(The following has been extracted from the Radelaide Everesting Facebook page)
Last Saturday saw a group everesting attempt on Yarrabee road. The weather was absolutely perfect with 3 riders starting just after 4.00am and others joining around an hour later.
The first to finish was Justin Dunn who started the day before due to commitments, riding through the night solo.
Other finishers were Christopher Sutter, Paul Briggs, David Rossi (+HRS), Rob Knight (+HRS), and Shane Elliott (+HRS).
I wasn’t there for reasons you’ll see below, but chapeau to the everesters and HRSers, as well as the Sherpas and crew assisting on the day.
Perfect Weather for a ride in the Hills
Loving this time of the year when Mother Nature gives us glimpses of what is in store for us over the next 2 – 3 months. Last Saturday was one of those days. A forecast of 20 degrees C was a promise of something delightful, so I decided to take full advantage and go on my longest ride since last summer/autumn.
My plan was for a meandering ride up to Strathalbyn, but how I was going to get there and what I did to get back to Adelaide was pretty much open on a whim. All I knew was I would ride up Greenhill, hit Strathalbyn and finish back in Adelaide.
The beauty of the Adelaide Hills is that with small climbs and a great network of criss-crossing country roads you can get to wherever you want my many different routes.
Climbing up Greenhill gave me ample time to change my mind 3 or 4 times, and I eventually settled on Balhannah, Hahndorf, Echunga, Strath. Some of Adelaide’s finest rolling hills, nothing too challenging, just an opportunity to revel in some grand scenery.
The road leading into Hahndorf from Balhannah is an absolute beauty with the Adelaide Hills Vineyards opening up before your eyes.
Rolling our of Macclesfield heading towards Strathalbyn is a fast road, some terrific rolling roads that open up to rock studded escapements before a fast twisty descent into historic Strathalbyn
Coming into Strathalbyn had me contemplating my route options, with the wrap around through Paris Creek to Meadows and then back to Adelaide high on the list. I hadn’t been along Paris Creek road for a long long time, and the Meadows bakery was tempting.
However, at the back of my mind was a route that had me heading North across the flatlands and picking up Callington and Kanmantoo before heading back west towards Adelaide.
You know Kanmantoo is not far away when you see the red sands of the eroded creekbeds. Riding across the flatlands I had my rehydration stop at Kanmantoo all planned out, in fact I was so sure they would be a Balfours deli that I had almost built myself up into a frenzy with the thought of a custard tart and was bitterly disappointed when they didn’t have any, so had to make do with a bag of lollies as a relief from the gels.
The rolling ascent back up into Nairne is one of Adelaide’s better but unsung climbs. Starting off with a flat road that slowly starts to build up, in parts up to around 7.5%. Not steep, but enough to get a good rhythm going. This time of the year the hills are a brilliant green, the gums are old and grand, the hills a re rolling without being excessively steep, and the traffic not too bad.
I took a call from Mrs Wednesday Legs as I was passing the Inverbrackie Army Barracks outside Woodside and made a rendezvous to meet at the Uraidla Bakery for a lunch and a coffee. The climb back up Greenhill Road from Balhannah is a long steady climb which is not a nasty, but after 110km after winter it is rather gruelling. Fortunately the pork sausage roll at cool water at Uraidla was a blessing.
Leaving the bakery I actually felt quite good, even stopping for one last photo shoot at one of the vineyards in Summertown. I certainly no grape grower, but some of those vines look like they have some years behind them.
And heres the route.
The unfortunate thing was that I was so looking forward to the descent back down Greenhill that I forgot about the everesting on Yarabee Road. Sorry guys.
Its hard to believe the Vuelta only finished just over a week ago, with an absolutely stupendous result for the Australian team Mitchelton Scott, a first time Grand Tour win with Simon Yates showing amazing strength in the last week.
Here’s a reminder of the last week and a bit at the Vuelta.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that hat above is a traditional Asturias hat. Asturians are the native ethnic group of the autonomous community of Principality of Asturias, in Spain, as well as smaller communities in the Spanish provinces of León, Zamora and Cantabria.
The time has come for that stalwart of Australian Cycling, Mathew Hayman.
2016 Paris-Roubaix champion and Mitchelton-SCOTT road captain Mathew Hayman has penned a note on his cycling future. Hear from him below:
The time has come for me to make a very difficult decision, one that I wrestled with for months, mainly out of fear of what my life would be like without being a professional athlete.
I have long forgotten what it’s like to not have a race program. Cycling has defined me for so long, but increasingly the other all-consuming constant in my life, my family, has been battling for my attention and they now need to be my priority.
I feel I have been fortunate to have ridden for some of the biggest teams, in both budget and heart in the peloton. I have ridden with some of the most talented riders, and been surrounded by staff who have a passion for the sport. I have looked forward to leaving for the next race for the last 19 years and I have enjoyed far too many hours on far too many team buses.
There are too many people who need my thanks, who I am forever grateful to for their help in many different facets of my career. Naming them would not only take too long, but would also mean I would mistakenly omit someone. You know who you are and I thank you for your support and sharing in my passion for this sport, together we have been through many highs and lows. Thank you.
But, having said that there is one person, or family, that needs to be mentioned. This man and his generosity have changed the sport of cycling in Australia. Gerry Ryan and the Ryan family have made it normal for there to be a team that Australians can call their own on the world stage. But more than that, I think his generosity to the sport has made it a fact that there is a pathway for any young Australian boy or girl who dreams of riding and winning the biggest races in the world, not only in this team but across the sport.
I never dreamed of riding for an Australian team, it was talked about when I first turned professional, but I didn’t dream it would ever happen during my career. Either I stayed around too long, or Gerry is able to dream bigger than most. I thank you on behalf of the Australian cycling community.
I have won a few races here and there, been a part of teams that have won many more, but I am sure I will be remembered for one race in particular and I could not think of a better race to have my name associated with.
I fell in love with Roubaix early in my career and it has at times felt that the race was just tormenting me. Seventeen times I raced from Compiègne to Roubaix and every single time it was an amazing day, but in 2016 I lifted a (surprisingly heavy) cobble above my head. It was the single proudest moment in my sporting career, a culmination of all the trying, learning and never quitting. Always keep riding.
To be an athlete at this level you have to be self centred, selfish, driven, hungry (literally and figuratively) and spend most of your life tired. I look forward to freshening up and giving back to my biggest fans, the fans who don’t watch me race, couldn’t care less about my results, Harper, Noah and Elodie. Kym, my wife, has always been there for me behind the scenes, the longevity of my career can be attributed to her support of me and our family. If she’s taught me anything in all our years together, it’s to leave before the party goes bad.
So with that, I will leave this party. My last race is due to be Tour Down Under 2019.
– Mathew Hayman
Chapeau Mathew, a great cycling career providing some superb on road guidance to a fledgling cycling team that has all of a sudden grown up.
World Championships 2018 in Innsbruck
Amanda Spratt will lead the elite women’s squad which includes Grace Brown, Brodie Chapman, Tiffany Cromwell, Shara Gillow, Lucy Kennedy, and Sarah Roy.
Nick Schultz has been called in as the replacement for a sick Richie Porte for the World Championship road race. Michael Matthews was again overlooked for the Australian team. Porte ruled himself out of next Sunday’s event.
Nick Schultz, 24, has spent the last two seasons with the Spanish Pro Continental team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, but has recently signed a two year-contract with Mitchelton-Scott, starting next season.
Nick joins Rohan Dennis, Simon Clarke, Jack Haig, Chris Hamilton, Damien Howson, Robert Power and Rory Sutherland.
Who do the bookies think will win?
Elite men’s road race odds
- Alejandro Valverde (9/2)
- Julian Alaphilippe (6/1)
- Simon Yates (14/1)
- Vincenzo Nibali (16/1)
- Primož Roglič (18/1)
- Michal Kwiatkowski (20/1)
- Wout Poels (25/1)
- Adam Yates (25/1)
- Daniel Martin (40/1)
Elite Men’s time trial
- Tom Dumoulin (3/4)
- Rohan Dennis (6/4)
- Vasil Kiryienka (25/1)
- Tony Martin (28/1)
- Gianni Moscon (33/1)
- Maximilian Schachmann (33/1)
- Stefan Kung (33/1)
- Jonathan Castroviejo (33/1)
- Nelson Oliveira (40/1)
- Bob Jungels (50/1)
Watching the championships.
The 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria kicked off last weekend, and continues through to this weekend. SBS coverage started Monday 24 September. The main events are covered on SBS free to air as follows – the women’s (Sat 29 Sep 2000 AEST, on Viceland from 2255) and men’s (Sun 30 Sep 1730 AEST, on Viceland from 2305) road races.
Good luck all
The workings of Team Sky
The latest set of Team Sky’s accounts has been published and here is a closer look at their finances including a bumper budget.
Team Sky’s budget for 2017 was £34,496,000, up 11% on the previous year as the screengrab from their filed accounts shows. It was equivalent to US$46.2 million or AUS$64 million. Just Wow!
The team makes no real profit, the surplus generated is equal to the tax bill due.
- Title sponsorship is obvious and notes to the accounts show that £21.5 million came from Sky and £3.8 million from 21st Century Fox. Why this split? Because Sky owns 85% of the team and 21st Century Fox the other 15% and the sponsorship payments are pro rata
- Performance sponsorship means other sponsorship for example from the likes of Pinarello, Castelli, Ford, Kask and others who don’t just supply the team but pay to supply the team and “other income” can include prize money, appearance fees and the participation fees that the UCI stipulates race organisers must pay World Tour team for starting
- Value in kind is presumably the value of items given to the team, be it team cars or frames.
Here you can see the staffing costs and the story here is that they’re taking a lot of their staff (like managers, cooks, soigneurs, mechanics) onto the team’s books whereas in the past they hired them in as independent contractors, for example in 2011 they only had three full-time staff. Don’t confuse staff with riders through, it’s different which explains why the wage bill for staff is only £2.9 million.
The team’s principal sponsor, Sky, is the subject of takeovers in London and New York. US telecoms and media company Comcast is battling 21st Century Fox to takeover Sky on the London Stock Exchange. Meanwhile Disney is trying to acquire 21st Century Fox too.
This presents two ultimate scenarios: Comcast owns Sky or Disney owns Sky. In both cases a slew of media reports say James Murdoch, the biggest backer of the pro team, is leaving. For all the Wall Street reporting there’s no detail on the fate of the cycling team sponsorship, just a story to watch.
Ride for a Reason
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