Up in them thar Hills Yonder.
Its amazing the number of passionate cyclists around Adelaide who are taking their passion to the next level. Hills Yonder are a local group of lads working in the graphic design space but have a great passion for cycling, and have been developing some great kit that hasn’t had much exposure.
I had the latest Hills Yonder gilet dropped off to me a month back and have had the chance to give it a good solid workout over the last few weeks in the cooler weather.
I rode the Medium gilet, which was a good fit for me. There was sufficient freedom to allow me to move around without any restrictions, but not too much that flapped around in the wind.
The material is something I haven’t come across before. A glossy external appearance, lightweight and nicely resistant to the breeze on those cool mornings around Mt Lofty.
Like any good gilet, it has 3 external pockets to add extra storage space for those arm warmers or other gear that you need to remove without having to wangle it into your jersey pockets.
Made in Italy, designed in Adelaide, a great addition to the local makers scene.
Other kit in their range include the new long sleeved winter jersey, short sleeved jersey and bibs.
To order this Gilet, or any of their other products, contact hills & yonder on firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can poke your nose into the Cycle Closet, shop 2/122 Pirie Street, Adelaide or Treadly 4-10, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide.
I haven’t seen these before, but they apparently have a strong following overseas and are growing their Australian profile. Suplest was founded in Berne, Switzerland in 2007 by Robert Gehrig and Daniel Balmer. both are shoe loving passionate cyclists.
All new projects we work on at suplest always adhere to following three principles: Premiumness, Swissness and Simplicity. suplest is a small premium cycling shoe company benefiting from short decision-making channels realizing the best solutions. This allows our customers freedom from worrying about the details, so they can enjoy the suplest ride. We follow our motto ‘shoes made by bikers’.
EDGE/3 Road Shoes
The ultra-stiff carbon sole ensures that power transfer is maximised, while high-tech fabrics boost breathability. Two Boa closures ensure a precise fit, but it’s the unique and innovative thin carbon shield under the laces that sets the Suplest apart, spreading the load and delivering class-leading comfort without sacrificing performance.
Keep an eye out for them. Further details here. Suplest
The Giro highlights so far
Queen Stage – Stage 14 – The Dolomites
Over the last 150 km of this queen stage across the Dolomites, 6 passes will be climbed, for a total rise and drop of 4,700 m (out of 5,400). The route runs across the Val Cordevole along well-surfaced roads, all the way to Arabba. Here, the route clears Passo Pordoi, followed by Passo Sella and Passo Gardena (with not even a single flat metre in between), and heads for the first pass over the finish line in Corvara (intermediate sprint). The road then climbs up Passo Campolongo, Passo Giau (the harshest climb of the stage, with an average 9% gradients, and peaks of more than 10-12% over the first kilometres) and Passo Valparola, which leads to the final 5 km.
The route clears Muro del Gatto (360 m, with gradients ranging from 13 to 19%), and then drops down into the trunk road leading to Corvara, still climbing slightly (average slope: 2-3%). The last bend is 150 m from the finish line.
Rider of the Week – Igor Tavella
This week I take a jaunt around the Dolomites with Igor. This is Igor’s Story.
I was born in 1976 and started road bike racing at the age of 6. In order to
find some motivation I tried every kind of cycling discipline. I switched from
roadbike to BMX, Mountainbike and finally cyclocross that was the real first
LOVE for cycling.
I cyclocrossed from 1991 to 1997 at national level and from 1998 to 2006 in the international field taking part at world cup races and world championchips. I’ve never did in the front group and in my worst races I was able to see the top riders twice ….. at the start and when they overlapped me. I had also the big luck to took part in 2000 at the Baby Giro d’Italia on roadbike.
While still working part time in the family owned hotel, I founded together with some friends the tour operator Holimites that focuses on organizing active holidays in the Dolomites. Holimites started just as a part time hobby but grew so successful that we have right now up to 8 people working for us.
Right now I’m starting to take over the hotel family business Ustaria Posta where I hope to continue to greet as many cyclists as possible from all over the world.
- You live and breathe the Dolomites, what can you tell me about how you got started in cycling.
- What are your favorite memories of growing up in the Dolomites?
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery but today is a gift that is why it is call ” Present”
- Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?
- How many bikes have you owned in your life?
- How many bikes do you own now and what is your main go to bike?
- If money were no object, what would you next bike be?
- How do you store your bikes?
I’ve a little ritual. As soon I get a new bike (even the ones I can test … if I’m the first one that can ride them), they come with me in my bedroom until the first ride. Of course my wife makes sure that the bike remains just one night in the bedroom and is happy if I’m on my ride.
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS?
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
Because I lost so many tools I just keep anymore the essential stuff. But I also still own some really vintage Campagnolo tools that maybe I can use on my old bikes someday.
- What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
- What do you love about cycling?
- What annoys most about cycling?
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
- If you could have dinner with 3 professional cyclists, who would they be?
- What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy?
- Apart from the Dolomites, what other regions in Europe have you ridden and have fond memories of?
- What is your favourite training route?
Starting from home without any doubt the Passo delle Erbe loop:
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I got an amazing deal on this bike!
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
If you plan to ride the Dolomites one day then you can find my at our family owned hotel (www.ustariaposta.it).
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
And somewhere in California
Alcoholic Beverage of the Week – Prohibition Liquor Gin
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