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Handmade Bikes – SAGE

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Hows this for a sweet titanium bike – Say hello to the Belgium Beast.

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Inspired by the Northern Classics such as the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, this custom painted stock frame by ColorWorks comes fully loaded with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 drivetrain, Chris King Precision Components headset & bottom bracket, and ENVE Composites wheels & cockpit.

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This bike will be at the SAGE Sea Otter Classic booth from April 20 – 23.

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If you love Ti Porn, have a look at some of the USA made SAGE Ti bikes here.

https://sagetitanium.com/

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Barossa Gravel

I was fortunate to spend a few nights at the Barossa Valley over the Easter weekend, celebrating my 22nd anniversary, (didn’t take the bike – I wouldn’t have reached my 23rd).

As an avid road cyclist, I know there aren’t too many roads bitumised roads around the Valley, but what that does mean is that there are plenty of Gravel.

Driving back to our hotel room after a pleasant day in the Valley I did what i love doing and that’s heading up a promising road that I had no idea where it goes. Promising in that it was heading up.

I must say, this road surpassed my  expectations.  Apart from the fact it was a no through road, the climb, with a few downhill sections, is around 3.8 km long with a vertical gain of around 240m.  Gravel not too loose, but the views across the Valley from various vantage spots going up was superb.

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IPWR Film Night

The official Rapha IPWR documentary has been released, and you can rent online, e and watch it at home all by yourself, or you can band together and join in a fundraising night on Friday the 28th April, at Five Little Figs, Payneham South.

The idea behind this event is to unite as cyclists and show our support for the event and the ultra endurance legend, Mike Hall who sadly lost his life during this race. A small donation on the night will go directly to Mikes fundraiser page to help his family.

There will be deer and stuff, possibly pizza and prizes, but keep an eye on the Facebook site here for more details.

They are limited to numbers due to venue size so to confirm your spot hit ‘attend’ on the event page so they have a rough idea of numbers.

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Charity Ride – Wade Burns – National Breast Cancer Foundation

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This Friday, Wade Burns, a previous Wednesday Legs Rider of the Week heads off on a little challenge, riding from Adelaide to Port Macquarie (along the coast via Melbourne and Sydney), over 2,600 kms and climb over 22,000m over 15 days, to get to the start line of IRONMAN Australia; and then competing in the event consisting of consecutive 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run.

Wade is raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fight breast cancer. His mother in law was diagnosed last year and has undergone chemo, radio and other treatments.

This one’s for her and all other women and families battling breast cancer.

The link below is to Wades fundraising page; any donations or sharing would be greatly appreciated. They’ve raised $7,500 thus far and Macquarie Foundation are looking like matching it dollar for dollar up to $25k – their goal is to raise $25k and turn it into $50k.

Please help Wade by donating to this worthy charity .

https://the-ride.everydayhero.com/au/wade

 

https://wednesdaylegs.com/featured-riders/wade-burns/

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Rider of the Week – Andrew Wilson

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  • What is your daytime job?

I work in infrastructure asset management with SA Water.

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  • How long have you been cycling and what got you started?

Since I was a kid, I was always jealous of mate’s expensive road bikes at school as they trained for the pedal prix. My 10 speed Standish didn’t really cut it. However, I bought a second hand road bike in 2006 to commute. I laughed when a guy at the place I bought my shoes and helmet from told me that I’d start taking the long way home. Seriously, who needs to ride more than 23km one-way. Things changes and I not only found the long way home, but picked the one with the most hills.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

3, and a half

A roadie, mtb, and a single speed – The roadie is my go to bike. A giant propel – awesome for crit racing and flats – not so great for hills.

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  • What bike do you covet?

The half mentioned previously is a slightly cracked Fuji Altaimira 1.0 frame. It is my long-term plan to rebuild it so it is a sub 7kg bike for better climbing (so I can avoid the need to lose the gut). Something lighter than the Propel and becomes the general training bike. N+1. Young twins and a seven year old suggest it’s a pipe dream.

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  • You dabble in racing, where do you race and how would you describe yourself?

I race with Norwood cycling club. I’m a genuine d-grader, but who knows one day I may make the lofty heights of C – grade.

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  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

LOL! I try, invariably I make a lot of mistakes. The boys at Super Elliots look after me well, and try not to laugh too hard when I walk in with another one of my ‘fixit’ stories. Otherwise, Henry, a mate, is very handy for late night quick fixes, and to help point out my mistakes.

  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

I bought a pack of Chinese ‘park’ tool rip-offs. It has about 40 pieces and I’ve added bits and pieces along the way. I have a bike stand that helps make it look like I know what I am doing.

  • What are your pet love and hates about cycling?

I love the way even though everyone is competing flat out, whether it be racing, chasing a segment time, or just getting to the next stobie pole first, that they would all stop to help you out with a puncture or crash. I know he is not that well thought of on this blog, but durianrider took a punch for me when I was car-doored on rundle street a few years back. He did not know me from a bar of soap, but he stood up for me because he could see the guy was a nut case.

Hates. I am crap at descending. I really wish I could switch of my brain.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Cav, love his attitude, and will to win. Last year’s TDF was awesome to watch after so many had written him off.  (Eds note: It was announced a week back that Cav has contracted an infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein Barr Virus and has temporarily withdrawn from cycling to focus on recovery. It will be a waiting game in terms of knowing when he will be ready to resume full training)

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

Cav, because of the above. Wiggo, he’s a strange bloke, that would make dinner interesting, but I wouldn’t mind getting some of the Fluimucil he used so effectively J Tony Martin or Gilbert so I could share saddle sore stories, though I’m not sure choosing to put sandpaper on your saddle counts.

  • Where would you take them to eat?

I’ll eat anything, and lots of it. It may not be the best food but I’d take them to Scuzzi on a Tuesday night so all the other riders that head there every week could share in the stories. (Scuzzi was great up until my twins were born, but hopefully I’ll get back out soon.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Pro’s – Stuey O’Grady winning Paris Roubaix. But I almost had tears when Hayman won last year as well.

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Me – every TDU. A good mate of mine organises a few mates and we travel around watching the pro’s,  it’s always way more km’s than we should do, lots of laughs, and Andy knows every good spot in Adelaide for food and drink. I look forward to it every year.

  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

A few run ins with cars, but worst crash was descending down upper start. Ego was greater than ability and I tried to keep up with a quicker group. The consequence was explain all the blood running down my leg after jumping straight in to the shower and having to descend old Belair road with buckled wheels and loosened brakes.

  • What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

My Saturday group goes to Hosko’s. (Carnevale Coffee on East Avenue) Coffee and dairy don’t seem to sit all that well with my stomach, and so unlike every other cyclist I avoid coffee. The waiter takes delight in  yelling my order out. Sadly, it’s a Large Hot chocolate with lactose free milk and extra chocolate. It’s fair to say I end up drinking coke fairly regularly to avoid the embarrassment.  (Apologies to Ian pib who has had to buy these for me occasionally as well.)

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  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?

Don’t get me started. 11 mates (but who’s counting) are all going to France & Italy this year, and taking in some of the famous climbs. I’m as jealous as hell but it just doesn’t work with the kids. Do cycling holidays count as N+1 as well?

  • What is your favourite local training route?

The bog standard loop is Nortons, lofty down the old freeway.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

I’m still working out how to tell a lie that sees me join my mates in France. I’ll let you know if I pull it off.

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

Some new shoes, they are overdue.

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

Thanks to all the volunteers at Norwood Cycling Club for doing an awesome job organising the races and putting up with us riders. It’s a thankless task but much appreciated.

Thank’s to Super Elliotts for fixing my stuff ups at a moment’s notice,

And lastly thanks to all the guys and girls I’ve ridden with and Bastardi Grassi, Scuzzi, and more recently RHOFO. RHOFO management is always looking for new members so if there are any other nutcases that like getting out at 5:30am on a Saturday feel free to point them in my direction.

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

It’s a big country town.

  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?

Any loop that takes them along woods hill road between Ashton and Greenhill Road, and my favourite, Aldgate Valley Road.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Keep up the good work with the blog.

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Faces of Paris Roubaix

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2016: Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
2015: John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
2014: Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-QuickStep
2013: Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack
2012: Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2011: Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Cervelo
2010: Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank
2009: Tom Boonen (Bel) QuickStep
2008: Tom Boonen (Bel) QuickStep
2007: Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC

 

And this year – Greg van Avermaet

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This race would have to be one of the races most looked forward too across the cycling community. It’s an honest and brutal race where there are no places to hide. There seems to be two tactics uses throughout the race.

  1. Be the first into the cobbles
  2. If you happen to be in the leading bunch, work with your competitors to build up a big enough lead so sou can then play cat and mouse onto and in the velodrome.

That seems to be about it.  Everything else that happens seems to depend on an ability to push through the pain and ride your luck.

Unlike just about every other race, if you have a mechanical, you can pretty much kiss your chances goodbye. There will probably be no teammates around to help you, and if they are, or you happen to have a flat or break a wheel coincidentally where the guys are standing on the side of the road holding wheels above their heads, the small gap is pretty difficult to close.  Not impossible, as proven by Greg van Avermaet (do doooo de doo do) who had a flat, had to wait for a replacement wheel, and then was able to work his way back up to the front. A massive effort.

And finally, who doesn’t love a good head shot from the end of Paris Roubaix.

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Oh, and congrats to the evergreen Phillipe Gilbert for his win at the Amstel Gold. Unfortunately he was carted off to hospital for some kidney problems afterwards that has stopped him for a while now.

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till next time

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The Long Road

Vale Mike Hall

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That Sugar Film

I watched a film on SBS Sunday night that was quite disturbing, and a revelation at the same time.  Now I would consider myself a fairly intelligent bloke (some would disagree), and I don’t often get caught up in fads, the latest diet and conspiracy theories, however this film had me paying a little more attention to that fiendish white granular carbohydrate.

Sugar.

Now I like my sweet foods, and nothing is going to stop me from eating them, however  I do know that like pretty much everything in life, except cycling of course, moderation is the key. But, the amount of hidden sugars in the everyday foods we eat, and the cost to our health by over indulging is a level of absurdity I hadn’t paid too much attention to. If you didn’t catch it, try finding it on SBS On Demand.  it will be well worth your while.

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That Sugar Film is a 2014 Australian documentary starring and directed by Damon Gameau.

The film follows Gameau’s experiment on himself, changing from a low sugar diet to a high sugar diet for 60 days. His strategy was to only eat foods that were marketed as a healthy option such as low fat foods, juices and the like, what we would find in the processed foods section in your standard supermarket.

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His target was to eat the equivalent to forty teaspoons of sugar per day, a standard amount in an Australians diet.

We watched him as he as he gained weight, grew lethargic, and developed fatty liver disease, all at the same time as he was maintaining as much as possible his standard healthy life.

By the end of the experiment he had put on 8.5 kilograms, developed pre type 2 diabetes and heart disease risks, had an extra 10 centimetres of the dangerous visceral fat around his stomach and noticed an impact on his moods and cognitive functions.

So it’s the weight and fat bit that got me thinking about adding it to this weeks posting. Weight is one of the biggest issues with cyclists.  It’s there in our face every time we jump into the interweb looking to buy new components.

“The world’s lightest 10-speed chain now offers you more advantages than ever: besides the great shifting performance, it’s super light weight and smooth running”

So I see the “rationing” of sugar in my diet as being one of my biggest opportunities, aside from just riding that is, to improve, by keeping the weight down.

It’s scary how much hidden sugar there is on the everyday foods.  I know it’s there, but we’re so used to the taste and it just being there that we have just gotten used to it. It’s hard work escaping it. Have a look at that BBQ sauce, hoisin sauce and sweet chilli sauce. They all have more sugar in them per serve than chocolate sauce. Wow

I love the South Australian Paris Creek yoghurt, the fruitless muesli and a banana for breakfast, but having a quick look at the sugar in these foods I found out that my standard breakfast had around 16 grams (4 teaspoons) of hidden sugar. Now, that may not change my breakfast habits at this stage, but at least I know now, and that knowledge will at least inform my eating choices for the remainder of the day,

Oh, as a by the way, The World Health Organisation wants us to limit our sugar intake to six teaspoons (25 grams) a day. Youch.

Processed food, be very very wary of it.

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WednesdayLeg Changes

You may have noticed a change or two with this blog.

First up, this is the soft unveiling of the new Wednesday Legs.

Thanks to Nat over at Spin Cycle Clothing for developing the logo for me.

And thanks for Mary, my favourite Interior Designer, for helping me out with the cpolour schemes.

The pale blue sky, the lush green grass, and red for the setting sun.

The chevron represents the Adelaide Hills, a place that I hold close to my heart.

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We’ll see where this all goes, but I’m keen to get a Wednesday Legs kit designed around this logo and colour scheme.

And secondly, the blog look. Im playing around with a few options, so you may see a few changes over the coming months.

The header image will change, I;m nit entirely happy with it, but I need to mull it over for a while.

Tour of Flanders

34-year-old Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) attacked with more than 50km from the finish line and held off a chasing field to claim his biggest win since the 2012 world championships.

On Sunday, everything went right for Phil, who was raised in a village at the base of the La Redoute, the famous climb of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, won the biggest race in Flanders.

His legs held out, he didn’t bonk, and didn’t cramp up. No one could bridge out, and he didn’t crash, didn’t puncture, and didn’t panic. Looking back with 1km to go, he had more than enough time to celebrate. At the finish line, the former world champion had enough time to get off his bike, and carry it across the line, held triumphantly in the air.

 

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This bookie had Gilbert as the favourite

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Sagan was up there with the favourites, and was riding strong, until he brushed a black jacket hanging innocently over the railings, his front wheel turned in and he lost balance. Ouch

“I was close to the barriers. I was in control when I was close to the barriers, but I think we caught a jacket or something, because if I’d hit the barrier, I would have been on the ground straight away, and the bike would have stayed there,” Sagan said after the race.

No time for spooning!

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Tour of Flanders Women

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Rivera outkicked two-time Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) and last year’s Gent-Wevelgem winner Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) in a select bunch sprint in the 153.3km cobbled classic – the longest race of the WWT this season .

Congratulations Rivera for her win and being the first American to win the Womens Flanders.

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Congratulation to Gracie Elvin from Orica Scott Women for being the first Australian woman to podium at the Womens Flanders.

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Placings.

1 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women
2 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women
3 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
4 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women
5 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies

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ORBEA TERRA

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Orbea have released a new adventure bike, using the Spanish brand’s range of road & endurance bikes for design inspiration, to come up with TERRA, a longer wheelbased bike with a more relaxed geometry, alongside a revised fork and carbon lay-up process, to lend more comfort and compliance in key areas where it’s needed.

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Terra is for riders who do enough riding off-tarmac to need something tougher than a traditional road or endurance bike. It looks like a fun bike that can fill several roles – Gravel, Road, CX, Winter Training or Commuting.

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Prices for a complete TERRA start at $2,999US, all the way up the range topping Shimano Ultegra/FSA equipped M20iD.

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Rider of the Week – Anthony Mezzini

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I’ve not met Anthony, have been meaning to get around to his workshop in Hyde Park, but time has run away from me. I have however heard many good things about Anthony’s services over the years, so I decided to touch base with Anthony about a feature.  Fortunately he accepted.

This is Anthony’s story.

I was born into a non-traditional Italian family and grew up in the Western Suburbs of Adelaide. At the age of 23 I traveled overseas and eventually settled in Sydney. It was here that I went to university to study a MBA and Masters of Finance, meet a girl and got married. I worked in number of marketing roles in the healthcare industry, however my passion was always in cycling and the biomechanics behind it. My wife and I decided to move back to Adelaide about 5 years ago and that’s when I started Elbows Akimbo. I am currently studying human movement at UNISA and enjoying the challenges associated with juggling life with 2 kids, cycling and running my business.

  • You run a business called Elbows Akimbo, what is it and where did the name come from?

Elbows Akimbo is a business focused on providing high quality, state-of-art bike servicing and fitting for cyclists of all levels.

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In terms of the origin of the name of the business, I read an article where a journalist had used the term to describe the riding style of Johan Museeuw during the Paris-Roubaix. At the time I was developing a business plan for a bike store, and it just resonated with me.

  • With your experience seeing all sorts of cyclists pass through your doors, what are some of the more common problems you see?

For bike fitting, it is usually some type of discomfort with the contact points (saddle, handlebars and shoes/pedals) as well as lower back and knee pain.

For bike servicing, creaking. People almost always think it’s the bottom bracket. All noises seems to emanate from the BB. Sometimes it is, but often it’s something else like the headset, front or rear hub, saddle etc.

  • How long have you been cycling and what got you started?

I started riding a roadie when I was in high school, probably when I was 14 or 15. I don’t know what go me started, I had a couple of friends and we were interested in cycling and it just started from there. We didn’t really have any mentors or people to encourage us, we just picked it up.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

I’ve only have three bikes. My main bike is a Pinarello Prince circa 2007.

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I also have an aluminium Trek that has been resprayed and I use that as a spare and for the trainer.

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The third bike is 24” BMX Sunday cruiser that I bought so that I could go riding with my daughters.

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  • What bike do you covet?

The Pinerallo, they really are great bikes. I think that they offer a complete package – quality, finish, performance, handling and ride quality – it’s really hard to get that combination with any other brand.

  • What tools would you recommend a cyclist have at home bike shed?

Without getting too carried away, I think you can do a lot with the following:
A full set of good quality T or P handle hex wrenches – 2 to 8mm
A full set of good quality L shaped ball hex wrenches – 2 to 8mm
A 25T and 30T torx wrench if you have torx bolts on your bike
A chain whip
A 12” shifter
The appropriate cassette locking ring toll (shimano or campy)
A 5mm and 6mm flat head and a #1 and #2 phillips head screwdriver
A pair of pointy nose pliers.

  • What are your pet love and hates about cycling?

The great thing about cycling is that just about anyone can participate and if the will is there, they can get pretty good. I think this is part of the reason why cycling has become so popular. However, one of the issues with such large participation rates and novices is that cycling etiquette and safety out on the road at times could be better.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

At the moment I’m a big fan of Richie Porte. It’s great to see an Aussie who has the talent to win a grand tour riding at the top of his game.

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  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

Jan Ullrich, Marco Pantani and Miguel Indurain. They were some of the great champions of the era when I really grew to love cycling. Drug scandals aside, they were my heroes.

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  • Where would you take them to eat?

I love entertaining at our house, so at home for some traditional food from the region where my family comes from Molfetta Italy.

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  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

No, I’ve been very very lucky. I had a couple of offs when I lived in Sydney in the space of a few weeks but only lost a bit of skin.

  • What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

Unfortunately, with the business, study and family, I don’t have much time for cafes and the coffee at my house is pretty good.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

When I’m fit, probably the ride out to Lobethal via Norton Summit and back along Gorge Road. It’s not too long, offers a reasonable variety of terrain and has enough climbing to put some hurt in the legs.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

That my Pinarello Prince with Campy Record and Shamals purchased new in 2007 cost $6K

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

A Pinarello F10

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  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

At the moment we sponsor a few clubs, associations and teams, most of which we’ve had a on-going relationship with over the past few years which has proven to be mutually rewarding, they include: IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness Cycling Team, Triathlon SA, The Lakers Triathlon Club and FRA PowerOn Cycling Club

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

The ease of getting around and the ability to bring up kids around our family. The Adelaide Oval brings a great atmosphere to the city in winter for footy which I also love.

  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?

Adelaide Hills for lunch and Peel St for kick ons.

 

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Thanks Anthony, I pleasure to touch base, and I will pop around over the next few weeks.

till next time

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iPib

Race Across Australia – IPWR

I’ve done it, after years of thinking about it, and talking about it, I’ve finally bitten the bullet. I’ve signed up for a French cyclotour in June with local outfit Unique Cycling Tours

I don’t think I’ve quite gotten my head around it yet, but having the opportunity to ride some of the climbs we see on TV is mind blowing. How about these apples.

  • MONT VENTOUX
  • ALPE D’HUEZ
  • COL DU GLANDON
  • CROIX DE FER
  • TELEGRAPHE
  • GALIBIER.

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There’s still some available spots if you’re interested.

Indian Pacific Wheel Race

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They got off to a flying start on Saturday morning over in Freo, and as I sit here on Tuesday evening, there are 10 riders already in South Australia.  The front runner Kristof Allagaert is setting an incredible pace, having ridden 1,829km since Saturday morning.  Thats something like 82 hours somewhere around the 22 km/hr, thats not even allowing for any stoppage. Incredible stuff.

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One of brilliant features of this race is the use and spread of social media covering this race. The event organiser , Jesse Carlsson, who unfortunately had to withdraw from the race on Sunday, in partnership with some prominent players in Aistralia including Cycling Tips and Curve Cycling, have been huge supports of social media around this event. Some of the features include:

  • Rider tracking – you can sit at your phone and watch the riders track across Australia, live. I’m not sure of the accuracy, but the tracking shows the riders barely metres apart, all withing the “No-Drafting” rules of course, incing their way across Australia. You can see when they stop, where they stop, and who’s sleeping with who. Have a look here. Indian Pacific Wheel Race Map Progress

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  • Rider interviews – Regular spot interviews by IPWR on their Facebook site. This feature really brings to the fore the character of the riders, their humor, the trials and tribulations as the days slowly go by.

And then there’s this one from South Australian Davin Harding. His character and dry wit shine through.

  • Rider Facebook and Instagram sites. Riders are regularly posting either themselves when they get a chance or have a support team posting on their behalf.
  1. James Raison
  2. Mike Hall
  3. Kristof Allegaert
  4. Sarah Hammond
  5. Jackie Bernardi

The rider social edia sites can be accessed through the rider profile on the tracking tool.  Click on the rider name and the profile will pop up, giving sponsor names, social media addresses etc

  • Rider Sponsor Facebook and Instagram updates such as
  1. Curve Cycling
  2. Sportful
  3. Rapha
  4. Ben Rides

Apologise for the many I’ve missed.

It would be good to see mainstream media get behind these hard core athletes, the nation needs to see what these guys are doing.

And us, we should be doing everything we can to support the riders as they pass through our hometown, so track them as they come in and get out there and give them some moral support.

3 Peaks

Funny thing about the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. After the months and months of training (remembering i only went for the weekend, i didn’t ride the bloody thing), planning, donuts, coffee and the like, the weekend went by so bloody quickly it almost feels as if it didn’t happen. But happen it did. Its an extraordinary weekend, a lads weekend away, but when you peel away the layers, its much much more. Each rider taking part has a books worth of stories in their personal struggles to get to the line, let alone ride it.

I mentioned a few posts back a gentlemen called Paul, a strong rider who last year was found bent over his bike with 2 km’s to go, suffering stroke like symptoms and unable to finish.  Unfortunately, and fortunately at the same time, he recognised the same symptoms again and chose to withdraw from the ride. Sorry to hear this news Paul, but very glad you made the right decision.

I’ve been to Falls Creek 5 times now, helped with the training for each, and am happy to report that of the 25 attempts over these 5 years, attempts where the rider actually crossed the start line, we’ve had 25 completions. There were some doubts we would achieve that, particularly as there was doubt over JK’s hamstring, something he tore about 5 weeks out, something which curtailed an already compromised training program.  Bugger us all, he did it. This guy has an  unbelievable ability to push through the mental barriers and finish against the odds.

Sitting back as a casual observer for the 3rd time this year, I was ecstatic not only seeing each of the riders in our group cross the line, but standing down at the finish line the emotions etched across the faces of each and every rider crossing the line gave only a hint if what was going through their minds, but I felt an outsider walking through finishers on the other side of the line. The looks of euphoria, pain banished, exultation, relief, disbelief scrawled across the faces was something to behold.  That was an extraordinarily hard ride to finish. I rode down to Anglers rest with a mate on the Saturday. I’d forgotten how painful that ride back up is.  My mate was tackling it for the first time.  He’s in awe of the 3peakers finishing that ride with 200km in their legs. Same here. Well done to all who completed.

On a finishing note, a couple of successes at both ends of the spectrum.

John C  was a welcome blow-in to the group, a friends friend who had set himself a sub-9 target.  JC had put the training in and was confident, but also very focused, quiet and a little withdrawn. JC rode a sub 9 ride and was understandably wrapped with the result.  At dinner on Sunday night we almost couldn’t shut him up.  Well done JC.

At the other end, Hack, who similarly came in as a friend of a friend last year but with an interrupted training regime last year, came in this year with with a few more laps under the belt, hit WTF approx before the cutoff time, beat the Trap Yard gate closure, but struggled across the top, ended up with flat batteries on his from light, and ended up getting the support of a motorcycled marshal who shone his headlights in front of Hack and another rider to help them cross the line, albeit after the 13 hour cutoff. Suffering hypothermia, Hack was taken to the medical centre for an hour or so before being released. He ended up crossing the apartments threshold to the supporting appreciative roar of our group, wide smile on his dial, pretty much summed up the weekend.

Well done all, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend with you.

A few pictures from my trip below.

Sagan has ridden La Classicissima 7 times now, with two seconds, and two fourths. Saturday was his 78th second place of his career. Imagine if just a few of those had been victories

Lakes Cycling Shoes – Lake MX 237

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Before Christmas i bought a pair of Lake MTB 237 shoes, the old road shoes were falling apart, and to be honest, I was looking at buying some cx/mt shoes for my gravel road riding, and the occasional possible cross race (tbc), and the thought of buying 2 pairs of shoes wasn’t sitting well. I wanted some decent shoes, but didn’t want to spend a bucket load on 2 pairs.

After much deliberation, i decided to buy the one pair, a good pair, and not really worrying about riding road with mountain bike shoes. Yes they are a little heavier, but hey, I’m 50+ years old, so a few extra grams at the bottom end of town wont hurt that much.  On the upside, i dont have to worry about slipping over on those bloody slippery cleats whilst walking back to the table with a cuppa in each hand.

So, i bis pretty much the same as the CX 237 road shoe, but comes in a MTB package. Carbon sole, full leather upper and double boa fastening system. My first in all 3 categories.

Apart from the looks, the feature that grabbed me initially was their reputation for being wider than usual, and trying them on certainly didn’t disappoint.

The Boa fastening system provided comfortable but firm tightening across the top of the foot which steps up the control of the tightening that you just don’t quite get with my old ratchet and velcro fasteners.

Out on the road, it took a while to get used t the new fit. The first three to four 4 hour+ rides had me finishing up with a numbing left foot. I couldn’t quite figure it out, and it got a little disturbing for a while there, but the numbing on the longer rides eventually disappeared.

Those longer rides were during some of the hotter days, and invariably I’d turn up at home soaked in sweat and salt encrusted kit. Taking the shoes off after these sweat fests  would show black staining from the black leather. A little bit disturbing, however not permanent, the stains came out in the wash and after a while, the staining stopped happening.

Once the numbing stopped, I came to admire the shoes, they are nice and stiff when i needed them to be, but super comfortable due to their width, inside fit and the nice smooooooth supple leather. They now fit like a pair of old gloves, i hardly notice them any more, which can only be a good thing. It’s probably not surprising that I didn’t notice them at all when riding up the back of falls/WTF a few weekends back.

The upshot is that I found them well suited to flat and hilly rides either on the road and gravel. I haven’t tried them in a cx race yet, but i haven’t found any reason why they wouldnt suit. The carbon sole gives these shoes excellent power transfer characteristics, with a stiff feeling under even the hardest out-of-the-saddle pedaling efforts like WTF, whilst still maintaining a good amount of flex when off the bike walking around holding onto those coffees.

The rubber MTB sole is strong and looks like it will take a lot of punishment, providing plenty of clearance for those trail riding days.

All up, I would highly recommend you have a close look at the Lake shoes next time you are looking at replacing or upgrading. I’m glad i spent the little extra on some decent shoes, and also happy i chose the MTB sole, although I’m sure there would be many roadies out there that would be frowning on my choice, but hey, I just enjoy being out in the great outdoors.

Oh, I bought these shoes at the Bike Bug in Stepney, what is rapidly becoming one of my favourite lbs’s.  https://www.bikebug.com/index.php

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Milan San Remo

A classic finish to this years Milan San Remo with Peter Sagan showing that he’s was the strongest rider of the day, jumping out with around a km to go, but Michal Kwiatkowski showed on the day he was a little smarter than Peter Sagan.

A brilliant finish right down to the line.

In his seventh attempt at La Classicissima, Sagan has finished second twice, and fourth twice. Sagan’s race statistics show he has ridden 558 races, won 92 races and finished on the podium 204 times. Saturday was his 78th second place of his career.

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Rider of the Week – Lorne McLurg

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Lorne is a first generation Australian of Irish parents. Eldest of three children, he was born in 1971 and raised in Adelaide. He has lived and worked interstate and overseas for a few years before returning to settle down. He is married, with 3 primary school aged kids. Lorne completed an Arts degree in Geography, that never got any serious use other than in games of Trivial Pursuit.

Now, he jointly owns a Project Management Consulting business, Moto Projects, focused on larger commercial, retail and high rise residential construction projects.

Lornes first career beyond trivial pursuit was as an outdoor adventure guide, but realized the lifestyle, although fit, fun and challenging, had its limitations…mostly fiscal. He gave that away as a full time professional endeavor after 7 years and phased across into a second career as a full-time project manager.

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Lorne has been riding bikes for as long as he can remember. He was one of the founding members of the FRA PowerOn team in early 2003 and has been riding ‘pretty’ consistently 2-4 times a week with the mob since then.

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I can’t see myself ever stopping riding for any reason other than obviously, life and death ones! Not known for my hill climbing capability, but more so for my love of descending…. the real reason for why we climb the hills in the first place!!

  • How long have you been cycling?

About 44 years…. Got a trike when I was about 2 then my first real bike…a yellow dragster…when I was about 5. Not stopped riding since then.

Was a BMX bandit in the late 70’s & 80’s, as a founding member (with my siblings) of the Tea Tree Gully BMX club, raced every week from the age of 10 til about 16.

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I discovered road bikes when I was 14 for fitness and commuting to school, then Uni and work. Got into Mountain biking after a trip to the USA in 1992 and a chance to ride the famous Slick Rock trail amongst others around Moab and the Colorado Rockies.

I got back into regular Road biking when I moved home to Adelaide in 1996 and have been riding around the beaches and hills 2-4 times a week since then.

  • What got you started in cycling?

Father Christmas and from there the love of the wind in my face and the freedom to cover distance and see beautiful places under my own steam and at my own pace

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

3, a new Canyon Ultimate SLX 9.0 purchased in Feb 2017 is the go to at the moment. I have a Specialized SWorks Tarmac SL4 currently having some carbon repairs done on it and a Specialized Crave SL 29er MTB (Single Speed) that is my go to for rides with the kids and when the weather is crap.

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  • What bike do you covet?

I’ve been lucky enough recently to build up the bike of my dreams. The Canyon with SRAM Etap, Zipp 303 NSW’s, Garmin Edge 820 is about as good as it gets I think.

  • How do you store your bikes?

Mostly in the house. The MTB lives in the shed with the wife and kids bikes and the roadies live in the house where I can get at them easily for the early morning before work rides!

 

  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

I do most of my own simple stuff, but when time is limited or it’s a bit trickier then Anthony Mezzini at Elbows Akimbo or Pete at BMC are my go to gurus.

  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

I’ve accumulated lots of little gadgets over the years. My favorites currently are my ParkTools torque driver and ParkTools workstand.

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  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?

My Garmin 820. Love how it uploads straight to Strava and does live segments to help keep me honest….and my new bright blue Shimano Sphyre RC9 shoes.

  • What do you love about cycling?

The camaraderie of cycling with my bunch. Politically incorrect banter and the gentle push to ride more and faster, that comes with riding with a bunch of mates… that and the beer! Ride Bikes, Drink Beer, PowerOn being one of our motto’s

  • What annoys most about cycling?

Idiot riders who don’t show simple understanding and respect to other road users, who antagonize drivers, chase fame through social media and thus give all cyclists a bad name. It shouldn’t be that hard to ‘treat others as you want them to treat you’

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Peter Sagan…he’s the all-round cyclist.

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

With a biased agenda, because I have a strong and independent daughter who I want to see having access to equal and sustainable opportunity and income – Rochelle Gilmore to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Women’s cycling and strategize how to raise it to par with the men’s league, Rob Arnold to further the discussion on how to raise women’s cycling to par with the men’s league on the basis that it’s all in the media power to do so, and Nick Green to discuss the role Australia’s peak body needs to play in developing and supporting cycling and in particular Women’s Cycling.

  • Where would you take them to eat?

Chianti Classico – Can’t go past a good feed of Rabbit

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  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Riding the burbs for hours on end with my BMX bandit mates, jumping and skidding our way down the streets and through the parks and creek reserves, getting muddy, scraped and bruised, every weekend and loving it!

  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

Had my fair share. Too many to remember them all. Used to average one car hit a month when I was a bike commuter in London in the mid 90’s. Most recent nasty was being hit from behind at the finish line of a Vets Crit, by some numpty who had their head down sprinting for 20th. I hit the pavement at about 45Kph and busted 3 ribs and punctured a lung. Put me off the bike for 6 weeks.

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

Cibo King William Road – Been going there since it opened. Grande Flat White being my usual. Sometimes accompanied by a piece of Banana Bread….not that my gut needs it!

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  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?

Would love to take the Roadie and MTB back to France. Did a lot of snowboarding, rock-climbing and mountaineering there, but didn’t have the space to take the bike so would love to go back just to ride. Such awesome terrain to adventure in and the descents…breathtaking for someone like me who loves going down.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

Windy point to Belair, then up through the National Park via Saddle Hill Rd and on up to Crafers and back into town via the old freeway. A perfect 1.5 hr outing for me and can be done before work and herding children begins in the morning.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

Probably the same one’s we all try to get away with…I’ve had that ‘new piece of kit’ for ages!

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

More dope socks as I need to keep on top of my games in that department.

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

Elbows Akimbo. Anthony is a very thorough bike fitter and mechanic and generously supports our team.

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Do yourself a favour and get a bike fit from him. Amazing how it can help your comfort and power

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

I love the small city / big Country town environment. Its something we need to learn to celebrate and not condemn. Having lived and visited many cities around the world, I know we have it good here. Naysayers should try living the same lifestyle they enjoy here in Europe or Asia…unless you have a few $Mill a year in income, you’ll be very sadly disappointed.

  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?

I think the go to ride for visitors to Adelaide has to be Old freeway, over Lofty, across through Uraidla to Deviation Rd, back along Loby Rd to Basket Range, Ashton then across to Marble Hill and down Montacute and back to the city for Coffee in Vardon Place.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

I think I’ll have bored everyone enough by now!

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Not all all Lorne, a pleasure to hear from you, love the early day BMX bandit storys, although I can’t quite get the image of you with Nicole Kidman style hair out of my head.

 

Till next time

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iPib

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3 Peaks

 

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You can just about smell it – Sunday 12th March.

The guys I have been riding and training with over the last 4 months are pretty well set and have positioned themselves well to complete the course in a quicker time than previous years, although poor old JK, who broke his leg a few minutes before last years Peaks Falls Creek ride, ripped his hammy a few weeks back which has severely hampered his preparation.

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Good luck to all who are heading over and doing the loop.

Me, I’ll just do some riding at my leisure on the Saturday and Sunday and support the lads with their preparation and drinking.

Oh, that little hill at the 170km mark is the 4km 5% grind out of Omeo. Don’t be afraid of it, just be aware it’s there – the first time i did this ride i had forgotten about this and was expecting a nice coast before wtf – no siree.  Ah, and the road to Omeo gets a little knarly toward sthe end, no dramas, just be prepared.

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Bike Review – Titanium Astir GT

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I’ve been riding for over 10 years now, have had two alloy and 3 carbon bikes in my time, but I’ve been hankering for a titanium bike for quite some time. We’ve all seen them, the raw Ti bike finish just looks great, seeing the welds, the deep lustre of the metal finish, the clean lines, sweet.

So, given the chance to try out a locally made Titanium bike that I first saw at the Tour Village back in 2016 was a no brainer. James, the brain behind the Astir brand, is a mechanical engineer with a previous life working with Titanium, decided some time back to branch out into mixing his expertise working with Titanium and his engineering skills with his cycling passion to make titanium frames and build bikes.

He’s been plugging away for a while and slowly but surely building up the brand and expanding his range.

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After first meeting James at the Village, I’ve been sporadically nagging away at him to let me give a Ti bike a try, and just after Christmas he relented, and lent me the try GT bike, a gravel tourer.

There appears to be a leaning back toward metal bikes, with newer Aluminium and Steel technologies combined with improved design and geometries matched with decent wheels, seat posts and forks improving the comfort over the older metal framed bikes. However there are still few Titanium bikes on the market, and those that you do are priced quite high, and for good reason, so it is a delight to see James persevere with his passion.
James kindly brought the bike up to Norton Summit and gave me a few hours to give it a go over some of the delightful gravel roads around Norton and Marble Hill.

The GT, with some good 40mm rubber on the front is designed to eat up bumps on the road, making for a relatively smooth ride and robust handling.
Weighing a bit less than 8kgs, its definitely no carbon bike, but the weight didn’t matter when riding up the loose gravel roads. Heck, when the rider I just a tad over 80kg, an extra ½ kilo or so on the frame is really going to matter much.
The stiff frame allowed efficient transfer of what power my chicken legs through to the rubber, and with the decent rubber, it was mostly transferred to the gravel base.
Without much effort, I put the bike through its paces on a wide variety of road, gravel, bitumen, Roubaix style pavers (yes, the exist, although not as bone shaking as the real thing, Old Cherryville Road, keep an eye out for it next time your riding around Marble Hill) and even a fire trails which disappeared over the edge of a ridge somewhere just east of Corkscrew. This titanium bike shined through on all road surfaces.
I didn’t tell James this, but heading down Narrow Ridge Road I was almost cleaned up by a commodore coming out of a driveway. That section of road was a short steep and descent with very loose gravel, which wasn’t too bad until this commodore came flying out of a driveway and came flying up the road. With the loose gravel on the crown of the road and deep gashes on thesides, I was unable to turn as such without the front wheel digging in, so it got a little scary, but the bike held it’s line and we both came out unscathed.
The bike felt significantly more rigid than my carbon bike, but it had that good solid feel without losing that feeling of responsiveness and comfort. The GT soaked up the holes and gravel just nicely thank you. It was a fun bike to ride. With some good road tyres thrown on I can see it being a good multi-purpose bike, taking me around whatever gravel I could throw at it as well being the touring bike for the longer sportive rides.

If you’re thinking about looking at a Ti bike, give James a call and give Astir a try.
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The following taken from their website homepage gives you a bit more of feel for what Astir is about.

At ASTIR we make custom made bicycles to order.  Our bikes have a blend of classic and contemporary design by using traditional lines with an “Astir” touch of finesse. ASTIR is a small boutique company and our designs concentrate exclusively on unique  road bicycles that can be used in Cyclosportive events, as your local café racer a daily commuter or a fast Tourer.  Our frames have been fine tuned for riders that are strong and like to ride on comfortable frames that have a clean look and that will last over the years. All the frames are custom made to fit we do not have off the shelf frames.

Material selection:

Our primary material is Titanium. We use Titanium 3AL/2.5V (known as Grade 9) straight gauge tubing and double butted to build our frames. This material has been used over the years with great success in the cycling industry. It is lightweight, strong, durable and gives a very good surface finish. Tubes are selected with an emphasis on giving a comfortable yet confident sporty ride. Model variations are the (Road) Classic, Sportive, Brevet, Titan, (touring and commuting) Touring and our eBikes. (designed and engineered in Adelaide South Australia). The models are a guide and can be changed to suite your requirements and riding style.

http://www.astirframes.com/

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Rider of the Week – James Raison

This weeks Rider of the Week is James Raison.
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 If you haven’t seen James out and about around Adelaide, then you’ve been riding with your eyes close. You’ll soon understand what I mean.
This is James cycling story.
I’m James: rider of bikes, editor at La Velocita, eater of the burgers, ice cream destroyer, tyre pressure zealot, charismatic stallion, all-round legend, 30 years awesome, and exceptionally humble to-boot.
  • You have registered for the Indian Pacific, a ride starting in Fremantle and finishing at Bondi Beach. I’ve got to ask it – why?
There’s a few answers to that: challenge, adventure, fun, and growth through adversity. Plus, I’ll be dead one day and nobody gets a second shot at life.
  • I understand yo have a pact with a fellow competitor, something about crossing the line hand in hand at the end – is this true, and how deep is the man love running between the 2 of you?
Nah, no pact. We’ve agreed that we’re happy to ride together while we’re on compatible pace so nothing pact-like. This is a solo challenge and you have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to get yourself to the finish line. Maybe we finish together, maybe we finish a week apart. Who knows? It’s a long race.
  • How are you feeling with the race just just around the corner?
Pretty relaxed considering what I’m staring down. Mostly I’m looking forward to starting. Once it’s over then I can move on. This race has dominated my thoughts, emptied my bank account, and cost me a lot of sleep over the last few months. I’m just looking forward to getting back to normal life afterwards.
  • Can you give an overview of the training you been doing of late?
I did a training shakedown over the Australia Day long weekend that was 930 km in 3 days. Since then I’ve been keeping up the riding but am focusing more on getting my body in good shape with stretching and basic strength training. I’ve also been eating my own weight in ice cream. I need some body fat to get me across the country. It sure isn’t what a lot of people expect when they ask about my training. Physical ability only lasts a couple of days. After that it becomes about managing your body and having the mental strength to keep going.
  • OK, enough abut the Indy Pac, lets learn a little about who James is. How long have you been cycling?
About 13 years just after I finished high school.
  • What got you started?
A horrific hangover. I got totally wasted on cheap vodka and woke up with only about 20 minutes before I was due to work at my glamorous checkout job. So I grabbed my barely functional mountain bike I got when I was 12 and sweated my way to work. That was literally how it started. I rode to work every day from then on. Then I rode everywhere.It just grew from there. I have never had a driver’s licence, I just ride bikes.
  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Currently I have four. A Giant TCX for gravel grinding and commuting, a Daccordi Furioso when I feel like being a vintage steel hipster, a Bottecchia Emme 2 which is my fast-light-carbon bike, and the Curve Belgie Spirit that can do almost anything. I just grab whatever best suits what I’m doing, or whatever feels like it’ll be fun.
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  • What bike do you covet?

I’d say my Curve with a few mods to weenie it up. It’s currently in endurance spec and I can’t wait to shed some weight off it when I get back from Indy Pac. If money were no object I’d throw Dura Ace 9170 on, a Tune Schwarzes Stuck seatpost, and some Tune Airways wheels. Maybe get some ultralight tyres as well. Get that sucker as light as possible. That’s all the bike I’ll ever need.

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  • How do you store your bikes?
Steadyracks. Annoying to install but they’re brilliant.
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  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I do basic maintenance myself but I get regular servicing at Bio-Mechanic Cycles and Repairs (BMCR). Pete and Andrew are phenomenal mechanics who work wonders on my bikes. They’ve also found some damaged components that could have ended in serious injury to me. So I trust them. Lia’s customer service is second-to-none as well. She’s very patient with my frequent emailing! They’re the best.
I went and spoke to them as soon as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race was announced. I wanted them to build my rig and Pete has been tweaking it for the last couple of months. It’s one hell of a bike thanks to his expertise.
  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
Nothing too special. Some nice allen keys, various tightening/loosening tools, a servicing stand, and a crapload of baby wipes. Those baby wipes are magic for bike cleaning.
  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
Garmin. I love numbers and have a terrible sense of direction.
  • What do you love about cycling?
Almost everything. The fun, the freedom, the physical and mental health benefits, the challenge, the shiny things, and the social side. I was quite overweight as a teenager so cycling has become the ultimate expression of transformation and change from what I was. That’s why I love climbing steep hills so much.
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photo credit Lana Adams – La Velocita

 

Riding a bike changed the course of my life and is the single most important influence on who I am today.
  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Just to be cliched: Peter Sagan. His abilities are staggering but the way he conducts himself on and off the bike sets him apart. From what I hear, he’s just a really nice guy and everyone likes him.
  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?
Well, one has to be Peter Sagan for obvious reasons. Brad Wiggins because he’s a phenomenal athlete who has reinvented himself many times in his career. I think he’d be fascinating to talk to. Alex Howes would be the last. He is just a straight-up cool guy. I chatted to him a bit at the TDU this year and he’s very friendly. I’d love to go for a ride with him.
  • Where would you take them to eat?
Wherever makes good burgers. I don’t have much time for really fancy food. I’m a simple fella.
  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
Riding 1,080 km from Melbourne to Adelaide with 3 mates was my craziest challenge to date.
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We smashed ourselves riding with about 2 total hours sleep in parks and ditches for the whole ride. We pushed it to the limits. Exhaustion, sleep deprivation, hallucination, we went through it all. We had fun the whole time though. The banter went for 60 straight hours.
  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?
The worst was probably when a kangaroo wiped me out last year while I was trying to do all 4 Dirty Dozen courses in 2 days. I was abut to finish the second course when a kangaroo smashed into the side of me. I was lucky not to break anything but my bike was cracked, several components broken, and my helmet was ruined.
  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Favourite post-ride treat is a Cibo iced coffee. I don’t really like Cibo but they make the best iced coffees. Other than that, I have a few good coffee spots: Red Berry Espresso, Brick and Mortar, Pave, Coffeelosophy, and more. Depends where I end up.
  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?
Japan. There’s vending machines everywhere and the Japanese people are absolutely fantastic. I’d love to go back with a bike and do some exploring.
  • What is your favourite local training route?
Mt Osmond is my favourite area. I love the steep climbs and the beautiful views.
  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
I haven’t had to resort to that thankfully. She hasn’t asked what the total spend was on my Indy Pac setup. Hopefully she doesn’t!
  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?
A power meter for my Bottecchia. It runs Campy so options are really expensive.
  • Is there a cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
So many! I’m very proud of what we’re doing at La Velocita. We’ve had massive growth running on the smell of an oily rag. We’re  growing because passionate and talented people contribute. It’s pretty fantastic.
Massive thanks to Cycle Closet as well for supporting me for Indy Pac. They’ve sourced a lot of really high quality gear for me to use. Finally, my pokey YouTube channel: RideAdelaide. It’s a silly little project I’ve started but I get a lot of pleasure out of it.
  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?
The chill. It’s an easy going town and it’s just a nice place to be.
  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?
Pretty much all the interstaters who come to visit are cyclists so I take them out and blow their minds on our awesome roads.
  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Not really, just ride bikes.

Cafe – Aristology

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The Spring Classics and Monuments

What a great time of the year – the classics / monuments are back

1st up – Strade Bianchi

Arguably the best race of the year.

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Olympic Champion and new 2017 Strade Bianchi champion, Greg Van Avermaet gets his first Monument.

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Oh, and if your i any doubt about the Strade Biancha being one of the best spring classic rides on the calendar, have a look here. Some stunning photos from Gruber Images, partciularly with the behind the scenes access the photographer is goven.

http://www.yarak.cc/strade-bianche

 

A few of the photos from this site to whet your appetite.

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And the Paris Nice – still a few more days to go, but a few snaps so far.  Its looking bloody cold over there.

Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Wine and Ale Trail of the Week – Norwood

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Located only minutes east of Adelaide’s CBD, in the heart of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters are three boutique cellar doors and a micro-brewery. Four relaxed environments so close to home, the Eastside Wine & Ale Trail is designed to let you hear the history and stories behind the operators as you sip and sample your way along the Trail.

  • Amadio Wines
  • Tidswell Wines
  • Signature Wines
  • Little Bang Brewing Co.

Little Bang is a place that is only a few minutes ride away from where I live, but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to get to yet despite following their facebook site and watching the great Sunday afternoons they schedule in with all sorts of foodie heaven treats.  Keep an eye out for them

Further detail on the Food and Wine Trail can be found here Eastside Wine and Ale Trail

A big weekend coming up, so enjoy

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