“Let’s Take it Easy Today”, They Did Not Listen

Friday morning for the CuBeCyCl gang is supposed to be a no drop coffee ride. It is our most popular group ride because at the end we sit around and bull shit at the local bakery.
A couple of solid efforts on the trainer, and 2 hard sessions on the road on Monday and Tuesday had my legs feeling like mince.

A big crowd was at the start (a big crowd for us, 8 riders), including the real fast guys, Dan and Tim.

May as well knock this on the head right from the get go. “Let’s go easy today gents. No records!” There seemed to be enough smiles and nods for me to think the message had sunk in. 20 minutes later I was breathing out of my arse and struggling to hold on.

I will let the video tell the story of the final couple of kilometres. Bloody triathletes!

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At CyclingCentral for stage 8 of the Giro 2016

Once again I was lucky enough to get to wander the halls of Cycling central at SBS for stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia. And what a stage it was. I wont talk a lot about the experience, as I have already been through that here.

 

 
Instead, here are a few photos from the night.
 

 

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Once again a big thank you to Mike Tomalaris, Henk Vogels, Matt Keenan, Robbie McEwen and Cat Whelan for putting up with me wandering around all night. I was a thrill.

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Let’s See How Much a Metre Actually Matters, The Reply.

So, further to the incident on the weekend. I had actually asked on Twitter a while a go how we go about reporting incidents like the one from the weekend, and I got the following reply.

Fantastic. Couldn’t be easier. So I sent the report in on the weekend. Monday, an email…. (click to see full size)

So, it seems it isn’t that easy. I supplied them with the video and photos from the previous blog post as well as time and date. I am not sure exactly why I have to report this in person? Is it just to make it harder for people to do?

NSW Police, can you advise?

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Let’s See How Much a Metre Actually Matters.

So this happened on the way home from town today.

Now, I have asked NSW police on Twitter about reporting this sort of thing, and they advised me to use the Crimestoppers page.

So, today, I have reported it. I included these 2 photos and a link to the YouTube.


Will keep you updated if I hear anything.

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Woodhill Mountain, You Glorious Bitch!

Last Saturday Richard and i took off for a longish ride, including a local climb called Woodhill Mountain. I have never completed this climb without stopping before, so that was going to be the challenge of the day. Not much to say, just watch the video to see a struggle that is real.

And the fun part, when the extra kilograms actually help.

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Tour Down Under – Day 8

Oh no, the final day! It has gone by so quickly.

Today I had planned an early ride with my mate Carl. This would ensure I wouldn’t get lost in the bloody hills again. We met at the bottom of Norton Summit, for my 3rd trip up in the week. And by far the slowest.

Last trip up Norton Summit with Carl. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl #tdu

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Carl always manages to take a camera along, and snaps some interesting shots.

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Oh good lord, the struggle is real.

It was actually a really enjoyable ride, if a little cool at some points. We bombed down the freeway and found a spot for a coffee at the crit track.

Coffee with Carl. #tdu #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Whilst there, we saw this…

Oh jesus! #cycling #morningride #cubecycl #TDU2016 #roadtrip

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So, naturally…

And here is the ride on Strava…

Then it was off to the final stage around the city.

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With a few laps left, I headed back to the hotel to watch Caleb Ewan smash them again in the sprint.

So that dear reader, is my Tour Down Under for 2016.

A big thanks to all that have made comments on Twitter about the blog. I am glad people are enjoying my look at the TDU.

I big thanks to John Galloway from The Velocast for organising the media pass. It was great to be able to get up close to the riders.

See you all again next year.

norbs

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Tour Down Under – Day 7

Stage 5, the queen stage, Old Willunga Hill. Such a great stage around McLarenvale and up the hill. Having been there a few times now, I know a couple of tricks and one of them is getting a park about 10m from the start area. Don’t ask. πŸ™‚

It was windy and I was predicting echelons. I don’t think it happened, but I had a great day none the less. Here are some start line shots.

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Then it was time to shoot out to Aldinga Beach to check out the party atmosphere.

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It wasn’t long before the peloton came through, lead by the days break.

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Once the bunch got past, I was off, back to some spots I had been before. The fact they lap 3 times around the same course makes it a lot easier for me. Here are a bunch of shots from those 3 laps before they go up the hill.

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I then shot off to a new spot. An overhead bridge they ride under. And I am so glad I did. Apart from being muscled slightly off centre by a tubby bastard, I was super excited with how these turned out.

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Another good day out. I didn’t go up Old Willunga Hill, as I know just how busy it is and I freak out in huge crowds like that. There is always some nufty ready to smash into your camera or push you over.

I got back to the hotel and went for a swim and had a nap. After some dinner I went for a quick blast around the city, but once the sun went down, the cars got a little unpredictable for me, so I pulled the pin.

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Tour Down Under – Day 6

Ok, where were we. Sorry about the delay. Being a lazy two finger typist means these things take some time to throw together, and I just ran out of time in Adelaide. But, I have just had dinner here in Hay and will try and bang out a few days worth of posts. Let’s cook this chook.

Stage 4 started at Norwood.

Start line at Norwood. Slight breeze but warming up now. #tdu

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They were heading up Norton Summit, which was part of the stage (after the neutral zone) but wasn’t a categorized climb. I have no idea why. I do know that they smashed the KOM on Strava. πŸ™‚

I got some shots at the start line as per usual.

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Then it was off to a place on the route I had found the night before…

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The climb up Norton had really sorted them out and there were some big gaps. This is a problem for me, as I was expecting to jump in behind the Road Open van for a few kms and then taking a short long cut to try and get in front of the peloton one more time before they headed to Victor Harbour.

I got to Handorf and got stuck behind a logging truck, and could see the minutes passing. Off in the distance I could see the helicopters following the break away, and slowly but surely they passed in front of me, which meant I was stuffed. I got to my next spot just as the last two riders went past. Oh arse!

So I drove home to watch the end of the race. The weather was starting to look a bit ordinary, but the reports were saying it was headed towards Victor Harbour. I got back to my room just as it started to get very dark in Adelaide. Then there was a massive flash and boom of thunder and the heavens opened up over Adelaide. The winds were blowing and it was a pretty severe storm.

So severe in fact that at one point I opened my door and there was a soaked pigeon huddled in the corner trying to get out of the downpour. It let me pick it up, so I took it inside and get it a bit of a dry off in the spare towel. Once the storm had past, I put him back where I found him, and ten minutes later, this is where he was.

With the storm, the temperature dropped, so I had a brainwave. Go for a ride! I grabbed all my gear and headed out for a run through the hills. Well, Adelaide was having none of these cooler temps, and before I knew it I was sweating like nothing else. The humidity was ridiculous. And I was lost in the hills once again. You can see on the GPS track where I went wrong.

These were my shoes by the time I got back.

Covered in crap from the roads. #cycling #arvoride #cubecycl #tdu

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Overall, not a bad day I’d say. πŸ™‚

As usual, the full gallery is here… http://imgur.com/a/aSYCl

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Tour Down Under – Day 5

Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under and it was back to the corkscrew.

Starting out at Glenelg, I must say, I was slightly worried when I first arrived.

Rain at the start line. Can't see the tram tracks being an issue. πŸ˜€ #tdu

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Glenelg pier under some dirty grey skies. #tdu

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Luckily, the cloud started to burn off and the rain stayed away. Here are some photos from the start line.

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I didnt want to hang around too long, so I got the hell out of there and headed to my first stop at Ironbank. Found an ok spot and got these shots.

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It all happens so quickly. Once the went through, I jumped in behind the Road Open vehicle all the way to Stirling. The the GPS navigation lady sent me on an alternate route to Cudlee Creek. Where I managed this bunch.

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All in all, not a bad day.

I got back to the motel and decided a ride was in order. All inspired, I took off to the hills again. Well, until I got to a point of being way too hot, so turned around and went to Glenelg instead. πŸ™‚

So that is day 5 done and dusted. Stage 4 tomorrow. It is going way to fast for my liking’s. Ah well, still loving being here.

All images available here http://imgur.com/a/aSYCl

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Tour Down Under – Day 4

Stage 2 today started just up the road from where I am staying, at a little place called Unley. According to Dave McKenzie, there has been a stage start all but 3 times since 1999.

Here are just a few photos from the start line today.

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Then, well before the start time, I was off. I wasn’t going to get caught again. I had found a spot about 1.5km before the KOM and it proved to be a good spot after a long fast downhill. A steep little pinch that had the punters that ride parts of the stage before the pros struggling.

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Once the bunch passed, it was back in the car and off to reccie the loop they would be doing around Stirling. I figured they were doing 6 passes, so I could get a few different positions. It worked out great.

Obviously with Adam hansen going off the front, there will be a few photos of him.

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With a lap to go, I bolted. I know what the traffic is like trying to get out of Stirling, So I was just about back to the motel when McCarthy edged out Ulissi at the end.

No rides today as the old legs are feeling it. Should be another to report on tomorrow I hope. They are starting from Glenelg tomorrow, and then off to the hills. Should be a ripper with the run in to home all down hill.

The full gallery of photos from the whole trip is below.

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PS. I am aware that some photos arent showing up. Sadly, Imgur seems to be struggling at times. Instagram is a pain in the arse and Flickr I can’t even upload to for some reason. Bookmark this page to go back to for all the photos. http://imgur.com/a/aSYCl

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