Did you Know – Adelaide Super-Drome?
The Adelaide Super-Drome is the headquarters for Cycling SA who offer racing, training and development programs, a training facility for South Australia Sports Institute (SASI) Track Cycling program and is the home of Cycling Australia’s High Performance Program.
The Velodrome is available for hire and hosts a range of events and functions.
The velodrome has hosted a number of international events including the International Track Series and the Oceania Track Championships. It is a popular destination for international teams looking for a unique environment for training camps.
Specifications & amenities:
- Track: 250m softwood, 43° banked
- Track lighting: 400 lux
- Electronic timing system
- Scoreboard: electronic multi-purpose
- Seating: 2,000 spectators and 1,000 standing
- Corporate areas: 4 corporate boxes and function room
- Infield flooring: Regupol Multi-Sports (2067m2) – (infield can be configured for a variety of indoor sports when not in competition mode)
- Change rooms/toilets
- Lockable storage space available
- Onsite parking for up to 500 cars
Business of the Week – Knog
- Who are Knog?
Knog are a consumer products brand inventing urban-flavoured tech for the road, trail and outdoors.
- How and when did Knog start?
Knog was born in 2003 but was born from a design firm called Catalyst which was founded in the mid 90s. So our heritage is design. Mobile phones, bullet proof vests, medical equipment, Champagne packaging and so on! Since we started Knog, we’ve re-invented bike lights, bike locks and most recently the humble bell. And we haven’t finished. Our next frontier is outdoor. Since a lot of our customers love the great outdoors, it makes sense to provide products that can straddle both. Hence our new PWR range.
- Whats the meaning of the name Knog?
It’s actually a reference to “use your noggin”. Everything we do starts with inspiration from upstairs. And we don’t mean a god. Something much more powerful – an idea.
- Who are the people behind Knog what are their roles?
The founders are Hugo Davidson (CEO) and Mal McKechnie (COO). Hugo leads the Design and Sales teams. Mal leads the Engineering and Production. CFO is Andrew Hedding and Head of Marketing is Sam Moore. The turnover of the team is remarkably low. Chris Bilanenko (Ind Des), Tim Besley (Ind Des), Leah Hughes (sales), Sean Wilkinson (online mkt), David Edwards (Electronic eng), and Virginia Francis (finance) have all been with Knog for the better part of a decade. The rest of the permanent team: Nick Bebbington, Madeline Ward, Michael Westwood, Anton van Maanen, Meesha
- What makes your brand what it is?
Our difference is our design philosophy. “Unboring Things” is a description but also a call to action – we seek out what’s boring in the world because in making things interesting, you invariably make it more pleasurable. We’re a hedonistic bunch so pleasure – whether it be in your activities or just in the products you own (of course those things are linked) – is important to us.
- There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into building a successful brand, can you give some tips on why you git to where you are?
We have been able to tap into the Zeitgeist – and to some extent shape trends – with our designs. In the fixi era on the naughties, our silicone lights and locks were wanted and needed. Now, with more sophisticated bike market and the growth of bike-packing and ever-overlapping bike and outdoor categories, our multi-function products are key. But really, what sits above all this is the style and it’s relationship to function. The Oi bell looks unique, but that form is intrinsic in its function. The PWR range has a universal battery, so the beautifully sleek form relates to that too.
- What has been some of your more successful products?
The Frog light launched us.
The Blinder lights cemented us.
The Oi bell was the most successful – we launched through Kickstarter and made a real splash. And the PWR range is a new chapter.
- What are your team’s interests outside of cycling?
You don’t wanna know .)
- What bikes do your team members have in their garage?
All sorts. Canyon. Soma. Cannondale. Sakae Litage. But who cares – it’s about getting on a bike.
- What were some of the major challenges in getting Knog to where it is now?
The biggest challenges for any product brand are almost always production. We had a fault that nearly floored us – our straps on our Blinder 4 product broke. However, we responded by not only a very easy and quick warranty process, but we updated the design to the Blinder MOB, which now has a near-zero warranty rate.
- Where does the future lie for Knog?
We’re heading into Outdoor products, but not at the expense of our bike heritage. Our focus remains on inventing great bike products. But we are expanding into – and applying our unboring thinking to – the outdoor market. Camping, running, snow sports. They are all on the hitlist.
- Where are your major markets?
UK, USA, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland
- Have there been any standout projects that you’ve taken a step back from at completion and thought “Yeah”?
Strongman lock (we won a global engineering award – the Stiftung Warentest).
Blinder MOB and Blinder MINI. A lot of the team’s favourite products are still the Blinder ROAD and Blinder ROAD R70 (rear light).
In fact, in our recent PWR launch we’ve just seen the results of a test from road.cc where they compare our lights to others. When you compare our optics to others you really say “oh yeah”.
- Do you have any cycling partnerships you’d like to mention?
We like to help creative talent emerge. In Sydney, we have recently done a collaboration with designer Mick Boston on a range of apparel called Knog x Leave Pass.
At a product level, we’ve recently partnered with Tactica to bring out a pocket multi-tool product called Fang. It’s truly unique and was conceived by Tactica in Melbourne, then tailored for the bike market by Knog.
Winnipeg Cycling Chick
I came across this cycle blog the other day. Some interesting and entertaining articles.
The blogger – I couldn’t find her name – suffered a particularly nasty crash a few months back, and has been blogging about her recovery and thoughts since.
In this posting, she summarises the “Things that suck about crashing”. I’ve had a few crashes, but nothing as serious as this.
- The street-illegal narcotics they give you at the hospital are pretty great, but have the unfortunate side effect of making it impossible to poop for a week. On the upside, being constipated is a a good distraction from your other, more serious injuries.
- Further to that, a combination of opioids and liquor will not make you into the next Oscar Wilde or Ernest Hemingway. It will just make you sleepy.
- Chances are you wrecked your bike just enough to have to replace a bunch of broken parts, but not enough to get a whole new bike.
- Watching your social media feeds, which are populated mostly by bike people who are out riding and racing and training and travelling, is irritating and depressing.
- For the next little while your Strava activities will flatline.
- If they had to cut your jersey off your body at the hospital, it was probably your favorite jersey.
- Everything hurts like fuck.
Depending on the extent and location of your injuries, your day-to-day activities are sure to be effected. In my case, my right, dominant arm is casted from my hand almost to my shoulder. Making the following things impossible:
- any form of personal grooming or hygiene
- putting on a bra, pants, or anything with buttons
- holding a pen, pencil, or lipstick. I tried putting on lipstick with my left hand once and ended up looking like Robert Smith from The Cure
- doing anything remotely useful around the house. I have basically become Archie Bunker, but less racist
This list could probably go on forever, but it’s making me depressed, so let’s move on to the brighter side.
Things that make it suck less:
- You can finally read all of the books you wanted to read, except the funny ones because it hurts when you laugh.
- Your sporty friends will feel really sorry for you and give you lots of sympathy and encouragement and maybe flowers you’re lucky. Your normal friends and family, however, will think you’re stupid, especially if this isn’t the first time.
- People will do really sweet things for you, like bring you casseroles and wine. My work neighbours, Special T, got particularly creative and gave me these repackaged Phil Wood Products and a funny card. I laughed so hard I thought I broke a rib.
- You finally get to use ALL of the throw cushions.
- If you plan it well, you might get out of going to a golf tournament.
I can empathise with the above “Things that Suck”
A few others that should be on the things that suck list from my experience are:
- Private Healthcare insurance has huge gaps
- Being dependant on other people to get around
- Not getting out with the ride group and enjoying their company during and post ride
- Feeling your fitness ebb away and knowing that your return is going to be painful
- Loss of confidence on the road
- Day time tv, although Netflix and other streaming services can relive that frustration, and
- Haggling with insurance companies
Speaking of which, this from Adelaide Cyclists just over a week ago………
“Gentleman came off his bike head first. Ambulance called by first responding Female cyclist who stopped along with Mark from Fat Boys, then things got very bad and his life saved by group of the Wonderful Fat Boys! CPR performed by Paul and my Husband Tony until Ambos arrived. Other Fat Boys warned cyclists and cars coming down while another group of the boys warning cars and cyclist coming up. Such a wonderful group of men Adelaide Fat Boys! – Very important to do CPR and First aid training. Very proud. We wish the Gentlemen and his Family well and hope he has a full recovery. Our thoughts also with his riding buddies, not a nice thing to witness.”
Speaking to someone else who turned up just after, the rider had cpr performed for over 10 minutes until the ambos arrived – well done guys.
So, I’d like to ask you a question.
Has everyone who rides in your group done a first aid course, or taken a refresher?
If not, why not. Your survival, or that of your mate from the next crash, may depend on your mates.
Please follow this up……….!
Rider of the Week – Alaskan Dave “Down Under” Downes
If you spend any time riding the hills south of Adelaide, you would have passed this weeks Rider if the Week – Dave.
Dave is one of those unique cycling characters that once touched, you will never forget him.
I first bumped into Dave on one of my many slow treks up Greenhill road one Saturday morning. I got chatting to him as he passed me (one of my tactics to get people to slow down for me). An interesting character, as you’ll find out below. I last saw Dave on the Dirty Dozen at the start and at the finish – unfortunately I didn’t catch him during the ride as he was allegedly seen wolfing down donuts on the side of the road with a group of mates at a prearranged location on the route.
This is Dave’s story.
Hi, I’m Dave Downes. I grew up in Alaska in the 60’s and 70’s although most people who know me say I’m still not grown up –and I plan on keeping it that way too mates. I’m now 52 years young and I take life much less seriously now than I ever have. I’m that rider you see out early in the mornings on a fairly non-descript bike who gives at least a passing nod to other cyclists; more often a wave and hello.
If you ever get a chance to ride along with me somewhere then you’ll hear stories of riding year-round back in Alaska and some good-natured joking around too. You may also find some roads and hills that even most locals don’t know about. I’m game for any hills (you may have to wait for me at the top or I may have to wait for you; I’m easy either way) and any gravel; I may not be one of the fast guys but I’ll ride with you all day into a headwind and rain with a smile on my face.
- How long have you been cycling?
Started as a little kid pre-kindergarten and I’ve not looked back. I was one of those kids who would disappear all day long on the bike without a care in the world. Even as an adult my bike was year round transportation for me back in Alaska; never even owned a car till I was 34.
- What got you started in cycling?
I got started mountain biking in the late 80’s in Fairbanks, Alaska as I needed year round transport after I moved off campus at University of Alaska-Fairbanks and these new-fangled contraptions called “mountain bikes” seemed ideal for riding all year long up there. If you’re concept of “ideal riding” includes routinely riding for an hour or so at -40 then it’s perfect!
I switched over to road cycling when I moved here as the road system is much more extensive than back in Fairbanks.
- You go by the moniker of Alaskan Dave Down Under. Can you give a bit of background behind behind The Alaskan Dave, how long have you been in Adelaide and what brought you down under?
I wanted to pick a screen name/identity that would give a lot of information –Hi, I’m Dave and I’m from Alaska but I now live in Australia– and also leave questions such as what you are asking. Hey what do you know, it worked!
I’ve been in Adelaide since October of 2000. My wife is from Adelaide by way of The UK in 1971 and we met in Alaska in 1998 when she was visiting a mutual friend. We decided it would be much easier for me to get used to this climate than for her to get used to mine and we were right!
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Five bikes (3 road and 2 mtb) although only one of each are currently rideable. 99% of my riding is on my road bike. It is a 2016 Polygon Helios C5. Aluminium (notice I spelt that properly!!!) frame/carbon fork with endurance geometry so it’s quite comfy for my old back. It’s not a very common bike to say the least so if you see some long-haired bloke wearing a noticeable kit riding a Polygon road bike it is probably me. Say hi. Or not.
- What bike do you covet?
Does anyone make a 5 kilo road bike with cantilevers stronger than fugly disks, knifes through the air, is tough enough to be banged around on gravel, has comfortable geometry, and won’t cost me my life’s savings?
- Can you summarise some of your achievements in your cycling life so far?
Yes. (I’m tempted to leave it at this for a laugh but I won’t)
One of my achievements that I’m quite obviously proud of is year round riding in the interior of Alaska for years in the era before Fat Bikes. The coldest I’ve ever ridden is -58F/-50C and if you count my riding speed as the wind speed that means a windchill of -84F/-64C. For an hour. On a bicycle.
Down here a ride I’m quite proud of doing 5200m vert in just over 8 hours back in June of 2016. Of course finishing the Dirty Dozen this year was a fantastic achievement too.
A summary? I suppose I like hills and extreme temperatures!
- You do a hell of a lot of riding, particularly down South, what do you love about cycling in Adelaide?
I absolutely LOVE all the twisty, turny, sealed roads up and down all the hills here! It is so different from what I grew up with. But there is also some great gravel too which is something I’m quite familiar with from back in Alaska. And cafes and bakeries practically around every corner –Sooooo different from Alaska!
- If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be, why and where would you take them to eat?
Sagan, Chaves, and Cavendish. Peter is on the list because, well… he’s bloody Peter Sagan fer cryin’ out loud! Estaban cus, hey… That SMILE! Cav? Oh man the stories of the trench warfare he could tell!
Where? Any of the local pubs would be fine! Pub grub down here is great.
- What are your fondest cycling memories?
This is going to sound sappy, but I make fond memories on every ride. My fondest would include meeting cool people (like yourself Pibs!) and finding new roads and hills to ride.
- Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what were the consequences?
In almost 50 years of falling off bikes I have never broken a bone from a crash. Probably the nastiest crash was the first time I went over the handlebars. I was 5 years old. I left half my face on the pavement. It explains a lot, doesn’t it?
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Favourite stop… oof this is a toughie! It really depends on what area I’m riding in! I’ll try to stop at:
- Kondi if I’m doing an Adelaide Hills ride
- Harvest Mylor (for a SOUP BOWL of coffee!!!) if I’m riding past.
- Clarendon Bakery or Dolce Vita if I’m messing about Piggot Range area.
- Terre Cafe if I want a coffee in Willunga;
- Cottage in The Vale.
- When I’m down on The Fleurieu I stop at Normanville Bakery and Inman Valley General Store.
- Jack’s when I’m in Strath.
It really just depends where I am.
What do I normally buy as a treat… Dude, just LOOK at these photos!
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
“I’ll be back by noon honey!”
- What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?
Besides that mythical bike I mentioned earlier? Well, you’ve seen photos of the skin suit that looks like muscles? Yeah, I’d wear that in a heartbeat!
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Any cafe or bakery that has a bike pump for use! The ones I know for sure are Harvest Mylor, Clarendon Bakery, and Oxenberry. I’m sure there are others though.
- What is your non-cycling go-to place when Interstaters/oversea-ers come to Adelaide?
Two main ones. Winery tour of McLaren Vale with me being the designated driver so they can get as silly as they want to get. The other is Belair National Park because I’m a great koala spotter.
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Be safe, be seen, be friendly! Don’t get so intensely into your riding that you forget just how much FUN it is to be out on a bicycle.
Oh Pffft. I could go on all day.
Its people like you that make life so much more interesting, and fun. Take care in the roads and looking forward to our next ride.
Well, thats it for another Wednesday Legs
till next time