As you know, Wednesday Legs has been in existence for around 4 years, and I have asked very little of you. No subscriptions, no sponsorship, no advertising, no nothing.  Quite a few indulgences, but nothing

But I would like to lean on you a little, just this one time……………………..If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog or taken some pleasure with some of the articles and thoughts, please be generous and support my fundraising drive for the Cancer Council.


I’ve joined the Cancer Council’s Ride for a Reason Lead out Team for this summers Tour down Under, which is a great honour to be asked and I’m privileged to help out a good cause.

Each year thousands of cyclists ride in the Challenge Tour and of those about 600 ‘Ride for a reason’, raising funds for Cancer Council SA. Amongst this collective a core of cyclists have been pulled together to form what is called the Lead Out Team.

The Lead Out Team is comprised of riders who are uniting together to drive Cancer Council’s fundraising efforts and to show leadership in the community.

The team will once again be coached by Olympian, Tour de France rider and Tour Down Under winner, Pat Jonker.  We’ve had one training session around Vic Park last Wednesday morning, and looking forward to riding with and learning from him on future training sessions.

As part of my involvement with the Lead Out Team, I’ve committed to raising money for the Cancer Council and would appreciate your support.  The money raised through Ride for a reason enables Cancer Council to fund vital prevention, research, advocacy and support programs that save lives.

With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, the need to find better ways to detect and treat cancer is real.

The Cancer Council also offer an accommodation facilities in Adelaide for country people affected by cancer and their carers, the Flinders Lodge and the Kent Town Lodge.

I did a bit of work for the Cancer Council a number of years back, and I have always remembered a discussion I had with a couple in the Flinders Lodge who were down from the country, the wife under treatment and the husband there for support. They were extremely thankful for the support they were getting from the Cancer Council, and without them they didn’t know where they would be. So the support CCSA offer goes well beyond research.

Below is a link to the fund raising page that has just been set up, and this will be the go to page to manage my fundraising. I will be rolling out a number of fundraising activities over the months leading up to the Tour Down Under in January and will be leaning on you for some support in whatever way you can.

My fundraising page is here:

The main fundraising page for the Lead Out Team can be found here:

And here is the team – a motley crew in Lycra, but all deserving of support.


Pat Jonker – Lead Out Team Coach


Olympian, 2004 Tour Down Under Winner, Tour de France rider, CCSA Ambassador and Lead Out Team Coach. Pat will be present at each training ride to offer advice and tips to help participants conquer the Challenge Tour course. Pat is a level 3 coach by trade and is a guide with bikestyletours




Keith Conlon – CCSA Ambassador, ‘Mr South Australia’, ‘Ride with Keith’ Tour leader

Keith has participated in Ride for a reason since 2015.
Keith leads weekly Wednesday cycling rides from Bicycle Express and is a very engaged ambassador for Cancer Council SA.





Barry Higham – Project Manager, SAGE Automation

Barry has participated in Ride for a reason since 2011. A highly qualified, self-motivated project manager with qualifications in electrical industry and currently a Project Manager with over 9 years of experience in leading large project teams.

Sam Jeffries – General Manager, The Distillery


Sam has a demonstrable history of delivering clear communication strategies and solutions that help transform thinking, drive business change and meet real customer needs. Sam’s attributes include an inquisitive mind, strong leadership with solid financial and people management.

Mike Krause – CEO, P2PAgri

Mike participated in Ride for a reason for the first time in FY2018.
Mike is one of Australia’s leading Farm Business Management consultants. His experience in providing farm business management support, training and consulting to Australia’s agricultural and agri-business industries forms the basis of this new development

Russell Schrale – General Manager Marketing, Fundraising & Relationships, Cancer Council SA


Russell has represented Cancer Council participating in RFAR’s various Lead Out teams since 2017.

Tony Siebert – General Manager Corporate Services & Company Secretary, Cancer Council SAts
Tony has represented Cancer Council participating in RFAR’s various Lead Out teams since 2014.







Lincoln Size – Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA


Lincoln has represented Cancer Council participating in RFAR’s various Lead Out teams since 2016.

George Pantahos – Founding Director, George Pantahos & Co

George has participated in Ride for a reason since 2016.
George founded his Business Consultancy practice in 1983 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, accredited MINDSHOP Facilitator and Member of Royal Association Of Justices.

John Keeves – Partner, Johnson Winter Slattery

John is a corporate lawyer with 30 years’ experience advising on major projects, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate governance, and corporate and securities law, with a focus on large and complex transactions, public markets mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets

Donny Walford – Non Executive Director, Diversity Champion, CEO, Blogger, Presenter

A strategic and creative leader, Donny is dedicated to maximising the performance of individuals and businesses via professional development, mentoring/coaching and networking. She has participated in Ride for a reason since 2014.

Ian Pibworth – Principal Consultant, Asset Management at AMCL

Ian is a Principal with AMCL and has a broad depth of asset management planning experience across a variety of industry sectors including electrical, water, property & buildings, marine, aviation, defence, government and industrial.

NRS – Van D’Am Racing P/B Butterfield claims maiden win

A great day for SA’s Van D’Am Racing P/B Butterfield cycling team at last weeks National Road Series.


It was an exciting day for the National Road Series with a maiden win for Van D’Am Racing P/B Butterfield and Jason Thomason who drove up the finishing straight solo to claim a dominant victory.


It was a tightly contested battle for the podium with Samuel Hill (Phoenix Cycling Collective) and Patrick Burt (Drapac EF P/B Cannondale Holistic) taking the honours.

“It’s pretty unexpected, but I’m super stoked to finally get a win at this level of racing,” said an emotional Thomason after the race. “Pretty much for the first 40 kilometres we were going straight up the highway into a headwind, there were quite a few attacks but nothing stuck.


“Then when we turned off the highway we got some crosswind and it was a bit hillier. I attacked up the second KOM and the Drapac rider went with me, they were already two riders up the road and it took about 15 kilometres to get across to them and once we were across we had about three minutes on the peloton.”

Understandably, Lachlan was very happy with the teams effort “I think we put everything we had out there” – check out the race video here

Oh, and SA’s only elite under 25 cycling team, without the ongoing support of the sponsors the team wouldn’t exist, so please support the sponsors when you can.






Hard to believe this has snuck up on us.



And the classifications.


Whi are the bookies favouring? Well, a big surprise to me is the favourite. Richie Porte at 3/1. The Vuelta is a gruelling even, and whilst he does have great support around him, I would have thought coming back from his crash on stage 9 TdF not so long ago that the Vuelta was too big an ask.


Second favourite is Aussie Simon Yates at 3/1.  Yatesey had a great Giro earlier this year,  wearing the pink jersey from stage seven to stage 18 and taking three stage wins along the way.


Nairo Quintana at 7/1

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at 11/1


Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) – 12/1 had a good ride at the Giro finishing third place overall.


And then there’s Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) – 20/1


Also good to see that SBS will broadcast all stages of the 2018 Vuelta a España, check your guide for local times.


Jelly Belly


The team was never invited to the Tour de France. Its annual budget was less the yearly salary of a World Tour star rider. And this year it only won a single UCI race. Yet Jelly Belly was, until a recent announcement, one of the United States’s most important racing teams.

The team operated for 19 years on the USA domestic racing circuit, unprecedented longevity in a sport where teams come and go with regularity. Now, Jelly Belly have announced they will not return after the 2018 season.

“We have built a strong team with the help of Jelly Belly as a sponsor for almost two decades, and I thank the Jelly Belly family for their support,” team owner Danny Van Haute recently said.

Further discussion here on what Jelly Belly have meant to many riders, the careers that were given a second chance, and the value of long term sponsorship.

Tour down Under News- Peter Sagan

Great news that Peter Sagan has confirmed he will be back for the 2019 Tour Down Under.  Peter Sagan said that his start to the 2018 season in Australia set up the ideal foundation for the rest of the season and the victories that have followed.

The clean up crew are equally ecstatic and will have a hi-vis vest ready for Peters efforts next year.



Business of the Week – Rushys Bicycle Servicing

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Ciaron Rush is the owner of a little bicycle servicing business called Rushys. We got to spend some time with Ciaron to her about who and what Rushys are.

As a young lad, way back in the early 90’s, a very young Ciaron Rush, with a passion for bicycles, became a qualified bicycle mechanic and immersed himself in all things bikes.  Ciaron spent the next decade or so Mountain Bike Racing around the country when not on the tools in one of Queensland’s leading bike shops.


This passion led to Ciaron starting his own business in Adelaide in 2009 – Rushy’s Bicycle Servicing.  His main aim was to offer cyclists of all types the highest possible level of customer service and attention to detail for all bicycle repairs.


The Rushy’s vision grew further in 2016 when another mad Queensland cycling enthusiast Leon Petrie joined the Rushy’s team bringing with him not only an advanced knowledge of bicycle repairs but a varied skill set including an engineering background, trail building with World Trail and experiences riding some of the worlds best cycling destinations.


Rushy’s now proudly serves in two locations; Gladstone QLD and Adelaide SA,

  • Why Rushys Bicycle Servicing?

Rushys offer a very affordable repair service with personalised pickup and return back to your home or work at no extra charge. But wait, there’s more. They like to go that extra length because they are passionate about what they do and damn well proud of it too.  I think we can tell from the lead in above that they are self-confessed bicycle nuts and probably a little too OCD with bike cleanliness as well, but they also like to leave no stone unturned so to speak when they have your pride and joy in the workstand.

They methodically pull apart, check, inspect, clean, service and lubricate their little hearts out. They do their best to return your bike looking and riding like new!


Even taking care of those annoying little bits of rust, replace some of those gnarly old bolts and place on those coloured alloy cable ends. It’s all part of the Rushy experience.


They generally don’t charge any extra labour for any new parts fitting they supply and are more than happy to fit your internet bargain bits for you, if you really really want to head down that road.

Some extra things about Rushys:

  • They are proud dealers of Banshee bikes!


  • They stock parts and accessories, and will track down that part if they don’t have what you need will attempt to get it in fast!
  • They’ll help you source a second hand bike and help you filter out the lemons from the good deals with second hand bike inspections/reports, hell, they’ll even meet you at the sellers house!
  • They do all types of bike fits, from the full bike fits for the roadies to proper suspension setups for the dirt warriors
  • Custom wheel building
  • Servicing and bleeding repair all hydraulic brakes
  • They we facilitate suspension repairs and rebuilds?
  • They play with electronic gear systems like Di2 and Etap As they say “if you have the money to buy that stuff we have the skills to repair/install it!”
  • They facilitate frame re sprays? (They don’t spray them themselves, they get people in who know what they are doing – you wouldn’t want them try that one out)

Oh, and to quote Ciaron “we are two of the nicest most helpful, strapping, Intelligent, good looking red heads you will ever have the pleasure of dealing with! 😬👍”

Check out their FB pages and their many customer reviews, there’s a few decent reviews there.  facebook-rushysadelaide

So,  if you’re looking for a new service in CQ or in Adelaide, drop them a message, or heck, just drop in.

Thanks Ciaron, great to chat with you and all the best.


till next time

tight spokes


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