Those who know me know I've been racing a few months now, initially to get experience for the AU Masters road race, but now the bug has well and truly bitten. Yesterday I had the 1st experience of what racing is truly about - the sprint finish. The race was 71k of medium to hard riding with the pack basically staying together, with the odd flurry of attacks to shake off the weak. With 2k to go I found myself at the lead, into a head wind - not good! However, I controlled the pace so's not…Continue
Sorry haven't posited lately. The ride to Port Lincoln starts on Saturday from the RSPCA at Lonsdale. We are starting off at 0730 so as to minimise the traffic as much as possible.
Training this time of year is a struggle for me I have to admit as I get asthma this time of year plus the flu for 2 weeks, its been a treat lol.
If anyone would like to start the ride with us your welcome to (donation for the cause of course lol).
We ride from Lonsdale to Pt…Continue
Added by Greg Andrew on October 31, 2011 at 15:01 — No Comments
Recent discussions on Adelaide Cyclists has suggested it is both irresponsible and dangerous to attempt high speed descent's on public veloways/bike tracks/roads so I will attempt to resist displaying or comparing descent speeds or leader board positions relating to these. Having said that, I will.. please go to http://www.pcsa.net.au/?p=2377 to read more.
Added by Steven Ellison on October 31, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments
Don't know if this is the right place to post this ... but I'm here now, so here goes.
I'm planning on riding Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Rd. Setting out on Monday 28 November and taking 10-11 days. I've done this ride on three previous occasions and thought it would be nice to have company this time - perhaps 3 - 4 people along. Let me know if you're interested.
I arrived at Cafe Rimini about 7:20am, a little early for the 7:45am ride start time, to find Wattsy had already arrived with Michelle & Paul Fischer. The morning was overcast with a brisk breeze blowing. With a forecast for showers it did not look like it was going to be a nice day for a ride. By 7:45am everyone had arrived for the ride including Rob who had been running a little late. Most people had rain jackets on expecting to see some rain.…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on October 30, 2011 at 11:15 — No Comments
Just a warning to be careful descending Wickhams next week. I went up the hill today and as I turned onto Wickhams Hill Rd at about 25kph I had to really back off on the turn due to the amount of loose gravel;/stones etc. on the junction. It could be very hairy flying down the hill next week and leaning over into the turn onto Mclaren Flat Rd and losing traction.
It was also very blustery along the range this morning, difficult to hold a steady line at times so watch for that as…Continue
I has organised to meet my riding companion near the Colonel Light Gardens primary school at 7:30 I was on time he was early (that’s my story and I'm sticking to it).
Thought the back streets to the Linton Path I had managed to ride all the way today I was stuggling on the 20% grade and suddenly BANG my chain had broken.
Today i took my bike into trak cycles at norwood for its 1st service and to have my cassette changed from the original wheels to my new ones.
On checking the derailer it was found that the hanger had a crack right across it ! now i am happy to say they had a replacement and its all fixed but i dont wont to think about what may have happened if it had not been seen and had broken in two while i was riding it. This was a fault in the hanger and nothing i had done as the bike is still…Continue
After switching from a heavy training regime in running to riding a bike to keep fit I find myself constantly double checking my reasons for doing anything cycling. I have to keep reminding myself that I am riding a bike to keep fit and not training to race or participate in events.
Its a fine line, for anyone who has a competitive streak, to follow. If for some reason your normal competitive outlet is blocked it make it even more difficult to control the urge to do more, and more,…Continue
Today was all about performing a solid ride. Wishing to improve my climbing as I find I am weak in this. This is why I continue to ride to Darlington and back via the veloway with its undulating route and 2 category 4 climbs.
6:31am: 21.8km, 56m10s, 2:35/km, 23.3kph, 4,028KJ's, 139/157 avg/max HR
In actual fact only 3 of the 6 PR's are relevant as the other 3 overlap the 3 primary segments. I am quoting segments that ... to read more please go to…Continue
A few weeks ago, someone was talking with me about not having ridden up Main South Road (Tapleys Hill, the geographic feature; O'Halloran Hill, the suburb). I mentioned that I had done it, once, a long time ago.
So I thought about it a bit more, and decided to post a blog on the subject.
It was early January 1970. I wanted to get to Port Noarlunga from home at Mansfield Park to participate in a Street Evangelism team. To have caught the infrequent and expensive…Continue
Hi there all you Adelaidians! Long time no see.
I thought I would let you all know that I am riding in Fitz's Challenge on the weekend, riding 105km with the University of Canberra Cycling Team (aka Team Lycra) and the Uni is collecting donations on behalf of the Oncology Children's Foundation. I also have a swish new kit to ride in... photos after the ride.
I know that this is a cause that is close to the hearts of many in the AC community, and I also know…Continue
Went to the local bike shop today to buy some rim tape but was told "we dont have any at the moment" So off i went to my other local bike shop only to hear the same words " we dont have any at the moment'" I had to drive down to The Complete Cycle at port noarlunga to get my tape.Wake up guys we cant buy what you dont have and i would have thought rim tape would be in stock all the time.Its not the 1st time i have had to travel to The Complete Cycle to get what i needed because my local shop…Continue
Some of you may remember Princess from my earlier blog post about my bikes: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/profiles/blogs/my-bikes
In the months since, I've... mostly left her sitting there.
But in the last couple of weeks, perhaps in an attempt to avoid exam revision, I've stripped her down, painted her up, and replaced most of the parts. (I do still need a brake though)
The result is…
Last Friday night after work, as the weather was particularly pleasant and my mood wasn't conducive to being at home, I decided it would be a good idea to go for a nice, casual bike ride. Rather than my usual sprint down to the beach or up Waterfall Gully, I decided to take a ride down memory lane.
My first real foray into regularly riding a bike came about 12 years ago. Yes, I did a bit of spinning around the BMX track as a youngster; and during high school I would jump on my…Continue
Today I reached a new milestone, I have now ridden over 1,000 km's/621 mi (actual 1,019 km's/633 mi) after owning a bike for all of 76 days. Its taken 30 rides, almost 50 hours of riding and almost 200,000 KJ's of energy to reach this point. In fact I have reached a second milestone at the same time, 4,002 KM's/2,487 mi of exercise for 2011, thats 1,019 km/633 mi ridding, 1,901 km/1,181 mi running and 1,082 km/672 mi walking. I started riding after my knee broke down at the end of…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on October 24, 2011 at 11:35 — No Comments
I love trawling the internet for cycling jerseys...retro, vintage, unusual. Check out these babies
Just wanted to thank you kind folk who gave me advice / suggestions regarding the coast to vines trail. We did the route from the bottom of the expressway down to McLaren Vale, then the Shiraz trail to Willunga. definitely better to do the Shiraz from McLaren Vale to Willunga - if we hadn't been told it was uphill that way, we wouldn't have noticed, but definitely noticed the downhill slope on the way back :-)
Found the Seaford detour a little confusing, not well signed at all, but…Continue
Today I took one step closer to becoming a 'proper' cyclist. Today, resplendent in my new Adelaide Cyclists jersey, I ventured out fully clad in lycra for the first time.
What on earth is happening to me? Eighteen months ago I was a public transport catching, Sunday afternoon TV watching regular kind of person. Yes, I watched the Tour de France every year and mused to myself how nice it would be to get back on a bike again. But I…
I had a doctors appointment this morning at 11:30 that I had to work around. We had organised to leave Mile End near Bunnings about 7 am and rode though town near the market we came across some forklifts coming back from getting gas on West Terrace driving down the wrong side of the road and then 3 abreast (can you hoon drive in a forklift?).