This week we take a look at:
- End of an Era – Adelaide Cyclists
- Adelaide Weather and the damage to our hills
- 5 Countries – 5 Kits, a look at kits around the globe, and
- Van D’am Racing, an interview with South Australia’s only elite u25 Road Cycling Team
However, before i get stuck into that, I have 2 items I’d like to discuss.
1 – Looking for help finding a job for a mates son.
I have taken on a mentoring role with a recent Adelaide Uni mechanical engineering graduate called Alex, and am initially looking to help him find his first job in the engineering world?
Alex is the son of a mate of mine I went through Uni with. Alex has followed in his footsteps into the world of engineering. Alex is also a mechanic at a LBS in Glenelg.
With the Adelaide market being what it is, Alex is having trouble getting his foot in the door, so I’m contacting my contacts to see if I can help him.
If anyone knows of any openings, please contact me on email@example.com
2 – I’m realigning the stable at home, have sold my old EMC2, am looking to buy a cx bike and am looking to sell my current commuter, an Argon18 Plutonium Alloy. If anyone is interested in a second hand alloy bike, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for the public announcements, now please enjoy this weeks postings.
End of an Era – Goodnight Gus
Afew months back i featured Gus as a rider of the week. Gus was the developer and owner of the Adelaide Cyclists website.
Well, Gus has pulled the pin, and heres why.
|Hello cycling friends,
This might come as a shock to you but the time has come for me to close Adelaide Cyclists.
While it’s been on my mind for a while, I’ve been forced to assess the site and its viability due to a price rise by the site’s platform owners.
Adelaide Cyclists started in March 2009 so it’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly. It’s akin to breaking up a relationship.
I know many people have made great friendships through this site and cycling in Adelaide. Riding groups have formed and grown, romantic relationships have developed and there’s also a child or two about the place.
The love of cycling in this great city has been highlighted, issues have been highlighted and mostly solved and more and more people are riding on a regular basis.
Read more about why and what is means on the site: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/profiles/blogs/adelaide-cyclists-to-close
Our annual H’eroica ride to Anderson Hill Winery will be the last official riding event on Oct 9. Come along, it’s a great day out.
There will be a ‘wake’ of sorts. Combining my other passion, good beer, it’ll be at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Oct 21 from 6pm. Watch out for the event posted soon.
Time to ride off into the sunset.
Visit Adelaide Cyclists at: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
So, on behalf of myself and the reders of WdednesdayLegs, Goodnight Gus, it’s been a pleasure reading and participating with Adealdie Cyclists.
Last week Adelaide was hit by a severe storm, with flooding in some areas of the Adelaide Hills. By the looks of the weather forecast, we are about to be hit by something very similar later this week.
Unfortunately one of the best descending roads in the Adelaide Hills, Montacute Road, was severely damaged and is likely to be out of action for a few months.
Five Kits – Five Countries
In the first of what will be a quarterly feature, I will be taking a look at what kit designers are thinking and producing from around the world. If you have anything you feel I should take a look at, don’t hesitate to contact me in the usual way.
This week I take a look at Japan, United States, Spain, United Kingdom and of course Australia.
Japan – Pedal Ed
Whilst Japan is seen by some as a mass producer of kitsch crap, there is some stunning design work going on in a broad range of sectors, cycling included.
Pedal Ed produce some well thought out gear, nothing bling about it, stylish all the way through their range.
PEdAL ED began out of a love for cycling.
In 2007, Hideto Suzuki started creating beautiful and functional apparel to complement his cycling lifestyle in Tokyo. Since then, he has gone on to create a number of award-winning collections based on his belief that each feature of a garment can improve function and performance, not simply aesthetics.
Founded and handcrafted in Japan, PEdALED has grown internationally and recently also started a new collaboration in Italy, the heart of cycling apparel production.
Here Hideto’s creative talent has been able to develop new ideas, bringing together his unique understanding of materials and designs with the best of Italian manufacturing tradition.
They design and sell a wide range of cycling riding gear as well a swathe of other top end active wear like a hiking boot, jeans and jackets.
- – LARGE REAR POCKET WITH ADDITIONAL ZIP POCKET
- – FRONT ZIP POCKET FOR VALUABLES
- – THERMO REGULATING AND 50+ UV PROTECTION
- – MADE IN ITALY
Designed for long periods on the bike, technical lycra fibers combine a soft feel for the skin with efficient temperature regulation. A snug, athletic fit is delivered through a vertical stripe of horizontal 4-way stretch technical mesh for breathability and longer life. Features include a front access chest pocket, custom elastic hem, zippered chin protection, and two large rear pockets, one open, and one zippered for valuables.
United States – http://searchandstate.com
If you’ve been keeping a keen eye out in the pores over the last few years, you would have seen reference to these guys mentioned in esteemed publications such as GQ, Bicycling, Outside, Men’s Journal, The Radavist, Cycling Tips, Playboy…and many others.
Our story is a simple one. We design and manufacture some of the world’s best performance and lifestyle apparel. We know this because it’s what we hear from you, year after year. We’ve won awards and won over loyal customers who recognize our attention to quality, fit, styling, and an unmatched selection of luxury performance fabrics.
We produce every piece in Midtown Manhattan, the home of New York City’s original garment district. This is our home and where we learned the craft but we work here because you could search the whole world and be hard-pressed to find better talent and craftsmanship for garment making than in New York City. There is also no substitute for watching every single piece being made to ensure it flawlessly matches our original design intention.
Whether you’re on a training ride, or on a trainer in your basement. Maybe you’re in a stage race, or following a stage of the Tour de France. Whoever you are and wherever you ride, we have a piece for you that will not only perform, but also make you look and feel better than anything else you’ve worn before.
Distinguished design, luxurious fabric, and rugged components are the hallmarks of our highly evolved take on the classic, three-pocket, cycling jersey. The S1-A sets the bar high and has established a new standard of what the riding jersey should be. You’re going to look, and feel, good in this jersey.
REFINED FIT – Cut like a tailored garment without being too tight or too loose – it’s just right. You’ll be happy riding, racing, or maybe even sleeping in the S1-A, it’s that comfortable.
MADE IN NEW YORK – Two centuries of Manhattan’s garment making expertise precede the birth of the S1A which is built entirely of USA produced fabric.
S1S – Bib Short
Their kit can be found in Australia here
- Bike Tailor, Melbourne
Spain – Cima Coppi
Cima Coppi Custom was started by a Canadian and a Spaniard in 2008 in Vancouver’s Little Italy in Canada. Back then, the pair traded bottles of wine for wool and a few trade secrets from Angelo and Renzo – two of the finest Italian tailors on ‘the Drive’. Mostly though, the visits were simply motivated by a fondness to hear craftsmen talk about their trade and share first-hand stories about Coppi and Bartali. It was Renzo Montagliani, a tailor for 53 years, who proposed the name Cima Coppi.
In the latin languages the word ‘Cima’ means ‘peak’. And Coppi, is for Fausto – who was perhaps the greatest war-era racer. Today, the Cima Coppi highlights the highest mountain pass in the Giro d’Italia. Mostly, said Renzo, it is a symbol for passion, individualism and the pursuit of excellence. “You’ve got to be good to be first up the Cima Coppi.”
Today, Cima Coppi Custom is based in Oviedo, Spain. A made-to-measure, custom clothier for cyclists and athletes with products focused on natural and traditional performance materials. Fundamental to our ethos is the evolution of the master tailor; the owner, designer, maker and end-user. Our inspiration is the intrepid adventuring of yesteryear; 100+ years of wool-clad cycling heroes surviving the cobbles, conquering mountain passes and exploring the unknown.
Wool Cycling Jerseys
The material of choice of professional cyclists for over 7 decades, wool provides a versatile, comfortable jersey with an unsurpassed useable temperature range. Merino wool is a finer, softer and naturally odour resistant textile reducing the need for over-washing; merino is the clear choice for multi-day adventures. We design, cut and sew traditional jerseys of mid-weight European Wool with a tailored jersey fit featuring three seam-anchored pockets. A Spanish-made, durable and structured jersey, built to handle full pockets and ambitious rides.
And their jackets and caps look pretty good too.
United Kingdom – Svelte
I’ve had a few chats with Tom from team Svelte over the last few months. Hopefully we can land something as they are passionate and provide a simple but stylish approach to kit design.
Svelte began right in the heart of London. The capital of a country renowned for its cycling history, now a city pervaded by every type of cyclist. From the track riders revolving the velodromes, road cyclists making a break for open countryside, to the city commuter darting under streetlights. Clothing is an imperative element to all cyclists – forging the connection between the rider and the bike itself.
Svelte originated with the vision to transcend the beauty of cycling apparel. To design products focused so exclusively on quality and minimalism, that they create an elegantly versatile connection between the bicycle and the clothing that rides it. To design a truly timeless range, such that it permeates the heart of cycling, and far beyond it.
Slowly but surely, the finest range of apparel emerged. Apparel that subtly, yet exquisitely, conveyed the beautiful unity of cycling, elegance, and lifestyle.
It was slender; it was minimalistic; it was Svelte.
By way of a story, it all began with our flagship product, The Heritage Jersey. Whether riding the great Alps on a hot sunny day, or heading to have coffee with friends, The Heritage’s founding principles were to ensure it was graceful company both on and off the bike, to enhance every aspect of your day.
In the development of The Heritage Jersey, we worked with cyclists across the entire spectrum – from the 5am, cold-morning, relentless road cyclists, to the casual city single-speeder. And what did we achieve after months of tiresome research, scrupulous tweaks, and continual testing?
A jersey that provides the security and performance of an athletic fit, without losing the relaxed cafe culture styling that we love so much. This was the core belief from which Svelte grew.
The Svelte Heritage Jersey is the marriage of minimalist design and functional fabrics. Produced in London from Merino perform fabric, it features the breathability and body temperature regulation of merino wool, while benefiting from the strength and resilience of a synthetic fabric.
Classic styling meets modern functionality. The Continental Jersey features a race fit and is made of a high-tech fabric that enables it be to lightweight, streamlined and durable.
Australia – Lumiere
And over here in Australia, we have some pretty unique kits on the market, Lumiere up with the best of them.
Designed in Melbourne Australia, we produce premium cycling apparel for discerning cyclists who appreciate distinctively different cycling garments.
We believe fit, form and function reign supreme, but aesthetics don’t need to take a back seat.
Lumiere is light.
Milkshake Long Sleeve Jersey
The Milkshake jersey is constructed from the finest quality, fleece lined MITI fabric, in our newly developed Lumiere long sleeve cut. Wear this jersey alone in temperatures between 6°C-14°C or pair with a gilet and/or baselayer for additional warmth.
Our model is 175cm, 66kgs, 28inch waist size and wears size extra small.
Our kit is a true pro fit with high stretch. It is designed to be worn against the skin.
Black, Charcoal and Navy Bibs – Men’s
Our bib shorts feature top end MITI fabrics, Cytech chamois and a 7.5cm silicon injected powerbands. We have kept the bib short design minimal with only a woven tag to the rear so they remain timeless.
Tool Time – Silca T-Ratchet + Ti-Torque
Silca make some amazing tools, and these are no exception. Aparently their kickstarter campaign is breaking the internet!
The T-Ratchet is a lightweight and compact multi-tool that converts between T-handle tool, ratcheting tool, and flag-handled screwdriver.
It uses a 72-tooth ratchet mechanism, which is twice as many points of engagement as many other ratcheting tools.
The T-Ratchet uses magnets to hold bits in place. It comes with 10 hardened steel bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm hex bits, as well as T10, T20, T25 and #2 Phillips bits). The T-Ratchet is compatible with any 1/4in bits, so owners can customize it as the wish.
Ti-Torque is a extender for the T-Ratchet that uses a titanium torsion beam to measure torque readings from 0-8Nm.
They have been able to Extend the PRE-ORDER of T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque to our own website. Projected shipping dates for these Pre-Orders is January 2017 due to the absolutely overwhelming demand.
Between 2 Wheels – Van D’am Racing
A small departure from the norm, this week I sit down and have a chat with the Team Principle of Van D’am Racing, Lachlan Ambrose.
Lachlan has been involved in competitive cycling since 2006 and raced the NRS each year since 2009. He has raced all notable local and national events and spent time racing overseas including in New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and France, and is passionate about providing young cyclists with the right opportunities and environment to reach their potential.
- Who are Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields?
The short answer Van D’am Racing is South Australia’s only elite u25 Road Cycling Team.
- The team name is quite distinctive, where does it come from?
Van D’am Racing is highly reflective of me in the way things are done (it is my baby after all), the name also carries this link. So my mother is Dutch and her maiden name was van Breda, and my surname was anglicized by my grandfather from D’Ambrosio to Ambrose. I think it works based off the fact that you have the combination of two cycling mad countries (with the Dutch roots of van Breda and D’Ambrosio being Italian) and with the similarity to 90’s action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, it just had a nice ring to it. Naming things is hard!
Butterfields Services is our major sponsor. They are a proud South Australian company who really share our vision of supporting riders in a healthy environment, enabling them to achieve on and off the bike. They are an air conditioning, electrical and plumbing project solutions provider, and are starting to expand interstate, so hopefully we are helping spread the word on what they are doing!
Van D’am Racing represents the teams identity. Unlike other sports, cycling teams have no real identity, and are too heavily tied to the sponsor. I would wager no one would feel particularly comfortable going to a game and yelling out the major sponsor’s name. The consequence of cycling teams’ not having identity is that teams struggle to develop a following. This identity will never be lost from our name. Developing continuity and a connection with teams is a key step in developing long term sustainability.
- What as the original idea behind VDR?
So I have raced bikes in Australia and overseas for over 10 years. In this time the support pathways for riders in SA (beyond the institute track pathways) were almost non-existent. I really want to help these riders stay in the sport, love the sport and progress through it. I feel I have a lot to offer, especially with my relatively diverse background, both on and off the bike.
- What is your objective?
So unfortunately my competitive nature from years of bike racing continues. The goal is always to be the best the team can be, and I have dreams of taking the team to the world. But on a smaller scale I really want to provide riders with opportunities that I feel that I missed out on. Helping riders achieve their goals is pretty special.
- What are the biggest obstacles to meeting your objectives?
Funding. Unfortunately I picked the most expensive sport. It’s expensive to ride a bike, it’s more expensive to race. Running a team takes it to a whole new level. Of course we don’t deserve money for nothing, so we are trying to create a model which is financial viable, with our key focus on creating interest and a following in the team. The are some roadblocks in this goal, but at this stage we are happy with the progress we are making.
- Where would you like the team to be in 5 years time?
I think in 5 years I would like the team to be a strong continental team, with a focus still on rider development, but with an expanded race focus to start including some racing in Asia and OS. We have a few other ambitions (a women’s team for instance), but one thing at a time.
- What is your vision for the cyclists on the team?
I want the best for them, no matter which direction they go. Obviously I hope they have the opportunity to progress as far as they want to in the sport. Apart from that I hope they will all leave the sport when they are ready, and not be burnt out by the process. Aside from that we hope that they set themselves with a career path which they enjoy, enabling them to prosper off of the bike.
- What is the local U25s scene like
Pretty poor to be honest, and I could talk all day on why I think this is the case… A lot of this comes down to it being such a hard sport, and when you are isolated from most of the big races here in SA, and don’t have any team support it gets pretty hard and lonely. So we are trying to address this, but it will take time.
- Who are your main local rivals?
I think SASi (SA sports institute) would be the obvious one, but at the same time coming from SA we actually have a pretty good relationship and try and help each other out where we can. We naturally like to try and beat the bigger interstate teams, but that doesn’t happen as often as we would like.
- How has the team been going?
We’ve had a pretty good first year. Rhys Gillett won the Mount Baw Baw Classic (which is probably the hardest course of the year, if you have never heard of the Mount Baw Baw it’s definitely worth a look.)
We also won two of the Cycle Closet Winter Road Series Rounds here in South Australia which was great as it was something we helped get off the ground with the help of Cycling South Australia and the member clubs.
Besides from the obvious successes, i’ve been really proud of how the team and riders have developed both on and off the bike. It’s been a pretty tough year for a couple of the guys as they made the progression from school to uni and I’ve been impressed with how they’ve handled it.
They’ve still maintaining an incredibly professional approach to training and racing.
- Who designed and / or supplied your team kit
So we were pretty lucky to be put in contact with Joel Pearson, who is the Australian Director of Sportful Custom. If the kit is good enough for Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador, it certainly is good enough for us. Joel was really good to us and we are really happy to be continuing this relationship in 2017.
- How do riders get on your roster?
So the nice things about the SA scene is that it’s a pretty small community, so I generally have a pretty good idea of what is going on. Our key criteria is that they really need to be good people, and that they need to have the drive to take the sport as far as they can. We also have a team policy that all riders must be either working in the chosen profession, or studying. So in other words it’s not all out what they can do on a bike (though that’s still important).
- How much time does your team train and how do you manage training?
So depending on the riders program they’ll probably do between 12 and 20 hours a week on the bike. We do have team sessions, but they are only once or twice a week. With riders living on each side of the city and with pretty full time tables it can be pretty hard to get everyone in the same place!
We keep an eye on all the riders training (as this is part of the quest to make sure that they stay healthy). A few of the riders are coached by Tim Clayton of Omnis Development who is our performance manager but different riders prefer different styles of training, so it’s important they find someone who matches what they want to do.
- You have two other key staff, who are they?
Our Sports Director is Nils Wartemann. Nils holds a degree (MA) in Sport Sciences with minors in Sociology and Educational Sciences, and starting as a rider some 3 decades ago and was a founder of a springboard program assisting riders to race in Europe.
And lastly, one of the most critical members if you ask the riders is the Team Physio, Dave Moen. Dave has a Masters in Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy and is the director of Form Physiotherapy in Adelaide. Dave works alongside the coaching staff at Van D’am Racing to optimise the athletic condition and fit position of team cyclists, with the goal of improving performance. He also manages bike fitting, motor control and strength programs, as well as injury prevention for the team.
- What bikes, wheels etc does the team ride?
So unfortunately we don’t have team bikes yet. At this level no team gets given bikes, and i wasn’t comfortable asking riders to buy bikes (even though we did receive a couple of generous offers).
Bike Society have been pretty generous and helps us out where they can, so a big shout out to them!
- What is the best part of the team?
It’s definitely sharing the success. People tend to forget how much of a team sport cycling is, so when when one rider wins, it a contribution of what everyone has done, even when it’s not so obvious. We all rely heavily on each other (riders and staff).
So who is the team?
Top – left to right
- Tom Allford (19yo/71kg/188cm)
- Connor Butterfield (17yo/62kg/168cm)
- Ethan Egglestone (18yo/62kg/177cm)
Bottom – left to right
- David Fumpson (21yo/64kg/167cm)
- Shaun O’Callaghan (22yo/70kg/173cm)
- Callum Pearce (18yo/71kg/181cm)
(Eds note for perspective – iPib (51yo/81kg/178cm)- ouch!)
- How then would you you define success?
Obviously those sought after wins, but I really define success for the team as sticking to the goals that we set out to achieve. That is to support up and coming riders, ensuring that they stay healthy, develop on and off the bike, and importantly that they come out the other end still enjoying riding their bikes.
- You mentioned your major sponsor Butterfields, and Sportful, has the team got any other sponsors?
So we do have a couple more sponsors. Brentnalls SA gave us some really good support. They’re an Adelaide based Chartered Accounting firm who really share our vision of supporting young South Australians. We also were supported by Rojomoma Red Art, a boutique winery from the Barrossa Valley. Definitely worth checking out if you are heading down that way. Their Grenache Shiraz is my personal favourite.
We were also supported by WHS and Dr Jones & Partners, who surprisingly for a cycling team, we didn’t need to call on this year (well touch wood).
Thanks Lachie, its great to see someone with a passion put back into the cycling community. Wishing you all the best in the coming years. I’ll look forward to touching base again in 2 years time to revisit this interview.
You can follow them on their facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/VanDamRacing/
I recommend you have a read of this article about the NRS prizemoney and the troubles facing the Domestic Cycle Racing. It not only shines a light on the prizemoney isues, but also offers up some thoughts on what should be done with what little money s available with the aim to make the domestic scene sustainable in the long term.
till next time