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Following the rather sedentry walk on the Monday, my mate said I should try the more challenging "India Venster" route.. So the day before I was due to fly back home, , after an early rise, we were at the lower cableway station and started up the path in time to catch the sunrise...
Weather could be a critical factor for this ride. Last year the weather was terrible - it rained almost constantly - resulting in a very high drop out (many people didnt even bother starting, and about a third didnt finish). People I have spoken to tell of being colder than they have ever been in their life.
I've been looking at the weather forecast for the next few days and coming from an Adelaide summer (even the relatively cool one we are having this year) it could be a…Continue
My rescheduled lunch with Andrew Hamilton of the "that's not a calve injury, that's DVT! didn't really go to plan today.
A short ride into Rundle St from work. I was ahead of time I just took a nice cruise along the river and even stopped to take a call from Ashleigh Moore. Parked the bike, showed Andrew the Icebreaker winter…Continue
I'm coming out of the lycra clad closet. Those of you that have already ridden with with me could probably already tell by looking, although you may not have noticed. I have been ridiculed for it. I have seen disapproving looks. I have seen shakes of the head. I have seen knowing and whistful smiles!
I must admit was surprised that it was looked down upon in some areas of the cycling siblinghood, but there again I have been on the fringes of this culture for some time. It was…Continue
Davidtcr has added a nice comment on his training for the 3 peaks - he's doing some serious kms (on the bike and in the air!).
Someone asked me about my home made back pack so I took a few photos tonight.
Photo 1 - empty bag and stuff to pack (arm warmers, leg warmers, rain coat and 2x spare tubes). I figured if its cold enough for me to think I might need an undershirt then I will probably wear it from the start rather than carry it. I am also thinking about stitching…Continue
Not much happening in the training stakes, although a number of people have offered their opinions on my ability to complete the ride (thanks for all the positive support you guys!). 70kms on a mostly flat ride last Sat morning (up Belair Rd, down Shepherds Hill, then down past Hallets Cove and back home via Henley Beach). I saw a bunch of the CVSA guys heading out of Glenelg and waved madly at them. I think AVO spotted me, but everyone else had the look of "Who the hell is that waving at…Continue
New to this site, liking the Adelaide Cyclists format,.
Started riding back in 2009 when i couldnt run anymore due to an old Army knee injury. Got the bug from the TDU, loved it, havent looked back since! bought my first entry level road bike in May 2009 it was a Shogun 2008 Katana 105 groupset carbon/alloy. Still got it great bike to get started on with my height and weight. Have now only made the decision out of Felt AR5, OppyC6 and Giant TCR Adv1, have paid a deposit…Continue
Just received a new email from BV with, amongst other things, a recommended training schedule for Jan-March. Accordingly, I am meant to have been doing around 300-400km per week riding 3 weekdays and both weekend days (2x 50km rides, 1 x 70km ride, 1 x 180km ride and one recovery 30km ride). Obviously this kind of schedule precludes going to work or having a family or doing anything else useful other than pedalling, eating, sleeping or cleaning the bike. Needless to say I am still wallowing…Continue
Added by Alexander Langman Hender on February 14, 2011 at 8:36 — No Comments
Alright folks, it's official.
I have the sickness: 2 bikes ain't…Continue
Did a walk (well clamber really) up table mountain yesterday. Fantastic scenery, but definately no place for a bike!
Heady stuff, near the top... the clouds were actually sea mist and probably only 50-100m above the sea.
Nearing the top of the ravine
More on the food issues surrounding endurance riding. If you havent cottoned on to the theme yet, you might be able to deduce that I've never really thought much about sport nutrition and I have a healthy scepticism for all this fancy schmancy (read $$$$) sports food and drink you can buy. Another on my list of "sounds like a crock to me" was always carb loading. I, perhaps like many, always thought that carbo loading involved stuffing as much pasta down my cake hole for several days before…Continue
Less than five weeks to go!
Last weeks "training" consisted of 40km (Mt Lofty) on Tuesday, racing with the vets on Wed (a good hard 45 minutes of cardio work out, average speed 37km/h which I thought was pretty good considering we only had 7 guys in the race), Dogs Bollards test run on Thursday (30km) and a moderate speed 60km ride around the Barossa including Mengler Hill on Saturday.
I've been doing a fair bit of reading about eating for endurance riding. Most times…Continue
I Rode off the front of the peleton!
They were doing a fun ride in the area so I tagged along. I thought it only fair to do my turn at the front and did so a few times. Then, up a fairly long, 2-3% climb, with a bit of a head wind, I took the lead again, and hunkered down for a while. Looking back after a minute or so, you can imagine my astonishment at seeing a 50 meter gap opened up and I was riding alone! After re-grouping I chatted with one of the riders who was up…
Hello, it's February already! I don't think anyone could argue that January was a bit of a bore - I'm sure you all enjoyed the festival that is the Tour Down Under even if you are not into cycling as sport. It great to see so many cyclists out and about and still making the most of the warm weather. Over the month of January more than 100 new members joined the community. Welcome everyone new.
VOTE FOR THE PHOTO OF THE MONTH…Continue
I've wanted to ride Burma Rd ever since I saw the name on a map (sometime last weekend) - a name that triggered the imagination. Cycling thoughts went round in my head as the kilometres rolled by under Bike's wheels. Up Penneys Hill, down Pottery. Woodgate Hill - a lovely road - I'm feeling happy and peaceful. Random thought - does Andrew Bolt ride a bike? Doubt it. Then I'm there - no Compass help required.
Burma Rd has…Continue
OK, so having read Durian Rider's post about how much carbohydrate riders need to consume and Mike independently discovering the same information we now know that we need to be shovelling around 70g of carbohydrate per hour into our gobs...every hour for around 10 hours. Sheesh...
I'm pretty keen to avoid expensive bars and gels (and to be honest I have never used them anyway) so we are thinking about fig newtons (2 per hour = 44 g of carbs), dates and dried apricots (6 per hour, 4 g…Continue
On yer bikes…Continue
Added by heather on February 1, 2011 at 12:14 — No Comments