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Cannondale Slate 105 Ride Review


It’s not often a bike comes along that has you excited like a kid on Christmas day, and for me, that opportunity came along last weekend.

The guys over at Velo-Porte have just taken on board a few of the Cannondale Slate 105s, with plans to get some more in over the next week or so. When I saw the next bikes Keith & Alexis were planning to purchase for their bike hire business, I was on the phone to them faster than a dissapearing zepolle at a post ride coffee stop, asking whether I can give it a whirl. Thankfully they agreed.


And this is it!


Have you seen it yet?


Have a look at this.


Doesn’t it just blow your mind?

There aren’t too many bikes out in the marketplace that promise so much just on looks alone.


So, i took the bike for a bitumen/gravel ride on Sunday morning.


A climb up to the Bollards to catch up with the ride group, then leaving hem for some solo riding around Mylor, Mount Bold and the back end of Clarendon Weir.

Not an extended amount of gravel out there, however there enough variation on both bitumen and gravel to light up my weekend.



OK, the review – the quick details:

  • Frame – Aluminium Di2 resdy
  • Drivetrain – Shimano 105: Rear – 5800, 11-28, 11-speed: Front 52/36 FSA
  • Brakes – Shimano Hydraulic Disc – BR785/505
  • Saddle – Fabric Scoop Radius Sport
  • Fork: Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR, 30mm Travel, 45mm off-set
  • Rims – Slate Disc, 650b
  • Hubs – Lockout equipped Lefty 50 Road front, Formula 142x12mm thru rear, 28h
  • Cannondale Slate Folding TRS tubeless, 650x42c, by Panaracer

I’m sure you would agree, the Slate would have to be the most distinctive bikes on the roads in Adelaide, all down to the single sided (Lefty) front suspension wheel mount.

The concept of the Lefty didn’t concern me – I expected that a company with Cannondales reputation wouldn’t release anything that hadn’t been put through the wringer. I was just very curious how it would translate to road handling both on the black stuff and the lose stuff.

As their website says.

A full-tilt road bike with legitimate off-road chops, the Slate brings a whole new dimension of hard- cornering, curb-hopping, trail-shredding fun to the concept of “road-riding.

The initial “out the driveway” experience was a little strange – it took me a few minutes to get my head around Lefty. Also, not having ridden with 42 mm tyres previously, there was a small adjustment to make with the cornering. I found the front end, lets say, a little lazy on the corners when compared to my normal road bike, a Scott Solace. As the bike has been designed to do things that Scott wouldn’t dream of doing, its only natural that there will handle a little different. My feeling was that it didn’t want to lean as much into the corner as I am used to. Only fractionally, but enough for me to notice. A minor adjustment that’s all, and didn’t take long to forget all about it.

Whilst I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was. I was surprised with how stiff front end was and super impressed with its stability. I felt no pull or anything to suggest that it has a Lefty suspension system. Nothing untoward on the fast descent down Old Belair Road, no pull when both hands were off the handlebar (sorry Keith – ignore that). Apart from the slight lazy feel on the sharp corners, it all behaved as one would expect of a standard road bike, except that it was more fun because of its off-road capabilities.

With 650b wheels instead of 700c you see on road bikes, Cannondale have introduced a slightly smaller mountain bike wheel onto a road bike, but by shodding with 42mm tyres, they are effectively the same outer diameter as the 700c tyres.

The 42mm tyres provided were close to knobless, so having the extra width didn’t slow me too much on the road with only marginal impact on performance. However, I felt they were lacking on some of the more loose gravel roads I road when i got a bit of speed up. The wide tyres seemed at times to sit atop the gravel. I think with some tyres with a little more grip they should perform well.

The Slate’s Lefty allows for manual control of the amount of dampening and speed of fork recovery by the Push Button Rebound (PBR) located at the top of the Lefty. By depressing the PBR, you activate the suspension, and by rotating the dial, you can change the recoil speed. For my test ride, I left the suspension off, and not having ridden a mountain bike before, i can only guess at how well it works.  Given the opportunity , I’ll give the PBR a go on my next test ride(Keith?).

I loved it. Its got the feel of an endurance bike, fits nicely into the new ‘gravel bikes’ genre, but takes it even further by allowing the opportunity to ride it like you were a kid again.

So to sum up.

Its kinda looks like a road bike, but its not.

And its kinda handles like a road bike, but it doesn’t.

Its kinda fun.


It takes me back to my childhood.


Oh, and it looks like changing front flats has all of a sudden become a little easier. ……..




Think about it.


Thanks to Alexis and Keith at Velo-Porte for the loan of the Slate – its was much appreciated.

Give them a buzz on +61 (0)432 542 560 if you want to find out some more about these stunning bikes, or jump onto their website by clicking on their logo below.



Ouch 1


Speedy recovery to Graeme T from Sticky Bidon after his crash coming down Greenhill Road on Monday. He was the fallout from a 2 car collision.

From Graeme’s Facebook Page

The bike was surprisingly ok, I’m told, and the injuries are, from small to big, black eye, cuts and bruises, fractured: massively sore muscles (good thing I don’t have many) from bracing at impact, a very sore jaw (I’m not convinced it’s ok but everyone here says it is) and the corresponding stitches in my chin, a big (deep) hole just above my knee which is what will keep me off the bike for a while, fractured rib, a small kidney laceration and a bigger liver laceration, which is why I’m remaining in hospital for observation.

I’m not dead, brain-dead, or paralysed, which is a win, and reasonably astounding.

Ouch 2

Peter would have to be one of the unluckiest riders around. Riding along the Brighton Foreshore a few weekends ago, Peter was suddenly seen performing his cirque du Soleil act with his double tuck somersault over his handlebars for no apparent reason.

The cause, he had ridden over a trailer U Shackle the exact size of his tire which clamped his tire and got pulled up into the fork, which then resulted in a sudden wheel stop and bike dismount.


Remind me why we ride again.


Peter Sagan – Back to Back World Championships

A brilliant year that respected the rainbow colours of 2015. For a 257 km ride in extreme heat, it only took 5h40mins for an average of 45 kph – ouch. Big respects to all who rode at that furious pace, and hard luck for Bling who only just missed out in the podium.

The way Peter Sagan is going, I’m looking forward to seeing how he backs up again next year.

This year saw him achieve the following.

World Champion
European Champion
Tour of Flanders
3 TdF stages
TdF Green Jersey
14 victories

I came across the blog of his wife, Kate Sagan. Link here.  katesagan.blogspot

It provides an interesting insight into a  snippet of the life of a World Champion from a wife’s perspective.

A few snaps from Doha


And from the UCI gala ball – the Johnny Depp of the cycling world



Custom Kicks

There are some pretty naff kickers out there, some of the ones crafted at home are pretty hard to spot as being home made.

While were on instagram, check out Chris Auld here .

Chris is a pro-photographer specialising in cycling and has some great cycling photos.



Charity Rides

Over the last few months, I’ve been keeping tabs on cycling charity rides as a possible posting, and it seems there is an extraordinary number out there.

There are quite a few types of ride categories:

  1. One person charity rides where someone has had a close personal experience with either there own or a close family member suffering an affliction of sorts
  2. Organised small group charity rides where a group of riders decide to raise funds for a charity, either driven by someone in their group who as for the one above has a close personal experience, or by a group aligned to a charity they have an affiliation with
  3. Large organised charity rides where the charity themselves is the instigator of the charity ride, or a similar variant.
  4. Large public rides where the ride organisation is donating part proceeds to a charity

So, here’s my take on some of the charity rides out there. I know I have missed quite a few and will endeavor to follow through with a backup in a later post.


Chain Reaction


The Charity: 

They support a variety of Charities

Since its first ride in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised $18,700,044.00 on behalf of its charity partners.

Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation raised funds of $3,066,324 from activities relating to four rides that took place in the 2016 financial year. Expenses relating to these rides accounted for $670,954 and distributions made to charities for the year ended June 2016 amounted to $2,297,000.

The Victorian ride raised $1,171,719, the NSW ride raised $640,958, the Queensland ride raised $1,019,639 and the Women’s ride raised $191,626.

AEIOU Foundation (331,000)
AMAZE (40,000)
Brainwave (25,000)
Freedom Wheels (80,000)
Good Cycle (10,000)
Heart Kids (25,000)
iCope (10,000) (25,000)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (60,000)
Learning for Life (20,000)
Mansfield District Hospital (25,000)
Mercy Health Breast Milk Bank (10,000)
Monash Children’s Hospital (355,000)
Radio Lollipop (80,000)
Ronald McDonald House (60,000)
Starlight Children’s Foundation (681,000)
Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (40,000)
TADNSW Freedom Wheels (45,000)
Very Special Kids (20,000) (355,000)
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (380,000)
Total Distributions to Charities (2,297,000) (2,251,000)

The Ride:

Chain Reaction is a Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.

Chain Reaction concentrates on selected individuals who want the physical challenge. In return, they benefit from a valuable networking opportunities and the immense satisfaction of directly helping sick children.

There are a number of rides each year.

Women’s 300 – A 3 day, 300 kilometre road ride that will take you to the Goulburn Valley and Mt Buller regions of Victoria.

VIC RIDE – 10 mountain peaks on a journey from Canberra to Melbourne. Riders crossed the Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps, climbing ten mountain peaks along the way that included Mt Stromlo, Charlotte Pass, Cabrumurra (Australia’s highest town), Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Dargo High Plains and Mt Baw Baw.

NSW Ride – Hosted in Queensland in 2016

QLD Ride – Hosted in South Australia in 2016


Next Ride:

Women’s 300 2016 – 11 – 13 November 2016
VIC RIDE 2017 – Heading up to NSW 11-17 March
NSW Ride 2017 – Heading over to NZ 25-31 March
QLD Ride 2017 – Heading down to NSW


1,000 Ks 4 Kids – Camp Quality –

The Charity:

Camp Quality is the children’s cancer charity.


Our purpose is to create a better quality of life for every child living with cancer across Australia.

The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey and we couldn’t do this without the support of our amazing fundraisers; so thank you for creating a better quality of life for children living with cancer.

The Ride:

Starting in 2011 with a single ride in Newcastle, the ride has raised over $2,000,347 to support kids with cancer, and along the way grown to 3 separate rides in 2016.

There are a number of distance choices, ranging from 1,000km (Ultimate), 750km (Supreme) to 400km (Hardcore).



Next Ride: 



Mercer SuperCycle – The Hospital Research Foundation  –


The Charity: 

Mercer SuperCycle has partnered with SA-based charity The Hospital Research Foundation for the last five years. Together, we are raising much-needed funds to build family-style accommodation in Adelaide for country cancer patients as part of project called Under Our Roof. Find out more about this important cause here.

We have raised over $1.5m for cancer patient accommodation over 5 years.

The Ride:


Mercer SuperCycle is a five star fully supported multi-day and multi-distance cycling tour through regional South Australia.

The ride is peloton-structured and team-based, and takes you through some of the most picturesque regions of rural South Australia while giving you the chance to raise money to help support cancer sufferers from regional SA.


Next Ride: 2017 – 1 – 7th April 2017


The SLOG – 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre.  –


The Charity: 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre.

The MISSION of 4C’s Crisis Relief Centre is to minister honour, generosity and hope through the practical and Christ like provision of practical aid to the crisis torn, the poor and the marginalised of our community and to undergird that practical help with emotional and spiritual support.

The 4Cs assist approximately 40,000 individuals and are presently faced with a growing daily clientele. As a charity the 4Cs need to raise approximately $500,000 per year to keep their many services available to those in need.

The Ride:

Held annually, The Slog raises much needed awareness & support for the local charity,

The Slog is three separate loops that travel through the country towns of West Gippsland and up into the Strzelecki Ranges, a scenic and challenging ride along quieter roads.

Over the past 12 years, over 2,000 riders and our sponsors have helped to raise more than $300,000 for this fantastic charity. The Slog is a community focused event and we pride ourselves on our rider support, we care about each of our riders.


Next Ride: The SLOG 2016 will be held on November 5th 


MS Melbourne Cycle –

The Charity: 

By participating and fundraising for the MS Melbourne Cycle, you help MS to provide a range of essential services and support for people living with multiple sclerosis

The Ride:

The MS Melbourne Cycle is a family oriented charity ride with 3km, 6km, 30km or 50km course around Melbourne raining funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. The event organised by Multiple Sclerosis Limited since 2007, has generated over thirty-five thousand cyclists and raised over $4 million to support people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Their 30km and 50km courses ride through Docklands,  over the West Gate Bridge, and cross the finish line at Flemington Racecourse.

Next Ride: Sunday 26th of March 2017


1200km for Kids

The Charity: 

All proceeds raised go towards research and equipment for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.



The Ride:

Each year, an inspiring group of cyclists and their support crew ride the east coast of Australia to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.


The ride was established by Gary Richardson and Trevelyan Bale back in 2005: two friends looking for a way to give back to the hospitals that had helped their own sick children.

Next Ride: October 2017


Beat Cancer Ride – Cancer Coucil SA –


The Charity: Cancer Council

To cover costs and ensure fundraising dollars go where they are needed, riders are required to pay a registration fee of $4,000, and fundraise $15,000.

Funds raised through the Beat Cancer Tour fund vital cancer research through Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project. 42 research projects are currently being funded, and for every dollar invested in the Beat Cancer Project, $3 of research is undertaken due to matched funding by the Government of South Australia and leading universities.

The Ride:

The team is limited to 30 cyclists per day and it is first in best dressed. Cyclists follow the same route as the TdU riders on all race days, which equates to around 150 km a day riding at an average of 30 kms/hr.


As part of the ride, each rider is provided with:

  • accommodation in the official hotel, Hilton Adelaide, along with the pro teams;
    being presented as a team on the main stage as part of the official pro teams presentation;
    riding every stage (over 800 kms) of the Santos Tour Down Under before the pros each day, crossing the finish line of every stage including the two city circuits;
    full mechanical support;
    VIP hospitality and seating at the finish site of every stage;
    Soigneurs and Domestiques who provide support on the road and massage each night;
    transport to and from stage starts and finishes;
    a ticket to the Legends’ Night Dinner;
    two Beat Cancer Tour team Santini cycling kits (UV rated), UV cycling sleeves and off bike team uniform;
    Beat Cancer Tour team mechanic workshop in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village;
    Beat Cancer Tour team support vehicles;
    feed bags provided in Feed Zones;
    nutrition, electrolytes, water, drink bottles and Cancer Council sunscreen supplied;
    a training program and fundraising support; and
    peace of mind with a paramedic travelling in Beat Cancer Tour team support vehicle to attend to any immediate medical needs.

Next Ride:January 2017


MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® – Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research –


The Charity: 

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, with the money raise benefitting the  Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute.

Since 2012, the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $19.5 million for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is on a mission to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. The Perkins is uniquely positioned to fast track the development of new treatments and new ways to diagnose cancer and other diseases, including tests that enable doctors to select the best approach for each patient.

The Ride:

2 days riding throughout Western Australia’s countryside in two days. The tour begins with an Opening Ceremony, where those lost to cancer are remembered and those continuing the fight honoured.

The ride will  take you through Perth’s urban centre and the rolling countryside at the foot of the Darling Range. Day One culminates with arrival at Camp in Mandurah, where drinks, shower facilities, massage and evenings entertainment is provided.

Next Ride:

October 2017


The Charity: 


Ronald McDonald House Charities® is an independent, non-profit organisation that helps seriously ill children and their families when they need it most. Funds raised from this year’s event will further our two education programs – the Ronald McDonald Learning® Program (RMLP) and EDMed™.

The RMLP helps primary and secondary school children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed education. The EDMed™ program provides accredited professional development sessions with resources to schools to assist teaching staff.

The Ride:

The 2016 Ride for Sick Kids SA event will be starting in Mt Gambier and making it’s way back to Adelaide. The team will set off on Sunday 20 Nov and ride over 1,000km’s arriving in Adelaide 7 days later on Saturday 26 Nov.


Riders are fully supported by an on road support crew including bike mechanic, first aid and massage. Accommodation and meals are provided.

Next Ride:

Assume November 2017


The Captains Ride – Steve Waugh Foundation –

The Charity: 


The Steve Waugh Foundation raise funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation to champion the stories of and provide life changing support to children and young adults affected by a rare diseases.

The Ride:

The Captain’s Ride is an exclusive ‘by invitation’ 6-day on-road cycle event .

The Captain’s Ride is about people from all walks of life leading, inspiring, supporting and guiding each other. At the core of The Captain’s Ride is a Leadership Program for Captains of Industry, immerging leaders, and anyone who wants to be Captain of their own life.

The Captain’s Ride 2016 will commence on the 29th October in Mittagong, concluding 6 days later 3rd November in Mt Kosciusko Park. 70 riders take on the enormous challenge.

Steve Waugh shares stories of the Foundation and the children it supports, and specially invited VIP’s, champions and celebrity guests share their personal experiences which provides the leadership experience and motivation riders need to make the distance each day.

Next Ride:

Assume October/November 2017


The Charity: 


What started as a humble ride in memory of Adam Smiddy, has grown into a wonderful series of challenges. Over the past ten years, together you’ve raised over $7 million for cancer research at Mater.

This year they want to raise over $1.3 million for Mater Research, a world-class institute that’s investing in some very promising work in the cancer space. This money will go towards:

  • funding a range of potentially life-changing projects for those suffering from melanoma, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer, and
    contributing to global research impact by funding key collaborations with researchers in Queensland, Australia and around the world.

The Ride:

When Adam Smiddy passed away in 2006, his mates placed a stake in the ground and committed to the long road to fight cancer. Ten years later the Smiling for Smiddy legacy continues.

There are 4 events.

1 – Four days. 800 kilometres. Start and Finish in Brisbane

The only Smiddy event to start and finish in Brisbane, this ride will navigate the Brisbane Valley, Great Dividing Range and the Darling Downs before returning to Brisbane through the Lockyer Valley.

2 – Alice to Darwin

An 8 day, 1500 km 50-strong, fully supported ride to Darwin.


3 – New Zealand Challenge

700 km from Christchurch to Queenstown, riding through the Southern Alps, through valleys and up mountain, finishing in Queenstown


4 – Townsville to Brisbane

1600 km from Townsville to Brisbane through deserted outback highways, country towns, ranges and farmland.


Next Ride:

Refer website



Ride 8848 – Ride Everest Outride Cancer! –


The Charity: 

The ride is a new endurance event with a mission to raise funds to continue the research into how to beat cancer and support the work of the Cancer Council NSW.

The Ride:

The 8848 Royal National Park is a mass participation Everest cycling event to raise funds for Cancer Council.

The ride was held in the Royal National Park at Garie Beach just over an hour south of Sydney in September 2016


There are 3 rides to choose from, an EVEREST 8848 (solo full Everest, 235km), EVEREST 4424 (solo half Everest, 118km), or EVEREST 2212 (solo quarter Everest, 59km).

Set in the Royal National Park, it offers support and services to reach the summit! Base Camp at Garie Beach is transformed into a Himalayan mountain village providing a place to rest, eat and caffeinate. The 2.5 km climb to the summit is a floodlit, car-free, paved road.


This year, 35 completed the full Everesting climb.

Next Ride:

To be confirmed


Ride Like Crazy –


The Charity: 

In October 2008 Senior Sergeant Mick “Crazy” Koerner of the South Australia Police was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. His work colleagues and friends established a cycling event called Ride Like Crazy.

On 22 January 2009, more than 600 riders took part in the fundraising event.

Due to the overwhelming success of Ride Like Crazy, South Australia Police has adopted the ride as a community event promoting the fight against cancer. Mick “Crazy” Koerner passed away on November 14 2009, but his legacy continues with the ride.

Since 2010 Lightsview Ride Like Crazy has attracted over 10,200 riders and donated over $1.3 million to charity.

Every cent of profit raised during Lightsview Ride Like Crazy 2017 supports the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation and the Neurosurgical Research Foundation.


The Ride:

The ride is presented as a lop of the Adelaide Hillls, starting and finishing in Adelaide. The Full distance is 107.05km, with a half distance of 51.24km.


Next Ride:

Traditionally held the weekend before the TdU, the next Ride Like Crazy will be Sunday January 15, 2017.


JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes –

The Charity: 


The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charity ride located in the Barossa Valley, raising vital funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Our mission is to accelerate life‐changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. They collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D.

The Ride:


The JDRF ride is a professionally managed ride with cycling option of 35, 80, 120 or 160km. Support is provided to the riders with bike mechanics on hand and massages at the finish.

The ride starts and finishes at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort.

The available packages are the full package, weekend only rider and the day only rider,

The Full package details are:

Minimum Fundraising Target – $3500 with a registration Fee – $100

  • Return airfare from nearest capital city to Adelaide
    Return coach transfers from Adelaide airport to Barossa Valley
    2 nights twin share accommodation
    Meals including 1x Friday dinner, 2x breakfast, 1x Saturday lunch, 1x Saturday dinner
    Option to ride 35km, 80km, 120km or 160km on Saturday
    Official Ride jersey (optional)
    Official merchandise kit
    Fundraising Deadline #1 – 1st Feb = $1000
  • Fundraising Deadline #2 – 1st May = $3500

Next Ride:

Next ride: 5 – 7 May 2017


Big Red Ride-SA – Muscular Distrophy –


The Charity: 

All money raised is put straight to work to provide Muscular Dystrophy SA’s clients with services such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, counselling, advocacy, equipment, camps & getaways, support groups and more.

The Ride:

The ride is a 48km from Glenelg to Outer Harbour and back.


Next Ride:



Tour de Cure – Riding to cure Cancer –


The Charity: 

Tour de Cure is a Tier 1 cancer charity. Since 2007, they have raised in excess of $25 million and funded over 252 cancer research, support and prevention projects. Their funding has results in 18 scientifically-recognised cancer breakthroughs.

They have funded many of Australia’s leading research institutes including the Garvan Insitute, Flinders, University of Queensland, Telethon Kids Institute in Perth.

The Ride:

In May 2007, what started over a coffee between two mates quickly progressed to three friends registering Tour de Cure as an Australian charity and the launch of an inaugural cycling tour.
Since then Tour de Cure has annually cycled through either Queensland, New South Wales, SA, ACT or Victoria.

They have a variety of long and short rides every year that all help raise funds for fighting cancer.


L’Étape Australia – Race 157km or Ride 126km through the NSW Snowy Mountains.

Peter Mac Ride – 375 km along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, stopping in Apollo Bay and Barwon Heads before returning to Melbourne.

WA Country Tour – Starting in Margaret River for a 491km ride to Cape Leeuwin, Cape Naturaliste through Busselton, before finishing in Perth.

High Country Charity Ride – The ride starts in Wangaratta and travels through the High Country of Bright, Omeo and Mt Beauty, tackling the climbs of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek over 4 days of cycling.

Signature Tour 2017 – This is their big one – the signature event of the Tour de Cure.In 2017, it will take the riders from Hotham to Hobart – that’s 1270km of riding with 12,000m elevation.  A ride through Victoria’s high country and along the Mornington Peninsula before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania for the trip to Devonport. The riders will then explore the east coast of Tassie on their way to Hobart.  For the full 9-day Tour experience, you’ll be required to fundraise $12,000 (minimum); $15,000+ (stretch); including a $1,000 personal donation.

Next Ride:

L’Étape Australia – 3 December 2016

Peter Mac Ride – Sunday 13th November to Tuesday 15th November 2016.

High Country Charity Tour – Friday 24th February – Monday 27th February 2017

Signature Tour 2017 – 24 March – 1 April 2017



Cancer Voices SA  Challenge Ride –

The Charity: 


Join their team and support the 100% volunteer work they do for people affected by cancer.

‘Cancer experience’ is not a pre-requisite to join the Cancer Voices SA team. You don’t need to have had cancer, or know anyone with cancer to join the team. Some of our riders are cancer survivors, partners, family, friends, neighbours or supporters of someone with cancer.

Their aim is to ‘raise a voice for people affected by cancer’ whenever you ride with them.

The Ride:

Cancer Voices SA  Challenge Ride is a free ride starting at Kensington Gardens Reserve on your choice from 3 Challenge ride options (67km, 35km, 20km) that loop into the Adelaide hills and return to the start.


Next Ride:

Oct 2017 – tbc


Ride for Pain –


The Charity: 

PainAdelaide is a collaboration between our three major universities, Pfizer, ReturnToWorkSA, The RAH, and SAHMRI (the groovy new medical research building on North Terrace!). We are a network of scientists, health professionals and consumers who are dedicated to taking on this massive challenge.

The Ride for Pain is one way you can help, and help yourself in the process. This is a unique, challenging and altogether fantastic community cycling event. It will be intentionally tough.

The Ride:

Three challenge levels are offered, the 2 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour. The aim is to see how far you can get before your time is up and you have to return to the start
No course pampering. Water will be provided but riders will have to manage their nutrition and bikes too. A free BBQ with drinks is provided at the finish.

Starting and finishing is at Uni SA’s Magill Campus.

Ride for Pain routes involve some of Adelaide’s toughest climbs. Last year, about 65% of those who took on the 6 hour ride finished the whole route.

Some of the better known climbs are:
2 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill
4 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Deviation, The Ledge, Collins Hill, Pound Rd
6 Hour – Montacute, Corkscrew, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Mt George (Heart Breaker), Spring Gully, Parish Hill, Deviation, Leslie Rd, Collins Hill, Pound Rd, Coach Rd (The Wall) and Woodland Way.


Next Ride:

Sunday November 20th, 2016


Ride the Range –


The Charity: 

Rotary Ride the Range has been supporting both locally on the downs, across Australia and the world supporting many worthwhile projects and charities.

Over the last six years alone they have raised over $115,000 to help:


The Ride:

Ride the Range is has choices of either a 112km, 85km or 50km course or the new 100 Mile Challenge (164k). There iss also an off road where the riders take in one of South East Queensland’s MTB trail networks  in Jubilee Park. This year they have two options – a 25k or 50k MTB course.

The 100 mile challenge has close to 1600 metres of climbing weaving down the range, make your way to Upper Tenthill, over to Mulgowie, back into Laidley and then onto Gatton, finishing up a climb to Picnic Point.


Next Ride:

March 2017 – tbc



The Tour Duchenne –


The Charity: 

Duchenne is an insidious gender-linked (in 99% of cases) muscle-wasting disease that leaves little boys (and in some cases, girls) unable to walk before they make their teenage years. As there is no cure, Duchenne results in premature death by late teens/early adulthood in 100% of cases. Even though it is a genetic disease, in up to 40% of cases there is no family history and the disease arises by way of a spontaneous mutation at conception.

The Tour Duchenne has raised over $2.5 million which has gone towards research and respite care in the Duchenne community. Funds raised have gone to research at both the Institute of Neuro-muscular research in Sydney and the National Muscular Dystrophy research Centre in Melbourne. Also respite funding was given to muscular dystrophy associations in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia to help support the work that they do. As well as raising valuable funds the Tour Duchenne has created awareness nationally for the Duchenne community and helped raised the profile of this insidious disease.

The Ride:

The Tour Duchenne is a 1000km, 8 day course around the Tasmania including the East Coast, Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, the SW National parks, Lake St Clair and Hobart and surrounds.

The ride includes
– On road support vehicles, bike mechanics & crew
– Twin share accommodation
– All meals
– Tour Duchenne casual shirt & jacket
– Tour Duchenne cycling kit





A few weeks back it was reported that Adelaide Cyclist was closing down. Site creator Gus Kingston announced in early September that due to several factors, including rising costs, the site would close.

Great news. The site has been saved.

The Bicycle Institute, SA will take over all of the site’s operations from November.

The Bicycle Institute heard the community’s response to the announcement and concern that an important local network and voice for the cycling community in Adelaide would disappear, and has offered to take it over.

Adelaide Cyclists was created in March 2009 by Gus Kingston as a way of connecting cyclists in Adelaide. It has a signed up membership of over 4800 users and over 20,000 daily pageviews.

The Bicycle Institute plans to continue the site as it is currently. They will use the site to support and connect with cyclists and gauge their opinions on cycling infrastructure issues as they arise.

‘This aligns perfectly with our goal of making Adelaide a better place for cycling as we have worked on for four decades,’ says Fay.

We’ll continue the site’s tradition of catering for all cyclists,’ says Scott Sims, a Bicycle Institute committee member who saw the site’s value and will assume the role of site administrator.


Visit Adelaide Cyclists here: adelaidecyclists



And so we come to the end of another posting.


I hope you enjoyed it

Till next time

tight spokes


2 thoughts on “Charity Starts at ….

  1. Hi Ian, another great posting thanks. The Cannondale is interesting but to me is it not just a hard tail MTB with drop handle bars and skinny slick tyres? I personally would not ride a lefty after I witnessed an horrendous accident when a lefty fork collapsed causing the steering head to drop down onto the front wheel sending the bike and rider cartwheeling through the air…much the same affect is the trailer D shackle had! Seemed to me Cannondale had not done their DFMEA correctly. I never found out if the guy made a claim but I reckon he would have a good case.


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