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  1. Wardy

    RIP craig percival

    So shocking and sad. He inspired so many people. Hugs to everyone hit hard by this.
  2. Yes. Yes. and Yes. And how is it you know that A2K?
  3. My observations on the 1m rule (1.5m for >60kph): In Queensland it was introduced (as a 2-year trial) along with a good education campaign by the government. There were a few other changes to rules regarding cyclists at the same time, but the talk was definitely about the 1m rule. My feeling was that it really made a difference: people got a bit more thoughtful about how closely they passed cyclists, and a lot of them started giving more room. It didn't stop the occasional dick-head who just hates cyclists and couldn't give a f**k - they passed too close before and still do. In South Australia it was recently introduced (this time permanently, rather than as a trial), but at the same time as riders were allowed on the footpath. (They had always been in Queensland). Somehow this completely distracted from the 1m separation as the South Aussies got all excited about the peletons on lycra racers that would be bowling down grandmothers on the footpaths... The result (observed from a couple of weeks riding around in Adelaide, both in lycra, and on an upright casual bike) - it didn't really make much difference to driver behaviour. I received more close passes (that felt accidental rather than deliberate) in Adelaide than I have for over a year in Brisbane. In NSW, the situation seems worse: all the publicity and talk appears to have been around how annoying cyclists are and how much they should be fined and harassed for daring to ride on "our" roads. I don't expect the introduction of the 1m passing rule will have any positive. I have made a point of talking to a number of Queensland MPs encouraging them to permanently instate the 1m rule at the end of the trial period. Hopefully this will come with more publicity. To be clear, the 1m rule is not a panacea, but having more drivers actually thinking about what is a safe passing distance is a good thing! I realise that many people posting here don't care, because they get dressed up to go riding (training) anyway, and always carry ID, and get to choose where they ride, but trust me, the new laws in NSW will be to the detriment of utility cyclists who just want to ride a bike for transport. This is a crying shame.
  4. Wardy


    Clearly old white guys are more qualified. Move along, nothing to see here. (sarcasm)
  5. Well done Downesy and Dawn!!
  6. Im repeating 2015 for the first 6 months: Hell of the West Mt Glorious trail run Whitehorse criterium (33k trail run) Some Audax 200s and maybe a 300 Tweed Coast Enduro Port Mac IM Warwick Pentathrun
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    Bike shop rant

    I spent a week in Bright in January, and saw almost as many women riding as men. Also lots of women riding in Adelaide. There are now far more women riding than there were men riding 10years ago, but back then it wasn't hard to buy men's cycle clothing, so the "it won't sell" argument doesn't really stack up. (apart from the obvious point that it won't sell if not availablable). But i can see that the situation has already been clearly mansplained to you, so get back in your box! :-)
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    Bridies Hour

    You may well be right. But they wouldn't have been certain Gerrans would be leading the race when they locked him in to speak then. Nevertheless, he spoke really well and was quite enthralling. I found Paulo Bettini (who was the advertised headline act) much less interesting. Hopefully Bridie was offered a place to be there, and simply chose not to attend, rather than being snubbed.
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    Bridies Hour

    I scored a ticket to the Legends dinner this evening. Jens and Rohan Dennis talking about the hour record, but no Bridie. Perhaps not invited, but she's the legend i would have liked to hear from. Such a bloody boys club cycling...
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    Bridies Hour

    It was hot, a bit humid, and AWESOME. Very inspiring.
  11. Wardy

    Bridies Hour

    Thanks Alex. Will be there!
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    Bridies Hour

    When and where? Im in RAdelaide and interested to watch. Do you have a link with info? Thanks.
  13. So let me get this straight: if i walk to my local shops and don't wait for the pedestrian crossing signals (which i often do because i can't be bothered waiting for 90 seconds after pushing the beg button when there are no cars) it would be quite appropriate if i was crash-tackled by a police officer? Because after all, i had broken the law and deserved it? And if that was your elderly mother? (Who might be a bit deaf and miss the cop yelling Stop or I'll shoot) Or if it was your 14 year old son who is tall and could be mistaken for 18 from a distance?
  14. Baha. No, although there were tears shed, that was one heartbreak that could be fixed with a credit card :-)
  15. Katz, good luck to you! I hope it works out. Like others, I'm skeptical based on what you've told us, but I also think if it does go wrong again that you will be stronger and wiser for the experience, and you will cope. BB - that's good news. I went to see a psychologist a few years ago after a break-up that I felt I just wasn't coping with. I was hoping for some hints on coping strategies, but came away feeling that she had given me nothing useful at all. She didn't even ask any questions that were at all penetrating. If I just wanted to talk to someone random, I could have done it anywhere without the bill. If I was in Canberra I'd ask you who you saw. Instead, I'll ask you how you came to find this particular person?
  16. The ones in bold are the ones you can find?? Or can't find? (I can help with contacts for Sarah Crowley and Briarna Mackie if you don't have these - but I'm surprised because they're recent winners)
  17. Wardy

    Oscar Pistorius

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/dec/03/oscar-pistorius-appeal-court-guilty-murder-reeva-steenkamp-live Appeal court finds him guilty of murder!
  18. Welcome Josh. Thanks for contributing. Back to curling for a moment - these guys are fun: http://mashable.com/2014/02/18/norway-curling-pants/#1qNm3Fk_.kqa
  19. It doesn't help when we have a culture of chest-beating machoismo. Recall that our (ex) PM's response to an international incident was to trumpet how he want to shirt-front a foreign leader. And a lot of people actually thought it was good that he has standing up and taking a tough stance. Speaking of which - reflect on the language about 'tough action' (or strong choices) etc that our so-called leaders like to throw around. Being tough is what we're supposed to admire in a person. Not intelligent, thoughtful, measured, careful, cautious, diplomatic, compassionate or any of that sissy stuff. Then we wonder why people grow up thinking that everything can be solved with violence On the driving issue: I've lived in SA, Victoria, and now Qld and will definitely say that the driving culture here is very aggressive and poor. It's particularly noticeable on the freeways and major roads in the South East. Ridiculous degrees of tail-gating - just breath-taking. And driving right up behind someone before swerving to overtake. And if you leave a suitable braking distance, someone will cut in to it guaranteed. I'm surprised this is a murder charge rather than manslaughter. I can't see how they could establish intent if there was not previous history between the drivers. But perhaps it's good that the police have thrown the book. I wish that actions committed by people when still inside their vehicles were taken as seriously.
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    Kona Bike leg

    Baha. And the women will be acting like they actually want it and are enjoying it.
  21. I've always wondered if trying to train with asthma is like altitude training; you are training your body to operate on limited oxygen, and then if you can fix it up quickly (eg. with cortisone) then you're suddenly powering. I suspect you'll get the most gain from increased sleep quality by getting your night-time coughing under control.
  22. Focus on not getting drug tested ;-) (Actually from what I can gather, if you have stopped taking the prednisone 17 days before the race you should be OK, as it's only banned in-competition) Sorry, I'm not much help with the training advice. But, I'm curious whether you have any issues with the prednisone making your muscles ache? Almost a crampy feeling? I've mentioned that to the doctor who says it's not a symptom she's ever heard of before. I find prednisone incredibly effective for my asthma, but it leaves me feeling like rubbish. I'm not sure how it's supposed to be performance enhancing for those who don't have asthma.
  23. I would absolutely encourage you to have that conversation with your local council candidates. It is not an unreasonable expectation to have an option to be able to safely ride to work - or at the very least to be able to ride to public transport that will take you within range of work. Too many people just assume that "they" should fix it. We are trying to address the lack of political will for creating real change by letting the local council candidates know that there is demand and support for a high quality cycling network (if not from Tyno). The role of local councillors is to represent their community. Currently it seems that the voices of those who don't have a license, those who don't own a car, or those who simply don't want to have to rely on having to drive everywhere are being ignored.
  24. I sense that. This might be the group for you: https://www.facebook.com/Fast-and-Dangerous-Streets-Appreciation-Society-606286836177767/
  25. There are a lot of places in Brisbane which don't have a safe route to the CBD. Or to other major employment areas such as the Australia Trade Coast. The North Brisbane Bikeway will be a huge asset - but so far there are only plans to take it as far as Woolowin. Brisbane North BUG are working hard on options for that side of town. There's certainly not a heck of a lot of options for safely accessing the CBD from the east (which in Brisbane parlance is on the south side). There are a couple of good routes into Brisbane, and the rider numbers from those directions certainly reflect that - whereas they are much poorer from the north and east: from the south, the Pacific Motorway Veloway is generally excellent apart from some rubbish at O'Keefe St, and that it dumps you on Lower River Terrace rather than actually continuing to the CBD Centenary bikeway from the southwest, and bicentenial bikeway from the west. Again generally excellent, but let down by the Sylvan Rd connection at Towoong. I'm not sure who the "they" you are referring to is. However we (Brisbane's BUGs) certainly welcome spending on improving bike networks - from all levels of government. We are concerned that a lot of what has been built to date hasn't been terribly strategic, which is one reason we're running the campaign, and pushing points such as our call for a direct and connected network. BCC is making a big deal out of the $120million they have spent on bikeways over the last 4 years, and I think it's legitimate to question if we have really seen good value for that investment.
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