Monthly Archives: January 2015

Go West Young Man, Go West!

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The Empty Cupboard

At RTI we are very much reliant on the contributions from our good readers to fill the blog each week.  Unfortunately this week apart from a note from Dave “Road Report” Powell to tell us that there are no road closures this week, the ANZAcycling.rti.ed@gmail.com inbox was as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.  Please think of us when you’re out on your rides, especially when it’s a club supported trip, there are always plenty of people who want to know how the ride went and hear any amusing anecdotes you may have.

With the real work piling up on both Don and my desks, that is the real work that pays for the nice carbon toys we enjoy so much, we have not had the time to be inventive for your entertainment this week and so this week you’ll need to find another blog to read over lunch.

So, not to appear lazy, I spent 15 seconds searching for the 10 best cycling blogs (Don’t understand why RTI doesn’t feature, but each to their own I say) and below are the links I found.  Fortunately for me somebody else has already written up reviews so you can choose your lunchtime distractions.

10. Rapha Blog
9. Bike Snob NYC (Tie)
9. Boulder Report (Tie)
8. Vital MTB
7. The Inner Ring
6. BikeHacks
5. Fat Cyclist
4. Bangable Dudes in Pro Cycling
3. Rouleur Magazine Blog
2. Adventure Journal
1. Red Kite Prayer

So what of the “Go West” title, well a few of us brave souls ventured further west than the Garmin base map says is possible last Saturday to see if we could map out a west coast 100k loop, having grown a little tired of the traffic lights every 50 meters that now proliferate on a Changi ride.  We’re not quite there yet, but those who survived to return from the wilds of Tuas have reported that there are vast expanses of uncharted roads with very few traffic lights and only a few pot holes.  Over the next few weeks we will try to sort this out as an alternative to the standard Kranji for those who want to go a little further.

All that remains for this week is to wish you all a good weekend ride, and for those doing the Changi Prata Ride, I leave you with a slight modification to one of the 50 top tips from that stunning comic Viz:
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CYCLISTS: Avoid getting a sore behind by simply placing a Prata over your saddle. This will comfort your ride and when you return home, hey presto! A warm snack.”

For the other quality tips, you may read them by clicking the picture.

So, wherever you ride tomorrow, get your creative juices going and send comments, articles, ride reports, anonymous letters to AnzaCycling.rti.ed@gmail.com and…

Lets be careful out there.
Andrew.

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The Vogue Edition

vogue coverWell it’s all about fashion this week and since the rainy season looks a lot like it might be coming to an end (cue horrendous thunder storm!) our thoughts have turned to spring fashion and in the spring, traditionally, ANZA Cycling has launched its new kit.  With that take a look around you this Saturday and see if you think you could do better.  If the answer is yes, then we need you!  More in the articles below.

Sticking with the ANZA kit theme, just a notice that this month will be the last month that new orders will be accepted for the 2014 kit. Orders will close on 30th January – after that , there will be no further chance to get your hands on this years kit. However, if you’re looking for an XL Jersey then we have about 10 of those available readily to hand. Seems to average ANZA member is getting thinner and we now need more smaller sizes than ever below. Approach your friendly committee rep if you’re looking for an XL – likely we can do you a good deal too 🙂

We cyclists are a great community, but clubs only ever seem to get together for races.  So, in the spirit of inter club cooperation and friendship, the guys at APS (Arrivo Primo Singapura, yes, even though we beat them to the Cat 3 team trophy they don’t bear a grudge) are planning a one day trip to Bintan next Saturday and have sent us an invitation in case any ANZA members would like to join them.  So if you want a good ride out and weren’t able to make this weeks club Bintan trip let me know at ANZAcycling.rti.ed@gmail.com and I’ll pass on your interest to the folks at APS.

Good luck, and we hope the weather is kind to the group heading off to Bintan this Saturday, it will be a little quieter than normal at the Food Canopy and Coffee Bean.

No road closures reported for this weekend by our tunneling expert from the LTA (Maybe that’s because he is always underground?)

So with that, Let’s be careful out there.
Ed.

 

Coming soon to an ANZA member near you?

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Livestrong Band in ANZA Colours?
Cool Tech
Cool Exciting Tech Thingy?

 

Some may have seen something looking like this knocking around Changi or Kranji, but news of an exciting new benefit to members has come to our attention, but the question is what is it?

We’ve tried to get a good look at it but it has been elusive.

Club Anklet?
Club Anklet?
Mini Koozie to save weight?
Mini Koozie to save weight?

Reports from ANZA Cycling committee towers have simply said “No comment”, but we think the ice is melting and they may eventually let us have some details.

 

 

Stop watch bumping into wrist?
Stop watch bumping into wrist?
Filling for a Zip Pouch?
Filling for a Zip Pouch?

All we know is that it will be available to all members in the next few weeks, so don’t miss out when the announcement comes.

Rest assured we here at RTI will be delving deeper to find out more and will keep you all updated.

E3 Performance Sports MTB Race

Max Nanni

Sun 11th of Jan, Yishun new ‘MTB XC course’, race 1 of 3 organized by E3Sports.

To kick start the new year E3Sports decided to place his first MTB XC race of the year on the 11th of Jan… Subtle way of saying ‘you better shake off all those Xmas toxins quickly!’
3 hours endurance XC in a new location – which no-one had ever heard off. There were no real details available other then a Google map satellite view which was just confirming a VERY flat course – most likely without any technical substance in it… Good for everyone then, in particular all those road beasts that normally shun dark side events… And in fact there they were!

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ANZA team showed up in good formation, our Road Race DS Pierre-Alain Scherwey was leading the rest of the team, namely Donald MacDonald, Philip Routley, Arran Pearson on his fatty, John Cross, the lovely Megan Kinder and myself.

Even though E3Sports has still a bit of work to do in terms of organization to become a reference in race preparation, we are anyway very grateful for the efforts in putting this event up and together, they will surely learn from the few hiccups and improve for next event!

With few minutes of delay on the 8am advertised start time race was on with the 70+ group of riders moving as a whole in peloton formation along the wide flat course. The first lap was practically an hash ride, with front runners hitting dead end, turning back and finding themselves in the middle of a lost pack, over and over again…it was a funny way to learn the treat and tricks of the 15km+ course.

1st lap done & the real race was on and, considering that the only technicality of the course was a 200mt muddy pit, the strong legged went with the strong legged with Pierre obviously among them, and the rest of the field started to fade back at its own pace.
Meg was the first (and only) ANZA casualty, with an early flat and no repair kit had her swapping from race to photography/supporting mode.

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At the end of the race, after 4 laps and almost 3hrs of hard racing the rest of the team did pretty well, Pierre had a superb second place just behind Bastian Dohling, the Mav German machine, Arran kept churning that fatty along and was the first of the fats, John, Philip and myself mantaining their top 20 positions… Donald getting lost on one lap but still coming in with a decent time.

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Not the best event ever but nice to do something different for a change. Many thanks to E3Sports for the effort! Till next time, cheers from the dark side!

 

Tri-Corner | 16/1/15


Tri Logo 2Martin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Auckland
First Big race of the year this Sunday – good luck to any ANZA members taken part

Preview of Upcoming Races
Selection of key races coming up that members should be considering signing up and training for:

Metasprint Aquathlon – The Metasprint series is 3 sprint races held in Singapore. You can take part in all 3 or pick and choose.  Great for those starting the sport and also good for those wanting to focus on their speed work.  Busy but well organized.  First up is the Aquathlon taking place on 8 Feb

Bintan – 23-24 May – a great festival of tri – get signed up now and also sort your accommodation out asap

Putrajaya, Malaysia 70.3 – 5 April.  A hot one and a chance to win a slot the 70.3 World Champs in Austria later this year.  Time to register and sort transport/hotels

Vietnam 70.3 – May 10.  A new event which has generated a lot of interest.  A great one to take the family to as well.

E3 Performance Sports MTB Race #2

Donald MacDonald

E3 Performance Sports race is my first time on the MTB since their last event 15 months back in Lorong Ampang. I finally got round to giving the bike a proper clean from that race this week – probably shouldn’t have bothered given the state it ended up after today’s event!

From the profile and the event pics, this looked like a good roadies race with the whole course seemingly on gravel roads. Given my lack of use, I still hadn’t got round to putting some proper MTB cleats and pedals on but I gambled the road ones would suffice for such a course. Noting other roadies at the start line in aero helmets, I figured that I was in good company in my assessment of the course. 20 minutes later, we were knee deep in mud and regretting our respective apparel choices…

The race started well – there was a decent turnout of maybe 90 riders for the main event including 7 from Anza/Direct Asia. The course briefing sounded a bit random but I felt sure that we’d figure it out on the road.

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The group took off at a healthy clip and the peleton was quickly reduced to about 30 riders with Pierre and the Mavs mostly setting the pace. The convoluted route took its first casualty on lap 1 when some confusion led to a couple of the Mavs hitting the deck at the front. Thankfully both were ok and quickly got back on.

The roads were initially as expected – flat, gravely and only mildly bumpy. We then got directed off road into what can only be described as a swamp and we had to endure about 100m of mud pits with calf deep water. This was borderline rideable on lap 1 but a treacherous quagmire thereafter. I hit the deck like clockwork each time we came through this section but it was super soft and probably like jello-wrestling. It’s the only bike race I’ve ever done where those crashing were responding with laughter rather than screams of pain!

The mud did give me some serious problems with my twattish choice of pedal and cleats which I’d scavenged from my TT bike the night before. After each mud section, I was unable to click into the pedals and found that I had to drag my foot through puddles when riding and then use my fingers to gouge out the Orange muck to enable a click-in. Not the best way to win a race.

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My bike also needed some serious talking to with the front deraullier changing at random and the chain coming off 3 times during the event. Had it been a road race, I’d have been pissed but MTB seems a shed load more laid back and so I didn’t stress it.

In addition to the mud, we had to navigate 3 drainage ditches in quick succession on the circuit. These involved jumping across a 5 foot deep ditch whilst carrying the bike. A bit of a pain but a clear point where an ambitious individual could get a breakaway if they wanted.

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By lap 2, I was sitting in the chasing group and there were 7 off the front – including Pierre. The mud pits and the ditches gradually increased the gap between me and the group and I dropped off the back. A group of chasing dogs then forced me to HTFU and sprint for my life which got me back to the group pretty quick sharp.

I kept yoyoing off the back of the 2nd group and eventually ended up alone and lost for a while. Directions on the course were borderline shambolic in places and some junctions were a pure coin flip for the riders as to the correct route – I ended up getting lost on lap 3 and ended up crossing the line in 15th as a result – real result should have been a few places further back…

After 4 laps and 65 hard km’s, I eventually rolled in to the finish. 6 minutes behind the winners Bastian and Pierre but exhausted and happy.

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The bike was minging like never before and it was borderline if the taxi would even take us in this state. In a classic bit of OTT opulence, we then washed our bikes in mineral water to allow us to get home!

Overall, a great day with good atmosphere and a challenging, hard workout. I’ll be there with the appropriate shoes for the next one!

Good job E3 Sports in putting on these grass roots events.

Happy New Year from RTI!

The RTI editors were actually planning on extending our off-season until next week but 2 pieces of content fell in our lap on Thursday forcing an early return to work.

The new year brings the usual deluge of  Resolutions and “20 training tips that you positively must do (but aren’t)” type click-bait. Despite it being a bit of a sterile Magazine, I did like the Cycling Magazine staff resolutions where they all publically committed to their goals. This one being  a great aspiration for us all during 2015.

ny resolutionsIt’s a short issue today but 2 important articles.

  1. We have the results of the recent ANZA Jersey design survey. The post turned out to be one of the most popular of the year – so thanks to all those that gave an opinion.
  2. We also have the ANZA Sponsorship Pack that we share we prospective sponsors. We’re coming to the closing point for new 2015 sponsors to sign up – thought it worthwhile to share this for anyone that might know someone with an interest in getting some additional quality coverage for their brand.

On the NY resolution front, do take note that the usual January “I’m going to get fit” resolutions are fully in effect island-wide & the roads are rammed full with new cyclists. Pedal carefully & keep it safe out there!

 

Best ANZA Kit Ever… Results are in!

The vote for the Best ANZA kit ever turned out to be one of our most viewed articles of the year – thanks to all that took the time to vote.

Results are in and the people have spoken.

  • 45% of members said they’d prefer a kit design that was relatively consistent Year-on-Year with only minor changes.
  • 40% were Fashionists wanting a new kit design each year.
  • The remaining 15% dislike change and wanted the kit to always remain constant.

On the vote for the favourite kit design, the Black Kit from 2013 came out as the overall winner by a long margin. It sucked up 54% of the 88 votes that were received.

anza kit resultsMarcel Kittel and team Giant-Alpecin were clearly monitoring the poll closely as their new kit has a definite ANZA 2013 influence…

giantMany thanks for the votes and insight. We’ll pass this onto the design committee for the new kit as one of the inputs to help shape ANZA Kit 2015.