Monthly Archives: December 2015

An awesome party to celebrate the year that was

IMG_8990Well when it comes to parties, this years certainly tops the list of ANZA Cycling Parties.  Nearly 120 of you took the time to come and celebrate with your cycling mates.

So to cap off the year, no more words from me except to say.  Thanks to Liam Winston who is donating his Swift Carbon Frame for a good cause, and you can read all about it down below or in this facebook post ->

So enjoy the photos from the party, with thanks to Ståle and of course, over the festive season, wherever you are…

Let’s be careful out there.

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Charity Auction | Swift Carbon frame


Those of you that attended the Christmas party will have seen Liam Winston win the SwiftCarbon Ultravox TI frame set. (Kindly donated by sponsor,  Kazuaki Takabatake)

in an act of great generosity, Liam has decided to auction this superb frame set off to the highest bidder.

All proceeds from the auction of the stunning Ultravox Ti frameset will go to the Himalayan Health Project, who undertaken a wide range of worthy initiatives from; vision and dental to women’s healthcare, in and around the Ladakh region:

The frameset is the Ultravox Ti, with the following specs:
Size: XS (49)
Colour: Dark Grey Matt
RRP: SGD3,999

The frame is full carbon and the Ti stands for ‘Team Issue’; rather than titanium, as the name might suggest. The rear derailleur hanger is actually titanium though.

There’s a full, in-depth review of the Ultravox Ti at Cycle Asia, from earlier this year:

From peeking inside the box, it’s certainly a beautiful frame and the dark grey matt colour way definitely gives it a very stealth look.

Please note that it is a frame set only; so includes the frame, fork and headset only, plus a matching 3T, carbon seat post.

To make a bid, you need to go to the Facebook post that this link takes you to and post your bid into the comments.

In terms of the auction, have placed a $1,600 reserve on the model. In the event that the reserve is not met, will extend the sale to a wider audience. Please feel free to share this post.

But ONLY BIDS posted in the Anza Cycling Page will be accepted.

Good luck, and happy bidding!!

Bike Fit | The perfect xmas present?

Christmas is rapidly approaching and some of you may be wondering what to give the lycra wearer of the house…  Can we suggest a proper, professional Bike Fit as an excellent present option.


A comprehensive bike fit is an investment – you can’t get one for $50 or in 30 minutes – but it is also an investment that will pay off for as long as you ride bikes. Some of the most obvious benefits including:

  • Improved Comfort & Lower Chance of Injury
    A good bike fitting takes into account your individual biomechanics and makes sure your joints and muscles are held in neutral and biomechanically “friendly” positions. Like a favorite chair that supports you well, a biomechanically neutral position minimizes joint and muscle load. This results in greater comfort and minimizes the likelihood of repetitive use injuries and muscle imbalances.
  • Improved Performance
    When your body is set in a position that encourages a full range of muscle engagement and balanced muscle recruitment, you will produce better power (ride faster) and have better endurance.
  • Improved Technique
    Have you ever seen yourself ride? Very few of us ever learned how to ride a bike beyond learning how to balance while pedaling. Cycling is as technique based as any sport and the better your technique the easier and more comfortable it is to ride. A good bike fit has a heavy coaching and visual element and can help you see and learn techniques in a matter of hours that take years for most riders to learn. This helps a newer rider avoid developing bad habits and it helps riders of all experience levels gain a better understanding of how their bike and body interact.

Toby Jones at Bike Fit Asia is known in the region as being one of the foremost experts in this field. Within the ANZA peleton, the likes of Megan Kinder, Don, Peter Bennett, Alex Robertson and ultra-rider Ned can all attest to the value of Toby’s fit.  Toby is an experienced fitter with over 8 years of bike fitting experience and one of the very few Steve Hogg certified fitters in the world.

ANZA Cycling have struck a special deal with Toby for our members.

A special  ‘pre-fit assessment’ will be available to ANZA members. This is a ‘taster’ session where you will discover the key underlying problems/issues in your position and how they may be compromising function/movement/comfort and limiting performance. These special sessions will be made available at $150 to ANZA members for a 75 minute review.

For comparison, the actual full-on bike fit usually costs around $600 and takes a minimum of 4 hours.

In my experience, the key issues were identifying really quickly and the rest of the time was spent tinkering/fine tuning minor details. If you’re not sure if a bike fit is for you, then this might be an excellent way to try at low cost/low risk.

It’s also the perfect Christmas present if you’re struggling for ideas…

More details on BikeFit Asia’s special deal are attached in the PDF link below. Contact Toby directly at: for more info.

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Friend or Foldie?

Foldie6Ok, its a shameless pun worthy of little more than the terrible UK newspaper The Sun, but it’s the best I could do at short notice.

In what he claims to be a quest for fitness, but we all know is an attempt to half wheel without being noticed due to the smaller wheels, Steven “Wongster”Wong dared to be different and brought a Foldie to Rats for a midweek ride.  Read all his terrible defense further on.

We also have a great write up of the last KL trip organised by Laura, where in her last bit of organizing she has organized somebody else to write the trip report, and that’s quite enough organizing for anybody.

No more news is good news, just remember to RSVP for the Xmas party on the 12th December and…

Let’s be careful out there

Method in the (foldie) madness

Contemplating riding with the big boys?
Contemplating riding with the big boys?

By: Steven Wong

Strava – that piece of cycling social media that has turned what used to be a leisurely ride down to the corner shop into an all out race to beat a virtual KOM – has a function called ‘Fitness & Freshness’ which, via some unfathomable algorithm, plots your fitness based on your heart rate and/or power data if you have a power meter.


Boom and bust fitness

What you see above is a snapshot of my data going back a couple years.  The most striking thing about it is how many peaks and troughs there are, particularly in the last couple of years.  The explanation of course is that there have been periods when I’ve been off the bike and my fitness has gone to pot.

The last two big slides were caused by a) enforced convalescence after I had the temerity to go of the handlebars during a race – which required a shoulder reconstruction – and, b) a summer holiday where I didn’t go near a bike for three weeks.

In fact, it gets worse…you have to be of the cycling persuasion to understand why the mere sight of a hill gets cyclists excited and the bigger the hill, the bigger the excitement (I realise in writing this that this sentiment is not universally shared amongst all riders, but for the sake of this story, let’s assume it to be the case).  So on that holiday when we chanced upon Punta Veleno (literally, the “Poison Tip) one day, it was a case of, “A bike…a bike…my kingdom for a bike”.  It was great holiday…but for an opportunity missed.

How does 8km with an average of 12.5% and a central 4km section at 16.5% sound?
How does 8km with an average of 12.5% and a central 4km section at 16.5% sound?

I’ve learnt my lesson…flailing myself at the back of a Kranji steadfast ride and being dropped even before getting to Upper Bukit Timah Road after a layoff focuses the mind…no more prolonged absences from the bike.

The dilemma: how does one take a bike on holiday without incurring all those baggage penalties and having to book an HGV instead of a hire car to carry your standard OVERSIZE bike box.

The solution – which came to me (like the unfolding of so many of life’s mysteries) on the steep side of Mt Faber one morning – is to take a folding bike.

A folding bike you say?  Like a Brompton, which has about as much stiffness as bolster purchased from Harvey Norman’s, bedding department or even a Tern, all 11kg of it?

It is indeed a surprising fact that so many local riders are enamoured of folding bikes…not that I’ve ever understood why…could it be that one has to drive to a park connector and thus foldies are easily thrown into the boot?  The benefit of this interest is that there are quite a few bike shops that carry nothing but folding bikes or “mini-velos” and thus it is easy enough to test ride what is available.

To abridge the story, I settled on a Tyrell FX.

Note: this is not my bike…it is only a pictorial representation on my bike if it was while and had black wheels instead of mine which is black with silver wheels

My lofty aim was nothing less than to replicate the total 700c-sized bike riding experience but on a bike with 20-inch wheels; that meant building the bike rather than buying one off the shelf.  The most important thing was getting the geometry right.

As luck would have it, someone had an FX frame for sale on ‘togoparts’, the default home page website of serious DIY cycle enthusiasts.  I turned up with a wad of cash at the agreed meeting place and the seller turned up riding the bike and before I could say anything, opened up with, “But I thought you might like to see what the frame looked like with everything attached…” Grrr!!

I usually take a 56cm frame and I found that with a slightly longer stem, 175mm Shimano crank, 3T handlebars and a Selle SMP saddle, I was able to replicate almost exactly, the same measurements as my standard road bike – even if someone later remarked that it looked as if my rear derailleur was dragging on the road.

Finally, the big day came…a road test on the 6.00am City West ride.  For some reason, I thought that I might be able to slip in quietly at the back of the peloton and not be noticed, but in fact, even before I rolled to a stop at Rats, my fellow-peloton-riders-to-be were rolling about in laughter.  Anothe arrived a few seconds after me with a cheeky grin even before dismounting.  I can’t think why.

However, call it the ‘new bike effect’ or a phantom tail wind, but the Tyrell was able to keep it going at 46kmh when we got to Keppel Viaduct.  And that was on a pull, not at the back of the peloton.  Except to say that when we got to SBV, the full 9kg weight of the beast (the aluminium frame and fork alone weigh 3.3kg) slowed the proceedings a bit so no KOM that day.

So how does it ride?  Actually, surprisingly normally, except to say it is somewhat top heavy.   Stiff…is it stiff you ask?  Just look at the frame…not just two but four closed triangles…and that’s only the side view, mind you.

The biggest problem though, is that with such small wheels, even with a 56-tooth crank and an 11-tooth cog, pedaling cadence is about 20% higher at any given speed than on a 700c bike with a 52 x 12 gearing set up.  Rolling resistance is obviously greater too but “running out of gears” is a bigger problem.

The best bit however, is how the Tyrell packs.

For the sake of scale, that’s a 44-cm handlebar and a 56-tooth crank

Prior to assembling the bike, I took the frame down to Mustaffa’s luggage department and tried about a dozen suitcases before I found one, a 29-inch case, which seemed to fit best.

With the aid of some foam, the removal of the handlebar, crank and wheels, the whole thing fits in neatly with space for water bottles, spare tyre, etc.

Have bike will travel…

All in the case with the bike packed into it weighs in at just over 18kg.

So to conclude, I have made my peace with the fact that I may face the slings and arrows of outrageous ridicule on a foldie but in my defence that is easier to bear than being droppedFoldie6 from a Kranji Steadfast because I didn’t take my bike on holiday with me. (As I conclude, I need to apologise in advance to any long-suffering family members who thought I’d left the bike behind…”sorry”).

November weekender to Frasers Hill

Laura Gordon

As the club trip organizer, I thought it only fair to rally two newbies to the Fraser’s Hill Club Trip – to put their thoughts down on paper, on their personal experience of the trip. With over 25 ANZA members joining us in KL – either by club supported Coach, self fly and self drive – needless to say an epic and enjoyable trip was had by all.

Fraser’s Hill | Day 1
By Jonathan Hooper (aka Hoops)

The trip to Kuala Lumpur has grown in popularity with ANZA riders over the last couple of years and this trip proved it with an outstanding 25 ANZA riders making the trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The trip was also extremely popular as it was being organised by the infamous Gordo Getaways. With numbers exceeding the usual bus capacity and a continual wait-list, many people had to make their own travel arrangements to Kuala Lumpur.

The great thing about this trip is that it caters for all club members ranging from Krangi 28 Riders to Krangi 36 +. It is a gruelling two day ride but everyone is up for the challenge and supports each other. It definitely beats doing a Krangi Loop for the 30th time.

We are all kindly hosted at the Parky Royal Hotel by former ANZA member Mark Losi who is also the hotels General Manager. The service we receive is remarkable and makes the trip very trouble free.

Day 1 is a tough 200km return journey North of Kuala Lumpur through the Selangor State Park up to Frasers Hill (Bukit Fraser) with has an elevation of 1280m. Frasers Hill is located on the Titiwangsa Ridge in Pahang, Malaysia and is rich in biodiversity. This is a beautiful but also tough ride.


The ride started at 7am outside the Park Royal Hotel. A couple of stray riders showed up and unfortunately they would lead us on a detour later on in the day. We were escorted trouble free as a single group out of Kuala Lumpur by one of our two support vehicles.

After the 20km escort we faced the first climb of the day, which is a small 1km ascent. It is a punchy little climb, which separated the group. The next regroup point is at the 30km mark, which is at the top of the second climb. The second climb is called Evian and is a mild 5km climb. With fresh legs and the lure of the first drink stop at the summit we all easily reach the top. It is this climb on the way back after 160km, which proved to be many peoples nemesis.


At the top of Evian the group split into two. The first group descended down Evian through Uli Yam and along a 15km flat section to Kuala Kubu Bharu known by locals as KKB. It is along this flat section where we were taken on a slight detour by the two strays we picked up back at the Park Royal. Lucky enough the end point is the same and we stopped at KKB refuel before the 40km ascent to Bukit Fraser.

After a quick stop we hit the road with a tidy group of around 10 riders. The pace was set pretty high over the first 10km, which is a reasonably flat section of exposed road around a dam. Once we left the dam and entered the Selangor State Park the ascent begun. It is a relatively steady climb, something like South Buona Vista for about 30km. We kept the pace reasonably high with everyone taking their turn on the front. After the first 10km the numbers started to dwindle and soon there was only a group of three of us: myself, Adam Nelson, and Victor Michel. We kept rotating smoothly until 8km to go where the road pitched a bit more. We separated here and headed to the summit on our own, with Victor taking first honours.

At the summit we all grab lunch, share our stories of the ride so far and welcome fellow riders when reaching the top. This marked the halfway point of the trip and with the prediction of rain many riders decided to add on a few extra layers for the decent with Victor Michel and Glen Kenny even going to the extent of arm warmers and fleece jackets.

The decent is a bit technical and with slippery mossy patches you really have to pay attention. I managed to overshoot a corner and ended up in the drain. Luckily it wasn’t any worse than that. The sun was out and it was a nice and warm decent compared to the expected rain forecast. We all managed to make it down safely with only those that wore arm warmers and fleece jackets feeling as if they just descended in a personal sauna.

We all stopped to regroup at KKB and then headed back through Uli Yam to ascend the backside of Evian. It is a gruelling 5km climb and after 160km of riding this is by far the toughest part of the day. The group split quite early but many riders kept those in front of them in sight and made steady gains. There were a couple of small attacks most notably Craig Cameron’s attack at about 2.5km from the top. He hung on to Victors wheel for a short period of time but then seemed to be going backwards very fast. Victor once again took top honours with Adam following in second.


Everyone was pretty relieved to reach the summit of Evian. It truly is a tough climb after 160km. From the summit of Evian it is a simple decent with a short climb back over the wall and then back through the city to the hotel where cold beers await.

All in all it was a great trip and it is highly recommended to all ANZA members. Make sure you sign up for the next trip. Thank you to ANZA, Mark Losi and the Park Royal and special thanks to Gordo Getaways for organising the trip.

Genting Sempah | Day 2
By Adam Nelson

Day two of Gordon’s Getaways KL getaway and the peloton rolled out (eventually) at 7.45 for the day’s short stage to Genting Sempah. 70 k in total with 15k out and back climb through beautiful forest canopy on the outskirts of KL.

Discussion that morning was still focussed around the fall out from the Gin-gate scandal and the team hotel was surrounded by paparazzi (Peter H and Macca), keen not just to catch a glimpse of the leaders but also to see if there was any comment from the riders implicated in the scandal. Not since Festina had they seen such controversy.

Yet the gin-plications of that incident were not the only upset of the morning. When Craig Cameron eventually surfaced from the team hotel following a minor delay (that has been claimed had nothing to do with the previous nights events) he realised he was part of the worst kit disaster since Castorama ’94 Yes, C Cameron and ‘Sultan of the Bukits’ (SoB) Victor were dressed in the same jersey.


Once the crowd had settled, our host and the days ride captain, Mark Losi led the bunch through the neutralised sector of central KL.

L.Gordon herself was notably hanging near the back if the pack, recovering from a Frozen Margarita related injury from the previous days (Night, surely?) action.

As the Anza-ton rolled towards the foot of a hill, it seemed they were not the only cycling ‘event’ on Genting Sempah. Unlike a lone Matador and a handful from Geylang Cycling Club, Anza were the only people who were not there to race up the hill. A group of 1200 riding in an actually neutralised pack (with proper van and everything) were chased down as they headed towards the foot of the climb


A small group took off to get ahead of the knobbly-wheeled racers – and quickly became smaller when one member suffered a puncture. Hoops’, who as well as showing himself a talented coiner of French neologisms (verb. Fr ‘ooperer’ – to wheelsuck unfalteringly up a climb- example usage – il a ‘ooperé tout la jour hier ) also proved a true patron of the peleton, stopping for one whinging, punctured pom.

The bunch all completed the course, with most overtaking a vast number of resentful mountain bikers, apart from the one guy who was gassing it through everyone on a fatbike, he looked like he was loving life

Anza regrouped at the top for the descent, with Peter Hewitt kindly offering cool-down bidon showers for anyone overheating from the ride, on what would be his final Anza outing. He also helped boot this whinging poms tyre after a blow-out on the descent proving once more that he is not just a grade-A wind up merchant but also an all round top bloke – you will be sorely missed.


The roll back into town included the obligatory ice cream stop for all, but one escapee, determined to take the final ‘points’ on the line… Obviously the ice-cream eaters were the real winner.

The hospitality of Mark and the Park royal extended to wonderful poolside lunch where some of us took the ‘poolside’ dress code more seriously than others.


Beer was consumed and both tales and hills became increasingly taller before we all waddled to the bus, where both ‘Heads Up’ on iPad and ‘Hey Ruth’ occupied the long drive and the longer queue for Singapore Passport control.


Thanks Laura, thanks Mark, thanks ANZA. Ace trip when’s the next?