Dahondude's Blog (35)

My first (and hopefully last) cycling accident

Riding into work today, one minute I was accelerating in a line of traffic to make the lights the next I woke up with a few people around me, a Police officer arrived and then I was bundled into an ambulace and spent the day in the Emergency Department getting stitched up and monitored for brain injury.

I don't remember the crash, nor the immediate minutes afterwards, but a car driver who stopped to help told me tonight that I rode past him and then all of a sudden flipped over my…

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Added by Dahondude on April 11, 2014 at 20:15 — 15 Comments

Reflections on five months in Europe

My cycling blogs in Europe didn't quite keep pace wih the amount of cycling I did, mostly because I had enough trouble keeping up with my non-cycling blog so the kids have something to look back on when they get older.

We arrived in Santiago de Compostela in early April and left 4 and a bit months later. My el cheapo Decathlon road bike turned out to be a very sound investment - provding over 2500 km of near faultless riding in wind, rain and bajing heat. A few minor issues with the…

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Added by Dahondude on August 18, 2013 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

Riding in the Picos de Europa - Part 2

Later that day I got to sneak out for a quick ride before dinner. Strava wasn’t much help with route choice so I just picked a loop starting right in the village, not really knowing what was in store. After a solid climb right at the start, I topped a ride to get an incredible view – two parallel ranges (big hills/small mountains) with green valley between.…

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Added by Dahondude on May 18, 2013 at 7:50 — No Comments

Riding in the Picos de Europa - Part 1

We had a four day long weekend in mid May thanks to a festival on the Thursday which created an unofficial holiday on the Friday. The Pyrenees are a long 8-9 hrs drive away - too far for only four days. However there is a relatively little known set of mountains called the Picos de Europa (literally Peaks of Europe) about half way between Santiago and the Pyrenees. I’d heard wonderful things about it from a number of cycling and walking friends so we decided to head over there. Luckily for…

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Added by Dahondude on May 18, 2013 at 7:39 — 2 Comments

Riding in the Picos de Europa - Part 3

My final ride in the Picos was up the famous Lagos de Covadonga climb. Starting, not surprisingly, in the small village of Covadonga the ride is 11km to the end of the sealed road at the only two lakes in the entire Picos. The climb has featured at the finish of multiple Vuelta stages and unlike most of the other climbs I have been up, has a reasonable presence on Strava. We drove up to the Lakes in the morning for a walk – its an incredibly popular place so you get a lot of traffic on the…

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Added by Dahondude on May 18, 2013 at 7:30 — 7 Comments

More cycling in Spain

I hadn't planned on writing a blow-by-blow cyclingn blog, but I had such a fantastic morning in the bike I just can't help writing it all down while the endorphins are still running high.

I managed two pre-work rides this week, both entirely in the dark, arriving home before sunrise. Being on central European time but further west than Ireland, means there is scant daylight before 730am, even this close to the summer solstice. I've been using a combination of Strava, google…

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Added by Dahondude on April 29, 2013 at 6:58 — 1 Comment

More cycling in Spain

I hadn't planned on writing a blow-by-blow cyclingn blog, but I had such a fantastic morning in the bike I just can't help writing it all down while the endorphins are still running high.

I managed two pre-work rides this week, both entirely in the dark, arriving home before sunrise. Being on central European time but further west than Ireland, means there is scant daylight before 730am, even this close to the summer solstice. I've been using a combination of Strava, google…

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Added by Dahondude on April 29, 2013 at 6:58 — No Comments

Living (and cycling) in Spain

One of the nicer benefits of where I work is that I can travel and work overseas for 6-12 months at a time. For the first time I've grabbed the opportunity to do so, and, with family in tow, I've moved to Spain to live for around five months. We have settled in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia in north western Spain.

As this is a cycling forum I won't bore you with the historical…

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Added by Dahondude on April 23, 2013 at 5:57 — 9 Comments

Weetbix Kids Tryathlon

My two oldest kids (7 and 8) competed (along with around 800 other 7-15 year olds) in their first triathlon, part of the Weetbix Kids Tryathlon series. Its an event more than a race, since no times are recorded and there are no winners (everyone gets a medal for finishing). Instead the focus is on having fun and finishing the course safely.

It cost $40 per child to enter, although we got a discount after buying 4 boxes of…

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Added by Dahondude on April 1, 2012 at 23:25 — 12 Comments

Cycling the Victorian Alps

I've just spent 5 days riding around the Victorian Alps with my brother and a bunch of friends and friends of friends. I know a lot of AC'ers have been to the area before (for Three Peaks Challenge and the Audax Alpine Classic) or are heading there soon (for the 2012 Three Peaks Challenge). This was my sixth trip to the area in the last 10 years (AAC twice, Tour of Bright, Three Peaks and one previous cycling holiday). Most of us flew to Melbourne with bikes packed in bike bags, then picked…

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Added by Dahondude on February 17, 2012 at 21:47 — 5 Comments

Three Peaks Challenge Rider Stats

This blog post previously included some discussion about a guy (the Donvale Demon) who was aiming to ride the Three Peaks in March 2012. I (and a few others) suggested that 3Peaks 2013 might be a more realistic goal because he had only started riding recently and was (in my view) starting his training very late in the piece. Well, he proved me and several others completely wrong and finished the event easily. Chapeau! I am retracting all my previous comments and leaving this blog merely as a…

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Added by Dahondude on December 9, 2011 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Internet jersey shopping

I love trawling the internet for cycling jerseys...retro, vintage, unusual. Check out these babies

 

Arrogant Bastard

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Added by Dahondude on October 23, 2011 at 20:30 — 12 Comments

My I both rejoice and despair for the furture of cycling....

Today is Ride to Work Day, a day to encourage people to ride their bikes to work. I rode to work, but then again, I always ride to work, so its not a hugely significant day for me.

 

But riding through the Adelaide CBD this morning, not far from Victoria Square, where a huge Ride to Work breakfast was on offer I witnessed something that momentarily made me feel really good about cycling, and then, sadly sad about the future of recreational/commuter cycling in this…

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Added by Dahondude on October 12, 2011 at 16:03 — 14 Comments

A man walked into a bike shop to buy brake pads and walked out with....

this....

One of the reasons I have been trying (mostly unsuccessfully...anyone after a single speed/fixie, or a renovated hard rubbish bike, single speed with rear coaster brake???) to offload some of my collection of bikes is because I have had my eye on getting a cyclo-cross bike. Not for actually…

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Added by Dahondude on September 21, 2011 at 14:18 — 39 Comments

Tour de France - how things have changed

When I first started watching the Tour on Tv back in the mid '90's I was living in the UK and it wasn't shown live, so I had to get up early and watch the highlights program on TV.

 

Over the years (and living back in Oz) SBS have slowly increased their coverage of the Tour, from daily highlights, to weekend live feeds, to now when we can watch the whole three weeks live, if we can stay up long enough each night. The only trouble with watching the race on TV is you only get to…

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Added by Dahondude on July 7, 2011 at 23:09 — 7 Comments

Racing - still alot to learn

I've been racing on and off (mostly off) since 2000, C grade open, then C grade masters open and now Veterans. Over the summer I raced C grade vets but after taking home the prize money a few too many times I got bumped up to B grade for the last crit of the summer. The move up a grade was certainly noticeable in terms of the amount of pain suffered and time spent with my heart rate well into the red zone. Racing crits is great - you can do it after work on a weeknight so don't need to find…

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Added by Dahondude on July 3, 2011 at 21:58 — 5 Comments

One weekend, two bike rides

My alarm woke me abruptly at 5:15am. Working full-time and with a young family means cycling for me is generally a VERY early morning affair. Drag my body out to the kitchen and firstly check the rain radar...two big yellow/blue blobs inching their way across Adelaide, mmmm, should I go back to bed? Step outside and stare at the driveway, yep its been raining. My plan was to head into the hills, but I'm never that enthusiastic about getting wet and then having to clean my bike after a ride.…

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Added by Dahondude on June 5, 2011 at 21:28 — 11 Comments

Three Peaks Challenge - Ride Report, Part 2

I quickly grabbed lunch (a cold ham and cheese sandwich and a muffin. I skipped the nasty looking pasta salad), filled my bidons and decided that I wasn't that uncomfortable in my wet cycling kit so didn't bother changing into the dry clothes I had sent on ahead. Mike rolled in about 5 minutes behind me so while he ate and got changed I stood around an enormous outdoor fire, drying off and warming up. All the while the clouds started to break up and patches of…

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Added by Dahondude on March 15, 2011 at 22:10 — 26 Comments

Three Peaks Challenge - Ride Report, Part 1

I'd like to say that the day dawned bright and sunny for the 2011 Bicycle Victoria 3 Peaks Challenge. Instead, it emerged slowly like a grumpy teenager with a bad hangover and continued to shout obscenities at us for half the day. I had a bad nights sleep, awake on and off since 2am and I finally gave up on pretending to be asleep around 530am. Outside, the Falls Creek ski village was cloaked in heavy cloud, visibility around 50m or less. Nervously we ate…

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Added by Dahondude on March 14, 2011 at 20:30 — 11 Comments

Three Peaks Challenge - 12 hrs to go

I've managed to get onto some wifi so thought I would write a bit about the days travel. Terrible nights sleep (not unexpected) and up at 530am for a quick trip to Adelaide airport.

I flew to Melboure and for the fisrt time ever we took off over the city. The views were amazing and I got to…

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Added by Dahondude on March 12, 2011 at 18:38 — 2 Comments



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