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Two days of suffering - my introduction to racing

For the past 10 or so years, I have been riding a road bike. Initially it started out as smallish rides of 20-30km, then hills were introduced. Longer rides then started to feature on my schedule, along with a bit more frequent riding during the week. A couple of years ago, the challenge of the Bike SA rides (Coast to Coast, Grand Slam series, Amy's Ride) caught my attention and have given them all a shot or two. Obviously, over the course of time, my cycling adventures have slowly…


Added by Darren S. on August 29, 2011 at 20:38 — 20 Comments

Matt Rawnsley and the Paris-Brest-Paris

Some of you may heard of Audax and some even heard of the Paris-Brest-Paris (1200kms non-stop), and some may even know Matt.

But did you know that last weekend, Matt completed his fifth Paris-Brest-Paris, an event that is held every four years. Matt has always qualified for the event (involving a series of…


Added by Julia on August 29, 2011 at 22:02 — 5 Comments

In my tribe

I learnt this week that it's approaching 20 years since Nirvana's record Nevermind was released. Some are calling it the birth of grunge music but I would argue that and call it the popularisation of the genre that was already bubbling away with bands like Mudhoney. So 20 years has passed - at the time I was 20 and went to that first Big Day Out…


Added by Gus K on August 29, 2011 at 17:30 — 10 Comments

Nice day for a ride

Rode from Hallett Cove to Outer Harbour today and most of the way back..A big thank you to the old bloke who wanted to turn left into the golf club on Military road West Beach , forcing me to go left, the rear wheel going into a nice large pothole and 200mtrs later a flat. Turned bike upside down and fixed and road to Glenelg cycles to get spare tubes. Noticed my bike computer was missing. Found it on the road 100 mtrs smasjed..

Then just outside Minda, tthe rear wheel deflated…


Added by Greg Andrew on August 25, 2011 at 20:13 — 2 Comments

Adelaide Cyclists news - new jerseys, ride H'eroica & magpies

Hello cycling friends.

It's been one of those weeks when I have received a lot of emails from around the country (and world) asking for help of one kind or another or seeking a connection to the Adelaide cycling community. For each one I've been able to point them in the right direction purely because I know through your posts and comments where to find out the information they are after. That's how expansive Adelaide Cyclists has got as an information archive.

One group who…


Added by Gus K on August 25, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

On obsession

Do you remember those ads for the Commonwealth Bank from a few years ago with the sports mad kids. The boy was obsessed with cricket and walks about in his pads and uses the newspaper to cover drive the head off the garden gnome. In the other the girl is into netball and scores with the iceberg lettuce in-front of some patient parents. I'm thinking my son is going to be like these kids but more immediately I think I am like these kids!…


Added by Gus K on August 7, 2011 at 23:30 — 6 Comments

Racing - still alot to learn

I've been racing on and off (mostly off) since 2000, C grade open, then C grade masters open and now Veterans. Over the summer I raced C grade vets but after taking home the prize money a few too many times I got bumped up to B grade for the last crit of the summer. The move up a grade was certainly noticeable in terms of the amount of pain suffered and time spent with my heart rate well into the red zone. Racing crits is great - you can do it after work on a weeknight so don't need to find…


Added by Dahondude on July 3, 2011 at 21:58 — 5 Comments

Tour de France - how things have changed

When I first started watching the Tour on Tv back in the mid '90's I was living in the UK and it wasn't shown live, so I had to get up early and watch the highlights program on TV.


Over the years (and living back in Oz) SBS have slowly increased their coverage of the Tour, from daily highlights, to weekend live feeds, to now when we can watch the whole three weeks live, if we can stay up long enough each night. The only trouble with watching the race on TV is you only get to…


Added by Dahondude on July 7, 2011 at 23:09 — 7 Comments

Holiday is over

Hi all,


A quick update...

The RAA (property damage insurers) are saying I'm 15% at fault simply for being on the road so they are only willing to pay 85% of the quote that was provided to them that is of course after they take off 25% depreciation. Of course I am fighting it... I can't get my new bike until I get insurance to cover the costs of damages to my old bike. Very frustrating, as I am allowed to ride on the mag and will be able to ride on the road in about a…


Added by Lisa Payne on July 12, 2011 at 17:17 — 13 Comments

The Impossible Dream - Now Reality

Last night I was chasing a red tail light which belonged to another cyclist up towards the bollards on the Old Freeway. Normally when I climb in the dark I cant see too far in front and so just accept what ever comes and keep pedalling with the same intensity and cadence. Following a red tail red, I noted it started to climb in the distance, that I had to look up to see it. I was thinking, now this is going to hurt and was tempted to slow down when normally I wouldnt. The eyes send messages…


Added by Rob (Chewbacca) on July 13, 2011 at 14:14 — 3 Comments

Acklands Hill Road - 25 years on

For a while I have been considering climbing Acklands Hill Road which is about an 8 percent climb out of Coromandel Valley to Cherry Gardens. Last time I cycled up this hill was 25 years ago when I was 20. Hard to believe it has been quarter of a century. Michael Warner mentioned it a few times and each time I was really did not want to try climbing it again as I know how tough it is to climb.

After hearing about Mark Fs successful ascent up the Corkscrew the thought of visiting…


Added by Rob (Chewbacca) on July 18, 2011 at 21:13 — 10 Comments

Ride2Rescue - Istanbul to Sinop

John Clark’s Review – Istanbul to Sinop

Me with a turtle!!

We have made it to the Black Sea once more! After a long break in Istanbul we have ridden for eight straight days covering 696 kilometres arriving in the beautiful town of Sinop. We saw Tim off as he…


Added by John Clark on July 20, 2011 at 17:55 — No Comments

Give cyclists a metre?

I heard it on the radio 891 this morning. Cadel Evans has signed a petition which seeks to make the Give Cyclists a meter reccomendation turned into law. Some discussion followed and the RAA had a rep on the show, unfortunately I was a bit busy at the time and couldn't hear too much of what was being said.

However, how would this be implemented under law. Is it really practical to suggest that motorists may not pass a cyclist unless they can give them a metre clearance or should it be…


Added by Clive Palfrey on July 26, 2011 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

On the nature of heroism

What is a hero?

Mia Freedman has been on the receiving end of some very vitriolic abuse this week for daring to suggest that sports people are not heroes. Because she did this in the context of Cadel Evan’s win in the Tour de France many cyclists and cycling fans have come out in defence of Cadel and to criticise Mia as an ignorant nobody. But I think lots of people may have missed the point Mia was trying to make (ok we might argue that she did it in a very clumsy way, and I suspect…


Added by Tiny Avenger on July 27, 2011 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

SuperDrome Last Night, Look hard to see me on the track, that flash of colour over the finish line....

Gday ADL

Was there any of you ADL members at Superdrome last night too??

Just interested to know if you was there as well.


I had fun at Superdrome last night,

Suprised I am to be in A group but couldnt keep up all the way because my legs was like clappers on the hire bike with a gearing too small so i did both A and B Group turns without stopping, ie intervals after intervals.…


Added by Justin Dunn on July 28, 2011 at 12:01 — 9 Comments

GS3 ticked finally

I finally did GS3 today, solo. Barry was due to ride with me but is down with some kind of terrible fever, it could even be Man Flu.

Departed Williamstown at 09.30 and really enjoyed the 20 odd kms to Gawler thinking how good is this. Gawler to Kersbrook via One Tree Hill Rd and Humbug Scrub argh, a long long up hill stretch. Near the top of One tree hill road and near Alexander Ave I got swooped for the first time this season by a very persistant Magpie. Nice long downhill to…


Added by Clive Palfrey on July 29, 2011 at 23:59 — 12 Comments

Sheoak Rd -power or die

Thought I'd give this a go today, with Pat...  he's already admitted defeat, equipment failure. But for me it was interesting..  I attacked from the bottom, out of the saddle, but there's no way to keep up the momentum. I did manage to keep above 400W for about 150m but as fatigue creeps in, so the power…


Added by Baron Von Thierry on July 31, 2011 at 14:30 — 8 Comments

Mid winter catch-up



Wow what a winters day in Adelaide. Spectacular cycling weather and so many made the most of it. Cyclists everywhere in the hills, on Linear Park, at the Tweed Ride in the city and the cyclo-cross event in Victoria Park - I could not imagine how busy the beach roads must have been. Was it the Cadel effect (and how good was he!) or the weather? A member has already posted…


Added by Gus K on July 31, 2011 at 22:50 — No Comments

Hillclimbing for beginners

You may ask why am I writing about hillclimbing?

I am not an elite cyclist but someone that has ridden a bike around the place for a few years and have covered my fair share of kilometres. Even though I live on the flats, I manage to get up in the Adelaide Hills often. To be comfortable riding up hills you need to ride them, and do it often. Incorporate a few hills into your weekly riding schedule, and get into them.

Importantly I need to acknowledge my…


Added by Rob (Chewbacca) on July 6, 2011 at 11:30 — 19 Comments

Dirty road meandering

Normally I ride off-road on my mountain bike, tolerating necessary sealed sections, or on-road on my Long Haul Trucker. Yesterday I decided to try a style of ride that I've never done before by combining sealed and dirt roads into a loop in attempt to create a scenic meander through the hills. After a little planning I came up with…


Added by Luke on January 29, 2011 at 13:00 — 15 Comments

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