Welcome to the 150th edition of Wednesday Legs.
How did this happen. It only seemed like s few weeks ago we were riding around Radelaide enjoying the start to the season, and now we re looking at the traditional start to the Spring Racing this weekend with the Flanders classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
A quick check of CyclingNews shows the 5 riders to watch this year are Peter Sagan, Niki Terpstra, BMC’s power duo Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet and 35 year old Tom Boonen.
You gotta love these headlines – CyclingNews
Scans have revealed that André Greipel suffered a broken rib in a crash at the Volta ao Algarve on Sunday and there is now doubt over the German’s participation in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this Sunday.
Greipel crashed in the closing phases of stage 4 of the Portuguese race on Saturday, with Alex Dowsett colliding with him from behind as he did so. He suffered “serious abrasions on his right side” and “a bruised rib on his left”, according to the Lotto Soudal team.
DOUBT? I’d be in doubt for the coffee stop a month away, let alone a professional race this weekend.
Not long now for the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. I’m not riding it myself, but I will be heading over to “support” the lads having a go at it.
Speaking of which, I have a mate who has had to pull out, so is looking to sell his ticket. If anyone is interested, please email me and I’ll pass the massage on
We’ve got one last training ride this weekend. All are welcome if you want to join in – we’re rolling at 6:45am from the bus stop on top of Greenhill Road/Mt Lofty intersection.
Heading in a southerly direction, we’ll be making our way down to Old Willunga Hill.
No doubt those of you riding the peaks challenge have been putting in the training hard yards and are just about ripe for the challenge!
Melburn to Adelaide
Dave Edwards is one hell of a tough nut, and continuously finds new ways to challenge himself and those around him. Dave has been discussed in these pages previously. Following on from an Everesting on a dirt trail last year, which itself followed an Everesting in Melbourne on one of those heavy city hire bikes.
This time round Dave and 3 mates decided it would be a fab idea to ride non stop from Melburn to Adelaide. As if that wasn’t hard enough, they took the indirect route via the Great Ocean Road, from the MCG to Adelaide Oval.
No support, no backup, no accommodation, no pillows, no sleep, if you turned up, you were going to finish, as simple as that.
Accompanied by fellow Everesting compatriots James Raison (From the Just Ride YouTube channel fame – see later) and Sam Jeffries (The most radical moustache on the road) and Pete Arnott (Hells 500 fame), they rolled out of Melburn at 4:30am on a Friday morning, and spome 45 hours later they rolled into Adelaide.
I’m not going to write up anything about their experiences, because you can and should read about it in Dave’s excellent blog, but I just want to add this:
Further details on Daves blog can be found here – With all I have
Adelaide Rides = Just Ride
As mentioned above, James Raison has been slowly and surely filming Adelaide’s hardest climbs, and posting them on his Youtube Channel – see here – Adelaide Rides – Just Ride
James’s use of real time data display on the video, his voice over, the use of background music and speeding up of the boring bits make these a fascinating collection of Adelaides famous hill climbs.
I had to replace a 2.5mm allen head screw for a bike attachment last week. Popped into a few LBS’s to see whether they could help, unfortunately they did not hold those size screws. So, popped down to Universal Fasteners down Cavan Road.
After fiddling around and searching for the right thread, the helpful dude behind the counter found the right screw. As you do, you ask the price – he checked the price list 25cents – “I’ll take 2 please”
You know how you come across something that takes your fancy. Well, I’ve had a curiosity for Ornot gear for a while now, their styling and colour palates seem to hit the mark with me.
I had an Ornot Golden Vest pass across my doorstep the other day, and with the cooler night time weather we’ve been having lately, I’ve had a chance to give it a trial.
I cant believe the pained look – that was only after the first hill last Saturday.
Born in 2013, Our clothing is designed in San Francisco, hand crafted in southern California and we make a very conscious effort to keep all production here in the US.
This (Gilet) is a staple for all San Francisco cyclists. Good for cold morning rollouts, bridge crossings, bomber descents, evening excursions, lunch runs, beer runs, doughnut missions, escaping the city and WIND. This vest is made from super lightweight and compactable ripstop fabric with mesh fabric on the back and sides. The ripstop fabric offers great wind protection along with water resistance while the mesh back and sides provide ventilation. 3 rear pockets add storage space for extra gloves in the winter and the dual direction zipper allows you to fine tune your airflow.
Designed in San Francisco and hand crafted in southern California.
Sturdy construction, with a bright golden colour that is not your usual hi-vis, it stands out without shouting out. If that’s not your style, they have a bright blue.
Not having a dual direction zippered vest before, I was wondering why, but I soon realised how much extra versatility this adds to the vest. Starting my ride with setting strava on the phone when I get out the gate usually involves a minor contortion of pulling up the gilet to get to the pocket of my jersey to pull out the phone. Not generally difficult, particularly with someone with my abilities, but I did like the easy un-zippering from the bottom up allowing easy access to the Jersey pockets.
It also came in very handy for ventilation tweaks when on the road. A quick adjustment from the bottom up allowed ventilation on the climbs without having to completely unzip it. Also saved that messy routine on top of the hill when re-zippering was required.
Oh, Bikebug has recently opened up a store in Adelaide, taking on Whipets Workshop in Stepney.
Chain Reaction Challenge
As mentioned in my note below, one opportunity to support the Chain Reaction Ride this year is to buy a raffle ticket to win a new bike!!
The ride this year will fund the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Starlight Express Room at the Monash Children’s Hospital, and to allow Monash Children’s Hospital to buy a state of the art device that uses GPS-like navigation technology to allow surgeons to perform more accurate surgery on children with brain tumours
Buying a raffle ticket gives you opportunity to win a Pinarello Dogma F8 with full Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Groupset with HED Ardennes PLUS LT Wheelset valued at $13,500!
This is the same frame on which Chris Froome won last year’s Tour to France and is the top of the range frame which Pinarello produces. It is arguably the best road bike in the world at the moment. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get Chris’s actual bike (and it is probably a bit worn out anyway) but this gives you a unique opportunity to get the same type of bike as Froome won the Tour on.
If you want details of the Pinerello Dogma F8: http://www.pinarello.com/en
They are only selling 300 tickets. They are $100 each and the winner can choose the size of the frame and colour. Also, the winner does not need to be in Victoria – the Raffle is open to any Australian resident. If you are outside of Melbourne, they will arrange delivery.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.trybooking.com/183689
Their permit number is 10107/16 and the raffle will be drawn on 7/03/16 @ 5.00pm at Bike Gallery, 74 Auburn Pde, Hawthorn East. The result will be published in the Herald Sun on 9/03/16. We are really grateful for Bike Gallery’s support in providing this amazing prize.
Rider of the Week – Kriston Symonds
This week I take a ride around Melbourne with Kriston
- Tell us a little about how you got into cycling?
I got introduced by work colleague at the time (Stealth) who helped my buy a bike and took me shopping for shoes, started riding with the FRA (Flat Riders Association) from the initial days when we used to meet early in the morning on Killicoat St. Kept on riding further, faster and bigger mountains from there.
- You have an involvement in the cycling scene, can you describe what you do and how you came to be involved?
Rode with the FRA and PowerOn crew (Mainly social, no racing other than some Cycle Sportif team time trials) , moved to Melbourne in recent years and got involved in a charity ride called the Chain Reaction Challenge with a great bunch of guys.
- You moved to Melbourne some years ago, what do you see as the main differences between the Melbourne and Adelaide cycling scene?
Apart from the sock doping in Melb, Definitely a Beach Rd vs Hills divide. Some very polarised views out there on what is best. I head for the hills!
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
3 Bikes (Road, Mountain Bike for riding with the kids, and a “leave out the front of the pub” bike), and looking for the next one, a single speed, given I live north of the river.
- What bike do you covet?
- How do you store your bikes?
Road bike in the bedroom on the wall! Others in the shed.
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
Rollers, pedal spanner, toque wrench for the carbon frame, chain lube, lots of rags and Mr Sheen for that extra shine.
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I keep it clean and give the chain/cluster a clean and lube. But the gears/cables/brakes/new cluster at the big shop when needed. Ivanhoe Cycles or De Ver in Heidelberg Rd.
- What do you love about cycling?
The sunrise in the morning, wildlife, quiet country roads and the banter at the coffee shop after.
- What annoys most about cycling?
Cars and Red Traffic Lights
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Simon Gerrans – Nice guy, supports Chain Reaction Charity and he is methodical and calculated in planning the upcoming season team tactics.
- If you could date a professional cyclist, who would it be?
The Canyon/SRAM Women’s team – they look great in the new 2016 kit.
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Riding along next to hopping Kangaroos and the poor seagull that got disintegrated in the spokes of a mate one time……
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy?
Latest spot is Maker in North St Richmond, plenty of room for bikes, great coffee options, croissants and toastie toasties! Or my local, Thomson St Food Store in Northcote.
- Do you have a nickname?
- Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I…..”
…..relax and clear the mind.
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Lacets de Montvernier where the Tour de France went last year, looks so cool with the switchbacks.
- What is your favourite training route and who with?
I live North-East Melbourne and love heading out to Nutfield and all the roads around there, single lane, countryside, peaceful and great views back to the mountains and the city.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I’ll just do a short ride tomorrow.
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
A new bike!
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Some great Pedla kit for our team for the Chain Reaction Vic 2016 ride – feel free to buy a raffle ticket or donate….!!
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
No, time to go ride my bike……
Quote of the week
Reporter “What would you be if you weren’t a cyclist’
Cyclist “A Virgin”
till next time
oh – you just gotta love Bill