I'm offering my readers, the opportunity to advertise their excess cycling equipment here too. I'll work things out as I go, but it will be free to advertise and sell something although I will have the final say on what gets listed and what doesn't. You will be able to navigate to this page in future by clicking on "For Sale" in the blog side bar on the RHS of the page under the categories menu.
If you would like to make contact about selling something or are interested in any of the items for sale then just send an email by clicking on the "Contact" link on the top of the page or here
. We'll see how this works out and things may need some fine tuning as we go. I'm also in a position to create a Paypal checkout but would only do this for my items.
Cannondale Slice Time Trial Bike.
Shimano 105 drive train.
Shimano C50 wheels.
Bell Meteor II TT Helmet. My helmet used around 6 times. Size is Medium 55-59 cm. This helmet does not have the Australian Standards sticker. $100
The Main street of Dookie,The pub looks inviting.
Today was the first race of 2012 for me and there had not been a number pinned on my jersey since Tour of Bright 2011. I hadn't considered entering the race today but on some gentle coaxing from some of the Wangaratta mob I thought, ok, and managed to enter about 2 hours before cut off. As the race was to be held by The Goulburn Valley Veterans Cycling Club
it was lucky I had renewed my VVCC racing licence with Hume Veterans Cycling Club
just last week. The race was a 52km Handicap held at Dookie and was also an Open race,which means a large number entries and very good competition.
Colin Stokes preparing his bike.
In a handicap race a few things have to go your way to be successful. Hopefully you'll get put into a group of riders that are at a similar level to yourself, and who are prepared to work well together to keep the pace high. You also have to hope you can ride fast enough so that the groups of riders behind you don't catch up .Everbody is always very keen to get the start list and find out what mark you've been given. There were seven in my bunch,3 women and 4 men some of whom I knew and others I didn't.
My group turned out to be a fantastic bunch of riders with everybody prepared to do their share of the work on the front. It was pretty windy on the course and I found the strong cross winds to be the most difficult to contend with. As the race wore on and we gathered up the riders whom had started ahead of us, it was looking very positive for our bunch. About half way through the last lap we caught the last of these riders, which meant our group was now the front of the race and if we didn't get caught, somebody from our group would win the race. The women in our group rode very strongly especially on the flat crosswind sections but they struggled a little on the hills. I felt pretty good the further the race went and had the idea to attack on the last climb near the cemetery.
By the time we got to the bottom of that hill there were 4 of us left in the bunch, we had lost a couple of our women on the nasty little hill around the back of the course. I knew Colin Stokes in the bunch as we often ride together for training and he rides strongly. The other guy,John Tielen,I didn't know but I had thought for most of the race he was probably the rider in our bunch who would be the biggest threat. I wasn't certain about the remaining women,Wendy Bennett,as she'd pulled back the gap we put on her on the previous hill so was a very capable rider.
I accelerated as hard as I could up the hill and didn't look back. When I reached the top I still had the strong rider(John) with me. But we had gapped the others by quite a bit so it was time to put the hammer down for the last couple of kilometers. We worked really well together, retaining the gap we had opened up on the climb. As we got closer to the finnish and were not going to be caught,I asked the other rider,"do you want to go side by side and sprint it out?" to which he replied in a thick European accent ,"I don't care", which was said in a friendly tone. With the last little bend then about 150 metre to the finnish I pretty much just rode as hard as I could and managed enough of a sprint to win.
It is a wonderful feeling to win a race and the last time I had a win was nearly a year ago . John, who came second was very happy too and we had a very nice exchange after the race. The other 2 from our group crossed the line in 3rd,Wendy Bennett, and 4th,Colin Stokes, before the scratch bunch came flying through just behind.
My hard working bunch. L-R Wendy Bennett,myself,Evelyn Keetelaar,John Tielen,Kay Huggins and Colin Stokes. Photograph by Richard Bailey
This one is taken on the steep short climb on Duggans Rd I think. Photograph by Richard Bailey
On the last climb going full gas. Photograph by Richard Bailey
Finnishing sprint. Photograph by Richard Bailey
Very happy at the presentations,thanks to John(The Missile) Myles for his photography skills.
Some cash,a trophy and a medal. You've got to be happy with that.
Thanks to Richard Bailey for kindly supplying the photos of the racing action and to Raymond Jarratt for facilitating the exchange.Many thanks for all the support and congratulations,also for putting up with my self indulgence on the blog this week. And hopefully I've gotten over the phobia of having my new (second hand) Lightweight wheels on my bike. See full results below.
26/2/2012 G.V. Vets 52km Open.
1st Anthony Reeckman H 25min
2nd John Tielen G.V 25min
3rd Wendy Bennett C.V. 25min
4th Colin Stokes H 25min
5th Stephen Fairless G.V. scr
6th Neville Laffy G.V. 2min
7th Tom Leaper E scr
8th Darren Roberts N 2min
9th Mark Currie H 4min
10th Peter McDonough G 4min
Fastest Time Stephen Fairless
1st Unplaced lady Evelyn Keetelaar
1st Unplaced G.V.Vet rider Brad Scott
1st Unplaced G.V.Vet over 60 rider David Schier
A Connex Link by Wippermann for a 10 speed chain.
When it comes to chain cleaning and lubrication I'm yet to find a better system than removing the chain,washing it thoroughly in petrol or some other solvent,hanging it to dry while I wash the rest of my bike. Reinstalling the chain,then applying a good quality chain oil. I've tried a few other methods,including the Park Tool Chain Scrubber
which I found worked quite well it just seems a little messy and cumbersome. Another product, the name escapes me, some of my friends use cleans and lubricates your chain as you spin the drive train over whilst applying. Whilst convenient, when I used it I always feel like my chain sounds noisy and dry.
What was the icing on the cake for me was the Connex Link by Wippermann,
which makes removing and reinstalling your chain simple and fast. I have them on all my bikes and one link is on it's third chain so they last quite well too. They are pretty cheap at around $10 so wont break the bank. I remove the chain,then using an old bidon I keep specially for chain cleaning, 1/4 fill the bidon with petrol and shake like crazy for 1 minute or so. (Having your favourite high tempo song playing helps to really fire up the shake.ACCA DACCA, You Shook Me All Night Long, could do the job but feel free to experiment).
You can pour the dirty petrol into a suitable storage vessel for a second usage if desired. If I'm feeling frivolous and am after the cleanest chain in the peloton I may just indulge in a second washing with clean solvent.
Just be careful to install the link the correct way around and it's a little fiddly the first couple of times you do it. I'm yet to be convinced to change from this regime but I'm always open to other peoples ideas.
Connex Link correctly installed on my Gellie Custom travel bike.The chain has to be removed for packing the bike into it's S&S Case when travelling so the link is an added bonus for that.
James Boal sprints to the line. Wangaratta Club Tour 2011. Stage 4, A Grade Kermesse
Hot off the press is the Calendar of races for this Autumn at Wangaratta. I'm looking forward to racing this Autumn
and am pleased to see some Time Trials scheduled.I've got some friends from Melbourne who hopefully are going the attend the Club Tour and I might try and get them up for the Ian Bullus Memorial as well. These are fantastic events so it would be great to get some good attendances for them. Visit the Wangaratta Cycling Club's
website for updates.
Race 1 Sat 10th March Mokoan Turnoff 50km GS Clubrooms/Warby Range Rd/Boweya Rd/Mokoan Turnoff/ return via same course/Shanley St Finish
Race 2 Sat 17th March Max’s Block X 2 47km HC Clubrooms/Warby Range Rd/Max’s Block X 2 laps left hand turns/ Warby Range Rd/Shanley St Finish
Race 3 Sat 24th March Winton ITT 26km No 1 Start at Footy Ground Glenrowan/out and back to Winton
Race 4 Sat 31st March 15 Mile Creek 45km HC Clubrooms/Warby Range Rd/Taminick Gap Rd/Right turn Old Hume Hwy/McDonalds/Left turn under Freeway Overpass/15 Mile Creek Bridge/return via same course No Racing Easter
Race 5 Sat 14th April Ryans Taminick Loop 52km GS Clubrooms/Reith Rd/Lindner Rd/Wangandary Rd/Boweya Rd/ Taminick Gap/Warby Range Rd/Shanley St Finish
Race 6 Sat 21st April Graham Daws Memorial Handicap 70km Clubrooms/Shanley St/Warby Range Rd/Boweya Rd/Thoona- Boweya Rd/Thoona-Devenish Rd/Devenish-Wangaratta Rd/Wangandary Rd/Christensen Lane/Lindner Rd/Reith Rd Finish
Race 7 Sat 28th April Warby Range Rd ITT 18km No 2 Clubrooms/Shanley St/left Warby Rang Rd/U-Turn/Pass Shanely St on Warby Range Rd/ U-Turn/ left turn Shanley St. “T” course
Race 8 Sat 5th May U/17 States Course 57km GS Clubrooms/Warby Range Rd/Boweya Rd/Taminick gap/Warby Range Rd/Boweya Rd/taminick gap/Warby Range Rd/Shanley St
Race 9 Sat 12th May Mokoan Turnoff Via Taminick 43km HC Clubrooms/warby Range Rd/Taminick Gap/Mokoan Turnoff/return via same course/finish Shanley St
Race 10 Sat 19th May Ian Bulluss Memorial Handicap 10am
$20 Benalla To Wangaratta 65km Start: Kiferra Rd Benalla outside Trekers rest. Greta South Wangaratta-Kilferra Rd/Left into Glenrowan-Moyhu Rd (Sprint prize just before this corner) Right turn Glenrowan/Left Taminick Gap Rd/Right turn Warby Range Rd/ Right Turn Shanley St Finish. Presentations and light refreshments at clubrooms at conclusion
Race 11 Sat 26th May Boweya Rd ITT 40km No 3 Start Glenrowan end of Boweya Rd/ travel along Boweya Rd to Devenish-Wangaratta Rd/ Turn in road and return via same course
Race 12 Sat 2nd June Club Tour 10am Start Both Days $40 Entry Saturday 2nd June 10am: Stage 1
Road Race: State U17 Course 35km or 52km. 2pm: Stage 2
Time Trial 14km “T” shaped Course (J17 course) Sunday 3rd June 10am: Stage 3
Hillclimb: Saleyards - Warby range rd - Glenrowan - Old Highway - Taminick Gap Rd -Finish at top. 1pm: Stage 4
Kermesse: (Reith's Rd Colson Drive loop approx 6km a lap) 2-6 laps
Strava is becoming quite popular with cyclists. Using a Garmin device or an iphone with the Stava App running you can record your ride details then upload your ride file to Strava for viewing. Strava will pick out any rides you've done where there has been a segment created and you can compare your ride against others who have ridden the same segment.Most of the major climbs now have a Strava segment,including all our local Alpine Climbs.It's very interesting to compare yourself against other riders and also note your improvement.
I've just created a segment on Strava that includes the climb we do on the Everton to Beechworth Rail Trail every Wednesday.
I started the segment a little past where we enter the rail trail near Diffey Rd to the end of the climb before you start descending into Beechworth. I hope I've set the segment up correctly and I think I have but we can also create another if need be.
Strava then looked through it's Data to see if anyone else has ridden this segment and has found 8 others. Currently I'm in the number 1 position so probably should keep this to myself as once others get on board it wont last long. I've seen a few riders on Wednesday with a Garmin 500 which is what I used and as I mentioned earlier you can use a iphone.So I'm hoping a few others will join Strava which is free unless you want to upgrade to premium membership.
I'v also included Strava's Mt Buffalo Segment to give you more of an idea on how many others are using it.
The Mt Buffalo Segment has been ridden 527 times by people using Strava.
I've also created a segment for the descent out of Beechworth which is always full on. I don't know how long it will last but top spot has my name on it.
This week whilst in my favourite Local Bike Shop, West End Bike Hub
discussing the fact with Wes that I had actually ridden my mountain bike. (I don't have a close relationship with my mountain bike,after a nasty and embarrassing accident a couple of years ago). Now when Wes let fly with a line from Mulga Bill's Bicycle I was very impressed. First,that he actually new some poetry, and secondly with myself for being able to recite a few lines too. Now I haven't been able to get the poem out of my head all week so I thought it only reasonable "Mulga Bill" grace the pages of the blog this weekend.
Some information about the poem can be found here
I have also ben wondering if there are any other poems related to cycling? If anyone knows of some then post the title in the comments section.
Photo taken at The Rutherglen Estates Classic 2010.These gentlemen had turned up on their antique machines to watch the start.
Mulga Bill's bicycle
‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, “Excuse me, can you ride?”
“See here, young man,” said Mulga Bill, “from Walgett to the sea,
From Conroy’s Gap to Castlereagh, there’s none can ride like me,
I’m good all round at everything as everybody knows,
Although I’m not the one to talk – I hate a man that blows.
But riding is my special gift, my chiefest, sole delight;
Just ask a wild duck can it swim, a wildcat can it fight.
There’s nothing clothed in hair or hide, or built of flesh or steel,
There’s nothing walks or jumps, or runs, on axle, hoof, or wheel,
But what I’ll sit, while hide will hold and girths and straps are tight:
I’ll ride this here two-wheeled concern right straight away at sight.”
‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that sought his own abode,
That perched above Dead Man’s Creek, beside the mountain road.
He turned the cycle down the hill and mounted for the fray,
But ‘ere he’d gone a dozen yards it bolted clean away.
It left the track, and through the trees, just like a silver streak,
It whistled down the awful slope towards the Dead Man’s Creek.
It shaved a stump by half an inch, it dodged a big white-box:
The very wallaroos in fright went scrambling up the rocks,
The wombats hiding in their caves dug deeper underground,
As Mulga Bill, as white as chalk, sat tight to every bound.
It struck a stone and gave a spring that cleared a fallen tree,
It raced beside a precipice as close as close could be;
And then as Mulga Bill let out one last despairing shriek
It made a leap of twenty feet into the Dead Man’s Creek.
‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that slowly swam ashore:
He said, “I’ve had some narrer shaves and lively rides before;
I’ve rode a wild bull round a yard to win a five-pound bet,
But this was the most awful ride that I’ve encountered yet.
I’ll give that two-wheeled outlaw best; it’s shaken all my nerve
To feel it whistle through the air and plunge and buck and swerve.
It’s safe at rest in Dead Man’s Creek, we’ll leave it lying still;
A horse’s back is good enough henceforth for Mulga Bill.”
by "Banjo" Paterson
Photo taken at the start of The Rutherglen Estates Classic 2010.Ashley Baines and Leigh Egan closest to camera.And to think sometimes it's awkward to clip in to your pedals.
I love how you can change the look of your bike just by switching components around. Except the wheels,which I admit are a pretty big change,the rest is bottle cages,bar tape,seat and stem. Whilst it's not something I want to be doing too often, due to the cost involved, I'll keep all the white parts so I can switch back if I get sick of the stealth look.And the Lightweights are really only for illustration purposes, unless I turn up on the Gellie for a race which I may well do.