During the TDU, I noticed a lot of differences between the local riders, and our interstate Victorian cousins, so I wrote this article for La Velocita – enjoy.
The Tour Down Under has come and gone, with it’s great racing, great rides and great times.
Being in Adelaide, there are huge numbers of locals that get out on the bike during the event, but with Melbourne being a big drive away, plenty of Victorians get across too. LOTS of them.
It then gives rise to the thoughts of what the differences in cycling culture are between Melburn and Radelaide?
Before a pedal is turned in anger, a Melbournian must, repeat MUST, absolutely consider all principles by which their hair, kit, shoes, socks and body pose will work together………
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The Tour Down Under is the best cycling event in all of Australia. It brings in loads of spectators from interstate and overseas, and provides a great atmosphere, all centered around the city of Adelaide. As a local cycling fan, there is no better time of year to be on a bike. It’s summer, the days are long and warm, the roads are low on traffic, and there are other cyclists out everywhere. Click to take in the Radness of riding in Radelaide
My good mate James Raison is a total jerk. He is lean, super positive, and BLOODY FAST when the road goes skyward. As such, he brings a swag of Strava KOM’s to the party, and knows better than most what it takes to nab one. Being a good 10 kegs more weighty for the same height, I am a touch shyer than him in the KOM ledger, so I asked James what it takes to prepare for and execute a ride to bag a crown. This is his method:
Read on, cause this article is pretty tops
George Mihailides recently rode a double Everesting. That’s right, 17696 metres of elevation gain in a single ride. TWICE the height of Mt Everest. Wrap your mind around that. He rode for two straight days to achieve this, right around the same time most of us were undoing the top button of our pants from way too much intake at Christmas. This is the story he wrote about the occasion:
You know you want to read it, this story is incredible
Hello, I’m Dave. I love my family, coffee, red beer and cycling. A LOT.
I got into cycling through triathlon, which in turn I got into through running. I ran the Paris marathon in 2008, largely because I was going to be in Paris at the same time as some mates, and one of them had pulled out with injury. With five weeks training, I flew to Paris and lined up. What a day, I’ll remember that for ages. I ran most of the way with my mate Adam, until at the 30 kilometre mark he had to stop. To be honest I spent most of the next 12 kilometres shuffling too. It was PAINFUL. It hurt real bad. I finished in 5:12. Done. Marathon crossed off, don’t need to do that again. Click here to meet singles in your area… Nah, it’s just to read more about me
“Oh piss off” I say as I turn my alarm off, and go back to sleep. Luckily ‘Night-before-me’ is smarter than ‘Morning-of-me’ and another alarm goes off two minutes later. It’s 4:30am. I turn it off quickly, trying to avoid getting sworn at by my wife. I wasn’t quick enough. This is just a normal day, with a quick ride before work… Riding your bike is tops, even by yourself in the dark, read more
You hear it nearly every day; “I don’t have time.” Hell I say it most days, and I say it about many different things. The best thing I remember reading about this saying though, was that it comes down to priorities. If you are comfortable enough to replace; “I don’t have time” with; “That’s not a priority for me right now”, then you are fine. But if you are unhappy to change those words around, then you really need to have a look at how you are prioritising the use of your time. I like this article, I hope you do too. Click to read more.
Everesting is an ever increasing phenomenon. As of this writing, over 500 people around the world have completed over 800 separate attempts. I’ve made it to the summit 4 times now, and am starting to get a real appreciation of what it means to ride up and down the same hill until you’ve climbed a total of 8848 metres. I’ve been asked a few times as to what the secrets to finishing are, and have boiled down some key concepts. Click for the keys to the Kingdom of Radness
So it’s the day after one of the best days I’ve ever had on a bike. The previous day I had ridden 3 huge French mountain passes, all on my Pat Malone. It was indeed one of the more challenging and rewarding days I’ve had on a bike (see that story here). The question I asked next was: “How do you back-up from a day like that?” Col de la Croix de Fer – that’s how. Another 24km of badass mountain. By the end of this climb, I will have been called ‘strong’ by two separate riders, and there is no compliment I enjoy more… Wanna see more humble brags about my trip to France? Click here
“The SSSS is an elite (and slightly evil) class of #everesting. Comprised of 4 separate attempts, riders must complete an everesting of Significant (an iconic climb), Soil (a dirt climb), Short (less than 200km), and Suburban (a metro climb). At least one of the four rides must be more than 10,000 vertical metres.” – Hells 500
I was broken this day. Click here to read on