Tuesday, August 31, 2010


“Nice to see so many out Sunday, the extended ride to Outer Harbour, after doing the normal Semaphore loop had me almost get to 90kms. For those who have read Franks post on this Saturday's Criterium racing at Vic Park and are interested in going along. I have found out a few more details:

If you haven't joined a club yet, then you can get a 3 race license for $44, which will be discounted from your full license fee should you choose to join for the year. This can all be organised on the day. Though it would make sense to fill in the forms that are on the Norwood CC website CLICK HERE. Also for those first timers like me, they are running a skills clinic (details below) prior to the racing, hope to see you there.” Andrew

Open to ALL riders is a FREE SKILLS COACHING CLINIC prior (12.15 - 12.45) to the first crit race of the new season.

If you’re planning to race for the first time give yourself plenty of time by getting there around 12, in your gear, with your forms filled out, to give you time to register for your licence, get graded and sign on. You want to try and get some laps in for warm up and just clear your mind and concentrate on what you’re about to do before the first racing starts at 1pm (this could be your race). Recommend all try a few laps on the course before the day, they usually run it clockwise but also switch it from time to time.

If this is your first race, don’t make the mistake of taking racing too lightly, it is a race not a recreational ride and people get hurt when someone does the wrong thing. The packs a little more aggressive and tighter with less tolerance for mistakes. Hold your line and don’t change speed or direction to dramatically, stay smooth and consistent. Try not to jump on the brakes too much just ease them on if you have to and don’t over react to the pack slowing into corners. Most important of all is don’t ‘cross wheels’. Never let your front wheel ‘cross’ next to the back wheel of the rider in front. This means they can move from side to side at any time without taking out your front wheel. Consistency and concentration are the key to good clean racing.

Other than staying smooth the key is to stay relaxed. Also it’s a race, so have a crack at a spurt off the front and break some wind, it will help calm the nerves, and you have nothing to lose by having a go and failing, you’ll just learn, but if you never try, you will never learn. FS

See Cycling Tips for some good tips and insight into racing.


Via Big Ring Riding

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Sunday 29th - Beach Ride, meet @ Hindmarsh Sq 8am. Outer Harbour run giving everyone that last chance to do a pack ride and some bunch sprints before the start of the crit season next Sat 4th september.

ALL BG - please come and help support our mates in the opening crit of the season @ Vic Park next SAT, hopefully with some good weather we can get the BG family together.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Jack Bobridge has taken his first pro win at the Eneco Tour, claiming the fifth stage of the race by attacking from a breakaway and soloing to victory in the last 2km in typical Bobridge style. Congrats to the local talent for his first of what I'm sure will be many victories.

Robbie McEwen took the win in the opening stage of the race. Great to see the champ get a win after an unsuccessful tour campaign where he was in the fight but never the victor. Allan Davis took third in that sprint.

Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) went on to win the race with the final TT on Tue. See Cycling News for more detail. FS

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


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AUS team announced for the 2010 World Championships. Thanks Cycling Tips for the tip off, and sorry for the pun.

Road Race

Baden COOKE Saxo Bank

Allan DAVIS Astana

Cadel EVANS Team BMC

Simon GERRANS Team Sky

Matthew GOSS HTC-Columbia

Mathew HAYMAN Team Sky

Stuart O’GRADY Saxo Bank

Michael ROGERS HTC-Columbia

Wesley SULZBERGER Francaise des Jeux

Time Trial

Richie PORTE Saxo Bank

Michael ROGERS HTC-Columbia

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010


You were warned ... it’s time to climb!

Meet @ Hindmarsh Sq 8am. The ride will be Norton’s – Woodshill Rd – Lofty - Stirling for coffee. This will give everyone an opportunity to record a base time up Norton’s for TT’s and to measure progress over summer. Will be a nice easy ride to open the hills account, we will regather often and try and hold it together as much as possible to Stirling from Norton Summit.

From here you can head home via Crafers / Old Freeway, or if you're after more punishment, there will be an option to go to Hahndorf via Greenhill Rd – then back up Aldgate Valley Rd.

Thanks Brian for the course.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


CSA announced the Northern Expressway Cup this weekend and entries are now open. This may be your only opportunity to ride the silky smooth surface of the Expressway in 47 km handicap race which is sure to be a hard and fast race set through the flattest, windiest, most exposed place on the Adelaide plains! Should be a unique race on 100% closed roads thanks to CSA and DTEI - now that’s tax money well spent! FS

Course Map

More @CSA


The first round of Vic Park Crits have been confirmed, kicking off on Saturday September 4th, and I’m proposing a BG social on the day, where we get the crew together for a lunch in the park, watch some good SA racing and support our fellow BG in the opening hit out of the summer season. More details to follow, but for now pencil in lunch in the Victoria Park on Sat 4th of September.

Crit Dates Confirmed so far:

Saturday September 4th 1.00 pm Start Grades A – E. Rock up pay on the day nominations $20

Saturday September 18th 1.00 pm start $20 nomination pay on the day.

More @ CSA


The Hector Fletcher Road Races will be held at Mt Pleasant on Saturday 28th August. Over 30 Combined Handicap, 4 Open Graded Scratch Races.

On-line nominations close on Saturday 22 August 2010.

11.00am Riders over 30, Female U19 and Female Open Handicap 50km

1.00pm Open A Grade Scratch 100km

1.10pm Open B Grade Scratch 100km

1.20pm Open C Grade Scratch 100km

1.30pm Open D Grade Scratch 50km

CSA Event information HERE

Race Flyer


Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Images via carlo heathcote

Yens and Stewy are rumored to be the next to leave Saxobank, chasing the Schleck bro's to their new team. Obviously the two hard men of the tour didn't want to work for "the" contador who has signed a new deal 2 year deal with Bjarne Riis (saxobank team manager).

Another move of note is Griepel leaving highroad and heading to Omega Pharma – Lotto. Expect to see the gorilla at the tour next year, Griepl v Cav should be good. My money would be on Cav! -FS

Here are some of the transfers:

In:Robert Kiserlovski
Out:Alberto Contador

Re-signed:Samuel Sanchez

Out:André Greipel
Mark Renshaw

Lampre – Farnese Vini
In:Michele Scarponi

Omega Pharma – Lotto
In:André Greipel

Re-signed:Graeme Brown

Saxo Bank – Sungard
In:Alberto Contador
Out:Fränk Schleck
Andy Schleck

See more @ http://www.cyclingnews.com/

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Via CyclingTips by Mike Hone
See the full gallery here. def worth a look. FS

Makes you wanna learn tricks again!


See link to great interview by Wade (Cycling Tips) with local, Chris Jongeward. Have witnessed some of Jongewards form lately at the local events and hope we are privileged to witness more as his relentless style of riding locally, as it is great to watch, and hopefully we get to see him mix it up in the Renditions Homes Criterium series this summer. Chris took out the NCC championships last week with an exceptional display of cycling finishing more then 10 min ahead of the pack.

All the best to Chris in the future and do check out the interview here. FS.

Thanks CT always a good read.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Photos M Smith.

The wind was howling and the circuit was testing. No big climbs but a series of undulations that tested the legs with the pulses of acceleration form the pack. The wind cut from the west and taken side on more then in the face, and it was this that made breakaways possible.

Homburg broke in the last lap and claimed third, after telling his breakaway colleagues he "didn't have a sprint so we better get on with it", they later said they thought he was foxing - but learnt he was a man of word! Myself (FS) placed in third from a last lap breakaway of four, which became a sprint of three, in similar fashion to the burg - but i just f**cked the sprint, to make it a threepeat for the BG.

Thanks to NCC and all who helped for putting on a great race and special thanks to the corner martial's who stand out there in the wind and rain, giving us the opportunity to race safely, cheers, FS.

Shout out to SW who DNF'd thanks to illness, get better soon. Very unlike the duracell of late, who deserves a mention just for finishing the 100km handicap last week, in sight of the sprint, while burg and I watched from the finish line after piking @ the 70 and 80 km mark respectively! or not?