The Meaning of Life

Velocio Gilet

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People on this side of the planet are right in the midst of winter. And whilst we dont get the snow and sleet that our Northern Hemisphere friends get, it still gets bloody hard to get the motivation going for an early morning ride. The time to pull together the layer upon layer of clothing, its just the pits.

I had a Velocio quilted vest come across my desk a month back, something I was very much looking forward to taking out for ride in this colder weather.

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It didn’t disappoint, in fact it took me some time in working how best to layer up as it almost works too well. Climbing the hills gets pretty warm wearing the vest, but with the 2-way zipper, you can regulate, but you need to have you base layers all worked out. The standard 2 layers underneath a vest are unnecessary,  so a nice long sleeved winter top by itself works well.

But rolling through the hills and coming back down it works an absolute treat. And – sitting around outside at the coffee shop, not only does it look pretty good, it stopped me from cooling down too much too quickly, which is a riders curse.

The sales pitch off the velocio website:

The RECON Quilted Vest is made to extend that cool weather comfort beyond pedaling. The fit and versatility of our Wind Vest with added warmth, protection and style thanks to Global Merino Ponte merino wool base fabric and an ultralight Pertex Quantum shell. Quilted side panels offer a subtle detailing that, paired with a moto-inspired metal zipper, looks clean and casual after the pedaling stops. Wear it over theRECON Wool Long Sleeve. Wear it over a button down. Wear it with denim. The RECON does insulation duty without sacrificing performance or style.

  • Global Merino Ponte merino wool for warmth, mobility and excellent moisture management
  • Pertex Quantum DWR 100% windproof “outer” front panels for protection
  • Two-layer quilted design adds protection without bulk
  • 2 front & 1 rear zippered pockets
  • Reflective logos and trim details and light loop for visibility
  • Shaped collar and longer hem at the back for a tailored fit in the cycling position
  • YKK two-way nickel plated metal zipper

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And here’s a picture of yours truly building up the courage to brave the weather.

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Me and this vest will become good friends this winter.

Further details here. velocio.cc

The Cycle Closet in Adelaide sell a range of Velocio clothing. I don’t think they stock the Recon vest, but worth a drop in anyway cyclecloset

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Adelaide Airport Bike Facilities

I came across this information as I was wondering around the airport the other day.

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Bicycle facilities and services were upgraded at Adelaide Airport in time for the last Tour Down Under. The facilities now provide a secure Adelaide Metro bike cage for use by customers with a registered Metrocard. The facilities are located at the Southern end of the old International Terminal.

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Cyclists can visit an Adelaide Metro Info Centre to add the ‘bike cage fare product’ to their registered Metrocard. Users can simply show their photo ID and pay an annual fee of $10. Customers then simply use the Metrocard touchpad to open the bike cage door and lock their bike to one of the rails. 

Other bicycle facilities at Adelaide Airport include:

  • Bicycle service stations for assembly, disassembly and minor maintenance of bicycles;
  • Free bicycle racks for up to 12 bikes; and
  • Bicycle box ‘recycling’ service during major cycling events.

By all accounts, Adelaide Airport checked in more than 3,300 bikes in the 3 days following the end of the event, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

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Lofty 105

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Its back, the Lofty 105 is an off road Gravel Grinding Gran Fondo/ cyclo sportive style cycle challenge through the South Lofty Ranges. cyclocross, mtn and hybrid bikes suitable..

The Lofty 105 Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday the 11th September! This year they have added a new Classic Vintage category for those with bicycles pre 1987 ! No carbon, internal routing of gears, disc brakes etc. Just straight out classic old school style…

The EVENT PROGRAM for the Lofty 105 will be available and sent out a week before the event. This will be essential reading for all competitors as it includes all the final information for the event.

 

LOCATION: Monarto Sports Complex (Schenscher Rd, Monarto) Off S.E.Fwy/Old Princes Hwy

RIDE FORMATS:

  1. Lofty 105 – $60
  2. Lofty Mid 65 – $50
  3. Lofty Mid Lite 45 – $50
  4. Lofty Fun 21 (Ride Only) $25

The Lofty 105km Full Course Map shown below. Entries are open via the website www.lofty105.com.au.

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Lofty 105 2016 facebook

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BUPA Jersey Tender

For all those up & coming kit manufacturers, the tender for the 2017 BUPA Community Challenge is out now on the SA Tenders Website. Link here  tenders.sa.gov.au

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) is seeking to appoint an experienced jersey supplier to supply jerseys for the 2017 Challenge Tour with an option to extend for two years until the completion of the 2019 event.

The jersey supplier will be responsible for producing a high quality jersey for approximately 6,000 participants.  The artwork for the jerseys will be provided by the SATC.

REQUIREMENTS & SPECIFICATIONS
The SATC seeks a supplier with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the mass production and supply of cycling jerseys for a major event.

The successful supplier will be responsible for managing the production and delivery of the Challenge Tour jerseys including, but not be limited to the following:

  • Order and delivery
  • Colour/Design
  • Size and Measurements
  • Jersey Quality & Style
  • Guarantees

1. Order and delivery requirements:

a. Delivery to a location within 20km of the Adelaide City will be required to be received in full by January 9 each year.

b. Deliver jerseys within a timeline which will allow SATC to maximise participation sales. Previously approximately 3,500 sizes are ordered on October 1, an optional second order in the second week of November and the remaining on 20 November. The SATC is open to later ordering dates provided the final delivery date remains the same and quality is not compromised.

c. Facilitate the printing of team names onto the back of team jerseys within agreed timeline. Note: The final list of team names and their corresponding sizes will be submitted for printing in December; Team names are generally limited to 25 characters including spaces and logos or images are not permitted by SATC; approximately 2,000 participants in 200 teams registered in 2016; and the design of jersey provided will allow space for this printing to occur.

d. All of the above ordered jerseys must be at the same cost.

e. SATC must receive a packing list with the jerseys.

f. Team jerseys must be individually wrapped and then packaged as a team. Boxes must be clearly labelled with which team jerseys are included.

g. All remaining jerseys should be individually wrapped and boxed according to size with the box clearly labelled indicating how many jerseys are contained and what size they are.

h. Any jerseys missing – following a stock take undertaken by SATC – must be printed with a 4 day turnaround.

i. SATC must be able to order additional jerseys after the participant registration close off date in early January. It is not anticipated that this order would exceed 500 units. Any jerseys ordered in January must be delivered to a designated location within Adelaide no later than the Thursday morning of the event week.

2. Colour/Design restrictions

a. Provide information on colours available and any restrictions from design e.g. shading colours or use of multiple colours.

b. Provide details of any design/colour elements that would alter the price.

3. Size and measurements

a. Provide a complete jersey breakdown of all sizes available from smallest to largest in each style available e.g. extra small, small, medium etc.

b. Supply measurements for chest, waist, hip, sleeve and length in centimetres for both jersey and t-shirts.

c. Advise in the same chart which women’s size would best suit each size. i.e. Size 10 = Small.

d. Provide jerseys as ordered within the size breakdowns. If there are any variances, the jerseys must be collected by the contractor and resupplied with the correct sizes no later than 10 days prior to the event (teams must be fixed no later than 14 days prior to the event).

4. Quality/style of jerseys

a. Deliver jerseys of high quality.

b. Jerseys supplied should be sufficiently durable for extended use by riders in the Challenge Tour and beyond the event.

c. Sample jerseys can come from contractor’s general stock as long as they don’t have any branding other than the contractors and must represent the style and material to be used in the final orders.

d. Colours of jerseys must match that of the artwork provided (confirmed during sample process).

e. Have a full length zip.

f. Customised zip tag (ESA to provide the artwork).

g. Have 3 pockets incorporated into the jersey design, sewn onto the back of the jersey.

h. Provide information including any known restrictions or recommendations for jerseys styles available i.e. cafe, race fit, relaxed fit, material options.

i. Advise if any styles have design restrictions e.g. number of colours that can be used, patterns can or can’t go over seams.

5. Guarantees

a. All products must carry a guarantee on materials of a minimum of six months.

b. All products must carry a workmanship guarantee of a minimum of six months. c. The service provided must comply with Fair Trade guidelines.

 

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Association of Professional Cyclists

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Immediately following the tragic crash and death of Antoine Demoitie the CPA has worked directly with riders to develop a Security Plan.

A few weeks ago the first version of our plan was submitted to the UCI and discussed with UCI staff such as Matthew Knight and members of the UCI Road Commission.

Since the CPA presented its security plan, many more riders got in touch with the CPA in order to add their ideas to the project, showing a lot of enthusiasm for the initiative. The riders have, also through social media, asked the UCI to support the plan of the CPA that collects their ideas and the advice of those who really live the risks during the races.

In the last days the majority of the riders (96%) voted again in favor of the plan, on the CPAOCS, the new online communication system of the riders.

CPA President Gianni Bugno will present the updated and revised version of the CPA Security Plan at the next meeting of the UCI Pro Cycling Council held on the 21st – 22nd of June in Switzerland.

“We expect that the UCI and the other stakeholders will listen to our suggestions,” Bugno said, “and that they will make them effective by adopting our points into the action plan that the UCI is generating. We plan a further discussion of this issue during the Tour de France, when, together with the AICGP, we will organize a meeting where the UCI and the organizers will be invited in order not to lose the attention on this important subject.”

Key points from the Safety Plan are:

Problem:

The absence of clear UCI Regulations for safe course design results in unnecessarily dangerous finales and avoidable crashes, as we have recently seen in:  Stage 1 of 2015 Pais Vasco; Stage 2 of Qatar 2016; and the 2016 Le Tour de La Provence.
The UCI Regulations currently contain only one rule related to course safety inside the final 3 kilometers:

UCI Regulation 2.2.017:

A zone of at least 300 meters before and 100 meters after the finishing line shall be protected by barriers. It shall be accessible exclusively to representatives of the organiser, riders, paramedical assistants, sports directors and accredited personnel.

Proposed Solution:

new UCI Regulations mandating best practices for safe course design inside the final 3 km.

 1 – RECONNOITERING AND HAZARD IDENTIFICATION

1.1 The final 3km shall be reconnoitered and a Mandatory Risk Assessment shall be completed and made available upon request, to the following parties, a minimum of 30 days before the day of the race: The President of the UCI Commissaires’ Panel, A representative of the AIGCP, A representative of the CPA

1.2 The condition of the final 3km shall be reconnoitred on the day before the race, the morning of the race, and again within a minimum of 30 minutes of the arrival of the first riders.

1.3 The road must be clear of any debris and, if necessary, shall be swept before the arrival of the first riders.

1.4 Bridge expansion joints and tram lines shall be temporarily filled in with plaster or covered by a rubber strip securely attached so that it will not move out of place as the race vehicles pass over it.

1.5 The organiser shall request the public authorities to adapt or remove obstacles inside the final 3 km (removal of plastic bollards screwed to the ground, smoothing out speed bumps, etc.). If the removal of an obstacle is not possible, it shall be protected as follows in 2.

2 – PROTECTION FROM OBSTACLES

 

2.1 Riders shall be protected from traffic islands, central reservations and any other obstacles taller than 5 cm by the careful positioning of wrapped straw bales.

2.2 In addition to this protection, riders shall be warned of approaching dangers. These warnings shall be both visible and audible.

2.3 The organiser shall allocate two marshals with whistles and yellow flags to obstacles taller than 5 cm: the first person shall be positioned 50-100 m before the obstacle; the second person shall be immediately in front of or behind the obstacle.

2.4 Signs indicating a narrowing of the road or a roundabout shall be located 200 m and 100m before the danger point to ensure the riders are fully aware of the danger.

3 – THE FINISH
3.1 Barriers shall be set up on both sides of the road for a minimum of 500 m before the line and 100 m after.

3.2 Barriers for the last 400m shall have hidden bases, such that the feet of the barriers do not encroach on the roadway.

3.3 Barriers shall be firmly anchored to the ground so that strong winds or spectators cannot knock barriers over.

3.4 Any advertising media such as boards, flags or inflatables, shall be firmly anchored so that they cannot become detached in strong winds.

3.5 The event announcer shall pass on messages urging the public to take care and in particular not to cross the road.

3.6 The organiser is responsible for controlling access to the finish line. Access shall be restricted to accredited persons (organisation staff, security personnel, team staff, photographers, journalists, etc.).

3.7 Riders shall be preceded by a vehicle to clear the route for them. This vehicle shall accelerate in the final 800 m to cross the line at least 30 seconds ahead of the first rider.

3.8 Motorcycle photographers shall arrive before the race and park on the roadway in an area reserved for them.

3.9 The finishing straight shall be kept completely unobstructed until the last rider has finished.

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Cost of Life

There has been a lot, and i mean a lot of talk about cycling safety, lack of infrastructure, every second man and their dog calling out for licensing and registration of cyclists etc blah, blah blah ad nauseum.

We all feel that if the government built more cycling friendly infrastructure, more people would be prepared to venture out onto our roads for obvious reasons. The flow on effects have been well documented, so I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but  reduced traffic congestion, a healthier society, reduced burden on the ailing healthcare system and budget, delayed road transport infrastructure upgrades are the obvious benefits, but hard to quantify.

How much do the tiers of government spend on cycling infrastructure? Buggered if I can find how much the SA State Government and local councils allocate to upgrading cycling infrastructure, probably impossible to extract as they’re bound to be buried deep within the capital works programme, but a study three years ago indicated that the State Government spent less than $3 per person on upgrading infrastructure. With a population of around 1.7M, that translates to a spend of around $5M.

That’s woeful.

The NSW government recently announced in their state budget a spend of around $80M for cycling infrastructure in their 2016 budget. With a population of around 5M, that translates to around $16 per person. That’s better, but could still be improved.

So, looking at it from another angle, how much is the state prepared to spend to save money, by that i mean how much to reduce accidents that cost the state in productivity and eat into our health budget. From bean counters perspective, how much is life worth.

What is the value of life the state place upon us? From the amount the states spend on us, its obviously very little, but statistically speaking, what value does the government place on each of our lives?

How much is a life valued at?

 

You’ve probably already picked up the gaping hole in my argument – i.e. you can’t directly translate infrastructure spend to savings through accident reductions

 

 

but what if you could?

 

 

The following is an exert from the Best Practice Regulation Guidance Note put out by the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (Commonwealth Government tier for those outside of Australia).

The value of statistical life is often used to estimate the benefits of reducing the risk of death (EPA 2000, Viscusi 2003). The value of statistical life is an estimate of the financial value society places on reducing the average number of deaths by one.

A number of empirical studies have derived estimates for the value of statistical life using the above methods. In reviewing the studies relevant to Australia, Abelson (2007) noted that the estimates range from $3m to $15m. Based on economic theory, international research and international practice Abelson argues that the most credible estimate is $3.5m for the value of statistical life (2014).

Importantly, the research into the value of statistical life, including Abelson (2007), has argued that the estimates will vary according to the characteristics of the people affected and the nature of the risk or hazard. For example, the value of statistical life is likely to be higher if it is based on younger people with longer to live and particularly painful deaths are likely to attract a higher willingness to pay to avoid.

If the building of infrastructure is to have an impact in future years, as opposed to a once off benefit,  then the benefit through reducing deaths of cyclists in future years also needs to be taken into account.

The current 10-year annual average is 3.4 cycling deaths.

So lets say a state government had an objective to reduce the number of cycling deaths by 1 per annum, then their would be an expectation that they would need to spend somewhere in the vicinity of $3.5M per annum, which actually is just below the $5M noted beforehand.

What about if we upped the ante, and aimed for 0 deaths, all it would take is around $12M. Not significant in the overall big picture of things.

As i said before, its hard to translate directly from spend to savings, and spending more isn’t going to necessarily going to prevent accidents from happening, particularly when a significant portion of accidents are the result of driver inattention, but surely there would be some longer term intangible benefits from upping the spend?

Worth a think about it when you next speak to your local minister.

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 Rider of the Week – Gus Kingston

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Some say he is more brittle than High Modulus Carbon Fibre, and that his hacking skills have him on the ASIO watch list, all we know is he’s called Gus.

Gus moved to Adelaide nine years ago and while he rode a bike in Sydney, in Adelaide he
became a cyclist. Setting up the Adelaide Cyclists website in 2009 he’s a well known
member of the Adelaide cycling community but that doesn’t make him obsessive about cycling, in fact he’s far from it.
  •  How and when did you get started in cycling?
I moved from Sydney nine years ago but before I moved I’d started riding a mountain bike around to lose some baby bonus weight, and then I started commuting to work. It was at the start of the cycling re-revolution and safe routes were starting to open up and drivers weren’t out to kill us. When I moved to Adelaide I was invited along to a group ride. Then I was given an old Giant OCR2 to keep up and after some serious struggles up to Mt Lofty, I was hooked.
  • You run the popular Adelaide Cyclists forum, tell us a little about why and when you started it, and what keeps you going with it.
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So after I’d been in Adelaide a year and my second son was born I’d seriously started
reading more and more about cycling—mostly urban cycling blogs and sites like
urbanvelo.org. At the same time I was going through a career change from being a sound
engineer to a web content producer. I saw it as an experiment outside the confines of my
workplace to see how social networking and online communities could grow. This was 2008- 09, a time when Twitter had just started and Facebook had a mere 100mil users worldwide (it’s now 1.4bil).
So one morning I just started it with no members. Later that day there was one, then two, then four, six, sixteen, twenty and suddenly it was 300 which is the tipping point of social networks when they take on a life of their own. All the members were people looking for the same thing, information about cycling in Adelaide.
Of course, it was based on Sydney and Melbourne cyclist sites, but not related (although I do know the creator of those now too).
Its role has changed a lot due to the dominance of Facebook. It was a place for networking, asking questions, discovering like minded and creating pages for riding groups to communicate.
With that shift in mind I try and keep it specifically local — local cycling news, events, services, black spots, advocacy, suitable winter clothing, and best bang for buck training routes etc—because there are hundreds of sites on the web to ask what wheel set to buy but not many about riding in Adelaide. I don’t think if I was to start it today it would work. It just wouldn’t get that critical mass to survive birth.
  • What are some of your fondest thoughts about the forum, and conversely, any negative thoughts?
Coming to Adelaide as an outsider (I’m a member of the ‘guys dragged here by Adelaide born wives’ club) most of the people I know I’ve met through cycling and the site. It’s played a role in advocacy, helping people after accidents, getting new riders up and going more confidently, helped share great charity events.
One of the biggest, but also saddest, times was the Ride for Respect to remember Simon Whitely who was killed on Anzac Hwy in 2010. A member was affected by the event and created a ride the following Saturday to complete Simon’s ride drawing a huge peloton. It was nice to be able to help share that event.
Cycling has become so much more popular and Strava has certainly changed the way people ride. I decided a few years ago that I didn’t want to organise bunch rides. There are plenty of other people who do and can share them on the site or any other platform. They are difficult to manage with differing abilities, especially at the Adelaide Cyclists typical member level, and Strava has planted a competitive seed that wasn’t there before. Maybe there should have a no-Strava bunch ride.
  • You’ve had a bit of time off the bike recently, why is that
Sometimes life just gets in the way. Luckily it’s winter. My wife has had to travel on weekends a bit so I haven’t been able to get out on those weekends. I used to ride one or two mornings a week but I’ve got soft. I used to beat myself up about it but made peace with myself. While I still ride to work and on Sundays (if it’s not bucketing down), I spend my winter nights staying up late, reading, talking to my wife and kids, binge watching TV, brewing beer and, of course, watching the Giro and the Tour de France.
I will admit, come spring it’s hard to get going again so I do keep up some indoor training and cross-fit.
  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?
Mostly road.
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I’ve got a Giant TCX cyclo-cross bike. I’ve raced it but in all honesty, I don’t have that taste for blood to be a racer. CX is fun, but if I’m not in competition I don’t really have the drive to train for it. It’s still a great bike to ride some gravel adventures, take on holidays or use as a commuter. I kind of like mountain biking, and the options in Adelaide are so good, but it cuts into the time I have on the road so I don’t do it much.
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  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Five. Giant OCR 2 (for the trainer), my old Giant Boulder MTB, Giant TCX CX bike, lovely old Adelaide built steel framed tourer called a Sierra but my main bike is a 2011 Focus Cayo 1.
  • How do you store your bikes?
All over the place but securely locked away and locked down in that locked away place (you hear horror stories thanks to Strava).
  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I mostly do my own … well my riding buddy and neighbour helps me out a lot. He’s very mechanically minded and fastidious. I’ve learnt a lot from him but most of all, if you keep your bike clean and lubed, especially the drivechain, it’ll love you back and you won’t need to get it serviced often. Learn how to reset gear indexing, change a chain and cables and watch for end of life wear on chainrings, cassettes and rims and you can avoid big service bills.
Also a clean bike is a mechanic’s dream. Most of the work they do on your bike is de-gunking it to find the source of an issue. Keep it clean and they can spend more time on the important stuff. Saying that, there are many great mechanics in Adelaide but I’m not going to pick one… or maybe I will. Shaun Caire of Bicycle Caire is a lovely guy who knows his stuff and isn’t going to rip anyone off.
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  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
The best service ‘tool’ is a Morgan Blue chain keeper. You screw it into your dropout and it holds the chain in line for cleaning when the wheel is removed. You can really get stuck into cleaning your chain so well you could eat off it but it. It also stops it banging and scraping along your rear stays.
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I think every cyclist should have a bike repair stand, a proper set of Allen keys, a pedal spanner, a lube you go to and use regularly (Morgan Blue Race Oil), a degreaser (although cleaning your chain in diesel is good, except if you have a white bike). A torque wrench is also a good idea. You can get good priced ones. Go see Brian at Road Rage Cycles.
  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
I could say Dura-ace wheels, Rapha race cape, Castelli Gabba or Specialized shoes (they’ve been really good) and I’ve got over 35 cycling caps, but to be different I’ll say my Belroy Elements jersey pocket phone/stuff holder. Excellent functional and stylish design. It’s
better than a zip lock bag and it’s Australian. I’ll also give a credit+ to my Icebreaker merino undershirt. It’s 11 years old and still going strong (and warm).
  • What do you love about cycling?
I could say the feeling of freedom and staying fit, but I really like the history and tradition of cycling. I love reading about the golden era of cycling of the 1940s and ’50s. The panache and the Italian heroes and the French challengers, how they trained (or didn’t) and the passion of the Italian Tifosi.
I love the current era too but I’ve read some great books on that time. One you have to read is Twenty-one Nights In July: A Personal History Of The Tour De France.
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It was written by Adelaide writer and cyclist Ianto Ware as a 30,000 word fanzine every night as he watched 21 stages of the 2008 TDF. It was picked up by a publisher, rewritten and published and distributed via Penguin. The sleeve describes it best: Part love letter to the humble bicycle, part history of the Tour de France, Twenty-One Nights in July reveals how cycling transcended mere sport to become a philosophy for the modern age.  Ianto Ware also introduced me to some other great texts like One More Kilometre and We’re In The Showers>>Sex, Lies & Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil>>Put Me Back On My Bike, the Tom Simpson bio>>When We Were Young, the Laurent Fignon bio.>>Tomorrow We Ride, Jean Bobet>>Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour De France>>A Race for Madmen: A History of the Tour de France— there are so many.
I also love the films A Sunday In Hell>> Hell On Wheels>> Viva Le Tour and I just watched Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist on Netflix. A tragic story with questions that may never be answered. Did the Mafia kill him because he wouldn’t ‘throw stages’?
  • Is there anything that annoys you?
Apart from the Mafia and doping… maybe I don’t get annoyed but I find the whole cycling advocacy and the public outing of bad drivers and video camera activists exhausting. Sadly people are turning to Fly6/12/ GoPro cameras for good reason, to protect themselves, but that comes at the cost of enjoying a ride. It’s easy to understand that when someone has almost be flattened by a car, or experienced a road rage situation, they are going to be angry and go online and share their feelings. This is often perceived as whinging but put yourself in their shoes. Unfortunately it comes at the costs of all the good cycling experiences and sunny day rides that go unshared.
  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
My neighbour and ride buddy (and mechanic) Simon who always gets me home on time, keeps the chain tight, waits for me at the top of a climb and patiently rides with me every weekend even though he can outpace me anywhere. I also love the panache of Fausto Coppi.
  • If you could have dinner with three people from the cycling world, who would they be?
Jacques Anquetil, because he famously said ‘To prepare for a race there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne and a woman’, and also, ‘You can’t ride the Tour de France on mineral water’, so there’d be some fine eating.
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Fausto ‘cycling is suffering’ Coppi to get the Italian balance and …
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I’m not a Jensey fan-boy so I’ll pick Wiggo … no, actually, Adam Hansen. I like him
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or Pierre Rolland.
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  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
The most painful or wettest are the most memorable. I remember riding back down the Gorge Road in the pouring rain that had set in following a wheel. I was freezing, drenched and eating Belgian toothpaste when it occurred to me that I loved cycling. This is so horrible, but also really great.
  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Harvest Cafe Mylor is a great stop for a long black. I’m weak for banana bread or chocolate brownies but I feel bad because my ride buddy and I say we only train on half a peanut and a piece of ice. When I was on long service leave I’d ride everyday and go into Red Mill on Hectorville Rd and they got to know me and my order. Check them out, they’re open early.
  • Have you ridden overseas? If so, where? If not, where would it be?
I haven’t, except when I lived in the UK 25 years ago and almost crashed my cousin’s racer into the 400 year old dry stone church wall riding home from the village pub at night. I’d love to ride the Italian lakes—Como and Garda—and the Dolomites and perhaps the Loire Valley. An adventure ride to Patagonia would also be awesome.
  • What is your favourite training route?
I don’t know about this idea of ‘training’, but Norton, Lofty, Lower Sturt to Scott Creek, Mylor, Aldgate Valley Rd, Ashton, Montacute is pretty good. My simple evening or morning go-to route is Norton-Marble Hill-Montacute. I’ve ridding it hundreds of times and I never get bored. I try to look for something new or different every time. Recently I’ve been enjoying Lwr NE Rd, over to Seaview Rd, Rangeview Rds, Paracombe, Gorge. Actually, that is a good training route.
  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I blamed a nonexistent flat when stopping a Cudlee Creek seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
Focus Izalco Max or Cannondale Evo with SRAM eTap, Zipp 404s, or maybe a leave pass to go over to Bright and ride the Victorian three peaks.
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  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Adelaide Cyclists’ H’eroica Ride, our nod to the Italian L’Eroica, is back for its sixth year on October 9. This year we’re encouraging the vintage bikes out of the shed to either ride to Anderson Hill Winery via the back roads like Blockers and Mawson or come out for a ‘Show and Shine’. More info here. http://bit.ly/adl_heroica
  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Ride your bike, don’t be obsessed, if you want to race, join a club and pin on a number. If
you’re slow at climbing just remember that 60 per cent of the peloton are also more than half and hour behind the grimpeurs on mountain stages. Don’t forget your spouse and find another hobby for the winter.
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Thanks Gus, I feel like you had a bit of fun opening up like that, there certainly is a lot of passion hidden behind that poker face of yours.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks legs
Oh, and don’t forget about that little race over in France.
till next time
tight spokes
iPib

 

 

 

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