In the Zone

A couple of descents I’ve recently filmed around Adelaide.


Montacute Road from corkscrew – Link here


Torrens Hill Road – Link here

WednesdayLegs Facebook Page

I’ve gotten my Wednesday Legs facebook page up and running, and will be posting my videos from riding around Adelaide along with other cycling snippets that I hope you’ll enjoy.  See here for the page link


Local Hero – Annette Edmondson

Looking to ride with a local hero. Annette Edmondson (Nettie) from Adelaide is a World Champion, World Record Holder, Olympic Medallist and Commonwealth Champion Cyclist on both the track, and road. She is a past Orica AIS rider and now rides for Wiggle High5 professional women’s cycling team.

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There is a unique opportunity for you to join Nettie as she cycles in her ‘backyard’  – the Adelaide hills, before she heads off to the Rio Olympic Games in June. The 2 hour ride, led by GCR ride leaders, will take you to Windy Point with it’s amazing views, and back through the Belair National Park. It’s a conversation pace, no-drop ride – a nice recovery ride for Nettie and a good workout for you.

Rotating around the group with a maximum of only 20 riders it’s a great chance to ride with a professional and hear directly from a world class champion what it takes to prepare for the Olympics. After the ride Nettie will join us for breakfast at the Brunelli Cafe.


Book now on the inaugural GCR Adelaide Breakfast Ride and help support an Australian Olympian, actively network with like minded business execs – and enjoy the amazing riding Adelaide has to offer.


Ride Details

Departure Day/s Wednesday 4th May 2016.,
Departure Time Arrive 6:00 am – Ride 6:15 am – Return 8:30 am – Cafe – Finish 9:30/10 am
Duration 2 hours ride, 1 hour breakfast.
Departure Location Brunelli Cafe – 187 Rundle Street Adelaide

Ride Admin

Included Breakfast/ Tea & Coffee. Fully insured and experienced local ride leaders
Excluded Everything else
What to bring Road bike, spare tube, helmet compulsory, water and snacks.
Need to know Detailed joining instructions will be emailed once you book online. Please complete a Rider Profile before booking.

Booking Price: US$155.00 – see here for further details.



Who are GCR?


GCR Rides

We are building a network of rides in 23 countries and 50 cities, offering midweek rides to stretch the legs and expand the lungs and longer weekend rides to give you that sought after muscle burn! You’ll get to see some new sights and amazing scenery and you might even complete a new Strava sprint or time trial segment at the same time.
We take the hassle and expense out of carrying your valuable, finely tuned bikes on planes, we save you the time it takes to sift through city bike tours to find one that suits your level & experience and we remove the headache of figuring out the best places to ride safely in your limited schedule.
Our goal is to provide a complete cycling experience, with a bike tailored to you, a dedicated ride leader, committed to giving you the best possible experience and an opportunity to chat to other cyclists with a coffee after the ride.

GCR Team

Our Ride Leaders are a key factor to a great cycling experience with GCR. We have recruited some of the best local ride talent – interesting and knowledgeable individuals, who you’ll enjoy riding with, whichever city you’re travelling to. The passion, knowledge, fitness, fun and care our ride leaders put into offering you the best possible ride experience are the qualities that put them ahead of the pack.

GCR Charities

Access to a bike can transform lives. We are proud to support a number of different cycling charities both locally and internationally by donating $2 from every ride purchased.

GCR Standard

Whether you are cycling past the Great Wall of China, through the Deserts of Phoenix, the sights in Moscow, or alongside the San Francisco Bay, you can be sure that the quality of the bike, the route selection, the experienced leaders and the seamless logistics with GCR will provide a great ride experience every time.
So, next time you schedule a business trip, book a ride and make executive travel work for you!


Whilst the home page listing doesn’t include Adelaide, search for the Adelaide rides in the Find a Ride page

The Adelaide Ride Leaders supporting the Adelaide GCR rides are:

John Cullen – Adelaide


John has been cycling since a young 14 year old and enjoys it immensely.  He’s a recreational rider rather than a racer, but received a Bronze Medal in the Time Trial in the 2011 Masters Games. He participates in the many rides put on by Bike SA including Amy’s Ride, the Coast to Coast, and also the BUPA Challenge Ride, part of the Tour Down Under. In 2016 John is participating in the Beat Cancer Tour also as part of the Tour Down Under in January, then off to a training camp in Bright in February, to prepare for climbing the Classic Mountains in France. Outside of cycling he runs his own real estate business, and is currently teaching himself to play the didgeridoo!

Darren Buckby


Darren has been an active member of the cycling community since his early teens, with a vast array of cycling experiences ranging from junior road racing through to tackling some of the ‘Grand Tours’ European roads. He’s a qualified and practicing fitness trainer and sports therapist, and has a foot in the cycling retail industry. He has a passionate interest in modern design and always has music accompanying his travels. He’s incredibly excited about leading rides throughout the spectacular Adelaide roads and will be on hand during rides to discuss any aspects of cycling; fitness, performance, bike fit and maintenance – with Darren you’ll get a  ‘total cycling experience’

Andrew Schofield


Andrew loves to ride anything with 2 wheels, motorised or human powered. As a retired mechanical consulting engineer he feels privileged to have visited and ridden in many parts of the world. Living in the Middle East for a few years, the annual coast to coast ride across the Arabian Peninsula is etched in his mind for plumbing the depths of endurance. Nowadays Andrew enjoys showcasing what he considers to be some of the best cycling in the world in and around Adelaide. It is no surprise that the Tour Down Under is staged so successfully every year given the variety of terrain in close proximity to the city.

Upcoming rides include:


Further details here – globalcyclerides





I first came across these guys at the Makers Market in Adelaide at the TdU in January, and was fortunate to have a gilet and a jersey  cross my doorstep shortly afterwards. It took the Adelaide seasons a month or so to throw up some cool mornings warranting the use of the Gilet, but it did come out on one of our training rides down to McLaren Vale.

The Gilet is made from wind-lock and water-repellent technology fabrics, with the back and pockets made from a poly micro mesh fabric to help with the breathability. Its supremely lightweight and like all good Gilets, has pockets in the back.

We all know a good gilet is an absolute essential piece of kit, and if you were to pick onen of these up, it would find its way into the “good” drawer. Its not a thermal vest, its a wind vest and  it does its job just like it should, no fuss, no flappy bits annoying the hell out of you on those ultrafast downhill descents, and with the bit of extra stretch in the back the gilet stays fiurmly in place around the waist.


The Jersey is silky smooth made with a high tech Bio-Ceramic fabric. I thought the black fabric would be quite hot on sunny days, but being lightweight and breathable, it seemed to work well, with the close fit jersey and mesh sides wicking away the sweat efficiently in the breeze. With silicone waist grippers the jersey.

The Biketivist cycling gear is designed in South Australia and made in Italy. Produced using high tech engineering and materials, their apparel range is small, but their attention detail shines through.

The ape with the fluro-yellow sunnies and helmet add a nice accent colour to the black kit.

Link Here – Biketivist



Great to see Sagan on his brilliant solo win on Flanders in Belgium on Sunday night.

Spartacus on his last Flanders
Sagan – Mr Cool
03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; Brugge;
03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; Brugge;


03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; 2016, Tinkoff; Sagan, Peter; Patersberg;
Sagan strikes out with 13km to go

03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; 2016, Tinkoff; Sagan, Peter;

03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; 2016, Tinkoff; Sagan, Peter; Oudenaarde;

03-04-2016 Tour Des Flandres; 2016, Trek Factory Racing; Cancellara, Fabian; Oudenaarde;
Cancellara waves goodbye for the last time in an honorable 25 seconds behind Sagan for 2nd spot



Lezyne GPS Computer

I think I must be one of the only riders around that doesn’t have a Garmin GPS cycling computer. I’ve mostly used Strava via the iphone app, although that has limitations chewing up the juice on the longer rides. Also, no instantaneous performance feedback, although that doesn’t really seem to be an issue for me.

But that being said, I was hankering for a shiny computer thing on my handlebar to tell me how much pain I shouldn’t be in. So, I had a few of the Lezyne gps computers come across my doorstep a few months back. They’re pretty hard to find in Adelaide for whatever reasons I don’t know.  Initially I was advised Bike Express, but they didn’t stock them, so then Corsa and Avantiplus – Semaphore were names given to me. I didn’t get around to these shops so I’m not sure they stock them, but keep an eye out for them.




Aboot a year ago, Lezyne introduced to the market 3 small gps cycling computeres, the mini, power and super gps.  I tested were the Mini and the Super GPS. The entry-level mini is barely larger than a Tic Tac box. It reportedly has enough space store about 100 hours of ride data, with a claimed 10-our battery life,
The Super has built-in Bluetooth Smart wireless capability enables pairing with compatible iOS and Android smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as heart rate monitors, power meters and direct-measurement speed sensors along with ANT+ wireless capability and an additional Glonass satellite antenna. It has a claimed storage capacity of up to 400 hours of ride time, and a battery life of around 20 hours. Whilst I can’t claim to have timed the run time, I did go on 2 long rides whilst over in Falls Creek a few weeks back and the computer didn’t dro[p below 60%, do I have no reason to doubt the claim.

The semi customisable display on the Super includes

  • Heart Rate
  • Cadence/Speed
  • Power
  • Moving time, ride time, elapsed time
  • Distance: current, trip total, odometer
  • Speed: current, average, max
  • Elevation: ascent, descent, current
  • Laps
  • Time: ride time, clock
  • GPS signal strength
  • Battery life indicator

The display is crisp, easy to read, and the set up, whilst taking a little while to understand its little intricacies, is relatively intuitive.


With the machined aluminum edges, this computer provides enough information on a screen tat doesn’t overwhelm your handlebar. andard stem mount or optional out-front mount.

The Mini GPS, Power GPS and Super GPS computers all store ride data using the industry-standard .fit file format, which allows for easy uploading to analysis and logging sites such as Strava and TrainingPeaks. They also support the devices with its own website and mobile app. called Lezyne Ally which is easy to set up and use.

Cost – on Pro Bike Kit Aus, the Mini is $180, the Power $245 and the Super $280.

The Super sits well above the Edge 25 ($210) but a tad below the Edge 520 ($340 on sale at Wiggle) when comparing the functionalities and capabilities. The 25 is low cost, so unless you are after a budget gps computer, there is no need to go there. The Mini has more capability and is cheaper.  The 520 can display a ton of data on up to 10 data fields on a single page, which is significantly more than then Lezyne Super. The 520 also has Strava segments, which can be handy if you want real time feedback (against your own best performances, friends, or the KOM) when riding your selected Strava Segments. The Super doesn’t.

So, the Super is a pretty decent ride computer with almost everything I would ever need out on the road. The only thing I would like to see added is the strava live (or at least a stopwatch capability) and a gradient indicator. But apart from that, it is a great device that has just enough data to keep me satisfied on the road. It doesn’t have as many features ae the 520, but is cheaper. So. over to you, as per usual, do your homework and make sure you know what you want before you purchase your device.


Car Park Capers

I mentioned last posting the Melbourne car park race that  received awesome support from the local cycling community and looks like it will become a permanent fixture.

Well the good news is that Radelaidians are looking to set something up similar in Adelaide, and whilst nothing has been confirmed, there are people working feverishly on bringing it to Adelaide.  Stay posted here, or here at Adelaide Cyclists, or here at Adelaide Cycling Facebook


Feed Zone

OK, riding is fun, the people we ride with adds the icing to the cake, and the socialising that comes with riding with mates is life’s lubrication, without it we wither up and turn into grumpy old men before our time. OK – some of us are already grumpy old men, but heh, we have good reason. Anyway, I would have t say that without a doubt, the socialising with friends and family of the cycling group is a continuing highlight of my cycling life. Looking back over the years, our group has a number of traditional get togethers, and in no particular order, these being: Curry night (WAGS) / Xmas dinner (Cyclists Only) / Coast to Kirch (WAGS) / Cockle Express (CO) / Courtyard Buffet (WAGS – CdP doesn’t yet know it’s traditional) / BUPA BBQ (WAGS – only when finishes at VH) / Mid Winter Pizza (CO). The food at these events is what binds us all together, wel, that and the alcohol, and the witty and cutting conversation…….


So, it was with interest I chased up the new Feed Zone Table cookbook from the authors of the Best-Selling Feed Zone Series (Feed Zone Portable and Fed Zone Cookbook).

Feed Zone Table
Feed Zone Table

Science shows that we are who we eat with. Enjoying meals with friends and family makes as much difference to our well-being as  and Feed Zone Cookbook) people-and our performance as athletes-as the foods we choose. That’s the message of a new cookbook, Feed Zone Table: Family-Style Meals to Nourish Life and Sport, by chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim, which is now available in bookstores, specialty retailers, and online.

Feed Zone Table
Feed Zone Table

The daily life of the professional athlete is filled with training, competition, travel, and other commitments. It’s an isolating lifestyle and one that complicates an athlete’s relationship with food. During his work with elite professional athletes, Dr. Lim saw athletes cut off from friends and family by circumstance and by choice. Those who found success were the ones who developed social connections, team spirit, and a sense of belonging that began during training and culminated at dinner, the most social meal of the day. When the hard work of the day was done, it was dinnertime that reinforced the communal bonds that we all crave.

In Feed Zone Table, Biju and Allen offer more than 100 all-new recipes to bring friends and family to the table in a way that nourishes life and sport. Feed Zone Table will inspire your family-style dinners with a delicious lineup of drinks, starters, main courses, side dishes, fresh sauces, and desserts. Biju introduces easy techniques for making flavorful food that’s fun to prepare and share.

Enjoying dinnertime and eating well will nourish you, your family and friends, and your sports performance. Dr. Lim shares new research on how social meals benefit us physically and emotionally. Lim reveals why it matters-what science has to say about food, camaraderie, performance, and the pivotal role that the dinner table can play in an athlete’s preparation.

Sports are often an escape from life, but Feed Zone Table is a warm invitation back to the table. We perform best when we nourish our bodies and feed our souls. Bring great food and people together with Feed Zone Table and you’ll feel the difference.

I gave the following recipe a whirl over the weekend, and it came up trumps.


This is the picture from the book..


And this what mine looked like


OK, it doesn’t look exactly like the picture in the book, but not bad eh!. It did get the thumbs up from the family, so I’ll be cooking this again soon.

Serves 8.

This recipe serves up to 8 people, and calls for drumsticks, but I prefer and used thighs.



  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 small red beetrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 3 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen mixed peas and carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews or peanuts
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced into thin strips (remove seeds for a milder flavor)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Prep the chicken by trimming off the excess fat. Remove the nubby ends of the drumsticks with a sharp knife—with a firm whack the ends will pop right off, making it easy to remove the skin and giving the dish a more finished look. Place the drumsticks in a baking dish and set aside.

In a blender or food processor combine the yogurt, beet, ginger, garlic, spices, salt, and purée. The yogurt mixture will be a bright red color.

Thoroughly coat the chicken with the yogurt mixture. Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight to let the meat soak up the flavor.

Heat the oven to 180 degrees.

To make the biriyani, rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Place the rice directly into a large baking dish (approximately 9 × 13–inch). Add the remaining biriyani ingredients and gently stir until the spices are evenly distributed. Cover with foil and place on the middle rack of the oven. Starting the chicken separately in the oven maintains their distinct colors and flavors.

After the rice has cooked for 15 minutes, cover the chicken with foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Remove the chicken and the biriyani from the oven. Pour off the excess marinade from the chicken and reserve for serving, if desired. Fluff the biriyani with a wooden spoon and lay the drumsticks on top. Return to the oven to bake uncovered for another 20 minutes, or until rice is fully cooked. Finish with lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Republished with permission of VeloPress from Feed Zone Table by chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim. Try more recipes at


Rider of the Week – Sam Jeffries


I only got round to meeting Sam for the first time at the recently completed Peaks Challenge, where Sam came in at a stunning 8hours 22 minutes. I briefly caught up with him at the start (from the other side of the fence), and then again at the finish. I had heard about Sam a few years back, and as it turns out is a friend of a friend – Adelaide! I bumped into Sam on the road at an Everesting last winter when I popped in to say g’day to another awesome Everester Dave. I had no hope in hell of keeping up with Sam, Dave and the others, but it was good to see the support being offered.

2016 Peaks Finish Fam

I’m glad I had a chance for a chat with Sam, because he is an interesting character and just one of those all round decent fellows. So put your feet up and enjoy this weeks Rider of the Week.

Sam is a 45 year old Adelaidian. During the day he’s the General Manager of an awesome little digital marketing agency called The Distillery with around 15 very talented and awesome people.


Out of work hours he’s a another middle-aged lycra-clad cycling tragic, husband of Becky and father of Tilly (10) and Hannah (8).

  • Tell us a little about when and how you got into cycling?

Probably a pretty typical story I’d have thought…. I was fast approaching 40 years of age, tipping the scales at close on 100kgs over my skinny 6′ 3″ frame, smoking a lot and doing no exercise whatsoever. I’ve never enjoyed running so purchased (online) a Reid Osprey road bike… I was instantly addicted. I loved it but out grew the Osprey very quickly so next was a sweet aluminium Bianchi C2C with an 8spd Sora group set – I was the man! Still not in Lycra (no way, Lycra’s for swimmers, dancers and weirdos!) but was reading, riding and soaking up everything there was to know about bikes… so, again rapidly upgraded to what has become my most faithful of partners – the 2011 Ridley Excalibur with the bullet-proof Ultegra 10spd group set. She’s now clocked 40,000kms and is still be the first bike I grab for a social ride. More recently I’ve purchased a 2015 Focus Izalco Max 10 (DuraAce Di2) that is incredible. It is brilliant! Super light, super fast. but it will take a lot of time to earn the love I have for my old 2011 Ridley. I now spend far more time in Lycra than casual attire.

  • You have been seen participating in some of the more extreme cycling events, like Everesting, 3 peaks, Melbourne to Adelaide. Why?

I could just answer this with James Raison’s standard answer… “Because bicycle”… but, really, I don’t exactly know, I think I just love a challenge. I’ve also toyed with the idea that I hate confrontation and just say ‘yes’ to everything, however, the truth is I wasn’t one of those riders that just worked crazy-hard for 6 months and was suddenly a ‘cyclist’. I’ve slowly over the past 6 years got stronger and faster, met more people that pushed me to keep up and inspired me to keep getting better, and still do. About 12 months ago I started doing a bit of masters racing as a couple of mates were. Then, out of the blue, I was invited by Mikael Liddy to a group Everesting challenge on Cleland Access Road and I thought, hey, why not? (note: I mentioned I find it hard to say ‘no’). That challenge was fantastic but the weather was atrocious – wet, foggy, freezing. We had such a great group attempting the 8,848m vert. Mark Pertini and Ryan Thomas were already good mates but I met James Raison, Dave Edwards and the inseparable trio of Alexander Louca, Nathan Elliott and Dirk Gardner. Super blokes every single one of them. I’d say Dave is the ring leader for the more extreme madness as he’s quite an inspiring character so when he says “I’ve got an idea….” well, you just kind of get wrapped up in the excitement and before you have a chance to think about it the tickets are booked and you’re on a flight to Melbourne with a 1,090km non-stop ride to get home.

  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?

Just a roadie. I’d love to try my hand at CX or some mountain bike stuff but, to be honest, I just haven’t the time to indulge with my wife, Becky, working full-time and a couple of kids that still like their dad – but I’m sure this won’t last much longer as they race towards their teenage years.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

I’ve got 4 bikes… a lovely old Protour steely that was given to me by a Mark Pertini. It was his Dads but was just a touch too big for him. When he gave it to me I offered to pay him but he was having none of it and just walked away mumbling “cycling karma” – a phrase that has stuck with me. The cycling community in Adelaide really does look after each other and it’s something that we need to embrace. The Thursday night before Easter there were three gents Everesting Knox Tce up at Skye and the support was huge! From 5am in the morning until they finished at Friday morning (23 hours later!) there were people riding laps to give a bit of support. Many of these weren’t great mates but just cyclists that wanted to show some support – it’s quite amazing.

Oh, the question? Bikes. Sorry…. yes, as mentioned earlier my go to ride is still the 2011 Ridley Excalibur – it’s a massive 61cm frame so it a really relaxed ride. Lastly, the latest steed to the stable is the incredible Focus Izalco Max 1.0… what a beast! Super stiff and light, it descends likes it’s on rails and climbs far better than I allow it to. I also have a very, very old mountain bike to hack around Aldgate with the kids. I paid $50 for it and it’s been said that I paid $30 too much.

  • What bike do you covet?

It changes on a regular basis but always on the wish list is the beautiful Colnago C60. So much style. So much class.

  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit?

Currently it’s the Hells500 ‘grey stripe’ – it’s only available to Everesters so it’s a well earned piece of kit that also gets a bit of respect from those in the know.

  • How do you store your bikes?

In the ‘bike room’ that is sometimes referred to by my wife as the ‘laundry’. She’s funny like that.


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

I’m terrible when it comes to maintenance so if it’s outside of the wash, replace tubes / tyres and lube chain, I use Paul Captein from Cycle2U ( he is the bike guru, a demigod of the group set, the carbon master. He can make an old steed with over 40,000kms feel better than brand new. He’s also really affordable. Fits parts you’ve purchased or can supply and his advice is second to none. On top of that he’s a also a damn good bloke. Give him a go, go on, I dare you. I double dare you.

  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

Chainwhip – used once, never again, made a mess of the old Steely. Pedal spanner – but it’s no good for Ultegra pedals so never used, and that’s about it.

  • What do you love about cycling?

So much to love. I love the banter of social rides with mates. Hitting hills solo in terrible conditions that let you know you’re alive. Masters racing keeps my competitive streak satisfied. Commuting by bike is so much better than sitting in the car. Challenges test both the body and mind. I really do just love it all. I used to live by the stats – pour over Strava’s suffer score, keep a check on cadence, monitor my heart rate, compare power metres but over the last 6 months I’ve removed the heart rate monitor (I just didn’t feel the need to know when my heart was going to explode) and taken off the cadence from the back wheel and a power meter is off the wish list…. it’s been great! Cathartic. It’s really helped me to appreciate the simple fun of ‘riding’.

  • What annoys most about cycling?

Not much. Probably the media’s obsession with making ‘all’ cyclists public enemy number 1. It’s the go to story for a slow news week but the consequences are likely to be deadly. I actually find very few drivers get fired up and a I see very few cyclists taking the piss – a bit of mutual respect, supported and delivered by a mature media would make life so much easier for cyclists and motorists alike.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Ha ha ha. I don’t have just the one. I enjoy watching the pros but I’m not a ‘fan boy’. I really respect the guys and girls I ride and race with every week. Almost everyone has a great story. They all can ride – some are not the fastest but have huge hearts. Others have only been riding for 10 months and are knocking over 3 Peaks in under 10 and a half hours. Others have lost 1/3 of their body weight through cycling. So many inspirational and brilliant people. Yay cycling.

  • If you could have dinner with 3 professional cyclists, who would they be?

I’d like to throw Lance Armstrong, Greg LeMond and Tyler Hamilton around the table…. that should create a few fireworks. I’ll just watch, with claret in hand, and drop a few choice conversation starters.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

The ride from Melbourne to Adelaide is an absolute stand out and was both the craziest ride and fondest memory to date. It was remarkable on so many levels – we (David Edwards, James Raison and Peter Arnott) just hit if off and were on the same page from the moment the idea was hatched. The task of riding flat-out from the MCG to Adelaide Oval really got home when sitting on the Sorrento ferry with around 100kms in the legs realising we still had around 1,000 to go. A lot of banter, a lot of encouragement and a lot of madness is shared over a 60 hour period on bikes but I’d be the first to say ‘when, yes, you bet’ if another crazy ride is considered.

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy?

A shout out to a couple of Hills coffee spots – The Stirling Providore, behind the Stirling Hotel, is terrific as is Fred’s Eatery in Aldgate that recently changed hands. Ive always been a Long Black drinker but more recently, to keep the order easy, I’ve been going for the standard order of the Flat White to keep the peace.

  • Do you have a nickname?

Not really… Jeffo or Sambo are the main ones.

  • Have you ridden overseas?

Not as yet and it’s high on the wish list. My wife is English so hoping to combine a trip back with a cycling trip. I’ve spent some time in the French Alps during the winter months when living in the UK so would love to ride them in the Summer.

  • What is your favourite training route?

I don’t really have a favourite route and like to mix it up a bit and apply the #justridelots theory. However, from my home in Aldgate I’m insanely lucky to be able to cross over to Deviation Road, duck down through Basket Range and loop back over Mt Lofty. An amazing 50kms with around 1,000km vert. If time is on my side there’s always a Little Italy or Pound Road extension to really punish the legs and lungs.

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

Shhh, keep it down. She’s probably watching and reading this – she’s always watching and waiting for a slip-up!

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

A nice set of winter training rims and/or a new group set for the old Ridley.

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

Although it started in Melbourne I think Hells 500 ( sums up cycling for me – there’s a big local chapter in Adelaide and it’s growing all the time with every Everesting attempt. Their ethos is great… push your limits and have the back of those that are pushing theirs… Crew got crew. Plus, their kit(s) is pretty sweet as mentioned earlier.

Also, the Adelaide Hills Masters Cycling Club (AHMCC) are a great club. If anyone has every thought about road racing do come on out and ‘have a go’ one weekend. It’s competitive but also really encouraging – you can’t go wrong with a gold coin donation for coffee and biscuits! Big ups to all the volunteers that give a lot of time to make racing happen week in, week out. Dead set legends.

Last of all, I have to thank my most awesome wife, Becky, who lets me indulge in this addiction – allowing me to spend far too much time and money on cycling. So often she’s left behind to run the house and kids. What a chick! And my girls, Tilly & Hannah, who are always at the end of the challenges cheering me on – it’s such an incredible feeling! Top kids those two.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

I think I’ve rambled on enough, sorry.

AHMCC Tour of Goolwa 2016 Peaks WTF

Don’t apologise Sam, it’s been great scratching the surface of your cycling story, and looking forward to a #hopsbasedhydration drink one day soon.



Adelaide appears to be the Everesting Capital of the World, there have been some 37 Everesters up 24 climbs entered into the everesting hall of fame, as shown below.


Adam Williss Ackland Hill
Dave Edwards Chambers Gully Trail
Alex Louca Chandlers Hill
Darren Hansberry Chandlers Hill
Phil Tillotson Cherryville
Alex Louca Cleland Access Road
Dave Edwards Cleland Access Road
Dirk Gardner Cleland Access Road
James Raison Cleland Access Road
nathan elliott Cleland Access Road
Sam Jeffries Cleland Access Road
Benny JJ Coach Road
Maximillian Hardy Coachhouse Drive
Rob Wood Corkscrew Road
Liam Cappel Coromandel
Durianrider Gill Tce
el fighero Glynburn Road
Demonic Dan V Gorge Road
Phil Morton Greenhill
Adam Tarzia Greenhill Rd
Durianrider Kensington Road to Lookout
Dave Edwards Knotts Hill/Pound Road
Lachlan Cawthorne
James Raison
Menglers Hill
Mt Osmond
Chris Leung Mt Osmond (Beaumont Side)
Durianrider Norton Summit
Matt Hawthorn
Richard Mackenzie
Ivan Clarke
Benny JJ
Old Carey Gully Road
Old Carey Gully Road
Old Carey Gully Road
Old Belair
dan f Old Willunga Hill
Matt Rodgers Old Willunga Hill
Adam Williss Penny’s Hill
Matt Boz- Fat Boy Slim Penny’s Hill
Matt Rodgers Penny’s Hill
Matt Walden Penny’s Hill
Maurice W Penny’s Hill
Richard Stevens Penny’s Hill
Rob Wood Sheoak Road
Andrew Speer
Demonic Dan V
Stock Road
Sunnyside Wall
adam bowey Windy Point

Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone (and sorry in advance).



til next time

tight spokes


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