“200 kilometres on the attack in Flanders’ most beautiful race”

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EXHIBITORS

01   |     MOORO CYCLES
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02   |     KUMO CYCLES
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03   |     WHEELWORKS HANDBUILT WHEELS
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04   |     STOEMPER
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05   |     TOR BIKES
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06   |     BIKES BY STEVE
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6A  |     CURVE CYCLING
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07   |     GOODSPEED BICYCLE CO.
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08   |     G.DUKE HANDMADE BICYCLE FRAMES
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09   |     DAMU PLYCYCLES
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10   |     BAUM CYCLES

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11   |     RICHARD WALKER CUSTOM BICYCLES
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12   |     BLACK STUMP CYCLES
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12A|     HTECH BIKES
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13   |     SOYUZ BIKES
14   |     COLUMBUS
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15   |     TRISLED
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16   |     DEVLIN CUSTOM CYCLES
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17   |     GELLIE CUSTOM
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18   |     LLEWELLYN CUSTOM BICYCLES
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19   |     BASTION CYCLES
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20   |     PROVA CYCLES
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21   |     ENVE COMPOSITES
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Weekend Ride – Stone Hut Road

I know I keep on harping on about how good it is to ride in the Adelaide hills, and there’s good reason for that – it’s bloody brilliant, and bloody accessible.

Last Saturday morning I was keen to give the new gravel bike – a GT Grade Carbon – a decent workout in the hills, so aimed for a few roads and tracks up behind Norton and Marble Hill, specifically I was aiming for a fire track that I found a few years back but wasn’t brave enough to explore with a bike I was trialling – an ASTIR titanium bike.

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I found the track, which was everything I expected and some. I haven’t ever had a need to jump off a bike going downhill, but this time I did – the track, which in this location is part of the Heyson Trail, was graded dirt, extremely steep and not exactly smooth or packed, and dropping the bike at an uncontrollable speed on the dirt was definitely on the cards if I attempted to ride it to the bottom.

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This track took me down to Corkscrew Road.

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If you were to continue on Private Property when you hit the bottom of Cherryville, this is where you would eventually come out.

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I was toying around with the idea of looping back home, but was curious about a road (Batchelor Road ) in Castanbull off Gorge Road that led up into the hills behind Kangaroo Creek Dam, so decided to investigate.  The gravel climb up Batchelor Road is remarkably steep, but the road is well made and maintained as it is the main entrance for the contractors working on the Kangaroo Creek Dam upgrade. Dodging cement mixers and semi trailers on my short steep climb, the road continues on up past the dam entrance and takes you up over the ridge line up towards Lenswood.  The tracks are effectively fire tracks, relatively well looked after, but rugged and in parts very steep.

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Kangaroo Creek Dam in the distance

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The track is a very well known ad established Mountain Bike region, predominantly accessible from Lenswood – Croft Road.

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There were more than a few times I had to jump off the bike on some of the steep loose climbs, and by the time i got home, what was going to be a few hour ride turned into a gruelling 4 hour ride, with over 1,800 m climbing in 68 km, but was a fantastic days ride and one I will look to get back to.

Strava link here – https://www.strava.com/activities/1493538091

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Knee pain in cycling

Adelaide cyclists are incredibly spoilt, and perhaps autumn is the most striking example of this. But the joy and creativity of cycling can be interrupted by niggling odd-bits of pain. Without an understanding of what is happening it is easy to retire for a period of rest thinking that the painful part needs time. But in most cases rest is not required, and an intelligent strength program plus a few simple adjustments can keep you pedalling pain free, out in the crunch of autumn leaves.

We treat a lot of cyclists and the most common complaint is knee pain. A quick goggle will incriminate all sorts of structures, but a more detailed literature review will illuminate the poor quality of diagnostic tests and point to the benefits of a simple exclusionary diagnosis. That is, rule out the bad things and receive a green light to move. Although it is tempting to label your pain with a ‘this’ or ‘that’, the reality is shades of grey, and many common bicycling complains are probably best described in terms of non-specific cycling related pain.

Fit-related factors
If your cleats are forcing you to ride in a position of ‘heel in’ or ‘heel out’ that does not match your lower limb alignment then the increase in load could plausibly lead to a cascade events ending in pain. Likewise, if your seat is significantly too low or too high then this may be related to your pain. We can generally resolve fit-related problems quickly in an initial appointment – if you are interested in this then please let us know before your session.

Strength-related factors
For most people, a gym-based strength program will improve or resolve cycling-related knee pain. The high load of lifting triggers positive adaptations in muscle and tendon and can help settle a sensitive pain system. Many people are cautious of heavy strength training, but once you get started the fear generally resolves quickly and the benefits can become addictive. Have a read over our first article in this series or be in touch for more information.

Pain-related factors
No matter how it feels, pain is one hundred percent of the time produced by your capable and protective nervous system. Your pain system learns over time, and generally becomes more sensitive the longer you have had pain. Developing an understanding of the basic workings of your pain system will help you to better direct treatment decisions and has been shown to reduce pain as a stand alone treatment. Science has been interested in this for a few decades now but the clinical world is only really cottoning on, so if this seems new then you are quite normal. To find out more visit Tame the Beast, Body in Mind, Noi group, Pain Revolution or give us a call.

In summary
Although knee pain can be disruptive it is generally safe. Stopping cycling is probably not the best solution. Instead, address any obvious contributing factors, learn about your pain and get strong. If you would like direction in this process then please give us a call.

Dave Moen, 0403786778
FORM Physiotherapy | 177 Gilles St, Adelaide SA 5000.

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Paris Roubaix

Deepest condolences to the family, friends and team mates of the young Belgian professional Michael Goolaerts, who died late on Sunday night suffering a cardiac arrest riding his first Paris-Roubaix race.

The Verandas Willems-Crelan confirmed the news, saying: “It is with great unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts. He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loves ones, who we keep in our thoughts. He died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail.”

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Goolaerts was born in July 1994 in Lier, a town in East Flanders 20 kilometres south-east of Antwerp. He won medals at junior level in the Belgian national championships, including gold in the team sprint in 2012.

On the road he was a regional time trial champion, and  in the summer of 2012 placed on the podium at the Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich followed by eighth place at the junior Tour of Flanders.

Studying accountancy and trying to become a professional cyclist was difficult, and something finally gave when he was awarded a stagiaire position at the Verandas Willems team in 2013 which turned that into a full-time contract for 2014.  He dropped his study.

He earned a placement with the Lotto Soudal’s development team, but it didn’t materialise into a contract, however he did turn professional in 2017 when he returned back to the Verandas Willems as they entered their first season as a Professional Continental team.

Goolaerts was regularly to be found in breakaways t some of the biggest races, and at the Tour of Flanders, his first Monument, he made it into the early break and spent more than 200 kilometres at the front of the race.

“200 kilometres on the attack in Flanders’ most beautiful race,” he wrote on social media. “Goose bumps all day! A day I won’t forget in a hurry.

Goolaerts kicked off his 2018 campaign with three top-10 stage finishes.

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He didn’t finish the Tour of Flanders, and a week later he took to the start line of his first Paris-Roubaix, the morning seemingly rife with possibility. So it was for his life and career but, tragically, we will never know what Michael Goolaerts would go on to do, achieve, or be.

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Paris-Roubaix

The weeks leading up to the race has the organisers repairing segments of road where  the cobbles were getting too smooth.

And in the days leading up to the Paris-Roubaix, the riders were left to ponder what lay in wait for them as they recon’d the route and experienced rain, mud, puddles and potholes – it wasn’t looking too flash.

Fortunately Sunday turned out to be dry, the roads dried up quickly and little evidence of the horrendous cobbles they rode the days before.

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Leaving the vanquished to retire to the microphones, cuddles and HOT showers in the Roubaix changerooms. A renovated Robaix velodrome shower? who woulda thought!

 

And someone to clean up the mess

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And surprisingly, the second placegetter,  Silvan Dillier, posted his ride on Strava – one hell of a morning ride.

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https://www.strava.com/activities/1500016860

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Flanders

And the previous weekend saw the continuance of Quick-Steps dominance this season so far with Niki Terpstra taking out Flanders

 

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Commonwealth Games

I wasn’t expecting to get excite by the Commonwealth games, and generally that has been true, but the track cycling was brilliant tv.  Some stunning individual and team performances from the Australian team, with some world records broken on the super fast Anna Meares Superdrome.

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  • Tiffany Cromwell
  • Gracie Elvin
  • Katrin Garfoot – gold medal in the women’s individual time trial
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  • Chloe Hosking
  • Shannon Malseed*
  • Sarah Roy*
  • Mitchell Docker*
  • Alexander Edmondson
  • Mathew Hayman
  • Cameron Meyer – gold medal in the men’s individual time trial
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  • Callum Scotson*
  • Steele Von Hoff*

TRACK ENDURANCE

  • Ashlee Ankudinoff – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Georgia Baker*
  • Amy Cure – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Annette Edmondson – bronze in the women’s individual pursuit, gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Alexandra Manly* – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Rebecca Wiasak* – silver in the women’s individual pursuit,

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  • Leigh Howard* –  – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Jordan Kerby*
  • Cameron Meyer
  • Kelland O’Brien* – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Alexander Porter* – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Samuel Welsford* –  – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record

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  • Nicholas Yallouris*

TRACK SPRINT

  • Kaarle McCulloch – gold medal in the women’s time trial, bronze medal in the women’s sprint, gold in the team sprint final
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  • Stephanie Morton – bronze medal in the women’s time trial, gold medal in the women’s sprint, gold in the team sprint final
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  • Patrick Constable* – bronze in the men’s team sprint.
  • Matthew Glaetzer  – gold in the men’s scratch race (the first sub 3:50 ride in history), bronze in the team sprint, gold in the Keirin , bronze in the men’s team sprint.
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  • Nathan Hart – bronze in the men’s team sprint.
  • Jacob Schmid* – bronze in the men’s sprint , bronze in the men’s team sprint.
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    Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly

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    Alex Porter, Kelland O’Brien, Leigh Howard and Sam Welsford

PARA TRACK (TANDEMS, 

  • Jessica Gallagher* / Madison Janssen* – Pilot. Gold medal and world record in the Tandem women’s sprint flying 200m.
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  • Bradley Henderson* / Thomas Clarke – Pilot – Bronze in the B&VI 1000m time trial
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The official 153 page Gold Coast Olympic Games Track results book can be fiund here- https://www.gc2018.com/sites/default/files/2018-04/GC2018_CTR_Results_Book_V1.pdf

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till next time

tight spokes

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