Something a little different, we’ll start off with the rider of the week

Rider of the Week – Felicity Salkeld (Flic)

Flic with Rach and Mark at the TdU

I first met Flic out on the road at the top of Forest Range, and as you’ll discover below, she loves a chat.

Flic is a 40yo woman new to road cycling, and by all accounts, is having the time of her life. She has done a smattering of mountain bike rides over the years but was never really committed to the bike, however tat all changed a few years back and has fallen hard for gravel grinding, which isn’t too surprising given her trail running background.

Gravelaide 1

One of her ambitions is “to eventually be strong enough to be able to ride with most people, and I’m pretty much always looking for the next adventure and challenge”.

This is Flics story.

  • How long have you been cycling and what got you started?

I come from the Dark Side – trail and Ultra running. After injuring my leg at work at the beginning of 2014, I went through a year of patchy rehab and recurring running injuries. Thankfully my ex introduced me to road cycling as a way to cross train, and despite lots of moaning about lairy lycra kit and clicky clacky shoes I knew I’d love the actual sport. 2 years later I have a wardrobe groaning with kit and spend a lot of time trying to manage training in both sports without complete burnout.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

2 road bikes and a CX bike. I spent most of last year feeling very Ti curious, so when I spotted a used Lynskey R140 on Bike Market this January it took me about 12 minutes to part with my dollars. It has replaced an exceptional little Bianchi Intenso I started out on and probably would’ve never outgrown. I also ride a Flanders Blade CX bike, primarily for gravel/adventure rides, but sometimes for clumsy and terrified attempts at CX racing.

  • What bike do you covet?

Ah – perhaps the One Bike That Does It All, a mystical creature that is fast and light up sealed roads and can take big gravel tyres for back road adventures..and with disc brakes too for my chubby kid hands. Oh and then there’s those Bastion bikes too.. and Rittes.. and Baums and many nice bikes in the world.

  • How do you store your bikes?

I’m lucky to have a spare room that I can dedicate to sporting goods – its been dubbed The Pleasure Room, which is not weird at all. Now my houseguests sleep in a tent in the back yard if they want to stay. It works well.


  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

Big shout out to Treadly who have gone above and beyond more than once for me, I still have a box of vegan chocolates to give to Jake for actually lending me his own bike once – exceptional. ( Vegan chocolate sounds terrible to be honest and I might just slide it under the door and run away) I’ve also really appreciated the service at Road Rage and Parade Cycles.

  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

Basics like a chain wear tool, a set of Allen keys, and a mobile phone

  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?

My phone – I take an inordinate amount of pics on a ride, its sort of out of control.

  • What do you love about cycling?

Travelling through the landscape under my own steam. And I know everyone says this, but its the people I’ve met through riding. In my first year of riding I only rode about 600-800km. I didn’t have anyone to ride with, I was intimidated by traffic and mechanicals, and was lacking in confidence in just about every way. Luckily I persisted and met some of the best people I know in 2016. The people that are encouraging and patient, despite being stronger/faster/hotter in lycra, are the gems. Eventually you find them.
The other thing I love is the D&Ms. I’ve had some of my most satisfying debriefs and philosophical discussions on the bike, there’s just something about it. At the other end of the scale ridiculous banter is always welcome.


  • What annoys most about cycling?

There are some aspects of the sport that are pretty regressive – attitudes to women is one. And if you’re too pro to say hello, you need to take a long hard look at yourself. Really, we all just like to ride bicycles.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

(I should probably say Merckx) But besides my partner, I’m going to have to say Rach – whom I’ve dubbed my cycling wife. She is a trail running bud who took up cycling a year ago, and took to it like a duck to water. We are really closely matched in strength, and banter, so we are a great team. And we have recently started a little kit business together called Project Rads (find us on Instagram! #shameless) I hope we can always find time to ride together.

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

Kenny van Vlaminck; the King of the Cobbles (or Matt Stephens if he can’t make it), Lord Sagan, and Jens Voigt. I may struggle with the accents but I’m up for the challenge.

If none of those guys can make it then Sam Jeffries, James Raison and Sarah Hammond -after they’ve done the Indy Pac. I’ve read somewhere that James and Sam have made a pact to cross the line together holding hands, I’d love to hear about what keeps their relationship alive after so many hours in the saddle.

  • Where would you take them to eat?

Etica in the city, I love their pizzas and wine list

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Last year Rach and I got an invitation to our mate Paul’s annual trip to Bright – I’m never going to forget that week.

Flic coming into Bogong


Tawonga Gap
Flic going up Hotham
Flic and her obsession – taking photos

Our first ascents of all those peaks there, and the Hotham day was my clear favourite. The group was made up of about 10 blokes who are all quite experienced, and Rach and I the relative beginners, but they were so good to us.

We were blessed with mild weather except for the sleety hail on the first day’s ascent up Buffalo. The boys instructed us to stay in the stone hut at the top rather than descend in the wet, and were lucky that there were 2 rock climbers up there who gave us hot tea and an emergency blanket while we waited for the super soignier Paul to come back with his car. Legend. We’ve managed to swing a second invitation to Bright so we’ve made an impression.. of some kind.

  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

Look, I haven’t even had a puncture yet, touch wood. As for crashes, I’m allergic to pethadine so I hope there’s something on offer a lot stronger than the green whistle.

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

I have a fairly long list of coffee spots, but I do love our midweek ride that finishes at Ballaboosta with a substantial dinner and beers. We know how to treat ourselves.


  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?

I’ve loved my travel in Japan and New Zealand, and think they’d be really suited to a cycling trip. And, like most, Europe is on my wish list too- I hope to go there in the next couple of years. My friend Paul is riding the Dolomites this year and I’m busting to see and hear about it.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

I crave variety on my rides, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the ride down into and then up out of Clarendon. And Montecute Rd and Little Italy are gems on the edge of the CBD. We are really spoilt for choice in Adelaide.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

I don’t mind if you go ahead

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

A cycling trip – the company, not the funding!

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

I think Cycle Closet are doing a great job of sourcing the best kit from around the world and combining it with friendly service. Its so difficult to compete with online retailers but they are definitely doing quite a few things well.

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

The food and wine scene, and the size and accessibility of the city. I lived interstate and overseas for years after Uni and am so happy to be home to live.

  • What is your go to place when  Interstaters come to Adelaide?

The West End for the laneway bars and restaurants, you can hop back and forth within about 4 city blocks.

Flic and Rach

Thanks for your time Flic, sounds like you’ve well and truly been converted.  I love the Victorian Alpine country as a cyclo-holiday destination, one of the reasons I keep heading back there each March with mates, but we are so terribly fortunate to have gods own in our backyard, or in your instance your front yard to.



I’ve been ramping up the rides over the last month as part of the teams 3 Peaks training. I’m not riding, but have been setting out the routes for the lads.

I am continuously astounded at what we have to offer here in the hills.

Its true to say I have been struggling this year. I was cramping up in a big way for a couple of weekends there as we ramped up the distances. I’m sure my ride preparation and fueling strategy is right up the Thomas Crapper.

Last weekend we rode out to Mt Pleasant, then wrapped around and headed South out towards Strathalbyn via Brukunga.


I didn’t get all the way out to Strath, i headed home at Flaxley to give me a 180km ride, with a few others heading to Meadows and 3 others going all the way. Great effort by all.

Here are some of the photos from the ride.


The gradual descent ino Brukunga


I’d never ridden through Brukunga before, but i would have to say the descent into Brukunga from the Woodside side along Military Road would have to be one of the prettiest darn sections of riding road around the Adelaide Hills.

Lovely rolling hills, large gums, good road, very little traffic.  Brukunga is a strange ol town some 40 km east of Adelaide.


Its name, derived from Barrukungga in the local Aboriginal language, means ‘place of fire stone’, or the ‘place of hidden fire’, and is associated with the Kaurna ancestral being Tjilbruke.


As you ride through the town, you get transported back to the 50’s with the fibro shacks lining the carefully manicured main street. The waste from the old pyrite (iron sulphide) mine fill the Western horizon as it awaits the full rehabilitation

Between 1955 and 31 May 1972, iron sulphides (mainly as the mineral pyrite) were mined at the Brukunga Mine and transported to Port Adelaide for the production of sulphuric acid and superphosphate fertiliser.


Oxidation of pyrite in waste dumps and the exposed quarry face led to formation of acid mine drainage containing high levels of cadmium and other heavy metals into the adjacent creek, triggering health warnings by the Environment Protection Agency. Since 1980, rehabilitation of the mine site has occurred.



We had the pleasure of welcoming a new rider to the Saturdays ride last weekend, Paul. Paul is aiming for a sub 9 ride this time after an unsuccessful attempt last year. We found out that Paul’s 3P ride last year has a startling backstory. He crossed the line in the back of an Ambulance after being found doubled over his bike with stroke type symptoms with only 2 kms to go. Literally at the wall of the dam.  Jeez. Bundled into the back of the Ambulance but survived to fight another day.

So, in the discussion with Paul, we got to talking about ride nutrition, preparation, carb loading and other crap you talk about on the road. Paul mentioned that he was cramping and suffering quite badly on the longer rides, not too dissimilar to what I was experiencing. Paul was put in touch with Jason at Foods for Life , a small health food shop in Gawler Place near Rundle Mall.


Foods for Life is not just a health food shop, it is also a cafe with some good healthy foods. But that’s not all. Jason is a Triathlete, understands what is required to look after a sporting body. His shop has all sorts of Sports Nutrition food with a heavy weighting towards Hammer Nutrition, Maxine, Max’s, All Natural Product and Optimum Nutrition products.

I had a good chat to Jason who walked me through a number of options and recommended the Australian Institute of Sports website for some additional sports nutritional information. One of his recommendations was the need for proper fueling before the long distances, specifically carb loading up a minimum of 2 – 3 days before the longer rides. He basically said that i should have bread up to here (gesticulating the neck) by the time the ride day comes around.

So I took  look at the AIS website ( ), and apart from some other really useful sports nutritional information, the info backed up what Jason was saying.

The AIS Fact Sheet on Carbohydrates recommends that Carb Loading start around 48 hours before the event, so that means that most SA Riders will need to be fueling for the ride on Friday Morning, i.e. the day you drive over.

“Carbohydrate loading Preparation for events >90 min of sustained/intermittent exercise 36-48 hours of 10-12 g/kg BM per 24 hour”.

So what does that actually man. My take is that for an 80 kg rider, you will need to be eating the equivalent of 24 thick wholemeal slices of bread in each 24 hour period to give you around the 800g of required fueling carbs. Or 16 litres of unflavored milk. Or 24 mars bars. Or 32 bananas (hey, I’ve heard something similar somewhere else?).  But don’t take my word, check out the fact sheet for further information and make your own assessment.




And I always considered the carb loading the night before with a big bowl of pasta sufficient.

Anyway, back to Paul. He appears to have his Nutritional fueling issues sorted, and is on track for a sub 9 ride. Good luck Paul.


Spring Classics

Hard to believe the Spring Classics are just around the corner. The race that marks the start of the classics – the first Flanders Classic, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, takes place this weekend in Belgium.Some photos from last years oomloop to get you ready.Omloop Het Nieuwsblad153720_570655883Omloop Het NieuwsbladOmloop Het Nieuwsblad


And also starts the last classic season for Tom Boonen who will retire in 48 days time.


Business of the Week – Williams and Taylor – Artisinal Hampers



I bumped into Neil Williams from Williams & Taylor at a function at the SA Press Club TdU lunch a month back, and as you do, we got to talking about the Cycling, the Adelaide Hills and the great produce that it produces. And naturally he mentioned his business, Williams & Taylor Artisinal Hampers.

And being a supporter of all things Adelaide Hills, i thought I’d add them into this blog one day.

Williams & Taylor is all about pulling together some beautifully crafted hampers showcasing the produce of the Adelaide Hills, the  Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale. They set about sourcing the finest ingredients across the region to offer superb, value for money gift hampers – the epitome of the slow food movement.

100% of the produce in their hampers is sourced from local providores, passionate about their foods and wines, and curated to offer a delightful insight into the amazing tastes of the local region.

They target corporate clients as well as those seeking a thoughtful gift for that special occasion.

Some of the hampers on offer include:

Fit for a Vintner


  • Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache 2014
  • The Lane Lois Blanc de Blancs
  • Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2013Mordrelle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Red Cacao chocolate selection
  • Frantic Whisk almond delights
  • Port Willunga Fine Foods smoked almonds
  • Kris Lloyd artisan flower crackers
  • Two Hills and a Creek dukkah
  • Hardings Fine Foods marinated olives
  • Hardings Fine Foods olive oil

Out of the Orchard


  • Fine and Dandy Teahouse spiced apple crumble
  • Mordrelle Pink Lady cider
  • Gourmet Entertainer fig paste
  • Vale Brewing Dr Pilkington cider
  • Hardings Fine Foods verdale olive oil
  • Kris Lloyd artisan flower crackers
  • Hardings Fine Foods apple chutney
  • Port Willunga Fine Foods smoked almonds

And this little beauty – The Providore


  • Lake Breeze Arthur’s Reserve 2012
  • The Lane Reunion 2012
  • Flavours of South Australia coffee table book
  • Mordrelle Blanc de Blancs
  • Baylies rosemary lavash
  • Hardings Fine Foods apple chutney
  • Port Willunga Fine Foods olives
  • Port Willunga Fine Foods smoked almonds
  • Hardings Fine Foods pistachio oil
  • Two Hills and a Creek dukkah
  • Frantic Whisk almond delights
  • Baylies of Strathalbyn muscat gourmet cake
  • Bald Hills Olives olive oil
  • Willabrand chocolate enrobed figs
  • Red Cacao chocolate selection
  • Red Cacao mixed berry
  • Buzz Honey triple treat of honey
  • Honey dipper

Salivating yet?

Check out further offerings here:



till next time

tight spokes


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