As many of you know, I love to find and talk about locals in the cycling business, and one I came across a few months back now was Jason Plowman from Vibe Cycling Design.
Located in Melbourne, Jason Vibe Cycling design a range of performance custom wear cycling apparel using Italian fabrics.
I have had a number of conversations with Jason at Vibe over these last few months, and have found him to be an enthusiastic supporter of, contributor to and participant in the Australian cycling scene. (iPibs note – The bastard had the nerve / pleasure of instagramming a reply back to a recent posting of mine, having a go at my hairy legs).
I trialled one of their Jerseys a while back. The important things first, I had compliments to the jersey as a fashion statement from the fashion nazi in our riding group, which was a relief because the last thing we need is the fashion nazi to throw a tantrum. (We all have one in our groups!)
This Jersey was a comfort fit, meaning I didn’t have to torment the guys with a tight figure hugging garment (I just can’t pull it off that well). That being said, I rode a large size, it provided a good fit in all the right places and felt comfortable. The material, being a comfort fit, wasn’t as “Aerodynamic” as the race cuts, but that was fine, it was a good piece of apparel that didn’t hold the sweat in my climbs.
If your looking at grabbing a kit for your team, I’d certainly recommend you get in touch with Jason to chat about what they can provide.
They provide a range of apparel for males and females, further details can be found here Vibe Cycling
Critérium du Dauphiné
Just when you thought it was safe to get a good nights sleep, SBS, the splitters, are broadcasting all stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné LIVE on SBS2, starting this Sunday 5th June through to Sunday 12th June.
The Critérium du Dauphiné is the traditional lead in to the Tour de France, with the key GC riders diping their toes a month out from the TdF. Chris Froome (Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Richie Porte (BMC), Fabio Aru (Astana), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (AG2R) will all be there.
You don’t need me to tell you that it was a classic. I made the fatal mistake of tuning into the sbs stream of the Queen Stage in the Dolomites before they started broadcasting on tv. I couldn’t then Not stay up to watch it unfold on the big screen. What a last week of racing from Nibali, Chaves, Valverde and Steven Kruijswijk.
Poor Steven Kruijswijk who started the day’s stage to Risoul with a three minute lead on Esteban Chaves and more than four minutes on Vincenzo Nibali. It was all looking comfortable. He was a rider in control, marking all hi8s rivals, but unfortunately his descending skills on a misty corner on the snowy descent of the Colle dell’Agnello led to a misjudgement and crash on a snow / ice wall, and a long mostly isolated chase saw him surrender almost five minutes to Nibali and the maglia rosa to Esteban Chaves.
Unfortunately for Chaves, he was unable to respond to Nibali and the Astana teams assault in the last 2 days, and eventually lost the maglia rosa on the penultimate stage. Nailbiting racing right, some of the best you’ll see for a long time.
Total racing time for Nibali was Nibali raced for 86 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds, beating Esteban Chaves by just 52 seconds and Alejandro Valverde by 1:17.
In Italy they described Nibali’s come back and Giro victory as one of the greatest comebacks in professional cycling. It has been called a resurrection, ‘Dal buio al trionfo‘ – from the dark to victory, as Gazzetta dello Sport described on Sunday morning, giving Nibali the top half of the front page of their sports newspaper for a second consecutive day.
Some of the best cycling photography can be found from Beardy McBeard over at Beardys Caravan
Here’s a snap of some of the ones that I liked over the last week.
Amy Gillett Foundation
There are a number of Safe Cycling advocates in Australia, each doing there own bit to promote and work towards a safer cycling community in Australia. But as you know, the The Amy Gillett Foundation was one born out of tragedy – the death of Amy Gillett, who was hit by a driver whilst cycling in Germany in 2005. Amy’s husband, Simon Gillett, together with Amy’s parents Mary and Denis and friends, concerned at the state of safety on our roads, started the foundation.
Amy Gillett – 1976-2005
Its hard to believe that we are 11 years on from Amys tragic death, but in that time the Amy Gillett Foundation has evolved to become the leading bike rider safety organisation in Australia, driven by a core mission to reduce the incidence of death and injury of bike riders. The Foundation works with all levels of government, road authorities, corporate, motoring, cycling and community safety organisations and the public to create a safer bike riding environment in Australia.
I rode in the AGF in Lorne a few years back, and it was the most enjoyable public ride i have ridden in, so of you get an opportunity to ride one, give it a go, riding along the great ocean rode on a closed road is just brilliant.
You know my motto, support local where you can, and was Sub4 are a Melbourne based apparel supplier I came across some time back when I was writing about custom cycling kit suppliers in Australia. Well, Sub4 are the official clothing supplier to the Amy Gillett Foundation, so if your heading over for the 2016 AGF, have a look at the Sub4 kit.
As a 100% Australian owned business, we are excited to be involved with the foundation and therefore help promote safe cycling. For each sale, Sub4 donates a percentage back to the Amy Gillett Foundation, so why not be een in a Cycle Safe Communities kit today!
Go to http://www.sub4.com.au/category/amy-gillett/ to see the range.
Antwerp Sportpaleis’ old wooden cycling track – Turning the Tables
Rider of the Week – Guy Stoddart
For those with a keen eye, you’ll notice the Hells 500 jersey Guy is wearing. Guy snuck in an Everesting just under a month back.
This week I go for a ride with Guy through the Adelaide Hills, although Guy had to slow it down a little for me to keep up with him.
This is Guys story.
In the last 8 or so years cycling has grown to be a huge part of my life. After growing up bodyboarding and using a bike as transport I moved away from the coast, became quite motionless, sad, lazy and unhealthy.
Since starting to ride I’ve changed the direction of my life and now work as a personal trainer and aim to further my studies possibly becoming a sports psychologist, although at the moment I love the hands on nature of being in the studio in Unley.
I have a wonderful partner who is uber supportive and my number one fan/cheer squad. We are planning to get married at the end of a charity ride later in the year while in Byron. (http://inmemory.gofundraise.com.au/page/GuyStoddart)
My son who is almost 20 months is already hooked on bikes! He will wear cycling caps, helmets and glasses around the house and he isn’t ever very far from one of his many trikes!!!
Where is home?
Home is Adelaide and has been since early 2015, but home will probably always be Northern NSW, Ballina. The easy pace of life, beaches and the mostly happy times have a strong hold on me. But it’s interesting how it’s changed as childhood friends and family have left the area and my own little family has grown. If my partner and son are with me home can be anywhere.
- How did you got started in cycling.
I was living on Beach Road, Melbourne and every morning I would wake to the sound of cleats clicking in after riders stopped at the traffic lights. I’ve always ridden for transport but one day I decided to do the out and back from home to Mordiallic and back. I was hooked!
From there I got some hand-me-down Lycra and bought a proper road bike and I’ve not looked back!
- Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?
Roadie! Though I do run and do triathlons. Just depends on the focus of the year. Last year I didn’t ride too much and focused on long distance running and next year I’ll be back focusing on triathlons.
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Well 3 that are mine and 2 that Helen and I share for commuting or family rides with our baby seat.
Recently I bought a Giant TCR which I’m in love with!!
- What bike do you covet?
Geez! Ummm. There a lot of sexy bikes out there! Probably the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX. I saw it in January while the Rapha pop up shop was in town. ‘Twas love at first sight;-)
- How do you store your bikes?
They all share the walls in the garage. Though the TCR does get some spare bedroom time.
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
Hahahahahaha no! I am pretty average at fixing my bike. I’m planning to do a course this year to become more sufficient with bike care. I can do the basics, that’s all..
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
A multi tool, couple of spanners and Allen keys. Cleaning products and old shirts as rags. As I wrote above I’m a novice mechanic.
- What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
Tough. Hmmm. Let’s say cycling cap. Why? Because I’m one hairy chap and it keeps my locks from blinding me when I gets windy. Keeps the hair out when I hope off the bike, and my son loves finding them and wearing them. I associate caps with the smiles and passion my 19 month old already has for cycling.
- What do you love about cycling?
Being outdoors, being active, exploring and being self reliant. I wrote a bit more below about how cycling has impacted my life. It’s been a huge positive in my life!
- What annoys most about cycling?
Besides the basics of not having enough time or cars that drive too close it is having to eat so much. Seriously that’s the most annoying thing. Training for longer distances I find keeping the calories up tough work. It’s the biggest concern I have for the Black Dog ride later in the year.
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Simon Gerrans. No real reason, just saw him at a St Kilda CC crits one year and he seemed like a good guy.
- If you could have dinner with 3 professional cyclists, who would they be?
I’m not a close follower of specific people/cyclists. Probably, Simon Gerrans, Danny MacAskill (bike skills!) & Peter Sagan (get some wheelie tips and he is a fellow hairy man)
- What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
Thinking about this one there are a few rides that popped into my mind, however none stood above the rest. Cycling has changed my life. I’ve pushed myself beyond what I ever thought possible. I’ve overcome laziness, depression, a tendency to drink too much. I’ve met amazing people, seen beautiful areas of the world and the simple action of cycling still shows me beauty in people everyday!
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy?
Usually I’ll take up every second cause when I arrive home I put on my dad pants. Though we might take Noah out on a Sunday after my ride and the Market Shed for a vegan ice cream cakes never disappoints.
- Have you ridden overseas? If so, where?
I hired some horribly heavy mountain bikes in India one time and tried to ride the hills to go Zorbing (roll around in a large inflatable ball). But the thing was so heavy it was pushed most of the way up hill… Flew down though.
And a couple of short rides near Bordeaux and in the English countryside.
- If not, where would it be?
But I’d love to ride around S.E. Asia. Have seen some strava rides of people doing epic long days with lots of vert in Thailand! Warmth, hills, cheap amazing food! Sounds perfect!!!
- What is your favourite training route?
I’m still a newbie in the Adelaide bike world so fav training route is still anywhere starting and ending in Bright Vic.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
Not very exciting here. We are very open and she is super supportive so no need to stretch the truth here.
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
My weight in Clif bars!
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Hills & Yonder!!! Stumbled across the gear in January and really liked the designs. Recently I took on everesting and felt comfy all day in the gear! Looking forward to training for and riding the 2700km charity ride later in the year looking freeeesh and confident that my gear will feel good all day!
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
This year in honour of my mum who took her own life a few years back now I am training to ride from Ballina to Airlie Beach (then back again) to raise awareness and money for the Black
After riding in quite a few cities and towns around Australia have to say Adelaide is the friendliest! Keep it up Radelaide!
Jus picking up on Guys mention of the Charity ride he’s embarking on later this year, here’s a grab from the “gofundraise”web page that i find quite moving.
This has been a long time coming. For some time now I have personally wanted to push myself physically while trying to bring awareness and hopefully some funds for a charity that is close to home. With a conversation between my lovely lady and myself one day, the seed was planted. In October this year I will be leaving from Ballina, NSW and heading up to Airlie Beach, Qld, turning around then heading back. This will cover 2600km, and the plan is to cover the distance in 12 days. I’ll be starting day 1 with a marathon (42.2km on foot) then day 2 will be 160-200km on the bike, day 3 run, 4 bike….and so on for the 12 days. Why Ballina to Airlie? Ballina was the very first spot our family became aware of mum’s hidden struggle, where she first attempted to take her life. Airlie Beach was were she always wanted her ashes scattered. I’m not sure if I can fulfil her last wish as I write this due to matters out of my control but that is what I’m aiming for.
My family has experienced first hand what mental illness can do. My mum kept quiet about her struggle and it sadly ended with her taking her own life. She felt she needed to keep it all in, and felt ashamed when she attempted to take her life and survived a year earlier. She never spoke to anyone, despite us wanting to support her. After her death my family struggled to talk about it and some to this day refuse to discuss it. I would love to help make that discussion easier for people and one of the ways to achieve this is to remove the stigma. That is why I have chosen to raise money for the Black Dog Institute. They aim to help people feel comfortable enough to speak up when they are depressed or anxious. They help promote that mental illness is common, manageable and not a reason for people to feel isolated. They help provide resources for families and friends to support those going through difficult times. They are constantly raising the bar via research and implementing new ways to help people slay their black dog.
Depression is also something I have experienced at various times in my life. When I stumbled upon cycling, running, and endurance sports I found a way to combat my own Black Dog. That mixed with the amazing love from my family and friends, and opening my dialogue, has put my life in the best spot ever! So it’s an honour to have the ability to undertake an adventure such as this with the support and encouragement from those closest to me. I’m constantly blown away by the enthusiasm and raised hands offering to help in anyway. My favourite request is from my niece who wants to help support during the run/ride, however it will cost me a t-shirt with “support crew” on it 🙂
Please, if you can, donate to this amazing charity and spread the word amongst your friends. No matter what, please try to learn a little more about mental health (http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ has great resources). And, if you’re in the area and have a bike or shoes ,I would love your company along the way.
I think we all have friends or family who have been touched by depression in one way or another, so please help Guy where you can.
till next time