The Variety Cycle with Stefano Ferro

Our friend Stefano Ferro will be riding an epic 4000km from Sydney to Uluru as part of the Variety Cycle this month. We’ll be catching up with him on the road and learning what it takes to take on a ride like this. The Variety cycles will take him through mountains, temperate rain forest and a WHOLE lot of desert. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep updated on the progress.

Follow Stef here ( he was third in the world on the Feb Strava challenge!)  – http://www.strava.com/athletes/66068

Donate here – http://26dayride.gofundraise.com.au/page/mel365

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Ritchie Porte

Late last year we had the pleasure of catching up, briefly, with Ritchie Porte, Mark Renshaw and Nathan Haas.

If you’ve been following pro-cycling at all over the past few years you’ll know these guys well. Watching Ritchie haul Chris Froome to Tour De France victory last  year was extraordinary and Mark has, in the past, been famous for leading out Mark Renshaw to be the fastest guy in the world ( in a bike sprint). Nathan rides for Garmin-Sharp and over the past three years has taken out the Herald Sun Tour ( twice), The Tour of Utah and The Japan Cup.

It was a huge honour to be able to talk to these guys and rare as you’d not usually be able to get close to them at any major event without fighting the world’s media to their bus.  However Bicycles For Humanity ( the charity I run) is partnered with Corporate Cycling Challenge who host these guys at their events. We were  there so we had open access to chat to them. Altruism does pay off.

We’ll be posting parts of the other interviews over the coming weeks – In this one Ritchie outlines his plans for the coming year. His season is all about the Giro and there’s a lot of confidence that he can take it out this year.

He’ll follow that up with super-domestique duties in the TDF – once again. Team Sky look unbeatable with both Froome and Wiggans on board – the question on everyone’s lips is whether we’ll see another internal battle like we did between Armstong and Contador back in 2009 or Hinault and LeMond back in 1986.

As Ritchie diplomatically says – it’ll be interesting.

 

 

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Spitting and Snot Rocketing

The Sufferfest: Downloadable cycling workout videos.

 

We’ve had some interesting responses to this latest video. I can see that unless you have been riding for a while it may seem bizarre to need any kind of advice about how to spit.

With many things bike related there is always a deeper set of experience and simple things have more subtlety and skills to them than may be apparent on the surface. There is more to pedaling than just pushing them around for example. The same is also true of clearing your facial cavities of the mucous of various kinds that gets produced over hours of breathing deeply, chewing energy bars and the dust and grime of a long ride.

Also –  having been hit with a newbies gunk in the past I thought it was a public service to bring some awareness to the etiquette necessary to avoid this.

In general the trick is to be able to clear the stuff from you and your riding buddies with enough force that no one gets sprayed. There are a few techniques for this which we outline in the video. It can be a case of trial, error and experience to always pull this off cleanly. There are numerous unpredictable factors – wind and the consistency of the snot/gunk/mucous (however you refer to it where you are) being two of the major ones.

We enjoyed putting this one together – let us know what you think.

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Fast Descending

The Sufferfest: Downloadable cycling workout videos.

 

Our lastest video gives some great tips on descending fast and safely – a vital set of skills unless you live on an endless plain.

 

 

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