Thursday, January 29, 2009


Yesterdays antics on 'Cycledan' + tonight's Shenanigan's = Schmycledan

Important announcement

Just so that it is forever recorded in the 1750 archive:
Luke beat Ryan in the Concord sprint yesterday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rob's stats from wisemans

Most of the 150-159 stuff was done after the servo. Once Mike had hit the wall ;)

Wisemans Ferry Loop

Al, Rob, Mike, Kore and Haza present for Sundays epic.

From Door step to Door step, 6hrs 10min. and 160 klm's.

We did it. It has to rate as one of the best rides I have done.
It was very pleasant. The hardest part of the ride was getting started after a pit stop.
There where a few nice descends, a couple of little climbs and a few nasty pinches.
Kore wanted a E1 training ride. So we had to put him out front as his heart rate was too low riding second wheel. From that point, about 20-30k's in, Kore and Al lead the bunch.
First stop was at Wisemans Ferry. We all had something to eat refilled our bottles.
It was hard to do more than 25Klm/h. The back drop of the Hawksbury was awesome.
Kore left us around Maraylya, he had to be home by 11.
We then stopped at a servo in Maraylya for a refill. That was at the 100k mark. Finding the sevrvo was interesting. It was the blind leading the blind.
We took of again. There was a small rise immediately after the srevo. My legs felt like crap. I few k's on and they came good.
With about 40klm's to go Mike hit the wall. The rollers around Castle hill where mountains.
I got home and smashed down a 4 egg omlet, washed that down with some powerade, followed up with a 30min siesta on the couch. Felt really good and was buzzing for the rest of the day.
Can't wait to do that one again.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday's Ride Report

See picture for results

With the sprint line approaching, and no one up for the job of "working-hard-to-lead-everyone-else-out", it fell to Bob, who was first to lose his cool and make the charge for the line. Ryan and Luke followed with predicable results. They were both unable to get around (due to extreme speed, girth or both) and Bob took the win.

Stay tuned for next week's sprint series titled: "Lets not leave this one so late"

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Al's 1st Post

Well, seeing as there has not been any pointless ramblings on the blog for a while, I think it's a good opportunity to put my tuppeny-worth in for the first time.

After the christmas break and many weeks of sporadic cycling activity, my legs have been a little off the boil of late. This was the first week I have been able to test my legs at the SOP for a while and I was a little concerned about the amount of suffering I would have to endure. Tuesday turned out to be a not-so-bad session for me. I had to rein in the instinct to always be in the mix and at the same time rein in bob who always has the spirit and the legs but not the engine. I came out of the five laps feeling happy with the way the legs went and but also happy for bob who for once was there for the sprint at the end.

Wednesday was a normal commute without training as I was farewelling the folks to NZ. Thursday down at the SOP turned out to be a really fun session. Scotty went in one of the slower groups as he was nursing post-dawnie-leg-syndrome. Eastie rolled out in first group with over a dozen others. Once again quite a few new faces in the bunch. The usual brisk 1st lap was on the menu followed by a hard grind up the blvd sprint. I saw Eastie move up on the left over the rise and  grabbed his wheel followed closely by Albert. Eastie set a pace of over 50kph down the blvd and kept his foot on the gas for the next half a lap. A gap had opened up behind the 3 of us of about 25m with the bunch turning themselves inside-out to get back in contact. Eastie had other ideas though. He never looked back or even flicked his elbow for some relief. It was head down and grind the bunch into a slow death. The 2nd lap ascent of the flack was all Mr East at 45kph. He didn't swing off until near the top where Albert and I were allowed to take up some of the pressure. On the 3rd lap Mel and Jack bridged with the aid of a truck but the pace was so intense it was even a struggle sitting on. Jack and Mel were duly unhitched a lap later. The elastic snapped spectacularly on the 4th lap with the gap to the bunch over 200m and finally Eastie showing signs of fatigue. Albert and I were now able to contribute and my legs were starting to feel no-too-bad. The sprint was not contested on the last lap. It would have been quite unappreciative after being motor-paced like that for 35mins.

On the 1750 front it was good to get back into the swing of things this week. There was also an unexpected return of schmycledan shenanigans on Thursday evening. I have to mention Bob's karma is not looking too good of late. 2 attacks and 2 punctures! The puncture on Thursday called for some premeditated action in the form of operation "put bob in his place" (one of the favorite 1750 sports). It's always a dead give-away when the banter stops for 5mins that someone has is brewing a big pot of schmycledan. Lucky for me the tail wind up the col d'concord was all I needed to pour a cup and make good my escape. Ryan hit bob with a sit-down sprint and registered some serious torque.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


With Ryan replying 'OUT!', base Klm's where not on the cards.
It was a good turn out. Bob, Al, Anthony, Harry, Andrew, Paul, and Tom made a guest appearance.
On the Anzac everyone took it easy. As the pace was picking up on Lilly Field Rd, Bob gets a flat. Anthony turned it up around Five Dock, (Ryan would of been proud). Concord RSL was now approaching. In true Andrew style, he takes off hard early on. Bob and I were boxed in. At the top of the hill Bob took the road. He was off. I got up and chased. He won the sprint and went through the round about first. I followed a couple of bike lengths behind. Then came Andrew, over cooked it and slid through on his arse.
Al and Tom both claim a sprint wasn't on their cards. The truth is, they had nothing.

1750 Stacks tally

Harry - Anzac Bridge Over Pass, Eastern Side
Luke - Anzac Bridge Over Pass, Western Side
Luke - Round About @ Meadow Bank Station
Andrew - Round About Concord Hospital

Monday, January 5, 2009