Monday, November 30, 2009


Good ride yesterday but unfortunately Geoff S had an 'off' on Seaview Rd only a few hundred metres from Evida. He came together with a parked car - side swiping and ending up on the road.

Diagnosis - bumps and bruises, a sore knee and a reasonably serious dislocation of his right AC joint ('acromioclavicular joint separation'). We will probably get an update later this week but it could be 4-6 week recovery.

We wish him all the best as his commitment is evident, being a solid regular rider and he has really stepped up to be consistently in the lead bunch on the flat rides (his specialty).


Brian Virgo

Friday, November 27, 2009


This Sunday there will be 2 routes along a similar route with a longer loop for those wanting to stretch their legs:
Long Ride: Port Rd - Outer harbour - Henley
Short Ride: Port Rd - Bower Rd - Henley

Both routes are the same for the first 20km meet at Evida's in Henley for coffee then two routes to the city.
Short: Henley Beach Rd
Long: Anzac Hwy


(Stop at Henly not down to Glenelg)


I’d like to take this opportunity to let everyone else know that myself (nic S) and David (forcetta?) were the only two up Lofty on Tuesday this week.

Not bad for Nic “Fairweather” Sutherland, finally made up into the hills this season!


Interesting link sent thru by Nic S

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


A small band of dedicated (read stupid) riders turned up for this weeks ride. Having not ridden for the previous two weeks, this seemed like the perfect ride for me to get back in the saddle. Oh dear.

I think the ride is best summed up by the initial shake of the head as each cyclist turned up to Hassell's as the rain began to set in. However, some extensive work on the meteorology website from the course director, backed up myself, suggested the rain would not last, so off we went.

The climb up Belair Road was a good tough start, with the group not waiting long at the top (well not from when I finished anyway) before heading of towards Clarendon. The ride from Clarendon to Meadows was without a doubt, my least favourite portion of riding this year. It was a long hard slog, never really climbing. However, with a head wind for the majority and no downhill relief it was genuinely tough.

The meadows bakery won some points back with good old country flavour and service, and certainly scored a few extra points for the eye candy! After the break we headed on towards Echunga then Mylor, safe in the knowledge that a tailwind would carry us home. We then turned off on to Aldgate Valley Road. If the road from Clarendon to Meadows is one of the worst sections of road I have ridden on, then Aldgate Valley would be one of the best.

We took it pretty easy (did I mention I was stuffed) and the scenery was nothing short of fantastic. At the end of this section we were met with a choice from the course director, short and tough or longer and a little bit easier. We chose short and tough, straight up Ayers Hill Road. Now if you met this road at the start of your ride, you'd probably cruise up it. Sadly it was our last climb for the day, and even sadder I walked the last 50m.

Needless to say the rain kicked back in for the ride down the freeway, just to ensure every last sap of energy was drained from my body.

Well done to everyone who made it out. I'd comment on king of the mountain. However, I was never close enough to notice. That said honorable mentions to Karpy, (his new frame must be making all the difference) Geoff and in particular Aldo who continued to provide nowhere near enough rest for those of us slightly in front.

Cheers - Andrew


Don't be fooled Victoria Pendleton will kick your ass on the bike!! See her recent track record:

2008 Sprint World Champion, Manchester
2008 Team Sprint World Champion, Manchester
2008 2nd Keirin World Championship, Manchester
2008 Olympic Champion Beijing
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st Sprint
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st 500mTT
2008/9 World Cup Manchester 1st Keirin
2008/9 World Cup Copenhagen 1st Sprint
2009 Sprint World Champion, Pruszkow
2009 2nd Team sprint World Championships, Pruszkow
2009 3rd 500mTT World Championships, Pruszkow

2006 Commonwealth Record, Melbourne 200mTT 11.275
2007 National Record, Manchester 500m TT 34.0702008
National Record, Manchester 200mTT 10.9042008
Olympic Record, Beijing 200mTT 10.963

Friday, November 20, 2009


The Course Director has determined that the ride this weekend will be a longer hills ride (particularly given the forecast cooler conditions)

Start 7.30am at Hindmarsh Square - Unley Road - Windy Point - Main Rd, Belair - Coromandel Pde, Blackwood - Murrays Hill Rd, Coromandel Valley - Main Rd, Chandlers Hill - Clarendon Rd - Clarendon - Kangarilla Rd - Kangarilla - Dashwood Gully Rd - Meadows (coffee and cake at Bakery) - Battunga Rd - Echunga - Aldgate/Strath Rd - Mylor - L onto Stock Rd then Aldgate Valley Rd to Aldgate - Mt Barker Rd, Stirling - R onto Pomona Rd - L onto Old Mt Barker Road - L at monument onto Piccadilly Rd, Crafers - thru roundabout onto Old Freeway course back to City.

Approximate distance: 100km subject to where you live.

Sunday ride map link

This is a great ride with some challenging long climbs and long flat sections. It is a good practice for the TDU and it would be beneficial for all to participate. See you all on Sunday morning.

The Course Director

Brian Virgo

Monday, November 16, 2009

Legs / body of the week


In perfect conditions the inaugural Military Road Individual TT was run on Sunday with an impressive 'photo' finish between David H, Steve W Michael G (see attached results).

All rode well with the Macolino brothers continuing to improve to bridge the performance gap with commendable persistence in their riding commitment. Aldo is looking to take on the new 'lead out man' role very soon!

The real pressure was at the front of the field where the team leaders (noted above) demonstrated just how close their capabilities are in this discipline. Gav H should be commended for setting recording breaking split times at the start only to fade, and Geoff S has to remember to set his timer in timed events! Good to see David F out after just missing us last Sunday.

See you all on Tuesday night for the Norton Summit midweek ride or Thursday on the usual Foothills ride.

Brian Virgo

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Check out the Roadie Dictionary of Slang. Below are some crackers! Even has a definition for Rob Rau:

Animal -- Unhuman rider. Someone who rides up mountains in a 100 inch gear.

Balls are in the purse - When your buddy either won't ride with you or he is exceptionally weak and timid. "Get your balls back from your girlfriends purse!" "You must have left your balls in your purse!".

Bus stop flop -- that humiliating experience when you fail to click out fast enough at a stop sign or intersection and flop over on your side.

Dine off the big plate -- Use the big ring.

"Is he on Drugs?" - "Yes!"


Nice work Andrew!!


Monday, November 9, 2009


Greetings from Perth, been shipped out for the next couple of weeks will be back at the end of the month. Never one to enjoy the absense of a bike on holiday's, I've taken my second most prized possesion with me, investing in a hard case.
Any one interseted in borrowing the hard case - email me and we can organise a rental.
Enough with that crap - Perth is a cyling mecka. Cyclists are every where you go!! Sat Morn was nuts, massive groups of riders all over the joint! the groups are organised and flying. Plenty of viser crews though. That reminds me check out this blog on cycling tips (best blog site ever - yes better than BG).

The river has the largest cylcle network circling it and the extensive HWY networks and cycle paths, make for good riding. Climbed the largest hill in Perth - toke 59 sec in the big ring!! - no hills in Perth - takes about a 30km ride out to the west to find any.

Lessons for other capital cities - extensive one way road networks suck, even by bike!!!!!

Perth's cyclists are guns on the flat, rode in a club training ride with the south perth rouleurs who were real good sports and welcomed me with ou hesitation. Ride was about 30 - 40 strong taking up a lane of the HWY through town, sliting into fast and slow groups. The pace was nuts and didn't help that found my self in the break away of about 6 men off the front of the fast group! Compounding issues is the fact that if i dropped off i had no idea where i was and had no oreintation! See map for the ride i did, was hard yards. Was on the rivet for the last 30km and was in dificullties a couple of times gettign back on board. - nice guys and girls and well organised! See photos on Flickr Set

Rode an easier ride Sun morning with Dirk from the Perth HASSELL office showing me the common perth loop around the river, which was awesome of him. Real nice views and pretty much no traffic to worry about. This is like the military rode route with lots of cyclists and groups.

Will keep you posted, and hope your all keeping the hammer down in my absense! - FS

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


For those who have participated in Amy's Ride last Sunday - I hope you have all recovered and are ready to hit the road again.

It appears that the Bastardi did well in all respects particularly with our 'lead' riders of Frank S, David H and Steve 'Duracell' W finishing very near the front with some serious riders and Team Macolino pushing to the finish under trying circumstances.

Some of us (Mike 'I got lost' L, Gavin H and myself) were crazy enough to ride home as well - even though we thought it was a bad idea at the Amy's Ride finish - only to end up completely spent - but completing approx 165km which is a good test for the TDU ride.

I hope all other Bastardi enjoyed the challenge and finished well - no doubt we will catch-up on all the anecdotes at the next ride.

Tuesday 3 November - 6.15pm at the Tower Hotel for a ride up Norton Summit (for those who can make it after the Melbourne Cup - I will be unavailable tonight).

Thursday 5 November - 6.15pm at cnr of The Parade and Osmond Terrace for Foothills Ride.

Brian Virgo

Monday, November 2, 2009

CADEL - LOTTO + BMC = ?????

In case you have been under a rock - Cadel has finally quit Silence Lotto and has signed with Team BMC in a three year deal. Nice move Cadel!! Risky but positive!!
On the down side, this probably means he won't be in the Tour Down Under -FS

Cycling News article:

FOR SALE - GIANT TCR C0 2008 + Carbon Wheels - BARGIN!!


If anyone is interested, or knows someone in the market for a 2008 TCR C0 Giant (identical bike to mine) – FULL Dura Ace Group set + upgraded Token Carbon 50mm deep Wheels (clincher - ALU braking surface) – $3500 ono see below.

I’ve seen the bike many times and for all intensive purposes looks well maintained and cared for + I can vouch for Ben - I know he takes good care of his bikes. - Frank Smith

Hey all,

My contract with Giant has come to an end and it's time to sell on this wonderful road bike. If you know of anyone that might be interested in purchasing a Giant TCR C0 feel free to forward this email onto them. Details as follows:

Giant TCR C0
Full Shimano Dura Ace drive train
Token C50A deep dish carbon race wheels
Size: Large – fit someone around 6 foot or above.

Full specs available at the giant website (**Please note the wheelset listed on this website is the Mavic Ksyrium SL. I have upgraded the wheelset to the Token C50A's and will be selling the bike with these**):

Price = $3500 ono

Please contact Ben Hogarth:
p- 0401 767 469