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Just a few happy snaps from my pedal around Culburra Beach this morning.

Boat. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Boats. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Walk on boards. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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North. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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South #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Outdoor shower. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Life savers. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Surf club. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Lake W. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Swan Lake. #cycling #morningride #cubecycl

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Thanks for looking.

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We Have a Winner

My humblest apologies for the late nature of this announcement. I can only blame myself and a rogue WordPress plugin that stopped my scheduled posts. Not only stopped them, bloody deleted them. Argh!

A while back I asked for people to make a selection for this years TdF Lantern Rouge. Through some good luck or sheer arse, one person picked it!

Well done the Buddha man! Prizes will be there soonish. ;)

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Thank You SBS and the Twitteratti!

Well, another three weeks has passed and the Tour de France is nearly done and dusted. Due to the fact that I am back at work tomorrow and can feel the man flu coming, I will be bailing early tonight.

Just a quick note to say a big thanks to SBS and Cycling Central for the terrific coverage of the tour. There is a lot of whinging and bitching along the way, but I am sure most Aussie tour freaks are grateful for the coverage.

And to all those people I have chatted to on Twitter, thank you for the banter. There hasn’t always been agreement, but it has made the tour so much more than just sitting on my arse in front of the TV.

Most importantly, a huge shout out to all those who took part in #toursnacks It has taken off in a way I never expected. Thank you also to Phil Gomes at Cycling Central for getting behind it.

Vive le tour!

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Cows with Guns – Thanks #trolldj

You know the Aussie tour freaks will go off like a frog in a sock when #trolldj busts out this crowd favourite.

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Gerrans vs Talansky

This is as good a job of the screenies I can manage at 1:45am.

Use the cursor keys to go through the sequence.

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Phil and Paul, I Have Some Questions

Where is the safest spot in the peloton?

Do the riders get nervous?

Paul, did you ever ride professionally?

Is there a chance you might lose the Tour de France on any given day, but not win it?

Are there really four Sundays in the Tour de France?

Have there ever been any gauntlets laid down during the Tour de France?

Can you dance on the pedals?

Has any one rider ever ridden like ten men?

Do nerves of steel ever help?

If a sprinter touches his brakes, is it a sign of weakness?

Do the screws ever get turned up?

Does the peloton ever string out?

Has the rubber band ever broken?

How big is the suitcase of courage?

Are they heads of state in a bike race?

Is it possible to tap out a rhythm?

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Some Photos of Stage 5 Pre Race

People are already bitching about 2 cobbled sections being yanked. I think that is a bit rough. have a look at some of these photos of cobbled sections.

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My 3 New Bikes.

Since jumping back on to a bicycle in 2009, I have had three new bikes.

My new ride.

The original Merida flat bar hybrid. Bought on the 23 July 2009, got me back into cycling. Sadly, I found it gave me sore wrists riding it, so I sold it after 5000kms and got this.

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Bought on the 6th May 2011, this bike was a fantastic buy. It got me around the bay, from Adelaide to Geelong and many other adventures. I blogged about how much I loved this bike a while back. About a week after that blog post, I found a crack in the frame. Bugger. After some chit chat with Sheppard Cycles, the Avanti distributors in Australia, I ended up with this. A big thank you to Cam and Ainslee for their help in the process.

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What a beast. A fair bit more aggressive than the old Avanti, and lighter. With my mass on top of it, it certainly goes down hills fast. Lets hope I can get as much fun out of this one as the last one.

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Can You Be First to Pick Last?

Fantasy leagues, they are like lunatics on a climb at the Giro. Everywhere! I think it is time for something different. Probably not original, but different.

Who do you think will pick up the lanterne rouge (last official finisher) at the 2014 Tour de France?

Leave your pick in the comments below and you could win something. It might just be a bottle picked up from the side of the road at this years Tour Down Under. It may be something better. If I manage to scrape any other prizes together, I will list them in this post.

If no one picks the lantern rouge, it will be the lowest placed rider chosen first. I hope there won’t be any duplicates. I usually only get a couple of comments anyway, so it shouldn’t be too hard to see who has been picked.

Prize pool :

Velocast Tshirt, thanks to John and Scott at the Velocast
– Bottle picked up from roadside at 2014 Tour Down Under

To enter, just add a comment below. Keep an eye out here once the TdF has finished to see if you have won.

Entries close July 7th.

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New New Bits and Old Old Bits

As most people know, I have had the frame upgraded on my bike a week or two ago. I will put a full review of the warranty process together some time in the next week.

Today was time to replace a few bits that got moved from the old bike to the new one. Some were for aesthetic reasons, and others due to the old parts having issues.

Issue #1. The front caliper. It looks like there was a routed the wrong way around the caliper. Something I might have done, I am not sure. Anyway, here is what it looked like.

On went the new calipers, some black 105’s.

Next up, some new dark grey cranks. The old chrome ones were very beaten up and looked a little odd on the new frame. So on the new ones went and after a few wipes over, todays work was done.

Once the rear wheel has been re-laced and trued, I will get the new machine out for some decent photos.

Here is it last weekend out on my 2nd ride.

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