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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oh yeh !

Congratulations to Trivess and Mel on their engagement a couple of weeks ago. This was never a done deal as Trivess first had to prove he was man enough for Mel by setting up a huge tent and lighting a fire-thankfully there was plenty of petrol and helpers on hand.
Great to see Cadel come over the line first in the Fleche Wallone, top effort getting past Contador on a very steep finish. Well done Cadel, hope you're reading this.
Last weekend's ride for Hamish was a beauty, just under 50 riders showed up, most of whom took on the Sth side of Mt Macedon on a beautiful day and a great course. We may have to have another go at this one for those of you who missed out.
Thanks to Janine and the rest of the crew for putting this ride on, the organisation was excellent and the cause was a privilege to ride for, though we still have some money to make.
Special mention goes to Peter B, I've never ridden in such heavy rain, lightning and thunder, thanks for the company on Tuesday night you silly bugger, it was great fun.
There is a ride planned for Sunday morning, 9am from Lancefield. Make a comment if you're coming.
I have a new bike.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sundays Ride

Won't be along for a ride this Sunday, Doing Hamo's ride on Saturday though. A few have shown interest, make a comment to let others know if you'll be along.
Photo was taken on a ride along the Lanceield-Tooborac Rd.
Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A classic classic

I love it at this time of year, when it's cold, when you have to put on layers of clothing to go for a ride, when you go a bit fast you get tears in your eyes and a runny nose, I love it because all that means there's bike racing in Europe. A lot of you have had to listen to me go on about mountain stages and time trials, Tour de France, and Lance Armstrong, so the fact that I think it's awesome is no surprise.
Last Sunday night I had a fantastic treat, I got to watch a sensational bike race...the Paris-Rubaix won by a great cyclist. It's a special race, and this year's was brilliant. Watching the big names go at it for 259km over such tough roads is inspiring enough, but when Fabian Cancellara attacked with 50km to go and with such ferocity you couldn't help but barrack for him as he toughed it out on those bone jarring cobbled sections. No sitting on someones wheel for a sprint finish( that happened for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on), he just went flat stick for 50k's on his own. His timing was perfect, just as Tom Boonen went to the back of the bunch for a sausage roll or maybe a piece of rabbit, whack ! Off the Swiss champ went, no one could catch him, he just kept increasing his lead, to over three minutes at one stage, only two made ground on him near the finish, but he still came home over 2 minutes ahead of them.
In parts, the roads are so rough on this "Queen of the classics", that most of the bikes have 27mm tyres on them, not the usual 23's. For winning this race, the trophy is a hunk of rock, that's attached to a piece of wood...Cool, it's got a section called "the road to the abattoir", and the last few hundred metres is raced in an old velodrome. The only thing missing from this race is a good sword fight.
While it may look like a couple of blokes prepairing to set land mines, the photo is actually of maintenance work on the cobbled roads.
Well Done Fabian.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Mt. Macedon-links won't work

The links for the ride up Macedon don't work, so just send an e-mail to if you would like any info and we'll send it to you.
Or click on the pictures in this post.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mt. Macedon-up the hard side

A ride up the bastard side of Mt Macedon has been organized for next Saturday 17/4/10. Not only do you get to test your legs at 13% plus, but you also get a chance to make a significant change to a youngster's and his family's life by doing what you love doing (no, the other thing).
There are other options for shorter rides if you want to dodge the bullet, but a shot at the south side and 75k around the Macedon ranges sounds a great way to spend a Saturday.
Janine Radford, who happens to be one of the nicer Lairs is organizing the ride, so it would be great to see as many of us as possible and anyone you can rope into it across for the ride.
Click here and here for more information.
No free jersey's or wrist bands, the money just goes to helping a little one.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

War and Peace

9am Sunday, usual place.