Early Morning Training!

So, its been a while since my last blog…. a lot has happened!10-01

As you probably know, we signed up again for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and are working hard to beat the $8000+ we raised last year for Cancer Research. We are selling Entertainment Books again and also Cadbury Fundraising Chocolates this year to help raise as much as we can.

I have also been very fortunate to have some great family and friends who have donated generously, one gentlemen even putting $500 towards the cause for a second year in a row. Thank you all again. That said, I am not even half way to my target, so if you have been planning to donate but haven’t had the chance, please don’t forget. ūüôā ¬†Please Click Here.

We have all spent hundreds of dollars on new gear including winter warmers, lights, spares etc. This extra gear makes the 6am morning rides with rain and winds that little bit nicer. Although, its still cold, and we do get soaked!

My 2013 Giant TCR Advanced 2 is still going strong. No major problems, broken a spoke or 2 but that’s normal. Its got some new lights, mud guards and video camera. Out of my 4 bikes this is still my favourite. Light and responsive.

I have also put some work into the Charge Mixer 8 to make it more commuter friendly. Added some Mud Guards, bottle cages, some more lights and clip in MTB peddles and shoes off the Giant Talon. Even though the bike is a bit heavier that the Giant TCR, its great to ride in the wet due to the internal gear rear hub.

200+km this weekend! We are READY….ish

With TWO more sleeps until our big 200+km Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising ride… we have been back on the saddle and been getting serious. Our week night rides have been covering some serious distance. Most rides doing around 70km, coupled with the commuting, works out to be around 100km a day. Our averages have been getting back up to where they were in April and we are feeling confident. Its hurt, stairs at work have not been fun, but its all worth it.

Donations have been flowing and we would like to thank everybody who has generously donated to this great cause. We have all met our targets and that’s all thanks to you guys!

Bike Fit at the BNA Ride 2 Work breakfast

Bike Fit at the BNA Ride 2 Work breakfast

Wednesday morning I was up at 5am and raced down to the BNA Ride 2 Work Breakfast in the city. I was lucky enough to score a free bike fit after missing out last year, as well as being snapped by the photographer covering the event. After a complete measure up of my body, and then a check of the bike, my original setup was almost perfect except the seat had to come up 6mm. Also, my crank arms are 2.5mm too long. Running 175s when I should be using 172.5s. I will place a order for a new crank set. The Shimano 105 Crankset will be up for sale.

Anyway, back to the ride. I have been impressed with the organisation of the ride. Phone calls to check up how things are going, emails, website to help with donations and a free jersey.

The day all starts at McCallum Park, Taylor Street, Victoria Park. A continental breakfast for all riders is served from 5:30am an with the¬†Opening Ceremonies beginning at¬†6:45am. Once that’s done, we will be off.

2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer Route

2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer Route

The route looks fairly flat, except for the 100m climb on the first day through Armadale, but hey, should be fun. There is stations about every 25km for snacks that should keep us going. Camp will be in Pinjara for the night with a dinner, massage and entertainment. Sharing one tiny tent with Aaron wont be fun, but there has to be some negative somewhere right?

Then on the Sunday, up early to hit the road back up along the coast and back to McCallum Park.

Watch this space for the “After Ride Report”.

I will have my Garmin Live Tracker going for the event. Those of you who wish to view it, please let me know and I will add you to the email list.