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  1. simpsonc

    The Thread about Nothing....

    Couldn't agree more. Turtur's commentating on the road races was cringeworthy. I think Phil Liggett is an incredibly tolerant person. And yes, time for some new blood in the team methinks. Do you reckon the fragmenting opposition riders slowed the guys down? Probably not enough to prevent...
  2. simpsonc

    Magpie Watch

    Yeah....reckon I'd rather get divebombed. Unless they hit you , it's almost fun...the little blighters really do get furious. It's slightly amusing - kind of like when someone gets angry at you for something ridiculous, and it's all you can do to not smile or laugh.
  3. simpsonc

    The Thread about Nothing....

    Good old Wikipedia. Sounds like he and his partner have done it tough over the last couple of years. Congratulations to him, that was a great ride - the type where you can see extreme suffering on the face but you know they are on a good one and don't crack. Cancellara - damn impressive, as...
  4. simpsonc

    The least surprising news of the week

    Very well said. I've noticed the same trend over the last 20 years. Le Mond summed it up by saying that no matter how hard you train, in a grand tour, you WILL have a bad day where you are tired. To not show much strain while winning, particularly year after year, well...its hard not to be...
  5. simpsonc

    Virenque

    Yeah, I can't forget Jalabert and Once's stance - at the time, it seemed a fair enough thing, but as time passed and people realised how entrenched doping was and therefore how much work there would be to do to clean it up, that stance didn't look good. Having said that, he was and still is my...
  6. simpsonc

    Magpie Watch

    They're baaaaaaaack..... I've posted in previous years about certain magpies in certain areas, and wasn't planning to this year - until my experience last weekend. As a result, I thought I might start a thread on hot areas where cyclists should know they are likely to cop a hammering from our...
  7. simpsonc

    Please tell me this guy is going to jail???

    Update on this class act of a fellow : "Sydney crash driver misses court - again By John Stevenson, BikeRadar.com The driver accused of causing a multiple-bike crash in Sydney, Australia has again failed to turn up to court to defend himself against charges arising from the May 8 incident...
  8. simpsonc

    Please tell me this guy is going to jail???

    Woah - looks like our olympian bunch got off lightly. Check this out
  9. simpsonc

    Please tell me this guy is going to jail???

    Here's hoping. Has anyone heard anything about the peleton taking class action if the cops don't do the job? I know it's a lot to ask, but the cycling + car culture has to change in Australia, and maybe if nutters like this are held to account for their ludicrous behaviour, we might get there...
  10. simpsonc

    Please tell me this guy is going to jail???

    I know from experience that Sydney can be a bit less friendly to ride the roads than other cities, but I think this could happen in any Australian city. This guy needs to be made an example of. But something tells me that a lot of people reading this news article will smirk and think the...
  11. simpsonc

    Traffic confrontation escalated, what would you have done?

    Mmmm, I don't know too many cyclists who have spent a decent amount of time on the roads that haven't had a few nasty incidents. I'm not sure, but from all reports I've had, drivers in the USA (I assume this is where you are) have a similar attitude to cyclists as they do here in Australia...
  12. simpsonc

    anti-cyclist blog

    I haven't laughed this much for ages. Have a read of this blog I stumbled across - warning, you become a little bit depressed with the realisation that there really are people like this in the world...
  13. simpsonc

    Magpie Attacks

    I've been divebombed when on foot before, which isn't much of a problem. But yesterday, for the first time, I am proud to say I've now been attacked on the bike. It was pretty uncool I have to say. First thing I noticed was a loud screech directly behind my head. Then some very sharp claws...
  14. simpsonc

    Climbing hills

    Agree with most of the above. My two cents worth : Learnt to pedal in hilly Tasmania, and as an 85+ kg fellow, this certainly came with a lot of pain! I am happy to say that sticking to a specific training pattern from the advice of experienced roadies eventually paid off. I will never be a...
  15. simpsonc

    New to Cycling - Hills in Melbourne

    Agreed - Mt Martha is tops, nice distance for me (coming from Parkville). Another hitout I like is the Humevale hill outside of Whittlesea. I either do a few repeats of the hill here - either highway (Yae Rd) or a smaller, bumpier but quieter ride on humevale rd. If you are up for a longer...
  16. simpsonc

    Where are you from,what do you do?

    A mate of mine used to courier in the Sydney CBD - he had fun but it was pretty full-on from what he told me. You don't get paid much, but make more the more jobs you get done, hence you see a lot of them taking risks to cut down on time taken per job. He quit when he witnessed another mate go...
  17. simpsonc

    Where are you from,what do you do?

    I currently live in Melbourne, Australia. I've spend many hours reading this website, and finally though it'd be a good idea to register. I'm a scientist by trade, working in a few different but related fields at the moment. I am doing my best to get back to the level of fitness I was at...