Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Friday, December 9, 2016

'New' Synapse Carbon 105

Synapse ready to roll.
I swore no new bikes unless I dropped below 75kgs... but sometimes a bargain comes along that can't be ignored !!

I picked up this bike secondhand. 2015 Cannondale Carbon 105 for $1600. It came with original RS81 wheelset/tyres/tubes and saddle, PLUS a set of Campagnolo Shamal Ultras, a spare Ultegra 10-speed crankset, some old Ultegra 6600 pedals and some other bits and bobs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Herald Sun Tour Stage 1

Today I took the opportunity to ride up the Warby Trail to see the Herald Sun Tour at the Mt Little Joe KOM point just outside Warburton. I met my mate Dan and a few of his GhostRiders there as we waited for the tour to come through. 

Not quite the Tour de France but it was a great ride and a fun day out. There were some big names riding and Sky went 1-2 on the stage with Kennaugh and Froome beating the field Healesville.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Strzelecki Ranges Tour: Postscript

Last week Justin and I completed 3 days of a 4 day tour - the last day was meant to take us home from Warragul to Lilydale via Powelltown, but alas poor weather saw us on the train home from Warragul instead .

So Friday 4th December we took the train back to Warragul and did the missing last day's ride of 101kms in much better weather and, without touring baggage, it was an easier ride, though quite lumpy from Warragul to Neerim.

We stopped for a coffee at Neerim South, something to eat at 'The Powelly' and more water at Yarra Junction and the horse trough on the Warby Trail, as it got quite hot this afternoon.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Strzelecki Ranges Tour

For our first tour in a while (since March ...), we headed on the V-Line train to Traralgon on Monday 23rd November for a 3 night tour through the Strezlecki Ranges in Sth Gippsland. Once more the trusty Cannondale CAADX 105 was pressed into light touring mode for the trip.

Power station views, a rainforest walk, the Grand Ridge Rail Trail, wildlife encounters and hearty country meals were amongst the highlights over the three day tour. Unfortunately, rain thwarted our planned final day ride home from Warragul to Lilydale via Powelltown (we caught the train back...), but the three previous days had some great riding.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Another Woods Point tour ...

After riding north to south from Wangaratta home to Melbourne via Jamieson and Woods Point last March, we decided to try the south to north route.

We started from Lilydale again rode to Reefton, Woods Point and Jamieson, and  and returned around the recently (last 2 years ?) sealed Eildon-Jamieson Rd and back via Marysville and the Acheron Way.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Veneto & The Dolomites Sept 2014: Part 2

The first 3 days of riding primed us with a few decent climbs and a 100+km day into Levico-Terme. We stayed at the relatively luxurious Hotel Sorisso, had another great dinner and rested up for the next day's possibilities. 

On Day 4 there was the option of an easy ride around the lakes or a climb into the nearby hills with Rich ....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Veneto & The Dolomites Sept 2014: Part 1

[photo: Rich Swenson]

It has finally come and, all too quickly, gone - my cycling trip to Veneto & the Dolomites with Veloski Sports Tours. These guys were recommended by a friend of a friend from work of Bernadette's .... long story. The short story is Larry and Davey from Veloski are the nicest guys and run a great trip!

I arrived a day early on Saturday 30th August (happy birthday to me...) and was picked up from Venice-Marco Polo airport, along with my roommate Rich Swenson (from Minnesota, USA). Rich proved to be a pretty good match as a roomie - entertaining, easy going, and with only as many quirky habits as me .... and happliy the rest of the group proved interesting and amiable company as well. riding with these guys was fun, and dinners were a very enjoyable finale to each day.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Buongiorno !!

Flying to Europe from Melbourne is always a long haul, but using a mid-east airline (Qatar Airways) involves a 14 hour flight MEL-Doha as the first sector. This gets 2/3 of it away in one hop but not sure how it'll be on the way home.

Anyway ..... I arrived in Venice without problem and was met at the airport by Larry and Davey from Veloski Tours and met my roomie Rich Swenson from Minnesota as well. Rich and I both arrived a day early and so on Sunday we took a warm up ride to Asolo and thereabouts to get set for the start of the tour proper on Monday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Trip Training for Italy

Planning a cycling trip to Europe in September is exciting, but has one major drawback - you have to keep riding right through the winter in Melbourne ....

But it's not all bad, if you can pick your days. Since booking the trip - which will involve nearly 1000 kms in 13 rides over 14 days - mostly in the Dolomites - I have managed 2300 kms in 41 rides in 3 months ... sounds like enough doesn't it ... ?

Oh well, weather looks rubbish for the rest of this week then I have another 3 good weeks of riding to do before I taper off a little the week of my departure - when I probably should pack.

Today I varied things a bit and put the Fulcrum CX7 wheels/28c tyres on the 'new' GIANT Defy 1 and rode some windy hills around Park Orchards and South Warrandyte before looping back via the Main Yarra Trail and setting some wind assisted PBs in the process. Man, that thing flies - well... compared to the CAADX anyway.