Spring Classics Challenge from Specialized – Strava Challenge

Well I have been crook and flat out with work over the last week or 2. Training as dropped off a little its time to pick it up again. What better than to sign up to complete a challenge of 1319km in April. Over 43km a day! Now this wont be easy, but Ill give it my best.

The details for the challenge are as follows:
While the world’s best professional cyclists are hammering up the bergs and bouncing over the cobblestones, Specialized and Strava challenge you to ride the cumulative distance of five of cycling’s most storied races that form the Spring Classics, adding up to a monumental total of 1,319 kilometers. 

For those curious, here is how the math works out:
   Milan-San Remo  [298km] 
Tour of Flanders [256km]
Paris-Roubaix [257km]
Liège–Bastogne–Liège [257km]
Amstel Gold [251km]
= 1,319 kilometers 

To also join the challenge go HERE.

I will keep you posted on the progress or you can follow me on STRAVA.

Indoor Trainer

Giant on Trainer

Not much time on the bike this weekend unfortunately. Fixed another puncture! More glass.

I wen’t out and bought a trainer ready for winter. It will be great to ride while sitting in front of the TV and watch sport or movies. All while staying nice and dry!

Donations to the 200+km ride in Oct have slowly been ticking away. It would be great to get some more support from you all so please don’t wait, donate now. 🙂


Big week just finished!

I was supposed to update earlier on in the week with progression on my ride to conquer cancer campaign but have been way too busy. I have had a great amount of donations pushing my total to $2105 with under $400 to go until ive secured a spot in the ride. I put the beloved Schwinn on the market on sunday evening after laybuying my new ride and it wasn’t until thursday when the first potential buyer came for a look. Consequently with the condition of the bike he snaffled it up but unfortunately not leaving me enough time to go and pick my new bike up. Friday was the day to pick my new bike up after work and also the rest of the kit arrived from chain reaction cycles, when there was nobody home so it couldnt be delivered now until monday so my new bike sits at home with no pedals or any other kit. Its a 2013 Apollo Vispo and here is a quick photo i took:IMG_6103

Phil’s Daily Commute

I commute daily to work and record my trips with the GoPro HD mounted on the . I use it as evidence in the chance that anything interesting happens, or if I need to provide evidence to the authorities. I thought it would be interesting to show you all my commute. So here it is, speed is set to 16x to prevent you sitting through a 35 min video. Enjoy.

Fitting new parts!

New Garmin Edge 510I picked up the Garmin Edge 510 this arvo and fitted it straight away. I mounted it on the Stem at the moment but might buy the K-Edge mount to put it a little further forward. Linked it up with the Giant Ride-sense (ANT+) and Bluetooth to my iPhone straight away. Garmin account created and we are set to go riding.

The menus are a little slow but I will get used to it. Pretty happy with it so far.

Garmin Edge 510 fitted up


Also while down at the LBS I had the Head Stem looked at, seems I was going a little light on tightening the bolts even though it is carbon. 5nm isn’t much but I had done them up too lose. Hopefully now I wont be stopping mid ride to readjust the head stem. Have another item to add to the purchase list now… a expensive torque wrench specific to bicycles.

New bits!

As I was typing this.. ding dong… a parcel arrived. More goodies! The main items being portable 120-psi pump, 10x tubes, new track pump, cages and Camelbak bottles. Feels like Christmas!

New I have my new track pump I will be taking the old one (3 months old) into work and leaving it in the end of trip facilities. The idea is I will supply the pump and if people use it they donate to my Concur Cancer Ride!

The Schwinn is on the market

After the big ride on Saturday morning and I felt sorry for all the poor blokes getting passed on their flash bikes by me on my retro looking Schwinny I traveled on down to the bike shop and laybyed a new bike, but ill keep ‘all our followers’ in the dark until closer to the pickup date to reveal what breed and model it is! Schwinn is now up for sale, I’ll miss the old girl.

Saturday morning Training Ride – Kwinana PSP

PhilAs some of you might know, we have to start training up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in October, which is over 200 kilometres over two days (if you would like to make a donation check out our profile page here). 6am start to a great Saturday morning. 23 degrees and overcast, perfect cycling weather. Set off from the CBD south along the Kwinana PSP to Ancatel Rd, turning around and heading back. Just under 60km in total in 2 hours. RunKeeper Ride details here.

New Garmin Edge 510. Order placed

Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510

Well its been a big week of spending. Close to $500 in total on spares and accessories including 10x Tubes, new Camelbak Water bottles and cages etc. The best of the list, the new Garmin Edge 510.  This will link in with my Giant TCR’s RideSence ANT+ and also Bluetooth to my iPhone for routes and data upload to the internet. There is a great review on it here by DC Rainmaker.