No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Shooup

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I first bumped into Tony Sandeberg, the Managing Director of ShooUp, at the 2014 TdU Village. Tony had some prototype rear lights he was trying to get off the ground. We got a prototype over into the Wednesday Legs test labs a few months later but we had a few issues and ended up sending it back sans review.

I touched base with Tony a few weeks back to see where he was at, whether he had decided it was all too hard, or whether he had persevered.

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I was pleased to hear back from Tony saying that he had persevered, and was a finalist in the Cycling Promotion Fund, a national event. That followed up from being shortlisted in ”The Australian Innovative Challenge in Oct 2012.

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From the Shooup website:

Shooup Liverider was invented in 2012 by adventurer and cyclist Tony Sandeberg. After continually hearing on the media “ another cyclists killed on our roads “ and one too many close calls, Tony had enough and decided to develop a product that would literally redirect cars safely away from the cyclist. That passion and determination underpinned the product development process that has resulted in the most innovative and effective rear safety bike light available today.

ShooUp Liverider is a new rear safety bike light designed to help save cyclists’ lives. The aerodynamic wing shape of 21 high visibility strobing red LED’s from the rear and 8 white LED’s facing oncoming traffic extends 265mm redirecting drivers safely away from the rider, providing added cycling confidence.

Main body is secured by a dynamic flex-back mechanism protecting it from knocks and impacts

Liverider quickly detaches from seat post mount for security and mini USB charging.

Tony will be heading over to Kickstarter soon to raise funds for the next stage. Watch this space.

Further details at the Shooup site here.   http://www.shooup.com.au/ 

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Red Hook Crit Brooklyn 10

This is  a format that is going from strength to strength, with stages held in London, Milan, Barcelona and the original, Brooklyn, down at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, NY

It is the self proclaimed, and almost certainly correct, World’s Premier Track Bike Criterium.  The Red Hook Crit series are held on a short technical circuit, with the heats during daytime and the finals at night.

Crit racing lends itself to be spectator friendly, with short lap times, allowing the spectators to get close to the action, follow the movements and show their support.

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Athletes from around the world compete in the four-city series to claim the coveted championship title.

In Brooklyn a 5K running race is held on the same night and in the same spirit as the bike race.

The 5K is open to runners of all ability levels and has acquired a cult following as one of the fastest races on the east coast. Runners complete multiple laps on a USATF-certified course; cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers and first lap prime winners.

This years Brooklyn event (Brooklyn 10) took place over this last weekend, with German Stefan Schafer taking the honors in the Mens and American Colleen Gulick taking the women’s.

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2 Colin Strickland Intelligentsia Racing usa
3 Aldo Ino Ilesic Specialized / Rocket Espresso slo
4 Davide Vigano Team Cinelli Chrome ita
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6 Addison Zawada State Bicycle Co. usa
7 Tristan Uhl Aventon Factory Team usa
8 Evan Murphy MASH SF usa
9 Martino Poccianti Cykeln Divisione Corse ita
10 Daniele Callegarin IRD Carrera Squadra Corse ita
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Davide Vignano 4th in his debut for Team Cinelli.

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Dangerous business this racing, as Cesar Valenzuela found out as he crashed and broke his collarbone  while leading the peloton with 5 laps to go.

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Colleen Gulick on her way to winning the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No.10

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Stefan Schäfer wins Brooklyn No.10

1 Colleen Gulick Deluxe Cycles
2 Eleonore Saraiva Aventon Factory Team
3 Carla Nafria Team Crit Life
4 Raphaele Lemieux Team iBike
5 Ash Duban Affinity Cycles
6 Jasmine Dotti IRD Carrera Squadra Corse
7 Sammi Runnels Aventon Factory Team
8 Tanja Erath Fixedpott
9 Tamika Hingst Canyon Rad Pack
10 Johanne Jahnke ELF Huez*

There were some pretty decent looking bikes on display at the RHCB10.

The colorful Allez Sprint track bike for the Specialized / Rocket Espresso Team.

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Colin Stricklands Pinarello
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8bar team rider David van Eerd
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Wouldn’t it be cool to have something like this down at Adelaide’s Port Docklands Red Hook Crit Adelaide 

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Can you imagine the streets lined with thousands of spectators on a summers evening, floodlights lighting up the spectacular historic buildings music and race commentary blaring out of loudspeakers bouncing off the walls in the confined spaces. It would be phenomenal.

Who’s in?

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Cycling trip to Europe

As you would have picked up from my last posting, I  have signed up for my first overseas cycling tour with a local Adelaide company Unique Cycling Tours.

I’m doing the Provence and Allemont trip in June. At the end of the tour, I’m catching a train over to Annecy for a 5 day layover at a friends “holiday” house before heading back to Adelaide.

One of the classic ascents will be Mont Ventoux  (Windy Mount),  I’m not sure if I’ll tackle 1, 2 or 3 ascents in the one day, but the option is there.

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Some insights into Ventoux that you may not be aware of:

  • Ventoux has its own Club

Le Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux (Club of the Mads of the Windy Mount), is a club for riders that have climbed the col from all three routes in one day. If you can ride Bédoin, Malaucène et Sault in one day you can become a member of the club of the mad men (and women) of Mont Ventoux. Further details on the club here:  http://www.clubcinglesventoux.org/en/

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  • Ventoux has many Names

Mont Ventoux is geographically part of the Alps but stands alone from them. It is located in Provence, France, and it is easily the highest peak in the region.  The col has often been referred to as “The Beast of Provence” and “The Giant of Provence”.

  • The Bédoin Route is the Hardest

The Bédoin to the summit route is considered the hardest. It features an intense gradient-heavy section where gradients hit the 12% mark. You are also cycling the longest distance as your starting position is lower than the other two routes.

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  • The Barren Summit

The last 6 kms of Ventoux has been described as cycling on the moon. The barren land does give you a lunar landscape feel. The rock, however, is actually limestone. It has formed by the endless storms and freezing temperatures Ventoux experiences in the colder months. The road to the summit is closed for around six months of the year.

  • The Red and White Building at the Top

Resembling a lighthouse, the distinctive red and white building at the top is as a meteorological station. It was built in 1968. The building now is used to broadcast television signals as well as its original purpose.

  • High Wind Speeds

Ventoux’s microclimate keeps you on your toes. Yes you may have started the ride in brilliant sunshine, but when you hit the last 6 kms you could be riding in a thunderstorm. As you can imagine at high altitude with no cover wind speeds are high. So far, the highest recorded wind speed is 321 kph (200 mph).

  • Philosopher Quotes

Ventoux has inspired generations of cyclists and one happened to be a philosopher. Roland Barthes, arguably best known for his work on the intellectual movements of Structuralism and Post – Structuralism, was also a cycling fan.

Ventoux made such an impression on him, that he wrote two quotes that if you have ridden Ventoux you will probably be able to relate to. They are:

“The Ventoux is a god of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.”

And,

“Physically, the Ventoux is dreadful. Bald, it’s the spirit of Dry: Its climate (it is much more an essence of climate than a geographic place) makes it a damned terrain, a testing place for heroes, something like a higher hell.”

There are not many cols that can inspire philosophers.

To join the club, there are a few rules to follow:

The Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux is a closed club. It is open to people who respect the following rules:

  • Ascent by bicycle of the Mont-Ventoux from three main asphalted roads (Bédoin, Malaucène et Sault) at least;
  • the climb will be in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) , in the sequence and the date you prefer.

OPTIONS
You can choose between 3 options:

  • Cinglé (137 km and 4400 m)
    – Up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.
  • Galérien (183 km and 6020 m)
    – Up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    –Up from the Forest road by MTB if possible and down from one of three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.
  • Bicinglette (274 km and 8800 m)
    – Twice up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.

To register, fill the form and make payment.
Entries will be received throughout the year, at least 15 days before the attempt (21 days during holiday periods). You will receive a bicycle plate and a ride card;

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Rad Race – Stop Racism, Start Race-ism

Furious Fixies against Racism

Under the motto “Stop Racism – Start Race-ism” thigh muscles burn at the RAD RACE Last (Wo)Man Standing. Without gearshifts and brakes, riders compete in a relentless round robin knock out race. Tight bends and top speeds are a radical combination.

The 2017 Rad Race Series is a championship series for fixed gear bikes only. There are team and individual track bike categories. The following races are part of the RAD RACE SERIES 2017:

  • RADRACE LMS, Berlin, 04.03.2017 RADRACE (Done)
  • FIXED42, Berlin, 18.06.2017 RADRACE (Dusted)
  • BATTLE, Hamburg, 19.08.2017
  • RADRACE CRIT, Ostend, 02 & 03.09.2017

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There are a number of formats across the rad race series, including the Last Man Standing, which kicked off Europe’s fixed gear crit season during Berlin’s bike week earlier this year.

Based on elimination, each heat is made up of small groups, just about eight riders. Every lap the last one gets kicked out. The Berlin LMS was at an indoor Go-Kart track complete with foam mats for safety.

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Sophie Cape – AIS Experiments

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I was watching a recording from Auntie a few weeks ago, Australian Story, and came across a real belter. Sophie Cape. Does that name ring a bell?

Thought not.

Sophie Cape is a former professional athlete who retired from competitive sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury.

Sophie Cape is an award-winning artist based in Melbourne.

She grew up resisting the pull to follow her mother and grandmother, who themselves were successful artists, into the world of art. Her passion lay in downhill ski racer, a result of her father taking the family skiing in the Australian Ski Fields in her childhood.

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Sophie Cape dreamed of the Olympic Games as a downhill ski racer. Traveled to the Canadian ski fields to learn her trade.  She was building up a good career, but suffered a number of major crashes,  one in particular on Super G training.

“My leg snapped off at the top of my ski boot and it was just flapping around as I was cartwheeling down the hill with my, the boot and ski still attached and so it was just sort of my leg ended below the knee and then the sort of the suit and then there was, by the time I stopped, it was just my foot and everything was over there somewhere.”

She almost log her leg. It took  her 12 months to recover from that and get back skiing, something she was told that she would never be able to do again.

Later, as she was competing in the World University Games in Slovakia, she crashed out in a big way, her knees obliterated.

So that was that, until she was approached  by the Australian Institute of Sport who were trying to fill a gap in female track sprint cycling following the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and went looking for girls all over the country.  The program the AIS set up was effectively to develop competition for the then-rising track cycling star, Anna Meares, ahead of the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.

Sophie was one of the 450 people that tried out, one of 20 to be selected.

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They gave  them a few weeks to train and then put them straight into the nationals. They we went straight into the velodrome, straight into the gym, straight into the sprints. It was all about power and speed right from the start, so it was no surprise that they started getting injured and over-trained and falling apart or just giving up then as a track cyclist.

Sophie started getting really serious leg pain and they couldn’t figure out its cause. Sophie underwent two very invasive surgeries, designed to try to help her.

The first was on her quads, where they cut the fascia off her quad muscles., effectively stripping the sheath off the outside of the muscles like the skin on the outside of a sausage, to allow them to grow, without restraint. It was pretty amazing when I went back training with these huge Frankenstein scars all the way down my quads.  As soon as she started training they just “went whoop!”.

Her resultant times were fast,  everything was great but then the pain came back again and it was much worse. So they tried the vascular surgery where they cut my stomach open on both sides and took veins out of my shins and put patch grafts into my arteries to make them larger. So she had these oversized arteries going into  oversized muscles.

Unfortunately for Sophie those surgeries didn’t improve or make a large difference.
They  tried everything, but they just came to the conclusion that it was severe over-training and didn’t know what the solution was. So that was the end of all sport for me for the rest of my life.

So, a an elite athlete having all that she was about being ripped asunder, her world came crashing down all at the one time. She fell into a  black hole for about a year, could barely leave the house. She was lost, suicidal. Everything she’d been working towards and training for and dreaming of, was now absolutely, truly impossible.  She didn’t really know what to do, or who she was was anymore. Nothing really made any sense anymore.

She tried a lot of things, but nothing replaced the challenge of training at the elite level. It was fate that she ended up at Art School.

Sophie Cape has since conquered her physical and psychological trauma, transforming herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists.

She draws on her catastrophic sporting injuries for inspiration in her artworks, creating work on a grand scale, often in natural environments, and using materials she finds outdoors such as animal bones and soil, as well as painting with her own blood.

This disturbed me on a few levels, but I’m also a little confused. The basis for the surgery was to attempt to overcome a particularly painful muscular injury, and one can argue that modern athletic surgery is really no different, however the bulging muscles and the patching of arteries with veins to increase the blood supply to the muscles seems to me a step over the wrong side of the line.

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Rider of the Week – Russell Schrale

Race day!

Russell Schrale is a late thirties Adelaide resident who along with being bike obsessed, works for Cancer Council SA.

  • You have an association with Gravelaide, for the uninitiated, what is Gravelaide?

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Gravelaide is a series of events that is designed to pull together the gravel riding community here in SA. The events will likely evolve over time but we’re committed to three key principles of showing some great new gravel roads in the state, providing a challenge to riders and most importantly having fun and not taking ourselves seriously. We don’t put on races and we want riders who are looking to have a good time come along.

  • You are one of a team behind Gravelaide, who are the others?

Graeme Theissen (aka The Sticky Bidon) and Peter Gratwick are the other guys involved.

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  • How did Gravelaide come about?

Peter simply posted up on facebook that he was looking to get a ride organised and asked if anyone else was interested. Graeme and I responded and a week later, the three of us were eating burgers and drinking a few beers in a pub drawing loop ride ideas on the back of bar coasters. We then spent a lot of time riding many roads, coming across many dead end paths and talking with locals about how awesome it would be if they let us ride through their properties!

We’ve brought a good mix of skills to the events. I’m a spreadsheet dork who likes running the numbers and the ticketing, Peter is an ideas man who brings great enthusiasm and business development and Graeme is obsessed with finding routes that will give riders a day out to remember.

  • You’ve just hosted G2, what has been the turnout for these rides.

For our first ride in October, we were hoping to get just 45 riders along and we ended up getting 87 which was great. For this last ride in March, we were aiming for 125 and ended up with 127 and sold out a week ahead of time (having to say sorry to those that wanted to sign up late). Obviously this is a great level of growth but we need to decided where to take it now. Do we go big and start trying to entice over interstate riders or do we keep it boutique and more manageable. We’ve scheduled a BBQ at my place for a few weeks time where these discussions are to be had!

  • Whilst I wasn’t at the second, I was at the first, and I was stunned at where you took us, public roads, private properties, over fences, down ravines the mars explorer couldn’t get down. How long did it take for the route to come together?

Glad you liked it 😉

For the first one, we probably went out there about 15-20 times to ride the course and see how we could make it link together. Both long course options have been 95%+ of gravel which is unheard of for events like this that are so close to a capital city. This is not done easily though and you spend many a Friday or Saturday night staring at a computer looking at Google maps trying to follow yellow paths of gravel. Then theses’ manually creating a route for your Garmin and then out on your bike the next day to see if it works. There have been times where we’ve found something that’s perfect and then when you knock on doors to seek permission you get a no from the landowner and you have to change 30% of the course again in order to avoid long stretches of paved roads. It takes time but we think it yields great results.

  • Have there been barriers to get these up and running?

There’s nothing really stopping anyone from getting started in putting an event on, you just need to do your homework and be prepared to put some cash on the line. Apart from that it’s just how much time you’re willing to put in. We’re all working and have families so really it comes down to watching the TV in the evening or typing away on the laptop and catching up for a meal after work to run through the to do list. Although it takes time, it is fun. I did not know Peter and Graeme before but now I’d consider them to be good mates and I always look forward to catching up with them.

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  • How frequently are you planning to run.

It’s a bit unknown at this stage. We’re looking to mix it up a little and perhaps the next one might be a bit more of a ride rather than an event. Peter in particular is a keen bikepacker so perhaps we’ll look at an adventure that incorporates this as well.

  • What have you taken away from Gravelaide personally?

I’ve always worked for an organisation and have had a boss. It’s been a real treat to be able to work with two guys and create something together, it’s allowed me to scratch my entrepreneurial itch without having to quite my day job! Apart from this, I’ve met some great people and we all get a kick from seeing people post online saying they have had a great day out. We all talk about the week long glow we feel after each event. There’s nothing like putting a smile on people’s faces.

  • To run these events you need a lot of support, what backing have you received to date?

Honestly, it’s just the three of us doing this without much support. This being said, we have had support from some sponsors but really, we only seek sponsors that can keep the costs of the event low. We’re not out to make a profit but we do want to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so this help from people like Swell Beer and Balfours has really helped.

There’s no doubt thought that the best support we get is from our wives. They put up with the days out of the house, the constant facebook messaging we do back and forth and the constant talking we do about it!

So, lets hear a little about you.

  • How long have you been cycling?

Since I was around 3 years old, must be something to do with having Dutch parents!

  • What got you started in cycling?

I must have been off my bike for at least ten years during my late teens and 20’s. I started to commute again about 7 years ago and then started looking at CX bikes. I made a deal with myself that I’d drop the cash on one if only I raced it. This lead to my dropping about 10kgs and having lots of fun racing with the great people at the Port Adelaide Cycling Club events.

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

I’ve got a very reasonable four bikes at the moment. An awesome Dutch commuter, a old banger mountain bike, a Bakefits Cargo bike and my jack of all trades Kona Jake the Snake CX bike. The Kona is definitely my go to given the many uses, especially as I have one wheel set with CX tyres and one with road tyres for a quick changeover.

  • What bike do you covet?

I’m actually pretty happy as is at the moment but a Salsa Woodsmoke would be pretty sweet. I’d set it up as a permanent bikepacking bike and it would also be great for weekends up at Melrose.

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

I love hanging out in the shed and working on my bike… but I leave big jobs to the experts and I have to admit I’ve had them fix a few mistakes that I’ve made when I’ve overestimated by repair abilities 😉

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

A good quality stand and set of allen keys would be the most frequently used. Also, my Park Tool Dummy Hub has been fantastic but I do pick up tools as I need them. By the time I hit 60 I should have a pretty comprehensive kit!

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

My new Gravelaide cap that we got made for the last event. It gives me a kick every time that I put it on and I’ve met a couple of people out on rides that I’ve got chatting to about the event which is awesome as well.

  • What are your pet love and hates about cycling?

I love the comradery around the cycling world, you can always strike up a conversation with another rider as there is a shared sense of passion. I would not say hate but I dislike the perception that you need to spend big to get into cycling and the best kit is essential. Just get out there and have fun on whatever you have available to you.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

At the moment, Matthew Van De Poel would be my favourite. He’s a beast and when he is fit he’s unstoppable.

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Mathieu van der Poel in front of Wout Van Aert
  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

Matthew Van De Poel, Jessie Carlson and Sarah Hammond. I was bitten by the IPRW bug and despite the Mike Hall tragedy, the event is a great demonstration of what humans can put themselves through.

  • Where would you take them to eat?

Knowing the IPWR diet, anywhere that’s not a roadhouse would be fine.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Riding a bike through Amsterdam would be the number one. Such a fantastic city and it’s a bike utopia. I wish we could fly all the residents of Adelaide there over to ride bikes for a week. We’d radically change the way we think about transport as a result.

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

Yep. I crashed during a CX race over in Melbourne. To cut a long story short, I snapped my arm and partially dislocated my shoulder. The end result was a bone graft and rehab that is still going.

  • What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

I don’t really have one. I tend to leave it all out on the road and my recovery is a cold beer whilst having a shower!

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

Riding from the North to the South of NZ is very high up my list at the moment.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

I like hammering my bike around the parklands making up CX courses as I go or alternatively, the up Mount Osmond, Lofty and down Norton is a go to.

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

There have been many but they all start with “I’ve been doing some research and I really need a …….”

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

More free time to get out an ride!

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

The Port Adelaide Cycling Club have done fantastic things for the CX scene in Adelaide. This has been a big feeder for the Gravel scene and there have been many many hours that they have put in. After organising a couple of events I’m more aware of just how much work it takes and we should all be grateful for clubs and individuals that give us an opportunity to do organised rides/races.

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

It’s just awesome. Sure we have our challenges but the quality of life is just so high that it’s hard to beat. To hard to name just one thing!

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

I’m a big fan of the small bar scene and what it has done for the night life in Adelaide. Peel/Leigh Streets are always on the agenda as a result.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Nope! Thanks for the opportunity and for doing what you do to promote cycling in this great state,

Thanks Russell, keep up the great work with Gravelaide.

Gravelaide route planning _ photo credit to thestickybidon

Hope you enjoyed this weeks posting

till next time

tight spokes

iPib

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