It’s been a tough last month and a bit which has had me out of Wednesday Legs action, unfortunately, but I’ve come out the other end relatively intact and able to get back into posting something for Wednesday Legs.
Whats kept me put of action i hear you ask. Work has been hectic with trips to New Zealand and Port Macquarie, as well as EOFY client requirements for project delivery. And on top of that throw in a back injury, man-flu and a house shift – phew. Oh, and i think i cracked a rib over the weekend…….it hurts when i laugh, sneeze and cough…..FFS.
If anyone is interested, we are selling our house in Norwood, the auction is this Saturday, further details here. https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-sa-norwood-128552430
We’ve moved into a rental for the time being, and will sort out the next phase in our lives once we know ow much we have to work with.
So, on with the show.
Tour de Legacy
A few weeks back I was invited to attend the official launch of the Tour de Legacy.
Tour de Legacy was first launched in 2013 as the brainchild of a handful of passionate and determined Adelaide cyclists in conjunction with the Legacy Club of Adelaide (Legacy). The first two editions included the likes of 17 time Tour de France finisher Stuart O’Grady and Patrick Jonker.
Now in its third edition, the significance of the 2018 Tour de Legacy is to
commemorate the final year of the Centenary of the ANZAC, 100 years since the end of WWI, with a ride throughout the various battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium. It is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs, and the generations of servicemen and women who have defended us.
A century ago, the Australian Cycling Corps rode into war as part of the Australian Imperial Force. Fighting on the Western Front in France and Belgium during World War I, they were initially used as despatch riders. However, during the later periods of semi-open warfare in 1917 and 1918, they conducted reconnaissance and patrolling, operating similar to a cavalry.
Although not used as a fighting unit, they were regularly exposed to artillery fire and attacks by hostile aircrafts. Approximately 3,000 men served in the Australian Cycling Corps.
This year, they will pay tribute to those who cycled into war by bringing Tour de Legacy to the centre of it all. They will cycle in honour of those who selflessly sacrifice themselves in the line of duty, to protect us and our freedoms.
In particular, this ride will be held in honour of Lieutenant Colin Hales, a South Australian soldier who was sadly the only officer within the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion to lose his life during the war.
The cyclists of Tour de Legacy will retrace the ANZAC’s steps throughout battlefields across the Western Front in Belgium and France.
Beginning November 2nd 2018, the riders will travel for over eight days between two continents and across four countries, covering over 900 kms in total. The riders will retrace the path of the original ANZACs throughout battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France.With the added intensity of riding through the chill of a European winter, this will be a testament to our cyclists’ determination, bravery and camaraderie – a true tribute to the ANZACs and their incredible strength and dedication during the war.
Launching from London with a Royal send-off, the group will ride 900 kms over 8 days before attending the Centenary Memorial Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux on Remembrance Day, November 11 2018.
All funds raised will help Legacy support the families of those injured or killed during or after their defence force service. As November fast approaches, we ask that you partner with us to support the legacy of those who have sacrificed so much.
I was an invited guest at the launch of Richie “Rich” Staunton, the Tour de Legacy Manager. As you would expect, Richie is participating in the ride, and is on the lookout for sponsorship, so please, if you want to help the cause, sponsor Richie, or any one of the other riders riding the TdL. The link to Richies donation page is here:
Or, if you want to go one step further and provide support to the ride there are some very unique opportunities available as shown below.
All donations are tax deductible too, so given we’re at the end of the financial year donating will also help your tax return… 😉
Lastly, the below trailer summarises what they are doing brilliantly.
Please give generously Tour de Legacy
Flinders Ranges Outback Epic 205km MTB Race – October
Here in SA is an epic race through the Flinders Ranges, one that until recently I hadn’t paid much attention to. The Flinders Ranges Outback Epic is one of the most remote races and arguably the longest point to point race in Australia.
The loop, created by local land owners, takes you through private properties as well as national park land, and covers sections not normally open to the public. It links parts of the Mawson Trail with an existing network of old pastoral trails on each property. It follows the 205km Flinders Ranges by Bike signposted tourist ride through the Wilpena Resort, Rawnsley Park, Willow Springs and Gum Creek stations.
The race has three distances, the whole 205 km loop, or the 109 and 64 km races that all start remotely and finish at the Wilpena Pound resort.
The Epic 205 must be finished within 16 hours.
The categories are:
UNSUPPORTED – Male & Female 1st place for 18-19yrs, then 10 year age groups from 20-29yrs & onwards to 60+ = 12 trophies.
SUPPORTED – Male & Female 1st place for 18-19yrs, then 10 year age groups from 20-29yrs & onwards to 60+ = 12 trophies.
Gravel Grinder 1st-3rd Male & Female = 6 trophies.
SUPPORTED RELAY TEAMS – 1st male, female and mixed = 12 trophies. 2-4 riders
SUPPORTED – Male & Female 1st place for 16-17yrs, 18-19yrs, then 10 year age groups from 20-29yrs & onwards to 60+ = 14 trophies.
Gravel Grinder 1st-3rd Male & Female = 6 trophies.
SUPPORTED – Male & Female 1st place for 14-15yrs, 16-17yrs, 18-19yrs, then 10 year age groups from 20-29yrs & onwards to 60+ = 16 trophies.
Gravel Grinder 1st-3rd Male & Female = 6 trophies.
Being an unsupported race other than hydration, taking on the maximum 205 km creates challenges for fuelling, so make sure you have done your research and tested how your body handles your fuel if you take this epic on.
Heres a great writeup from a few of the competitors in 2014 from ambag – ambmag.com.au – willett-and-klein-earn-flinders-ranges-outback-epic-titles
If your looking for someone to organise almost everything for you, escape goat based here in Adelaide can sort you out – escapegoat.com.au – flinders-ranges-mountain-bike
When:Next trip:- 7-12 Oct 2018
Accommodation:5 nights twin-share accommodation in comfortable outback properties
Transport:Pick-up/transfers from Adelaide via our trusty & comfy van
Meals:5 breakfasts, lunch all days, 4 dinners (meals in Melrose not included)
Activities:4 days of riding the Flinders Ranges by bike loop, one extra morning ride at the MTB mecca of Melrose
Cape Town – South Africa
The biggest bike race in the world, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is an annual 109 cycle race in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the Union Cycliste Internationale’s Golden Bike Series.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race. The Cycle Tour forms the last leg of the Giro del Capo, a multi-stage race for professional and leading registered riders.
It is traditionally staged on the second Sunday of March.
Spain – Galicia
Galicia is a very hilly region with a few high mountains on the NW corner of Spain.
The Ancares National Reserve is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of Spain. It is stunningly remote, untouched and with incredible scenery.
Elsewhere in the region, most climbs are short or rolling. There are some really enjoyable ascents, but nothing comes close to Ancares in terms of high mountains.
Elsewhere the scenery is generally very green and picturesque, but it is rare to get really spectacular views into the distance. One exception to this is the climbs close to the stunning, wild coastline.
Road quality is mixed throughout the region. Some roads are in excellent condition, while others are very rough surfaces. Most climbs have little traffic on them. The best climb in the region – Ancares – is usually completely empty.
The main airport in the region is in Santiago de Compostela. It is also well connected by train to Madrid and Asturias Airport is just a short transfer away from Los Ancares.
The region gets a lot of rain along the coast. In land it is considerably drier (more so the further east you go). You are still likely to get more sunny than cloudy days here though – particularly in the summer months, which is the best time to visit.
One of the stand out climbs in Galicia region is the Mirador de Ézaro, which is one of the steepest climbs in professional road cycling, with gradients up to 30%.
It has been used several times as a stage finish in the Vuelta a España, with winners here including Joaquim Rodríguez and Dani Moreno. The gradients are the defining feature of the climb, but it also offers fantastic views looking down on the village of Ezaro and the Atlantic Coast – include the cape at Fisterra.
Mirador de Ézaro is one of the steepest climbs in professional road cycling, with gradients up to 30%. It has been used several times as a stage finish in the Vuelta a España, with winners here including Joaquim Rodríguez and Dani Moreno.
The gradients are the defining feature of the climb, but it also offers fantastic views looking down on the village of Ezaro and the Atlantic Coast – include the cape at Fisterra.
Mirador de Ézaro is open throughout the year.
Japan – Shimanami Kaidō
The Shimanami Kaidō is an epic, 70-kilometer coastline ride, also known as the Nishiseto Expressway, that links Onomichi in Hiroshima (on Japan’s main island, Honshu) to Imabari on Ehime (on the island of Shikoku), crossing the six islands of the Seto Inland Sea.
The Shimanami Kaidō island-hops through rolling green hills and mountains, sleepy towns, and misty coastlines offset by dynamic structures like Kurushima-Kaikyō, the world’s longest suspension bridge.
The route attracts cyclists from all over Japan, particularly for the annual Setouchi Shimanami Kaidō International event, aka Cycling Shimanami, a race up and down the highway.
The Dirty Kanza 200 (200 miles – 322 km) is a gravel road bicycling challenge that takes riders over some of the best gravel riding in the world in the Flint Hills of east central Kansas.
The course is a single-loop route through the Flint Hills region of east central Kansas. This area, once home to the Great Kanza Nation, is quite scenic and rich in history, but also very rugged and remote.
Started in 2006 by Jim Cummins and Joel Dyke, the event remains a grass-roots event, organized and managed by folks who are passionate about cycling, and done so for the primary purpose of providing life-enriching cycling experiences for our event participants.
The first edition saw just 34 riders, but today the Dirty Kanza 200 sells out fast and is limited to 2,200 riders. The K200 is a grass-roots event, organized and managed by folks who are passionate about cycling, and done so for the primary purpose of providing life-enriching cycling experiences for our event participants.
The entire course is on open public-access gravel and dirt roads, with some blacktop roads from time to time. Some of the roads receive little, to no maintenance throughout the year and can be quite primitive in nature.
This years 2018 event held earlier June was won by Ted King, in a time of 10:44:22, for an average speed of 30 kmph – ouch.
Other male podium climbers were Joshua Berry, 10:54:33, and Geoff Kabush, 11:04:55
The top place on the Womens podium was taken up by Kaitlin Keough (who races on the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com pro cyclocross team) in a time of 12:09:27, for an average speed of 26.5 kmph.
With Amanda Nauman, 12:28:20 & Alison Tetrick, 12:31:12 finishing out the podium spots.
“I threw up three times and I peed my pants so those were pretty low moments,” Keough said.
If you are interested in participating at some time in the future, have a look here: https://dirtykanza.com/
Oh, and some great photos here from the team at Cycling Tips – cyclingtips.com/2018/06/photo-gallery-2018-dirty-kanza-200/
And some of the bikes from the Dirty Kanza
When 170 kits is barely enough
Some of you would know of Lee “Hollywood” Taylor, the larger than life cyclist over in Melbourne. I found out from this Bikechaser posting that he has 170 pieces of kit.
Have a look at the following video as Lee takes the viewer inside his cycling wardrobe.
Till next time