A big year for Wednesday Legs, and if my master plan rolls out the way i hope it will, there will be some new features in the new year.
Targets are (and by writing it down I hope to “force my self to follow them through – some are in motion)
- Update the styling of the blog to make it an easier read
- Development of a Wednesday Legs logo and colour scheme
- New regular contributors providing further insight into cycling in Australia
- Expanded reviews
- Content modification. You may have noticed a phase out over the last 3 – 4 months of certain content. The TdU have picked up on my change and themselves have implemented as similar approach. Some readers (or should I say ex-readers) have already provided me with feedback over the last few months, and I have passed these onto the complaints department to deal with. 🙂
For all those who have participated and contributed to the blog, a big thank-you.
For all those who will be contributing in the future, thanking you in advance.
Putting this blog out on a consistent basis takes time, effort and a lot of thought to get it down into the blog. Some weeks have been better than others, but i think this year the bar has been raised and there have been some terrific articles that hopefully have either inspired you in one way shape or form, or has given you some ideas to do something different.
The comments and feedback I get from you certainly give me inspiration to carry on, so please keep the comments, thoughts, recommendations coming on in. Even if they are negative, it doesn’t matter as long as they’re not personal comments, just keep them coming in. I’ll try to respond to every piece of feedback.
Some highlights for me this last year, in no particular order are:
- The Riders of the Week. I’m constantly amazed at the response I get from everyone I ask. The level of effort put into the responses are at times quite extraordinary. At times the rotw has poured their heart into it and revealed personal things that I wasn’t expecting, so thanks again to all who participated.
- Trialing the Cannondale Slate, that fun lefty that is assured on the road and more so on the gravel and trails. Thanks to Keith over at VÉLO–PORTE for the lend of the bike. see the review here – Slate
- After purchasing a second hand gravel bike, I tok part in Gravelaide’s first organised ride in Adelaide, a 100km loop east of Mount Torrens. It was a shocker of a day with howling winds that detracted from the scenic beauty of the Adelaide Hills, but it turned out, like most rides where you need to push through your personal limits, it was an awesome event and I can’t wait for the next installment in 2017. See link here – Gravelaide
- In February I posted the 150th edition of Wednesday Legs, who woulda thought eh! See that posting here. Print it off, get me to sign it next time you see me – it’ll be a collectors item 1 day, trust me, I know these things. See link here. 150
- Peaks Challenge – Falls Creek. I don’t ride it these days, but i head over each year with mates and have a fantastic time. The weekend is the highlight of my year. The bike cones with me and I get out for a few rides in some of the most spectacular Australian scenery outside of the Adelaide Hills. And it’s not just that weekend, the training with the mates leading up to the weekend is sometimes fun. See my link to the last weekend here – 3 Peaks
- Mathew Hayman’s win at the 2016 Paris Roubaix was an incredible ride, particularly after 6 weeks after breaking his arm (radius) at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. His 16th attempt – woohoo! Link here – Hayman win
- Everesting – there has been a bucketload of Everesting attempts this year in Adelaide, not sure why there has been so many, but its been extraordinary, and the support of the local Adelaide cycling community, as mentioned by this weeks Rider of the Week later in this posting, is pleasing to see. What a community we have. I’ve posted the Everesting Hall of Fame for SA – 2016 below. Will your name be there next year?
- Social media taking the piss out of Chris Froome and his sprint up Mont Ventoux, see link here – Run Froome Run
- Not an enjoyable time of the year, but certainly memorable, my fall from grace finishing with a face plant and 6 weeks of the road recuperating from an innocuous fall riding through the parklands on a dark stormy night – Link here to some not too pretty pictures – Face Plant – followed by trialing the sufferfest indoor training app whilst i was in recovery mode – link here – Sufferfest
- The Adelaide Dirty Dozen is always one for the books. I’ve completed 2 of them, and taken photos in two others – both times forced out through injury. The first one was a broken bone in a foot, this year was the aforementioned face plant. The conditions were woefull this year, cold, bucketing rain – its amazing so many finished. See my writeup and photos here – ADD2016
- The Long Wet. Adelaide had a long long winter, which to be honest didn’t affect me too much as i was indoor training, but there were several storms that damaged the road infrastructure in the hills and has left hillside scars that will take some time to recover. Norton Summit Road has only just opened back up after being partially rebuilt on the last climb. Montacute road had to be rebuilt down toward the bottom, Gorge road required repair in parts and a section of Burdetts Road is still closed to traffic awaiting repair. Link here – Storm Damage
- Charity. I knew that cyclists in general are a giving bunch, not the cockroaches that is portrayed in social media. The world would be a better place if car drivers committed the same amount of time and effort in raising funds for charitable causes as cyclists do. FFS. My research into charity rides around Australia blew my mind. I think i was only scratching the surface in my article here – Charity Rides
TdU – 2017
If your coming over to Adelaidefor the TdU or live in Adelaide and want to catch up, drop me a line, I’ve got a good portion of January off so I’d be more than happy to ride with you. If your looking for suggestions on what ridesa re out there, drop me a line, I’ll do my best to help.
And as always, I’ll be stationing myslef at the top of Wilunga Hill on the Saturday, look for the Wednesday Legs jersey.
Or if your heading to the Legends Dinner, I’ll be there as well.
Adelaide Everesting 2016
Wow, just wow. The below list is a copy from the Hells 500 web page, and for some reason the SA filter has filtered out some riders, BJJ for fact has completed 12 this year, not the 9 noted below. So sorry if i missed you.
|Benny JJ ☁️||Monalta Drive||258||03/12/16||153.42||15:51:00|
|Benny JJ ☁️||Hillrise Road||134||19/11/16||159.68||17:29:47|
|Chris Cirami||Burnell Drive||167||22/10/16||236.23||21:03:41|
|Benny JJ ☁️||Burnell Drive||166||22/10/16||233.69||16:18:53|
|Sonja Jansen||Burnell Drive||167||22/10/16||236.74||19:54:19|
|Iron5 for55||Burnell Drive||166||22/10/16||239.33||14:45:56|
|David Bills ☁️||Burnell Drive||165||22/10/16||237.79||18:46:45|
|Mark Slee ☁️||Burnell Drive||164||22/10/16||232.60||19:06:29|
|bria smith||Burnell Drive||171||22/10/16||241.51||20:42:18|
|Rob Greenwood ☁️||Burnell Drive||161||22/10/16||238.53||18:42:09|
|Sam Morphett||Lobethal to Deviation Road||45||22/10/16||229.96||16:02:02|
|Adam Bowey||Lobethal to Deviation Road||45||22/10/16||231.59||16:02:09|
|Nathan Dowie||Lobethal to Deviation Road||45||22/10/16||240.95||16:04:43|
|Adam Williss ☁️||Methodist St to Bangor Rd||33||15/10/16||194.40||16:07:03|
|Demonic Dan V||Bundarra Road||217||23/09/16||79.67||18:54:00|
|Demonic Dan V||Mt. Marino Wall||255||27/08/16||109.61||17:25:39|
|Benny JJ ☁️||Kalyra Road||134||27/08/16||149.56||15:03:53|
|Benny JJ ☁️||Boronia Avenue||191||13/08/16||140.31||15:35:52|
|Benny JJ||Marina Avenue||229||21/05/16||155.12||18:19:23|
|CloudChaser (Aaron Lau)||Devils Elbow to Bollards||32||30/04/16||362.88||1d 01:47:26|
|Marshall Anderson||Devils Elbow to Bollards||34||30/04/16||383.24||21:21:45|
|Mark Day||Devils Elbow to Bollards||33||30/04/16||379.07||1d 01:03:01|
|Luke Moffat||Devils Elbow to Bollards||32||29/04/16||366.71||23:53:52|
|Benny JJ||Fox Creek Rd||93||09/04/16||230.02||1d 00:00:29|
|Tim Ely||Fox Creek Rd||81||09/04/16||187.49||1d 02:05:49|
|Ivan Clark||Old Carey Gully Road||100||02/04/16||307.61||20:09:19|
|Richard Mackenzie||Old Carey Gully Road||100||02/04/16||306.71||20:09:19|
|matt hawthorn||Old Carey Gully Road||100||02/04/16||304.62||20:12:42|
|Andrew Speer||Stock Road||52||24/03/16||319.72||1d 00:56:20|
|Alex Louca||Knox McBeath||62||24/03/16||247.70||22:38:46|
|Mark Perts||Mc Beath Road||62||24/03/16||247.66||22:38:46|
|Rob Wood||Sheoak Road||119||19/03/16||124.74||13:58:13|
|Durianrider VEGAN POWER! เจ||Gill Tce||99||18/03/16||120.28||14:53:30|
|Demonic Dan V||Sunnyside Wall||132||17/03/16||131.70||15:24:59|
|David Bills||Lindsay Terrace||201||13/03/16||294.63||22:24:07|
|Benny JJ||Jacobs Ladder (Gill Tce)||122||12/03/16||145.65||21:05:48|
|Benny JJ||Coach Road||37||27/02/16||179.18||18:45:30|
Who woulda thought. Getting paid to ride to work. What a novel and progressive idea.
According to a report in the De Tijd, more than 400,000 Belgians received compensation for commuting to work by bike in 2015, an increase on previous years.
The payment each cyclist receives is dependent on the commute distance. The total cost to the Belgian government last year was €93.3 million. The average distance a cyclist traveled to work per annum in 2015 was 1,045 km.
Hmm. I live close to the city, so my annual travel would be in the order of 1000 km, which is close to the Belgium average. Whilst I’m not certain, it appears that there were 385,000 compensated riders, so under the Belgium scheme, that would see me be compensated somewhere around €245, or $350. Better than a kick in the teeth. It would certainly encourage more cyclist onto the road, increase health, reduce arterial clogging, which by weight of numbers would provably force the pollies to more with the infrastructure – a win win win situation.
As Koen Timmermans says “THE FUCK”
That being said, we’re not Robonsn Crusoe over here in Australia when it comes to grievances over the road infrastructure.
The 1 Hour Climb
Cannondale – Drapac’s Joe Dombrowski, wants to create an uphill hour record.
Dombrowski’s idea is simple, a tally of elevation gain in 1 hour, in meters, on a climb of the rider’s choice.
It would take place on an open road, open to weather, gradient, wind, road surface and traffic.
“It’s sort of limiting in that you’re probably looking at, for a one-hour, flat-out effort on a perfect climb for it with good wind, good weather, like 1,900 VAM (vertical meters gained per hour).” (Jesus – that would make a 4 1/2 hour everesting attempt (not allowing for fatigue)?
Dombrowski is already considering which climb could be used to make his first attempt. If he is targeting 1,900 VAM, in one hour he’ll need a long climb such as Tenerife, the volcanic climb often used for altitude training, or maybe the Stelvio, though he’s not sure the latter is long enough.
Definitely no long sustained climbs like that in Adelaide.
Cycling Photograph of the Year
If your looking for some photographic inspiration, have a look over at the Cycling Tips – Mark Gunther photo of the year awards here.
Here’s just a few submitted.
Earlier this year Gianni Moscon won the Arctic Race of Norway, and with his stage 3 victory in the race, he won a prize of half a ton of Norwegian salmon. During a training camp in Mallorca this week, the prize was delivered.
Moscon celebrated the prize with his Team Sky team mates and 80 guests over a four-course dinner served by seafood chef Adrian Løvold from Trondheim in Norway. The menu consisted of grilled salmon, Norwegian Christmas herring and sashimi of scallops and fresh salmon.
Did You Know – Maple Syrup
Did you know that maple syrup belongs in the superfood category?. An inhibitor of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, plus all the electrolytes, amino acids, and antioxidants you could shake a stick at. Or so Ted King says.
I’ll need to eat more pancakes, all in the cause of improving my health of course.
I love the vintage posters, particulalry those chianti classico ones. The vintage cycling posters are pretty neat too, so of anyome is looking to get me something next yer (Too late for Christmas this year), one of these classic posters would suit nicely thanks.
Rider of the Week – Benny JJ
This week we get to delve into the mind of Beny JJ, a cyclist who only a few weeks ago completed an absolutely incredible 12 everests in 12 months. Please sit back, grab a craft beer and take your time reading Benny’s story.
- Can you tell us a little about your cycling background and what first got you started in cycling?
- You’ve recently completed 12 Everests in in 2016. I’m sorry, but why? Wh at was going through your mind when you decided 12 in 12 would be a good idea?
- That’s tough going and painful, but was there any particular “favourite” Everests?
- And vice-versa, any one that was just the absolute bitch?
- You received a lot of support throughout your climbs. For future Sherpa benefit, what type of support helped you through the tough times?
- What surprised you most about Everesting during those first few attempts?
- You had an accident on one that prevented you from finishing. What happened?
- Whats on the cycling horizon for you now?
- What advice would you give to people thinking about giving Everesting a go for the first time?
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
- What do you love about cycling?
- What do you love about Adelaide?
- What annoys most about cycling?
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
- What is your favourite local training route?