyndoch. After they’ve gone past – Checkers Hill baby. Yes.
8:30 roll out from Red Berry Espresso on L’Estrange
- JAN 20 Hells 500 TDU Stage 2 – Brought to you by the Echunga Hotel (it isn’t, but their beer is toooops)
Sheoak and Aldgate Valley. One will tear you in half, the other is the reason anyone should own a bike. For the Stirling Day we will find somewhere around the finish (it gets pretty packed, but it’s a good town), before rolling out via some good, sneaky little roads.
Oh and the local brew on tap at Echunga is a reason to do this ride alone.
8:30 roll out from Red Berry Espresso on L’Estrange
Corkscrew Day. It’s the Alpe d’Huez of the Adelaide Hills. Cadel monstored it one year, Geraint did it another. Always a classic climb
We’ll ride the back way there, and get in to find a spot somewhere on the hill. It naturally gets pretty crowded, so it’ll be a case of go where it suits you, and we’ll meet up at the top for the roll back into RADL.
8:30 roll out from Red Berry Espresso on L’Estrange
- JAN 22 Hells 500 TDU – The Extended Edition
So you’ve done the BUPA ride, and managed to avoid all of the hubbards weaving and walking their way up Crows Nest. Good on you, well done. 138km already in the legs, you’ve earned a couple of jars. Except you haven’t. Mt Alma awaits. Oh yes. This ride is TOPS, and is in the top 3 hardest climbs in Adelaide (you’ve already ridden Woodland Way and Cherryville this week, so why not the trifecta?)
Get on board. Pros finish just after 3, so we’ll roll out from the roundabout on the map at 4.
Hosted by Soldier On – Helping our Wounded Warriors
Tickets are up and running on the eventbrite website for the cost of the BBQ,Salads and Non Alcoholic Beverages
A popular day as always joining the Smudge Monkees with the popular BBQ picnic while watching the peleton come past 5 times. This is always a great day out for the family with an option of recovery ride for the Bupa Challengers the day after.
Some other events I have managed to find include:
Bike Bug are opening a new store in Adelaide and have their grand opening on Sunday, January 24at 5:00 PM
Celebrate the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under in style with the opening of Bikebug Adelaide on Sunday, January 24.
Hosted by SBS Television stalwart Mike Tomalaris, members of the Lotto-Soudal World Tour team will be in attendance, including Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Thomas De Gendt and Lars Bak. Retired Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen will also be in attendance as an official Bikebug ambassador.
“The chance to celebrate in Adelaide during the Santos Tour Down Under is obviously a great development for Bikebug and the cycling community in the South Australian capital,” said Bikebug Managing Director Frank Fortuna.
Refreshments will also be available for guests in attendance – welcome news after a tough week of racing, which concludes with a 90km criterium in Adelaide’s North Terrace earlier in the day.
Cannondale Australia’s Tour Down Under Events for the rest of the week to check out include the below.
Saturday 16th – Saturday 23rd – Bay 13 at the Tour Village, post stage signings from riders at 6pm
Saturday 16th – Team Signing between 4-5pm at Bicycle Express
Monday 18th – Team Ride between 8-10am from Bicycle Express
Thursday 21st – Social Stage Ride Day leaving Glenelg after the start of the stage
Checkout their Facebook site here for further details Cannondale
If your’e looking for some inspiration on where to have a coffee, beer or bite to eat, have a look at City Brief (Thanks Keith – Velo-Porte for the tip off).
City Brief is a quarterly city guide for Adelaide – Check out their link here – City Brief
We first hit the streets of Adelaide in March 2015 with a goal to reinvent the city guide through a focus on simple communication and good design.
We feature only local independent places across nine categories; coffee, food, drinks, shops, culture, makers, events, neighborhoods and transport.
We don’t charge for features, curating our selection purely on merit to remain independent and help promote small business. City Brief mainly appeals to the local inner city market, but also the discerning traveller.
From our first issue we have had a 100% pick up rate, meaning every copy we print has been picked up by choice reaching over 15,000 readers per issue.
Wednesday Legs recommends NOLA, a new bar in Adelaide’s East End specialising in Craft Beer and Whisk(e)y.
And speaking of Craft Breweries, Lady Burra in Topham Mall
Rider of the Week – Stephen Logan
To start of this year, we take a ride with Steve from Perth
Steve is a 51yo father of three, an engineer leading the building engineering team for Aurecon in WA. Steve was born and grew up in WA, though left for over 18 years, spending time in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and London.
I first met Steve when we both worked for the same company in Adelaide, and have had the pleasure of beating him at golf many times.
- Tell us a little about how you got into cycling?
I started doing a bit of recreational cycling with some friends when I returned to Australia in 2005, to try and improve fitness. From about 2007 I started to focus more on triathlon and progressively longer distances. So far I have done 5 half Ironman events and one full Ironman, in late 2013. My last race was just over a month ago, my next is in May. I have started to spend more time on my road bike and riding in bunches in the past 18 months or so. This has mainly been associated with training for the Ride for Youth, a significant charity ride here in WA. Last year the 138 riders raised over $2.4m for Youth Focus a youth mental health organisation.
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
I own three bikes. A Trek Madone 5.2 road bike, a Trek Equinox 9.5TTX time trial bike and my rain bike. The rain bike has an old Giant frame, but the rest of it has been rebuilt with new 105 groupset and cast off wheels from my other bikes. Fulcrum, Zipp, Bontrager and HED wheels get swapped around depending on what I happen to be doing
I probably spend most time on the Madone now, because I am riding in bunches a bit more. Triathlon training is on the Equinox, but I only do two eight week slots of focussed effort on that each year now.
- What bike do you covet?
A Trek Emonda SLR 6, if I’m faintly sensible, or else a Madone 9.9 if I am being a total fantasist. I like the look of the Lapierre Aircode, but haven’t ridden one.
- How do you store your bikes?
On Steady-Racks in the garage, or padded hooks.
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
Cassette wrench, chain pin tool, pumps of course and my own hand-made bike stand
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I do most of my own maintenance, but get major service done by a mechanic, or major part installation, because he does a better job faster than me.
- What do you love about cycling?
Being outside, making an effort. I love racing (in my case triathlons, though will start doing time trials when my Achilles tendons finally stop me running). I enjoy the banter in the bunch and the teamwork when the stronger riders look after those that are struggling
- What annoys most about cycling?
Aggressive riders who behave badly in traffic – they give us all a bad name. I also hate the way the media beats up the car vs bike thing
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Fabian Cancellara. Not only is he an absolute machine, he seems to have a bit of style and personality too
Luke Durbridge is my favourite Aussie – I rode with him once – very laid back guy
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Craziest, in terms of recklessness was recent Welshpool road descent at 85km/hr.. But fondest memories – there are so many. Probably the standout was the Ride for Youth in March 2015. Apart from the fundraising aspect, it’s a very new riding experience. It’s not a race, the job of the strong riders is to help keep the bunch together, offer a wheel to someone if they are struggling. Egos are left behind. It’s quite a challenge keeping a 120m long train together in rolling hills, the guys on the front have to imagine how the train is stretching and compressing
Fondest racing memory on a bike was about a year ago, in a half Ironman event.
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy?
We tend to end up at Cimbalina’s in Nedlands because it is convenient – not that mad on the coffee. Best coffee is Hoopers in the city,
I have a double espresso. Sometimes a poached egg on toast with an avocado
- Do you have a nickname?
Not really. A bunch I rode with a few years ago referred to me as “the kelpie” because they thought I couldn’t resist chasing anything that went past
- Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I…… am not at the office!
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Alp d’Huez.. Also Italian Alps and area around Como
- If you could date any professional cyclist, who would it be?
Hmmm. Tricky. I don’t know about dating:- I’m a bit past that phase. I follow the pro triathletes more, I admire the achievements of Mirinda Carfrae, Emma Moffat and Erin Densham.
- What is your favourite training route and who with?
Up Welshpool Road to Pickering, then back through the orchards to Kalamunda
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
Definitely overlooking telling her I’d entered Ironman for over six months. I sort of left it until the training volume became impossible to conceal.
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
An Emonda SL6, but that’s definitely not going to happen. A Camelbak water bottle will have to do.
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
A great charity and an awesome group of people. Ride for Youth. People can donate at the link too!
Thanks Steve. I would have to say that my fondest memory of riding with you was the lead-up to one of the TdU public rides, in particular the mental games we played with you in the weeks leading up to the Checker Hill Road climb, and then riding beside you when you first saw the climb, uttered an expletive and then jumped off and walked up. Flat Road Racers – pah! 🙂 (Let’s not race on flat roads – you’d embarrass me).
Cafe of the Week – Cascada
We came across this a few weeks back and have been mightily impressed with the coffee. As you descend out of Greenhill Road, hang a left at the first roundabout, and its just up on your left.
Situated at 540 Glynburn Road Burnside, the cafe is open 7 days, 7am til late! wood oven pizza – full breakfast menu – vegan meals – fresh juices – and plenty of room inside and out.
Other cafes you might want to poke your nose in for a recovery feed and caffeine include:
You might already be familiar with the heritage-listed grandstand in the heart of Victoria Park, Adelaide. We’re just beneath that, in a light and airy custom-designed space surrounded by expanses of green parkland. Our Velo Café offers specialty coffee and tea, full breakfasts and Italian deli-style lunches to eat in or take away – perfect for that impromptu park picnic.
This is the cafe set up by a partnership including Stuart O’Grady. A velo inspired hub with cycling themed interior plus some special bikes on display including Fabian Cancellara’s custom painted Spartacus Trek Domane that he rode in the 2015 edition of Paris-Roubaix. Also on display is Stuart O’Grady’s Cervelo used to win the 2007 edition of Paris-Roubaix and his 2004 Athens Olympics track bike used to win gold in the Madison.
Heritage Grandstand, Fullarton Rd, Victoria Park SA 5062 Open: T-F 7.30 – 5.30 / S-S 8.30 – 5.30 / Closed Monday
Tell Henry is a unique specialty coffee experience located in the emerging creative industries precinct of Kent Town.
Walter at Red Berry is a strong supporter of the Radelaide Cycling Community and is the start and finish point for many a local ride, including the infamous Adelaide Dirty Dozen. Walter and his crew make a decent brew as well.
Located near the bottom of Greenhill Road down Hallet Road in Stoneyfell is a small cafe with an extraordinarily large reputation for some of the best coffee in Adelaide.
On the Norwood Parade and located right next door to Trak Cycles is Pave.
At the southern end of Hutt Street in Adelaide is one of the best little bakeries in Adelaide.
Red House Shop Cafe
Over on the Northern side of Adelaide, tucked up along the Railway is the repurposed old Railway Station called Red House Shop & Cafe. They have some seriously good italian pastries, and provide an all day breakfast and lunch. They also sell vintage goods and clothes for men and women!
On Flinders Street, just up from the corner of Pulteney Street is a new cafe, only small, but big in service and quality
There are many many more fie cafes in and around Adelaide that I have missed. Have a gander in Leigh Street, Peel Street, Ebenezer Place, Hutt Street for some out of the way cafes.
For those riding around the Adelaide Hills for the TdU, safe riding and have yourself a great time.
Oh yeah, as usual, I’ll be setting up a marquee on top of Willunga Hill for the Queen Stage, so pop in and say g’day if you’re around.
till next time