If you’re serious about Cycling, you should get serious about living in Adelaide

Sock Doping

After riding around in what would be considered some very average cycling socks for quite some time, I think I am now a born again sock dope having received a nice set of Australian made Sokhyte socks recently.

I received a set of the Blue socks a few weeks back, and now tend to find myself looking at other riders socks to see what’s out there.  There are some beauties and a good sock chosen well doesn’t only feel much better than your average sports sock, but completes the kit.  So you obviously need more than the one pair. These socks are nice comfy and provide good support around the foot arch.



SOKHYTE® is a range of high performance ‘tall’ cycling socks proudly made in Melbourne, Australia. SOKHYTE® socks are developed for the athlete who demands the maximum out of their cycling apparel. The new high performance ‘tall’ socks have the perfect mix of Cotton, Nylon & Elastane, and offer a rider the best possible mix of comfort and performance.

Forgive the hairy legs
Sokhyte socks can be purchased online here – Sokhyte


Michael Woods


There was a great article in cycling news that most probably missed. Written by neo-pro Michael Woods – “Under Pressure – Tour Down Under was an out-of-body experience”.

A seriously good read, particularly if your passionate about riding in the Adelaide Hills.

Here are some exerts that stand out for me.

Tour Down Under (TDU) is a far cry from racing in Europe. There are no major transfers, you stay in one very nice hotel, the stages are short, the roads are wide and relatively safe and the food is good. Really the entire thing felt like an all-inclusive trip from Sunwing with a bike race thrown in as one of those add-on features – like a booze cruise; free wine, and native animal cuddling included. TDU is luxurious.

All this being said though, I would still have to race guys like Simon Gerrans, Richie Porte, Sergio Henao and countless other thugs on a bike. Even if you put a race on a freeway, lined it with bouncy castles, and wrapped every rider in bubbly wrap, if I wanted to get a result, I still had to ride faster than some of the best damn riders in the world.


I arrived in Adelaide in late December, and while other riders were doing interviews and riding under what seemed like a microscope, I quietly went about my training and enjoyed the awesome riding that the area had to offer.

Adelaide is sweet. The riding is great, their coffee game is on point, and the food scene is solid. Each morning I would wake up, go for a ride while my wife would go for a run and then head to the Adelaide Market and bring me back goodies.


When it came time to race, the unit that we had created was solid. Clarke, who is basically a magician in the peloton, had us consistently relaxed, and surfing the front as a cohesive unit. Over the course of the first three races at TDU, I would learn more from Clarke about positioning than I had in my previous four seasons of racing, and when it came time for me to be at the front of the race on stage 3 at the Corkscrew climb, I found myself on the wheel of Richie Porte, with fresh legs, and a surge of adrenaline akin to Uma Thurman getting the shot after overdosing in Pulp Fiction.


Imagining myself, watching that stage at home, on the trainer, with the winter winds of Ottawa slamming against my basement window, was probably the only way I was able to get over that climb, descend the way I did, and then have the presence of mind to find Simon Gerrans’ wheel for the sprint, crossing the line in his wake and earning my first podium at a WorldTour race.

On stage 4, I went from being the guy who anonymously signed in at the start line, to doing interviews under an umbrella held by a podium girl, and being asked questions by Robbie McEwen.

Michael Woods went on to take out fifth place overall in the GC and two podium placements for the week.

Link here if you want to read the full article.  Tour down Under



Michael’s comments got me thinking a little more about why Adelaide is such a great place to live.  I moved back to Adelaide approx. 16 years ago. Both our families lived back here, and moving back shortly after the birth of our daughter was almost a no-brainer.  Adelaide is quite often overlooked for being dull and boring, but in the first place that’s not true, but in this day and age where its getting harder and harder to find quality time, would that actually be a bad thing. Surely it is what you make of it. The friends you choose and the family around you are a big part of how you live your life.

And yes we have suffered with the loss of some major industries, and more to come, but Adelaide has a lot of things going for it.

Adelaide has a population just North of 1.3 Million, which is a fair size in anyones language. We have over 70km of superb beaches on our doorstep, most of which are easily accessible by bike, they are not often crowded.


Adelaide has been in the Top 10 of the World’s Most Liveable Cities in 2010, 2011 & 2012, 2013 , 2014 and 2015. Not bad eh!

Mount Lofty is just 15km to the east of the city, offering amazing views, both day and night, and not only that, it is the doorway to the Mt Lofty Ranges, our very own cycling playground.


OK, so Adelaide doesn’t have the climbs like you can get in the Great Dividing Range up through Victoria, ACT and NSW and Qld, but they’re generally a tad more than a 20 minute ride away.

And don’t forget that South Australia has some of the country’s best wine regions, with over 200 cellar doors in our backyard.

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The climate has a good balance of hot dry summers and mild winters that aren’t too cold. Although I must admit that we do seem to get a few extremely hot days, but fortunately we cool down overnight allowing for some excellent riding conditions first thing in the morning. We are the driest of all Australia’s capital cities, which means we get less rain and more riding weather.

The city has 29 parks – over 700 hectares of parks. We have more live music bars and clubs per capita  than any other Australian city.

We are the only Australian capital city that was settled by free settlers, not convicts. Real estate is cheap. Try picking up a nice restored 3 br heritage house within 10 minutes of the city under a Million in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

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We have a a lively culture and arts scene, awesome museums  great cafes and restaurants and beautiful architecture. Mad March is a rad time of the year to live in Adelaide.


So if you love your cycling, and can get around the job situation, its a great place to raise your kids, and the cycling friendly weather and environment, so you just have to ask yourself, what are you doing living over there?  Come on over.



I found this on Strava a few days ago – Rigoberto Uran’s avatar.




Makers Market – Take 2

A small apology – I missed a few of the Makers off my last posting, so thought I’d catch up here.

The first being Velo-One Link here :  http://veloone.com.au/

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We are two brothers that share a passion, love what cycling and triathlon represents, love the quality of lifestyle it offers and the experiences that only cyclists / triathletes get to create and share.

VeloOne aspires to create a brand that reflects such passion. As the Co-Founders of VeloOne, we have been involved in cycling and triathlon for many years, competing and training for countless hours as you have. 

We understand what it is to be involved in these sports and how they become a ‘lifestyle’. The importance of support and understanding from family and friends when you’re striving to achieve demanding goals at upcoming events. The challenges of achieving a balance in all aspects of your life so that you can swim, bike, run!

We welcome any and all of you out there to join us on our journey as we create a brand that reflects your own cycling experiences.

Feedback is important to us, as a new brand / business we will look to you for support and feedback on our business and products.

And secondly, the organiser of the Makers Market, Treadly Bike Shop down in Ebenezer Place – Link here – treadlybikeshop

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Treadly Bike Shop is a retail and bicyle restoration store, specialising in urban commuter bicycles and accessories. Treadly stocks a range of single speed, fixed gear, geared and classic style bicycles and parts, bags, apparel, and helmets, as well as a children’s range. Along with offering the latest in local and overseas products, Treadly sources and restores preloved bicycles.

Sam has been slowly beavering away over the years down at Treadlies. He has been actively involved in the cycling community over the years, organised a number of community cycle events such as the Boucle De Burbs and the Makers Market, and has slowly built up a terrific range of cycling products.


So if you get a chance, pop in and say g’day to Sam, and help support someone who continually supports the community.


Norton Railway.

We’ve all seen the little railway on the ride up to Norton Summit, and no doubt you’ve all seen the for sale sign out front.



Its still for sale.

By the write-up on the agents website, it looks like there’s a bit of SA history behind this house. It’s the site of iconic RM Williams’ first workshop and later the home of SA’s intrepid inventor of the Clisby V6 engine.

This 4 acre land holding is home to a large imposing stone residence, reminiscent of the castles of Europe, but is in need of restoration.It comes complete with dungeon, cellar rooms, miniature railway line, stone tower, pool, and barn.

Local stone both outside and with feature wall inside, a simply stunning staircase, elegant marble floor tiles, onyx island bench and gorgeous Australian Oak and jarrah floors create a feeling of grandeur and significance in the home.

A perfectly positioned summer house overlooks the pool and can be secretly accessed from the dungeon via a fully lined tunnel with adjacent studio cellar room.

A large open fireplace is the centrepiece of the downstairs living room, while upstairs there are three bedrooms, updated bathroom with granite benchtops and balcony.

Sounds like a terrific place to set up a cycling residence. The Adelaide hills surrounding you, the city just a short 20 minutes away on the bike, a terrific offering for someone with a little passion.

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ps – if you do decide to purchase it, tell the agent to pass on some of their sale fee to the Wednesday Legs charity fund.


A Quick Wrap-Up of the last few Weeks

Over in Dubai, Marcel Kittel won the final stage of the Dubai Tour on Saturday to claim the overall title in the process.

And over in Valencia,  Team Sky’s Dutchman Woet Poels won two  stages to win the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

And over in Victoria, Team Sky’s Kenyan British Tour de France winner came out on top in the Herald Sun Tour.

Two wins, two podiums and what looks like a very strong and deep roster, is this going to be a long year for the other teams?



SBS Cycling TV schedule – 2016

  • New Zealand Cycle Classic Highlights
    • Sunday 28 Feburary
      1600 – 1700 SBS/HD
    • LIVE! UCI Track World Championships – London
    • Thursday 3 March – Sunday 6 March SBS2
    • All sessions live. Broadcast times TBA
  • LIVE! Strade Bianchi
    • Saturday 5 March
    • 2345 – 0145 AEDT SBS
  • Voxwomen (Ep 6)
    • Sunday 6 March
    • 1630 – 1700 SBS/HD
  • LIVE! Paris-Nice
    • Sunday 6 March – Sunday 13 March SBS2
    • All stages live. Broadcast times TBA
  • 2016 UCI Track World Championship Highlights
    • Sunday 13 March
    • 1600 – 1700 SBS/HD
  • LIVE! Milan-San Remo
    • Saturday 19 March
    • 2430 – 0300 AEDT SBS/HD
  • 2016 Milan San Remo Highlights
    • Sunday 27 March
    • 1600 – 1700 SBS/HD
  • LIVE! Tour of Flanders
    • Sunday 3 April
    • 2230 – 0130 AEST SBS/HS
  • Voxwomen (Ep 7)
    • Sunday 3 April
    • 1600 – 1630 SBS/HD
  • LIVE! Paris-Roubaix
    • Sunday 10 April
    • 2130 – 0130 AEST SBS (1930 – 2130 on SBS2 in WA)
  • LIVE! Amstel Gold Race
    • Sunday 17 April
    • 2230 – 0130 AEST SBS
  • LIVE! Fleche-Wallone
    • Wednesday 20 April
    • 2300 – 0100 AEST SBS
  • LIVE! Liege-Bastogne-Liege
    • Sunday 24 April
    • 2230-0130 AEST SBS
  • LIVE! Giro d’Italia
    • Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May SBS/HD
    • All stages live. Broadcast times TBA
  • LIVE! Tour de France
    • Saturday 2 July – Sunday 24 July SBS/HD
    • All stages live. Broadcast times TBA


Cider of the Week – Wicker Man


They’re back! After a slight hiccup and needing to change their name, resulting in being off the shelves for a short time whilst getting everything changed and updated.  Their new labels are finally ready and the bottles are finding their way back into the pubs of Adelaide.


I was fortunate to try some of this Nectar of the Gods just before Christmas when they were call Basket Case. Bottled in the Adelaide from our very own Adelaide Hills apples, this cider is a great refreshing crazy good drink.



Cafe of the Week

I don’t know how many times I have ridden past this cafe, but I’d heard good stories about it. Fortunately last Saturday I got the chance to give it a go, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The selection of cakes and pastries on the inside was spot on, and there was plenty of space to relax outside in a nice shaded table.





till next time

tight spokes


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