December 13, 2010

The CycleCover Circuit Rainforest Ride in Review

The CycleCover Circuit – A Rainforest Ride has come and gone in the small seaside town of Apollo Bay. In the lead up to the 11th of December we had prepared for warm weather; Mother Nature had other ideas and greeted us with torrential rain and high winds.

The elements didn't bring the sun, and if rain isn’t you’re thing and you can’t hack the wind or the cold, it would have been best to stay in the car. I opted to change my planned 140km ride and cut out the 35km of optional routes to make it 105km. To make it a shorter (and warmer) ride. I bypassed the Otway Fly and the Cape Otway Lighthouse routes that were included in the premium package. My Garmin data recorded a low 10 degrees during the ride, I’m positive it was colder, especially on the top of Lavers Hill.

Cycling Rainbow

The ride profile is deceiving to say the least, the first 50km brings a lot of climbing and there are a lot of undulations to cover before being rewarded with some sweepings bends. Unfortunately, the day wasn’t a day for the speed junkies to push the limit, wet roads littered with debris kept us at bay.

CycleCover Circuit Rainforest Ride

One of the highlights of the course was riding past the Koala’s on the way to the Otway Lighthouse in the final kilometres of the challenging Cyclecover circuit.

Take away the rain, the cold, the wind and it was a beautiful ride, some of the best country in the world was on show at the Otway Ranges, the air was fresh and crisp. Volunteers were at the ready to help, food and water stops each step of the way and surprisingly great coffee at the rest stop in Lavers Hill.

CycleCover Circuit Rainforest Ride

The Saturdays ride attracted approximately 500 riders. I spoke to a 10 year old boy, Tiger, who had finished the 75km circuit with his parents. At the end of the day and he said he had enjoyed the ride, he also appeared much fresher than I did. A champion effort considering there was also a family friendly 23km ride on offer.

Save the date for 2011; pack up the family and friends and hope Mother Nature is willing to give us a reprieve in the years to come, some warmer weather for this ride would top off the majestic surroundings!

Keep up to date at www.rainforestride.com, it’s a ride not to be missed.


Photos: Title (1) and Rider Closeup (3) © Andrew Connolly
Photos: Rainbow (2) and Rainforest curve (4) © Rowena Scott


December 6, 2010

Calling all Brisbane ladies! Skills for the road!

Bella Velo is teaching Brisbane’s women how to ride safely; all female riders welcome!

The call went out in search of a woman who was willing to forgo sleeping in. With a 6am start time on Wednesday mornings, her mission would be to find out about the Bella Velo skills session and report on who the sessions where ideally aimed towards.

Melanie and Kelly, the founders of Bella Velo, are aiming to inspire women to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the beauty of our environment wherever you are in the world. This philosophy guides the skills sessions as well as their company, Bella Velo, which produces women's cycling wear.

Jill Rigney answered the call and was willing to get started straight away, Jill explained to me that she was a confident road rider but had only ever ridden alone or with one other friend.

Bicycles Network Australia’s (BNA) Rowena Scott, communicated with Jill throughout the sessions and spoke with her about her experience and enjoyment of the free skills sessions run by Bella Velo.

BNA: How would describe your experience as a cyclist?

JR: Better then it was a few months ago!! I am confident social road rider that likes long distances, but, had only ridden alone or with one others person until doing this.

BNA: Tell me about the sessions that you have joined with Bella Velo, what’s it all about?

JR: I’ve done 4 sessions now all of an hour long on Wednesday mornings at 6am. The sessions vary depending on who turns up, so some days are straight skills training while others will be a strong ride somewhere. We get an email on Tuesday evening saying what we’ll be doing and telling us anything we need to know.

The purpose appears to be to encourage women to get into bike riding no matter what the skill level is and for it to be enjoyable. Melanie and Kelly often made the comment – if you don’t enjoy it then you won’t do it.

Participants vary in age from 20’s through to their 60’s and you can come on anything from a fold-up bike, a mountain bike to a road bike.

BNA: Did you feel nervous about joining the session?

JR: Definitely – not being sure of who they are or what their riding standard would be so I was apprehensive for sure. They make you feel very comfortable very quickly.

BNA: What time did the session start for you? Did you find it difficult to get started for that time?

JR: 6.00am – excellent time, particularly in our spring/summer at the moment with it being light by 4.30am. Still cool enough at that time as well.

BNA: What sort of skills did the sessions cover?

Skill we worked on included

• Cornering

• Hand signals and road etiquette

• Track standing and balancing while stationery

• Starting and stop with cleats

• Riding as a group – drafting, closeness etc

• Sprints and interval training/riding


BNA: Are there other sessions that you can do with Bella Velo, how much do they cost?

JR: There is, however I haven’t done any of them. I think they do something on a Tuesday and a Thursday for those interested in training or learning to road or track race. Invitation was given and don’t believe there is any cost but would be worth checking that.

BNA: Would you recommend this skills session to anyone and who would you recommend it to?

JR: I would, particularly if you haven’t ridden or aren’t confident riding on the road or as a large group. Also, if you were keen to step up to hard or race riding then it’s opening the opportunity to do that as well down the track.

BNA: How would you rate the skills session in relation to difficulty?

JR: Not overly difficult except for the track standing and balancing one. The rest have been about technique, practice and confidence building.

BNA: What are the people like running the skills sessions?

JR: Great – very accommodating and excellent at making you comfortable no matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced ride. Although we all meet at the beginning and the end they break into different groups to accommodate the levels.

Further Information

The Wednesday morning sessions leave at 6am and you can find the girls at Arthur Davies Park on Flinders Parade in Sandgate, Brisbane.

For further information about the sessions and to find out how you can participate, contact Melanie and Kelly at Bella Velo via email: info@bellavelo.com.au or through their website http://www.bellavelo.com.au/.

November 24, 2010

RMGsports Electric Blue Women's Kit


RMGsports is a cycle clothing label in the making. Headed by Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Rochelle Gilmore; she is the first to admit that she isn’t a designer. She has however, been able to convey her thoughts and ideas into a design that she was after, into an attractive cycling kit that is now available for both men and women.

The Jersey

The colour of the women's jersey that I received can only be described as electric blue; I could sit in the sun and look at these colours all day. The jersey has the trademark name of RMG on the front and the back with the word velocista just below.

My first impressions where that it was a cool looking jersey that was neither overly feminine or overly masculine. As a woman, if you don't want to look too girly on the bike but still want a touch of sophistication, then this jersey ticks the boxes.

The primarily black full zip jersey has regular length sleeves and thankfully don’t have tight elastic that restricts the blood flow in your arms or waist plus it has 3 pockets at the back for your prized possessions.

The pockets are deceiving, from just a quick glance I thought they where smaller, but I managed to fit in; a protein bar, 2 x spare tube, 2 x CO2 canisters, CO2 adapter, 3 tyre levers, 3 gels, lip gloss and iPhone.

Bib Knicks

The electric blue colours are reprinted on the bib knicks and they make for an exciting design. For my first ride in the shorts I spent more time looking at the colours than I did at the road, its buyer beware in this case.

Everything stays in place with bib Knicks; you also have the added bonus that there are no lines or stripes so you have a slimmer look, which I love.

If you haven’t already been converted to bib knicks, now is a good time to start. The leg on these bib knicks aren’t extremely short , which I know concerns a lot of women. I would consider them to be regular length or just above the knee.

The bib knicks fit very well and the chamois isn’t too thick or thin nor is it too large, which is great as a chamois that is two big can rub you in all the wrong places.

Rochelle’s experience in creating the RMGsports velocista cycling wear shows through, she knows what it its like to be in the saddle for many hours and this has translated very well.

The Verdict

Overall I like the package. I like that it isn’t too girly, and that it still has a really good feel to it, the fabrics are nice and it washes without any fuss. The fit is comfortable, the jersey sizing does lean more towards a race fit, go with your exact measurements and they will be just right.

Rochelle has a lot of other designs on her site so if electric blue isn’t your thing and you do like pink, then check out http://www.rmgsport.com/, there is something for everyone. I’ve even had a lot of positive comments from men, they would wear some of the kits

November 9, 2010

Melbourne Bikefest 2010

Bikefest features art, design, forums, workshops, markets, music, screenings, bike rides and more. Just looking at the website for the Melbourne Bike Fest makes my head spin; it is a non-competitive, celebratory event for bike riders of every ability and riding style.

Bikefest takes place from the 24th – 28th of November. I’ve been through the website; I’ve clicked this and that and I’ve decided on what I think will be a good time and informative.
Here are my tips for Bikefest, highglights that are informative and a little left of centre…

2010 Treadly Awards – It’s an event for everyday cyclists, how many people can you fit on your bike? There really is a category for how many people you can fit on your bike. Here are the awards that are up for grabs:

• Sexiest Commuter Bike

• Biggest Load Carrying Capacity

• Most People on a Bicycle

• Fastest Puncture repair

• Best Dressed (+ least lycra) on a bicycle

Interested in Art? Then Rollin Contact may be the place for you: The name Rollin Contact draws from physics terminology to describe the point of contact between a wheel and its surface. For Bikefest, it represents the themes of connection and commonality between people and bikes. Between bikes and art. Between art and people.

Want to know more about the specific bike crowds and why they buy what they buy? Interested in consumer research or need to know more about trends? Bike Tribes: The Role of Design will be featuring people from Knog, Rocket Fuel, Gazelle Bicycles Australia and Little Mule Co.

Why bother with a drive in when you can go to a ‘ride in’… Projector Bike is presenting two film nights across the program, get yourself sorted, find something with two wheels and come along.

In the true style of Melbourne, the Bikefest Great Debate is on! Cars vs. cyclist, an argument by comedians, keep in mind this is only for the light hearted. Click here for the run down on who’ll be speaking and to secure your tickets. Moderated by Josh Earl and featuring comedian debaters; Hannah Gadsby, Charlie Pickering, Bart Freebairn, Lawrence Leung, Harley Breen and Andrew McLelland.

This session is very high on my list of things to not miss – Cultural Shift: Women on Bikes. Creating a cultural shift within society starts with women; can women change the perception of bike riders? Panelists are joining this session from Monash, Travel Behavior Change at GHD, the new mag called Treadlie, Green Magazine and the State of Design.

You will find Bikefest details, programs and tickets (average $12) online: http://www.melbournebikefest.com.au/. Unless otherwise specified on the program, most sessions and events will be held at the 1000 £ Bend space at 361 Little Lonsdale Street.

November 6, 2010

2010 UCI World Cup Track Classics: Melbourne


The UCI World Cup Classic kicks off in Melbourne as the first qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games. 250 athletes from 35 different countries are preparing for the event which will see World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champions competing.

The three day event is action packed, the Melbourne committee has opted for the 500m time trial in which Anna Meares holds the world Championship title, along with the Madison, won by Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard at the 2010 World Championships. Australia still dominates the field as reigning world champions in the women's and men’s team pursuits and the women’s team sprint.

Australia's sprint Queen, Anna Meares, says the Cyclones relish the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd and look forward to again being the top team in this round.

Throughout the Dehli Commonwealth Games, Meares Meares made it clear that the Australians are "getting set to take on all comers and as the first World Cup round to offer qualifying points for the 2012 Olympic Games we'll be extra keen to impress."

If you have never seen track racing up close before and want to check out something different, the UCI World Cup Classics is the perfect opportunity to find out what it’s all about.

The 2010/2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is a four part series that begins in Australia (Melbourne  2 to 4 December) and continues on to Columbia (Cali 16 to 18 December), China (Beijing 21 to 23 January) and England (Manchester 18 to 20 February).

For updated event schedule and ticketing information head to: www.trackworldcup.com.au.

October 26, 2010

Matt de Neef, The Climbing Cyclist

The Climbing Cyclist, also known as Matt de Neef, is conquering Victoria's mountains; he has climbed Mt Hotham, he’s beaten Mt Baw Baw and he admits that Terry’s Avenue, Belgrave, almost had him heading to the bottom before he had even reached the top.

The Climbing Cyclist started as a university assignment, Matt was required to create a website on any topic, he took his love for cycling to the next level and created an online guide for cyclists looking for a new mountain to climb in Victoria, and he’s climbed almost all of them.

Matt is now hanging out to climb the back of Falls Creek after mechanical problems marred his efforts at the 3 Peaks Challenge earlier this year. Matt said the 30km climb at the back of Falls Creek would be a fantastic challenge and as a cyclist who likes to climb mountains I couldn’t agree more; I will however be waiting for his account of the climb before I attempt it.

Matt took time out to speak with Rowena Scott of Bicycles Network Australia (BNA) about pushing the barriers, making it to the top and that feeling that makes us want to keep on climbing.

BNA: When did you first start cycling, how did you get into it and why did you end up climbing?

de Neef: I got my first bike when I was 4 or 5 and I’ve never really stopped cycling since. The high school I went to (Box Hill High School) ran a bike camp every year which saw us riding around Wangaratta, Beechworth, Myrtleford and the surrounding areas. I went on bike camp every year that I was at Box Hill and it was one of the most memorable of my school experiences

Part of that camp was the ~3km climb from Woolshed Falls to Beechworth where the King of the Mountain title was up for grabs. I won it once and every year it was something that I looked forward to. It seems like a short climb now but it’s still pretty steep!

BNA: How did the website ‘The Climbing Cyclist’ come about?

de Neef: The site began as a university assignment where we had to start up a website on a topic of our choice. I decided to write about cycling in Victoria and more specifically, the great climbs available to Victorian cyclists. While there are a number of sites that give a bit of information about these climbs, I wanted my site to be more comprehensive and become a valuable resource for Victorian climbers.

Since finishing that subject I’ve continued working on the site and this time last year I bought some web space and starting trying to make it look a little more professional. I hope!

BNA: Tell me about ‘The Climbing Cyclist’.

de Neef: The Climbing Cyclist is a site dedicated to providing detailed information about the many great cycling climbs Victoria has to offer. For each of the 20 or so climbs on the site so far, I’ve got photos of where the climbs start and finish, a map of the route, a profile of the climb and a detailed write-up of what’s involved if you are going to try the climb.

The site also features a number of short articles about cycle climbing and a blog where I share my thoughts about training up for the 3 Peaks Challenge. We’ve also got a presence on Facebook and Twitter and these communities have been growing steadily in recent months.

BNA: Was there a climb where you almost reached breaking point, where you’d had enough and were about to throw it all in?

de Neef: There’s a hill in the Grampians called Mt. William and the first 9km is fairly easy at around 5-6% but after that it climbs at around 13% for 2km. At the start of those final 2km is a 400metre stretch that sits at around 20%. I have to admit that I stepped off the bike at one point during that section. I was going so slowly that I would have fallen off anyway! That said, I did manage to finish the climb after a short break.

The Terry’s Avenue climb out of Belgrave is probably the hardest sustained climb I’ve done – harder than Mt. Baw Baw I’d say. Climbing that beast was the closest I’ve gotten to throwing in the towel and heading back down the hill.

BNA: How do you push through that pain barrier?

de Neef: I’m not quite sure to be honest! Stupidity? The desire to get fitter and stronger? A desire to feel a sense of accomplishment at the top? Could be any of those I suppose.

BNA: Do you have a climb that you consider to be enjoyable, something that you would happily do repeats on?

de Neef: Most of the climbs that I’ve done are enjoyable, to a point. I’m not nearly strong or fit enough to enjoy an afternoon spent riding up and down the 1 in 20, for example, but if I had to pick one climb, I’d say the Tawonga Gap. At least if you do repeats of that, you get to do two different climbs in the process. Plus, the descent from the Tawonga Gap down toward Bright is one of the best going around.

BNA: Do you do any training for the climbs that you do, or is it just a matter of reading the profile and then going out there and giving it a go?

A bit of both I reckon. I try to get to a reasonable level of fitness before I go out and do any serious climbing but I certainly wouldn’t spend months training just so I could get up and over Mt. Hotham, for example. I’d rather just go and do it and see how I go.

That said trying a climb like Mt. Baw Baw without a good fitness level probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing you could do as a cyclist.

BNA: What is your advice to someone who is a novice at climbing hills?

de Neef: Just go and do it. Be prepared for it to be hard work to start off with but, as with anything difficult, the more you do it the easier it becomes. At the end of the day, getting to the top of a huge mountain on your own steam is more than enough reward for the pain you’ve gone through to get there.

BNA: What’s going through your mind when you head up a mountain, are you thinking about the things you have to do tomorrow, or is it purely about making it to the top?

de Neef: Without sounding too corny, I tend to get lost in the moment a little bit. Especially if it’s a climb as beautiful as, say, Mt. Buller, I can’t help but just lose myself in the experience.

BNA: On any given day, what would you consider the best place to ride in Victoria?

de Neef: You’d be pretty hard-pressed to go past the Victorian Alps and the area around Bright. With so many great climbs in the area – Mt. Buffalo, Mt. Hotham, Tawonga Gap and Falls Creek – it’s sacred ground for Victorian cyclists. In fact, if you are a Victorian cyclist who hasn’t been to Bright for a cycling trip, you might want to find some time. You won’t be disappointed.

All that aside, there are certainly worse places to ride than the Grampians, the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley, just to name a few areas.

BNA: Are there any climbs in Victoria that you haven’t done and are looking forward to attempting?

de Neef: For some stupid reason, I’m really looking forward to tackling the ‘Back o’ Falls’ climb, from Omeo up to Falls Creek. I would have done it last year in the 3 Peaks Challenge but a broken gear cable thwarted those plans.

Just the idea of 30km uphill, with the first 3km at 10% sounds like a fantastic challenge. Or maybe just stupid, I’m not sure.

BNA: I understand there are some wicked hills in Tasmania and New South Wales; do you have any plans to travel through the rest of Australia and see what the other states have to offer?

de Neef: Absolutely. I’d love to take The Climbing Cyclist to a national audience and as soon as the resources and the opportunities present themselves, I’ll be there.

BNA: What sort of gear ratios are you riding to complete these rides?

de Neef: All of my climbing at the moment is done on my trusty Trek 1.2. It’s seen me through almost 8000km and while it’s a little basic for some, it gets the job done. I’m riding a 34-50 at the front with a 12-26 at the back. The 26 gets me up most hills without too many dramas, Mt. William excepted.

Bicycles Network Australia wishes Matt De Neef, The Climbing Cyclist, a puncture free ride at the back of Falls Creek and clear skies at the 2011 3 Peaks Challenge. You can find out what Matt’s been up to by logging onto Twitter, Facebook and his website: http://www.theclimbingcyclist.com/

October 21, 2010

Women on Wheels in the City of Stirling

The City of Stirling, Western Australia, has the right idea; with a little bit of practice and a lot of encouragement, they’re getting more women on two wheels. Women on Wheels is being run by Joanne Burgess, she has been the Travelsmart Officer at the City of Sterling since 2006, Joanne is on a mission to get more women on wheels, but not just women; their children as well.

Joanne wants to re-educate the community, teaching them how to ride a bike if they have never ridden, and if it’s been too long, helping the participants build up confidence to get back out there.

Originally the program started with the assistance of the Bicycle Transport Alliance and has since grown with council assistance. The womens programs are aptly named, Learn to Ride for women who have never ridden and Back on your Bike, for those who hadn’t ridden for years.

Joanne presented the program that she has been developing in conjunction with the City of Sterling at the Bike Futures Conference in Melbourne this October.

Since starting the program, Joanne has helped 75 women from 17 different cultural backgrounds to complete the program, and there is a waiting list of 45 for the next program.

The programs run twice yearly in spring and autumn. Perfect conditions, not too hot and not to cold- Other councils in Western Australia have been trying to implement the same program for their area’s but haven’t had the same response as City of Stirling.

At the conclusion of the Bike Futures conference in Melbourne I was able to speak with Joanne about the program, she is proud of the women who have already finished the program, 66% of the participants thus far have been women aged over 50.
 
Joanne is aware that she can take this program in many directions, there are plans for urban explorer rides and Mum ‘n Kids training. Plus she has already established bicycle maintenance training, real world rides, a bicycle library and a 12 week social ride course called ‘wheelie wonderful women’.
 
If you can’t ride a bike or haven’t ridden a bike in years and need some encouragement, check with your local council to find out if they have a program that will suit your needs and if they don’t; tell them about what Joanne Burgess and the City of Sterling is doing for their constitutes.

For more information about the program and how to become involved email cycling@stirling.wa.gov.au; or for more information go to the City of Sterling website www.stirling.wa.gov.au.

October 20, 2010

The Cyclecover Circuit - a Rainforest Ride

The Cyclecover Circuit, a rainforest ride, is fast approaching, on Saturday 11th December, be prepared to see large numbers of riders flock to the small seaside village of Apollo Bay, located next door to the picturesque Otway Ranges.

The ride is in its second year; Rapid Ascent launched the mass participation ride in 2009 and made it accessible for all cyclists.

Rapid Ascent has now partnered with Cyclecover for 2010; this year’s event is set to be even more successful than the last.

There are four options for those of us with different abilities, the options range from the 23km Waterfall Explorer ride and 23km Glow Worm Tour to a challenging 70km or 140km ride.

The ride isn’t just climbing and descending, there are stops along the way, including the Otway Fly for the 140km riders and the Cape Otway Light House for both the 70km and 140km riders.

The first 1000 entries into the 140km and 70km ride will receive a free jersey and Cyclecover is giving away 6 month membership to their new Rider Club.

With long and quiet roads, where the air is crisp, there is no reason not to pack up the family and friends and head away for some relaxation before Christmas gets started. I’m looking forward to escaping the city lights for the calming effects of the rainforest and I look forward to seeing you there.


For more information on how to participate go to http://www.rainforestride.com/.

October 10, 2010

Review: E-One professional hair removal

The E-One is professional hair removal in the privacy of your own home, no longer do you need to see a professional as this device is the first of its kind that has been approved for private use.

The E-One is a personal epilator which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology packed into a small unit for home use. In 2007 the E-One received an innovation award on French national TV for inventor of the year.

I received the product at the beginning of the Tour de France, I knew this would be a great time to get started and for all the ‘Euro’ cyclists out there this would be a perfect time to get started, especially if you want silky, soft legs for those long summer days in the saddle.


Safe to Use?
This is the first and only medical IPL device in the world certified for personal use at home, the E-One meets the 60601-1 European standard regarding medical device, which is a reputable confirmation that it can be safely used by at the home.

Each device is unique in that each device has it'ss own serial number and that the service that they provide you with is personal to each machine, they keep a history of your details and any problems that you may have with the machine, if only everyone provided a service like this.
E-One accessories

The E-One comes with safety glasses to protect your eyes from the IPL. The glasses must be worn when you start a treatment with the E-One Hair Removal Device until you turn it off. The safety glasses also have to be worn by the people around you during that time. The glasses are essential to protect your eyes from the light of the flash.

Optical Gel is required and this comes with the E-One. The gel is applied to the skin before flashing it with the E-One, it’s similar to the gel that’s used in ultrasound scans.

Patches will cover small areas that you don’t want to flash, for example, moles should be covered.

I didn’t have any problems using the product, nor was I concerned about my safety even though I had seen some TV programs about permanent scarring, I experienced none of this and when I discussed this with E-One they said they had had no cases of permanent scarring. You can read more about the safety here.


How it actually works
For all conditions -  light skin or tanned skin, on most hair types, in summer or in winter - after only a few sessions at home treated hair won’t regrow anymore and the skin will maintain its softness.

Approximately 8 days after each treatment, effectively treated hairs will start to fall out progressively (on average 15 days ). Once they have fallen out, they may start to regrow after 40 to 60 days. There is no need to be alarmed – after numerous treatment sessions; hair regrowth will be continuously thinner and less populated.

After about 10 to 12 treatments (separated approx. 2 months apart), only 1 or 2 uses per year should be required to keep skin clear and hair free.

I only used the product for 5 months and I used it 4 times, over this time I did notice a difference in the amount of hair growth, I also noticed that the hair that that grows back is a lot softer and in some areas not as thick.


Painless
On area such as the legs there is no pain  whilst performing the treatments, users will notice a slight tingle on more sensitive areas such as the bikini area, and underarms.

I used the device primarily on my legs and bikini area, I found that the legs were a totally pain free  whereas the bikini area was much more sensitive. When using the device on the bikini area I felt a little zap, but it wasn’t something that I would rate as painful, I would consider it to be a mild discomfort at the least.


What I thought?
It does take some practice to get used to using the device; I read the instructions a few times and found the book very easy to understand. As a very busy person I found the device time consuming when I first used it, which is understandable as you refer to the instructions and play with all the different buttons.

When I used the E-one the second time it was a lot easier to use as I was more familiar with the device and the controls and how to use it.
I enjoyed the product and I like that the hair regrowth was minimised after each session.


What’s it cost?
At $2,890.00 it’s not exactly what I would call cheap, though if you add up the cost of disposable razors and trips to the salon for the next 10 years then you can recover you purchase price over time
If you’re a couple of cyclists who are living a double income and no kid’s lifestyle, then it is worth considering.


Who does it suit?
I think this product suits the sort of person who is budget conscious and who adds up all of the cost over the long run. Though if you’re the sort of person that likes to have the latest toys and can’t think of what to buy next, then this is also the right product for you.

For women, if you feel self-conscious when getting your bikini area waxed, then this is the perfect option for you.

You can view more information about E-One hair removal and purchase online at www.e-one.com.au.

October 5, 2010

UCI Worlds: A Raging Success

The UCI has declared that the 2010 UCI World Championships have been a success for the UCI and for Australia.

Held last week in Geelong, the UCI World Championships attracted just fewer than 300,000 spectators across the 5 day program. A predicted global TV audience of 400 million watched the event; in attendance were riders from 53 countries and 543 riders representing those countries.

Small business owners that I spoke to in Geelong had mixed emotions about the 5 day program, those who where selling food, snacks and meals considered the event to be a success for their business’ but still continued to feel that the 5 day event was too long for some of the other business’ around them.

One business owner saying, “at least they’ll all stop moaning now the event is over.”

The final day of the event, Sunday 3rd of October saw 150,000 spectators verge on Geelong to watch the elite men race. Australian’s can be proud of their cyclists; we took gold, silver and bronze, leading the medal tally for the rest of the world.

Reactions have been coming in thick and fast from the organizers, indicating that Australia could in fact hold an event like this in the future, UCI President Pat McQuaid said, "It has been a decision which was an absolutely correct decision. I can tell you that the teams that are here and the team managers that are here and that have many, many years experience of cycling, world championships and major events, have said they're absolutely happy with everything that has been laid on from here. They're happy with the atmosphere, happy with the course, happy with the security, happy with everything."

Although the lead up to the event was marred with negativity, Steve Bracks is overall pleased with the result and the people of Geelong, he said the following, "so many people from Geelong feel great pride, they keep yelling out that they're so proud of Geelong. There's a great sense of achievement here, an achievement this community can easily build on."

Cadel Evens who defended the Rainbow Jersey with great pride said the following on Twitter, ‘THANK YOU EVERYONE! Thanks for all the support-quite the day. Pleasure and honour to race with/as Aussies today.’

Evan’s team mate Simon Gerrans confirmed the feeling on Twitter saying, ‘The crowd at the race yesterday was absolutely amazing. It was like nothing I've ever seen. Thanks to everyone who was there cheering us on!’


The next UCI World Championships will be held in Denmark, www.copenhagen2011.dk, we hope to see you there.

October 3, 2010

UCI Worlds: Elite Womens Race Roundup

Oh how it hurt, eight laps with two climbs, sixteen climbs in total and it went around and around and around, and as they climbed, the women got dropped one after the other.

The 123 strong peloton afforded itself only 76 finishes, Belen Lopez Morales (ESP) managed to scrape in with a time of +19:35 behind the winner Italian Giorgia Bronzini, Bronzini was riding with her heart and she said at the press conference after the race, “first I race with my heart and secondly for Ballerini.”

Bronzini continued to say that she “waited and thought about the finish....was hard to finish in the small group....”

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands was a clear favourite to win today’s race, she has now placed second four times and it made sense to see her up there on the podium again, although there is no doubt that she would have preferred gold. She said that she thought the race would be harder, “the climb is hard… but after the descent, there’s a long way to go for the final.”

2010 UCI World Road Championships Womens Elite: Bronzini Italy wins

Sweden’s Emma Johansson was knocked slightly by Vos coming in for the final sprint as they crossed the finish line, but the UCI officials have looked at the footage and the medals will stay the same, Johansson said the following on her bronze medal “it was very frustrating... I'm happy to have my first World Championship medal, but you always want more.”

2010 UCI World Road Championships Womens Elite: Podium

45 of the 123 women who started did not finish the race, they worked hard for their teams, being offered up as a sacrifice to try and keep the strongest rider at the front and out of harm’s way.


Results of the 2010 UCI World Championships Elite Women's Road Race

1 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3 Emma Johansson (Sweden)
4 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
5 Judith Arndt (Germany)
6 Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
7 Trixi Worrack (Germany)
8 Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)
9 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
10 Carla Swart (South Africa)

UCI Worlds: Roundup Aussie Women's Team

The Australian women had been talking up there ability all week, they claimed to be in good form and for the first four laps they were doing well, although seeing Bridie O’Donnell drop to the back of the main bunch for most of the race wasn’t promising.

Climber Tiffany Cromwell who spent some time at the front pacing the peloton said, “It was a tough day out there. We all had our individual roles. We played the strongest part we could but unfortunately we did not have the legs at the finish.”

Cromwell and team mates kept riding and kept pushing through the race, “It hurt. Cramping, dry-retching, but we gave all we had out there, mainly because of the support – there was green and gold everywhere.”

Team mate Carla Ryan who has recently signed with Cervelo Test Team confirmed what Cromwell had said about it being a tough day, “we just kept chipping away, but we were all getting tired. We tried to dig in and give it a bit more, but we could just not find the energy.”

Ruth Corset the protected rider for the Australian women critiqued her performance and the teams, “I had nothing left on that last lap on the climbs – so I think the whole team gave it everything, gave it one hundred per cent today, we didn’t leave anything behind.”

It was Shara Gillow’s first world championship race and she said, “We had a strong team and this is a tough course.”

The Australian Women’s team where excited to race on home soil and gave it all they had, the cheers from the spectators helped them over the climbs to the finish line.


The final results of the Australian women where:

26. Ruth Corset
28. Vicki Whitelaw

The following Australian women did not finish (DNF):

Tiffany Cromwell
Carla Ryan
Shara Gillow
Amanda Spratt
Bridie O’Donnell

October 2, 2010

UCI Worlds: Bronzini takes Elite Women's Gold

The sun was high at 1pm today when the women’s race started in Geelong, the elite women headed out quickly from the start line, no doubt in a hurry to find out exactly how much those climbs would hurt, the women completed 8 laps with two difficult climbs where Emma Pooley (GBR) started as the favourite to win the circuit.

The first lap was eventful, Ang Collen (SIN) touched a wheel and went down in the middle of the road, and luckily she didn’t take anyone with her. Another crash before the riders began the climb into Barwon Boulevard, with a rider from Canada hitting a barrier and taking 5 others with her including the only rider from Saint Kitts and Nevis.

As the riders headed into the first climb on Barwon Blvd, Australia’s Carla Ryan led the women to the top of The Ridge, with Australian team mate Tiffany Cromwell was not far behind. The gap between the first and the last rider was at least 3minutes 14seconds, the women fought hard to get back to the bunch, but are also fighting hard to finish the most important race of the season.

Ruth Corset (AUS) made the choice to change her bike at the beginning of the second lap after being involved in a crash on the first lap. Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) was sitting at the back of the peloton with legend Jeannie Longo (FRA); O’Donnell looked to be struggling throughout the second lap which wasn’t good news for the Australian women.

Three laps in and rider Dinah Chan (SIN) pulled out of the course, Cromwell was doing her job as expected leading the peloton, Cromwell is an excellent domestique and can climb, making her the perfect team mate for this course. Two breakaways where attempted early on the first climb, but the peloton chased them down easily, the breakaways weren’t overly strong, nor had they been 100% committed in their breakaway, the peloton easily bought the riders back together on Pakington Street as predicted.

As the women headed onto Moorabool St to finish the third lap, they did so very fast, with Italian Eleonara Patuzzo out in front; the peloton changed very quickly with Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) who went for the breakaway the minute the peloton was over the top of Moorabool St. Two Swiss riders pulled out at the beginning of the fourth lap as the riders made it to the top of Moorabool St.

On the fifth lap the Curi-Mattis is still out in front, she had a gap of 2:25 from the peloton, the women at the back of the peloton where seriously struggling, women still coming through the gates 5minutes after the main peloton. Emma Pooley (GBR) seemed to be in her element on all the climbs as did Cromwell, Ryan and Vicki Whitelaw (AUS). The peloton had been setting a strong pace as the peloton headed towards lap six and the pace was too much for Serene Lee (SIN) and rider Kathryn Bertine (SKN), any more time on the course and Lee and Bertine would have easily been swallowed by the peloton on the sixth lap.

Curi-Mattis looks lean on the course as she headed into the 6th lap, but began to suffer on the first climb. Amanda Spratt (AUS) and Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) where suffering as they came into the 6th lap they were over 7minutes behind the main group and pulled out in the team area on Moorabool St. Cromwell was setting the pace at the front as they headed into the first climb on Challambra Crescent.

Lap seven saw the Australian’s and the British fall back through the peloton, the Australian and the British teams did what many teams would have done today which was to use as many riders as possible to push the pace at the front and to bring back breakaways. On the 7th lap Curie Mattis got over taken by the pint sized Pooley, the world Time Trial Champion as of Wednesday’s race, the Peloton caught up to Pooley on the first climb of Challambra Crescent.

On lap eight the women pushed the pace even faster, Nicole Cooke (GBR) broke away on the descent heading towards the bottom of the hill on Mt Pleasant, stringing out the rest of the peloton on the descent. Cooke was still in the lead as they rode the rainbow bridge for the last time, Judith Arndt (GER) closing the gap on the final climb, both Arndt and Cooke worked together with less than 6km to go.

The final 4km was reminiscent of Mark Renshaw’s lead out of Mark Cavendish on the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France. With less than 4km to go the women were not chasing as the two leads rode onto the Esplanade with a slight headwind, once they hit Moorabool St it was each for their own.

First place went to Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini in the bunch sprint that we had all been talking about, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands came in second place for the second time and Emma Johansson of Sweden took 3rd place.

If the under 23’s race and Elite Women’s road race is anything to go by, we’ll see the same thing at the Elite Men’s race on Sunday 3rd of October.

UCI Worlds: Leadup to the Elite Womens Road Race

The elite women’s road race isn’t far away and the Australian women are positive heading towards the 127.2km circuit, which the women will complete 8 times, it’s a course that suits the Australian women.

Ruth Corset and Carla Ryan where at a team press conference to discuss the Australian women’s chances of standing on the podium this October 2nd.

Ruth Corset’s hand is still bruised from the fall that she experienced at the Herald Sun World Cycling Classic in Ballart last weekend but is healing well and doesn’t expect any problems.

Corset had this to say about the road race on Saturday, "we were told it was a hilly course so we knew it would suit us, but a lot of the other girls hadn’t seen the course at all and they were pretty shocked at how hilly it was."

Carla Ryan is looking forward to showing Australia what she can do and what the entire Australian team can do, she commented that, "we race in Europe for the whole year and no one (in Australia) really knows what we do over there. It’s such a low profile sport (in Australia) but, in Europe, it (cycling) is like Australian Rules Football. To bring it out to Australia and give the public a chance to see us is really special for us."

Unlike Fabian Cancellera, Ryan is of the impression that racing without radios will make things a lot more interesting and said that everyone one was in the same position. Ryan continued on to say, “It’s not as if you have an advantage or disadvantage, but I think it will make things a lot more interesting. I will have to check the girls and look out for them a lot more. It will be an interesting opportunity."

Both Corset and Ryan are happy with how their form has progressed over the season and see a podium finish for the Australian women as a possibility.

The women race at 1pm Saturday 2nd October.

September 30, 2010

UCI Worlds: Day 2 Review

Thursday 30th September: Day two of the UCI World championships, the time trials have all been raced for 2010 World Championships though not only the Australian stage event is grabbing the attention of the cycling world.

The atmosphere in Geelong has continued to grow throughout the week and the support for Australians Mick Rogers, Richie Porte and Luke Durbridge has been second to none. The people of Geelong have been leaving their offices to watch the Australian’s come through the course and cheering as loudly as possible, with all the negative press coming out of Geelong in the weeks leading up to the event it’s good to see locals enjoying themselves.

In a day that should have been all about the Elite Men’s Time Trial, Alberto Contador has been officially suspended after traces of bronchodilator clenbuterol were found in his test from the second rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.  Contador is claiming food contamination; the amount found in Contador's urine was 50 picograms, 400 times less than the threshold required by a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory. Investigations are progressing.

The next race is the Under 23’s road race on Friday 2nd October, starting in Geelong at 1pm.


Results to date:

Under 23 Men Time Trial
1. Taylor Phinney (USA)
2. Luke Durbridge (AUS)
3. Marcel Kittel (GER)

Women’s Elite Time Trial
1. Emma Pooley (GBR)
2. Judith Arndt (GER)
3. Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZL)

Men’s Elite Time Trial
1. Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2. David Millar (GBR)
3. Tony Martin (GER)

UCI Worlds - Johnston Park Information Hub

Johnston Park is the home to food, arts and crafts whilst the 2010 World Championships are on, this is the perfect opportunity to go for a wonder between laps and time trial starts.

If you’re obsessive about your race weight, as most cyclists are, it’s best that you steer clear of the park. Walk through early morning and you can see everyone setting up shop, enjoy the smell of freshly baked pastries, and coffee from Sensory Lab.

The girls at Sensory Lab where cheerful when I stopped by, we greeted each other as another small downpour came through, if you need some perking up after days of constant riding and trying to keep up with the pro’s then this is the place for you.

The beans are from St Ali, they roast their own and they're one of the best in Melbourne, if not the best. If you like your coffee at drinking temperature then this is the bean for you, if you like your coffee boiling they're normally happy to scold the beans. Did I mention that it is the best coffee.. and the friendliest?

Location wise, Johnston Park is right near the train station and only a short 5 minutes’ walk to Moorabool Street and about the same distance to the Geelong Cunningham Pier.

September 29, 2010

UCI Worlds: Emma Pooley wins Women's TT

The Women's Time Trial results were Emma Pooley (GBR) 32:44.44 in 1st position, Germany’s Judith Arndt in 2nd place with a time of 33:03.16 (+15.17) and 3rd on the podium was Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZL) 33:04.24 (+15.8).

The women’s 22.8km time trial started out relatively slow, with the new and less experienced riders heading out of the gates first, it was the first climb that the U23 Men experienced twice that really pushed the women to the limit on Mt Pleasant Road.

Pooley, Olympic Silver Medallist and now World Time Trial Champion was 15 seconds ahead of Arndt, who passed Australian hope Alexis Rhodes on the course that she was clearly not suited to.

UCI Worlds Womens Elit TT Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley (GBR) - UCI World Champion in Elite Women's Time Trial


UCI Worlds Womens Elit TT Judth Arndt
Judth Arndt (GER), 2nd in the UCI World Champion in Elite Women's Time Trial

Villumsen switched allegiance to New Zealand from Denmark in December 2009 and was very proud to ride for her new country in today’s time trial and proud to win bronze.

Australian Shara Gillow came in 8th place which is an excellent result for the first timer; Vicki Whitelaw (AUS) was 18th followed by Alexis Rhodes (AUS) in 19th.

The most amazing and inspirational ride of the day was perhaps 51 year old French rider Jeannie Longo-Cirprelli, she has been riding since before Pooley was born and came in 5th place.

The women’s road race is on Saturday the 2nd of October at 1pm; it will be interesting to see how the two climbs affect the women’s peloton.

Road UCI Worlds - looking for a bike shop?

If you missed out on Ausbike this year and you’re making a special trip to Melbourne for the 2010 World Championships, you’ll be pleased to know that The Bike Shop is where your favourite products are at.

If your favourite products aren’t there, you do have the opportunity to fall in love with something new, a new bike, new wheels and new cycling kit, the possibilities are endless. Located down on the Geelong Cunningham pier, you will find a large range of brands represented.

Feeling a little peckish? Check in with the boys at the Power Bar stand, they were handing out samples early this morning and no doubt have many more up their sleeves.

Be warned though, The Bike Hub is handing out cow bells, if you’re after a quiet ride home, its best to by-pass this stand if you have children in tow.

Rapha and Apres Velo have the low-down on all things stylish for male and female cyclists, pop in and get dressed in your best; it’s time to make an impression Australia!

Uci Worlds - The Bike Shops - Trek
Trek: Too many logo's? Nah, not enough
Trek Bicycles Australia has got some fancy time trial bikes with even hotter wheels, they’re deep dish, they’re carbon fibre and they’re really nice to look at.

Uci Worlds - The Bike Shops - Giant
Giant has the right idea with colour co-ordinated zipps.

Confused about Kevlar and why you need it in your tyre? Schwalbe has enough information to sink a ship, do quiz them, they may know something you don’t.

If you need a break from the racing you will find The Bike Shop on the Geelong Cunningham Pier, it’s only steps from the road race and time trial course.
The Bike Shops carries the following brands:
Baum, Giant, Teschner, Apres Velo, Computrainer, Rapha, Bouwmeester, Felt, Mod Style, Tour Down Under, Focus Australia, Maxxis, Specialized Australia, Cannondale, Bike Hub, XOSize, AQTO, Trek Bicycles Australia, Garmin, Schwalbe (BikeBox), Power Bar (Echelon Sports), Compressor Sport, The City of Greater Geelong, Koga, Body Science, Scott, Avanti, Skins, Kenda, Deakin University, Ride Media

September 28, 2010

One Metre Matters - Fight for Safer Cycling

Dave Sharp returned to cycling after years of laziness and bad health, the roads he had ridden in the 90's where no longer safe. With the rising risk of victimization and road rage, Dave took the passion that he had for cycling and made the choice to turn that passion into something that would benefit Queensland and Australia.

Sharp is asking that vehicles be required by law to give one metre of clearance on the right hand side when passing a cyclist.

Sharp gathered over 5000 signatories, which were passed to the Queensland House of Representatives. The Honourable Member for Ipswich and Minister for Transport, Rachel Nolan, replied with the following statement, "The introduction of a specific rule to restrict vehicles to keeping one metre from cyclists would be, in many cases, detrimental."

The Australian Road Rules state that a vehicle may only pass a cyclist when it is safe to do so, the law recommends keeping a distance of one metre when passing, but it's only a recommendation, not a law.

Nolan went on to say, "a law making a one metre distance mandatory would make it illegal for cyclists to move slowly and closely past queued vehicles."

The petition was clear about its intention, one metre of clearance for a cyclists being passed by a motorist, cyclists would still be able to filter through traffic at traffic lights with care and when safe to do so as recommended by the Australian Road Rules.

The Queensland Government isn't willing to make a ground breaking decision which could lead the way for safer cycling across Australia, which is why Sharp has teamed up with the Amy Gillet Foundation (AGF) to campaign his message of 'one metre maters.'

Australian cyclists Robbie McEwan and Rachel Neylan (AGF Ambassador) are passionate about the project and giving it there full support, they train on public roads daily and no only too well about the risks involved.

With general cost rising and cyclists producing less wear and tear on our roads, government’s still won’t go into bat, cyclists promote good healthy living, but the government won't stand up.

Sharp has developed a letter campaign that is unique to each State and Territory, the letters can be printed and signed by you, friends, family and co-workers and be sent to the Minister for Transport in your State or Territory the details can be found at http://www.safecyclingaustralia.org/.

The good news is there are more cyclist on Australian roads than ever before, the government will have to pay attention whether it be at a state or federal level, the real question is, how will you be involved?

Get on board Australia! It’s time to make a change; let’s support the ‘one metre matters’ campaign.

You can become involved by supporting The Amy Gillet Foundation: http://www.amygilletfoundation.org.au/

Dave Sharp also needs your support and ideas; your can email him: wombling@hotmail.com

September 25, 2010

2010 Women's World Championship Road Race

The women's road race at the 2010 World Championships is bound to spark interest amongst spectators; it isn't often that we see women of such a high calibre racing in Australia.

The women's road race is a circuit styled course, they will ride 127.2km circuit and complete the course 8 times. The course is in similar style to that of the men’s road race without the lead in from Melbourne to Geelong.

The course will suit a rider who can be a jack-of-all-trades on the day, before the most significant climb of the day that concludes on The Ridge, riders come into the climb from a very sharp right hand turn, it will suit riders with strong technical ability; this turn should not be underestimated as easy.

The second climb of the day reaches its peak at Aphrasia St, it is shorter and sharper than the first, expect to see the sprinters fall back in the last couple of laps. After Aphrasia St the race is on for one and all, expect a fast descent down Pakington Street, the right turn into Glenleith Avenue and The Esplanade is where the action will be, the peloton will reorganise itself here before the finish in Moorabool St.

Fierce competitors to watch out for include Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, already this year she holds the title of UCI Cyclo-cross World Champion, Dutch National Road Race Champion and winner of the 2010 Women’s World Cup. Vos has placed 2nd two years in a row now, back in 2006 she took the title of Road Race World Champion and is worthy of the win in 2010. The Netherlands will be able to give their full attention to Vos as their allocation of seven riders became eight, with the inclusion of the European Champion Noortje Tabak.

Annemiek Val Vleuten and the Dutch Champion Loes Gunnewijk will join team mates Vos and Tabak, along with Kirsten Wild who is a favourite to win if it finishes in a bunch sprint. Regina Bruins will double it up in the road race and the time trial, she already rides for the world’s number one team, the Cervélo Test Team and there is no doubt that she will be racing with heart and soul at the world championships.

The current World Champion Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) has had a few podium finishes this season, the most significant of the placing’s was her win at the Italian National Road Championships, Guderzo placed 3rd in the General Classification at the Giro d’Italia Donne earlier this year where Mara Abbot of the United State of America took first place.

27 year old, British rider, Emma Pooley, has a string of podium finishes in first place this season; Pooley has added British National Road Race Champion and Time Trial Champion to her list of accolades this season. Team up Pooley and the current British National Road Race Champion, Nicole Cooke, and they could be formidable; Pooley stripped Cooke of the British National Road Race Championship title, Cooke had held the title for a staggering nine years.

Judith Arndt of Germany was the World Champion in 2004 and at 34 years old she is still a strong performer, she will lead a very strong German team, with team mates, Charlotte Becker, Sarah Düster, Claudis Häusler, Luise Keller, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Trixi Worrack. Arndt season hasn’t been overly impressive, she has had only three wins this season compared to team mate Teutenberg who has racked up a staggering 16 wins.

The Australian team will be led by Ruth Corset, our biggest hope amongst the women for a podium finish; she’ll be backed up by Bridie O’Donnel and Vikkie Whitelaw who add years of solid experience to the team. Young guns, Shara Gillow, Tiffany Cromwell and Amanda Spratt are bound to make an impact.

Without a doubt the strongest women’s teams heading to the 2010 World Championships are the Dutch and German teams, the British women should not be underestimated, I would suspect to seea mixture of the following women on the podium; Vos, Teutenberg, Wild, Cooke, Pooley and Tabak.

Many of the women will double it up in the road race and the time trial; to see the hard women of racing, head to Geelong on Saturday 2nd of October for the road race.

Photo: Marianne Von (NL) 2009 UCI Womens Road Championships silver medalist © Cindy Trossaert

September 21, 2010

Chamois Butt'r for your Butt!


Chamois Butt'r prevents rubbing when there should be no friction.

Butt cream as it's commonly referred too, is a personal choice, there is only so much advice we can take from friends when finding the right cream for your butt.

The product is a thick cream that can be applied to the skin or the chamois of your cycling shorts, you should use as much or as little as you like.

Chamois Butt'r washes out of knicks easily in a regular wash and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Chamois Butt'r can be found in a tub of 235ml or in handy 9ml tubes which can easily be tucked into the back of your jersey for longer rides. After not having done a decent long ride in at least four months and four hours ahead of me on the bike, I threw one 9ml tube in my jersey and applied the cream to my cycling shorts, the first two hours went well and when we stopped for a break I applied the contents of the 9ml tube.

There is enough cream in the 9ml tube to cover the chamois, the last two hours of the ride went well and the product did it's job, I experienced no chaffing.

If you’re looking for a new butt cream, I’d recommend trying Chamois Butt'r. I especially like the 9ml tubes which can be put into a jersey pocket, for those of you who are into long rides it’s the prefect product.

Chamois Butt'r (from Paceline Products in the US) is imported into Australia by Ride Easy Sports Products and Chamois Butt'r is an official sponsor of the Fly V pro cycling team.

September 11, 2010

2010 World Champion Road Race and Time Trial

Melbourne and Geelong are the privileged cities who will play host to the greatest cyclists in the world for five days of what should be the best racing that has ever graced Australian shores.

For the men's World Champion Road Race, the riders face a relatively flat course; from Melbourne to Geelong there is barely a hill in sight. Riders may endure headwinds and crosswinds and they’ll be lucky if there is a tailwind as the peloton heads for Geelong.

American, Tyler Farrar (USA) who beat Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) to the line on stage five at the Vuelta a España early this September is a top contender for the Rainbow Jersey. Cavendish will compete in the worlds without a lot of support, the British National Champion, Geraint Thomas (Great Britain), has pulled out of the Worlds claiming fatigue, however, the Tour de France confirmed that Cavendish could be able to jump on any wheel to find that magic line.

Will the Manx Missile be able to come through for a win? If so, it will no doubt be the greatest victory of his young and promising career. David Miller (Great Britain),who was stripped of his 2003 Individual World Time Trial title for admitting to the use of the blood booster EPO, will replace the British National Champion.

Belgian rider, Philippe Gilbert's intentions are clear since his stage three finish at the Vuelta a España, this was a similar finish to the one that the riders will experience in Geelong. The 28 year old rider is firmly fixed on the Rainbow Jersey; Gilbert agrees that the toughness of the course has been underestimated by many of the favourites. It’s not the section from Melbourne to Geelong that will provide the most challenge; it’s the 15.9km circuit that they will ride 11 times.

The 15.9km circuit has two significant sharp climbs, along with a couple of very quick turns that could be potentially hazardous, all this before a fast descent into the finish line. If mother nature is in the mood for an exciting finish, she will provide a tail wind to the finish and we will see the likes of Cavendish, Farrar, Gilbert, Greipel (Germany), Hushovd (Norway) and Pozzato (Italy) come to the front for an all out bunch sprint.

German sprinter Andre Greipel has the added benefit of having current HTC Columbia Team mates with him at the worlds, Tony Martin and Danilo Hondo. His main rival for the worlds is Cavendish; both men are out to prove that they‘re better than the other. Cycling fans have waited all season to see a sprint between Cavendish and Greipel; this is one race that shouldn’t be missed.

Current World Champion Cadel Evans (Australia) and Simon Gerrans (Australia) are in with a chance. Gerrans who is signed with Team Sky, experienced a set back recently when team soigneur, Txema Gonzaler, passed away from a stomach virus early September. Gerrans is returning to Australia to train and is considering the Ballarat Classics the weekend before the World Championships to be some solid last minute training.

After having what can only be described as an excruciating Tour de France and finishing with a broken elbow, current World Champion Cadel Evans is still in with a chance for Australia. The ex professional mountain biker proves time and time again that he can pull out all the stops in a one day race, he may not have won the Tour de France but he is the World Champion.

2009 Individual Time Trial Champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) will be contesting his title as the Individual Time Trial World Champion and to top it off he will also be vying for the title of Road World Champion.

Australian, and new kid on the block Richie Porte is a promising talent for Australia given his impressive performance at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year where he surprised the world; this first year neo-pro will, without question, be giving his heart and soul to wear a Rainbow Jersey. 2009 Australian Time Trial Champion and three times Individual Time Trial World Champion (2003-2005) Mick Rogers will also be at the starting line, Rogers has had two impressive finishes this year as the overall winner of the Tour of California and Vuelta a Andalucía.

Tony Martin (Germany) rode to victory at the Individual Time Trial at the Tour de Suisse earlier this year, followed by an overall victory at the Eneco Tour of Benelux, he is the German National Champion and has showed good form all season, he will without a doubt score a podium finish.

I want Mark Cavendish to cross that line two lengths in front of the bunch, he is the fastest man in the world and he will want to prove it.On the other hand the Australian in me is desperate to see Cadel Evans retain the World Championship Jersey, this general classification rider can sprint and climb; the mountain biker in him will push as hard as possible until its all over.

The Tasmanian in me is screaming loudly for Richie Porte to come through for the win at the Individual Time Trial, but the brilliance of the Swiss rider Cancellara puts him as the front runner to maintain his title. Ultimately it will be the experience of riders that will show through; Mick Rogers has had an incredibly successful year and will no doubt show us something special come race day.

This is the one race where it’s each for their own, if riders have the chance and the opportunity, then they will be going for the win. This will be an epic day for cycling.

The men’s road race is on Sunday 3rd October, they will start in Melbourne from Federation Square and the men’s Individual Time Trial is on Thursday 30th of September, for more information on the 2010 Road World Championship head to www.melbourne2010.com.au.

We look forward to seeing you there!