Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination
We’ll begin with a spin trav’ling in the world of my creation
What we’ll see will defy Explanation
Another sad day yesterday, but a day to look back and remember the enjoyment this comedic mastermind brought into my life. Who can forget the jail scene when the Waco Kid demonstrates his hand speed to the new sheriff.
But I shoot with this hand – bwahahahahahahahaha.
Reminds me, must watch blazing saddles again, never get tired of it.
Yes They Can
The Para Olympics starts and Channel 4, who set the benchmark for Paralympic broadcasting, have produced probably one of the best ever adverts, full stop. Their “Yes I Can” campaign is breathtaking, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you must have been living under the proverbial rock. Have yourself a gander here.
Running from September 7 to 18, the games feature 17 medal events on the track for with men and women competing individually or in mixed teams, and 33 medal events on the road.
Australian Cycling athletes are:
- Alexandra Lisney – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
- Alistair Donohoe – Disability Physical Impairment – Erbs palsy
- Carol Cooke – Disability Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
- David Edwards
- David Nicholas – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
- Hannah MacDougall – Disability Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
- Jessica Gallagher – Disability Vision impairment – Stargardts macular dystrophy
- Kieran Modra – Disability Vision Impairment – Juvenile Optic Atrophy
- Kyle Bridgwood – Disability Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
- Madison Janssen
- Matt Formston – Disability Vision Impairment – Macular dystrophy
- Michael Gallagher – Disability Physical Impairment – Erbs palsy in right shoulder
- Nick Yallouris
- Simone Kennedy – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
- Stuart Tripp – Disability Physical Impairment – Right leg limb loss
- Sue Powell – Disability Physical Impairment – Spinal cord damage
Good luck guys.
I had been trialling a front commuter light at the start of winter, but haven’t been able to get around for a write-up til now (sorry Tony).
Full Beam has had an interesting company development phase. Tony, the owner, had a stack a few years back requiring hospitalisation for a while, and as most of you would know, recuperation time also lends to thinking time, and it was during this thinking time that Tony decided to get involved with something he was passionate about. With lighting being in his blood, he decided to start an on-line cycling lights business. Starting small, he has slowly sourced lights from around the globe, including our very own Niteflux in Adelaide, and has branched out into other products, as listed later on
Tony lent me an Ituo front light and a 3D printed mount.
As you can see, the 3D printed mount provides for a neat cockpit up top, and the light is not too large that it gets in the way of the cabling. Being go-pro mount ready, it makes it easy to pull on/off and allows the mount to be used for other purposes, including mounting your Garmin in top.
The light itself is a rugged little unit, not an overly blinding light, but still pumping out an strong 800 lumen from the Cree led. Riding home at nights, it certainly outshone most lights I came across. And being made from aerospace grade aluminum alloy, it is still light but has a solid feel.
The light comes with standard modes you see on most lights these days, but what adds to its flexibility is the fact that it is programmable by the user, meaning you can set the flash modes, frequency to whatever your little heart desires.
Like a few of the more recent good quality lights on the market place, the light projected from the Ituo is a white colour giving a more daylight beam appearance, easier on the eye allowing better distinction of objects and other such things on the road. The beam is not super wide, but wider than other lights in this price range.
Its marketed as a commuting light and sits at $149,. which is more than the average commuter would be prepared to spend on a light, however the quality and light on this is far superior to those standard commuting lights, helping in both “seeing” and “be seen” compartments.
Further details here on the Ituo light here – Ituo
Further details on the 3D Printed Mount here – 3D Printed Mount
- Abloc Arrive S Water Bottles
- Handup Gloves
- Bike Lights – Niteflux, My Tiny Sun, Four4th, Ituo, Full Beam, See.Sense
- Ass Savers
- Maglianera Cycle Socks
- Maglianera cycling kits
- Morsa Modular mounting kits
- Raceware Direct 3D Printed Mounts
- The Upstand
- Warmfront Thermal Base Layer
- Trail Led apparel
By all accounts, the red zone rear light is absolutely stunning and will be looking to review in a future post.
And one last thing, Full Beam is one of the suppliers supporting David Edwards on his World Everesting project. A brief commentary on that later on this posting.
Adelaide Dirty Dozen
The fifth installment of Radelaide’s spring classic will bring more distance, more climbing, and more suffering.
Because too many people finished the event in 2015, and it is going to cost too much to keep updating so many names on the Adelaide Dirty Dozen Honor Board!
Starting and finishing at Red Berry Espresso, Le Strange St, Glenside, the 2016 Adelaide Dirty Dozen will see us traverse about 140km and climb about 3500m vertical. Yes! It is supposed to be a bloody hard challenge to complete.
To spice up this year’s ride, we will be bringing you some new hills that you may not have ridden before, as well as retaining some old favourites. But I’m going to unveil the route climb by climb this year.
Last Friday, 13 SA MFS firefighters left Adelaide on a nine-day bike ride to arrive in Melbourne on September 3rd. Once they get there, after pedalling the 1,100 km ,they will don full firefighting kit with breathing apparatus (25kg) and run up the 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel – all in the name of charity.
Ride2climb is the name of this effort from The Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF). Click on the Facebook link here for updates on their ride. Ride2Climb 2016
Donations can also be made through this facebook page.
Ride2climb’s aim is to raise $10,000 in public donations which will be presented to the Melbourne Firefighter Stair climb who is aiming to collect $350,000 for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – the leading child health research institute in Australia, with a strong 30-year history.
Status as of Tuesday night was $249,000, so a way to go, but a great effort so far.
Below are some photos from the ride so far
Race to the Rock
In a few days time, 3rd September, Jesse Carlsson is going to ride unsupported 2,300km from Adelaide to Uluru via the Mawson Trail and Oodnadatta Track.
Others have been allowed to ride, but they are riding on their own. Their aim is to beat Jesse before he gets to Uluru.
They’ll need to do their own research on the route and decide what equipment, food and water they’ll need to carry with them. No one will be out there to help them.
The route covers some rugged, remote country in the Australian outback.
I was hoping that by the time I got to posting this late blog that I would be crowing about the exploits of local Radelaidian and all round cycling nutter Dave Edwards. You see, three weeks back, Dave departed our fair shores for an epic trailblazing world Everesting project consisting of 5 Everestings in 5 countries on 3 continents in 3 weeks. Mad.
The mountains were:
- Mt Fuji Azami Line – Japan @ 11km, 1118m of gain per climb, 10.1% average
- Rocacorba – Spain @ 9.9km, 745m of gain, 7.4% average
- Colle Delle Finestre – Italian Alps @ 17.8km, 1688m of gain, 9.4%
- Saint Gotthard Pass – Switzerland @ 11.8km, 897m of gain, 7.5%
- Mauna Kea – Hawaii @ 68.6km, 4284m of gain, 6.1%
Just in (5:30pm 31/08/16/) from Daves “With All I Have” Facebook site
Didn’t make this one. A lot of factors led to this being the hardest ride I’ve ever done. I made the summit, and temps were in the minus. Got a lift home from some incredible strangers after that. Back safe in Hilo now, trying to put the shittest day I’ve had on a bike behind me. Sorry everyone, the tally will stand at 4.
Have a look at the vlog posted by Dave in the above Link, he hs left it all on the road, and is so disappointed that he was unable to complete the last climb, the dude is almost in tears, but have a listen and look at the conditions of the road and the weather, in Daves words
The gravel is fucked, the heat is fucked, the humidity, is fucked, the altitude, its all fucked
Sorry to hear that it finished this way Dave. I know that in years to come you will look back on this adventure with pride and character building, not that you needed the latter, but what you achieved has been astounding. I’m not really sure how your going to top this one.
The Pain in Spain
GC placings after Stage 1:
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team||38:37:07|
|2||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:57|
|3||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||0:00:58|
|4||Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange||0:02:09|
|5||Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team||0:02:54|
|6||Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky||0:02:57|
|7||David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx – Quick-Step||0:03:03|
|8||Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange||0:03:06|
|9||Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:03:14|
|10||Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team||0:03:20|
Rider of the Week – Dave Parsons
- You’ve been involved in cycling for quite some time, can you give a brief overview on your cycling life.
I was never the fastest kid. My first race was on a pink K-mart ‘Huffy’ that my dad and I ‘rattle canned’ yellow and black. I finished second out of 30, about half a lap behind. I thought I’d got away without anyone noticing I was riding a girl’s bike, unfortunately the teacher noticed it was obviously a modified ‘step through’ cheapy and began asking all about it in front of all the other kids. One kid, very keen to see the pink underneath, said he’d scratch his bike if I scratched mine. I agreed as long as he went first, he did… and then I rode off.
I’d always been keen on Pedal Prix, ever since as a 7 year old I’d seen them out training and exclaimed to my Dad “What is that?!”. My passion for tricycles continues to this day, 18 years later I’ve only missed one year when I was living overseas.
It was my passion for Pedal Prix that led me to Road Racing. In 2008 I joined a new team, SASI/CyclingSA, managed by Max Stevens. We had an awesome team: Jack Bobridge, Dale Parker, Mike Stallard.. and then there was me…who up until a few months prior didn’t even own a road bike. Unfortunately, after my first race with them I was cleaned up by a car riding home from school and so had to give cycling a break for a while.
When I decided to have another crack I went all out. I’d saved up nearly 10k working in a bike shop and bought the second di2 group in SA. The SRAM engineer who was visiting from the US said I was making a ‘big mistake’ going with electronic, I still remember his words when I keenly asked what plans SRAM had for electronic: “You’ve seen Mavic Zap, it’ll never happen”. I paired the group with Zipp wheels and a team edition Felt AR1, the most aero road bike in the world at the time.
I built it up and entered the Alphutte as a complete unknown. My father questioned my decision to buy such an expensive bike when I’d hardly raced, my reasoning… if I have the absolute best then I have no excuses, it’s me and only me to blame if I don’t do well. I got up that morning, with only 3 hours sleep after my girlfriend’s formal ‘after party, and was handed a 19 minute handicap… perfect! I went over the finish line without even knowing I’d won (that’s a story for another day).
Not long after I met a coach by the name of Kevin McIntosh, recently retired from a very successful career in Paralympic coaching.
He took me from absolute ground zero, trained me up and then paired me with this young unknown Asian rider by the name of Sanghoon Park. We trained so hard over the summer together, I went from C grade to A grade in 6 weeks and within a few months entered my first National Road Series event in Geelong. As for Sanghoon, he won the Junior World Championships that year, the first ever Korean rider to do so. Sanghoon recently got a bit of media attention at the Olympics after being taken down by Cav’ on the track.
I crashed racing in Tasmania late in the season and hurt my knee really bad. However, just before the start of the next season I got a call from one of my NRS team mates asking if I was keen on racing in Belgium. Three weeks later I was on a plane to Flat Landers territory. For those who know me, cobbles and cross winds aren’t my speciality! But I had a ball, again, plenty of stories for another day.
When I returned to Australia I decided to turn down a renewed contract with my Belgian team for the following year and instead become a tandem pilot for vision impaired Para athletes. Fast forward to 2014 and I found myself paired with a machine of a rider by the name of Kieran Modra. We entered the National Champs in Echuca on a bike we’d only received the night before. We won! I really can’t take credit however, Modra’s so good he likely could’ve done it with a 12 year old on the front…though they’d need a bit of weight to hold the front wheel down when he breaks into a sprint!
And that’s pretty much it, I started Ergo at the end of 2014 and the rest as they say, is history.
- What are you doing in Adelaide now?
I’ve been working very hard on Ergo’s ‘Wattage Cottage’, my little cycle fitness studio behind ‘Bici’ cafe on Hutt Street.
We have been running sessions here for 7 weeks. It’s quite a bit different to our original studio that we started out in last year with the one big screen. We’ve been working quite closely with online virtual cycling company ‘Zwift’ which is super exciting. We took the plunge, fitted out individual TV’s & Alienware computers and now do almost all of our training on the platform. Initially ‘Zwift’ were a little confused by the concept: when I first became involved training on Zwift had only been focused on the individual home user, however cycling is predominantly a social activity and best when you’re with others. So creating a place to hang out, do your hard workout being spurred on my mates and a cycle coach (that’s always looking over your shoulder) has been a great success.
- You have some new plans afoot, what are they?
It’s a secret, stay tuned
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
10 all up. My favourite (complete bike) is my SAECO Cannondale, closely followed by my 80’s Apollo (I also have the female version of the same year.. keeping it for the future ;P), Vivelo Raw as my current road machine. Cannondale Caffeine (Lefty) MTB, that’s the main ones you’ll see me on anyway.
- What bike do you covet?
A bike that is currently in pieces for restoration: my grandfather’s ‘Ian Steel’- ‘Viking’. He did a 24 hour Audax ride of over 250miles on this fixed gear bike, through the hilly county of Kent. Talk about tough! I have the medal from the event which is pretty special.
- How do you store your bikes?
Lining the walls of my studio at home, at my biz ‘Ergo’, my parents’ shed…I have a few!
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I’ve worked as a bike mechanic for quite a few years so I do pretty much all my own maintenance & repairs. If I get stuck or need an unheard of tool for some crazy bike I’ve found, then my ‘go to’ shop is the very quirky old shop ‘International Cycles’ and the owner Pete Giessauf.
- What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
Saeco kit, maybe my Aussie kit, and of course the Ergo jersey is right up there!
- What do you love about cycling?
What’s not to love?! My main love is the bicycle itself, the riding of it is definitely up there but when I walk into a cool bike shop I’m like a kid in candy store!
- What annoys most about cycling?
Road cyclists… joking!!What could possibly annoy me about cycling?
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Cipo. if only I could be that cool haha
- If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be?
Bernard Hinault, so hard, typically french, had a coffee with him once and it wasn’t long enough. Jens, the funniest bloke, needed just in case Hinault’s in a bad mood that day and Cipo, to keep it going all night long.
- What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
Too many come to mind! Probably getting lost riding from Belgium to London in a day (there was a ferry crossing just before you start jumping to conclusions!) I’d been doing really well for time: landed on the shores of Dover mid morning and the weather was great, but by mid afternoon the wind had picked up and I somehow lost the map about 50k to go. Long story short, I ended up on the 10 lane M1 at one stage, back & forth through the suburbs and finally made it to Greenwich just after dark by following signs and asking walkers.. big day!
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot?
I’m going to have to say Bici! Big plans for a new cycle friendly bar to the back of the cafe coming soon, stay tuned.
- Do you have a favourite overseas country?
That’s a really hard one, I’ll say no. It’s hard to choose between playing ‘chicken’ with cars in the grungy outer ring of Shanghai and cycling the pristine roads leading to Zermatt in Switzerland. I’m very keen to visit World Bicycle Relief in Africa one day.
- What is your favourite local training route?
Again, too many good ones to choose! I’d say Riding up through Belair National Park via Melville Gully, through to Sturt Valley Road into Stirling, either linking that to Aldgate Valley road and off towards Strath’ for a long ride, or if you’re short for time, nipping back up through Piccadilly and back down Norton.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
I told my bike that age and weight don’t matter and that I would never trade her in for a younger model. That’s the partner you’re talking about right?!
- What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?
I’m not one for making requests Ian, surprise me!
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
I’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the cycling community over the past year and a half since starting Ergo. Too many to name! So instead I’d really like to wish Kieran Modra good luck in Rio!
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Plenty, but I’m keen to get on the bike! Catch you at the cottage or on the road soon!
Thanks Dave, as always a pleasure to talk to a someone so enthusiastic not just about cycling, but life. All the best with the Wattage Cottage, and whatever your secret plan is. Oh, and don’t hold your breath for a surprise birthday gift from this little black duck, I’ve got strong a mean scottish bloodline somewhere in my heritage.
till next time