Rapha Rides

For all you Raphafarians out there it's time to get your bike looking its best, your Rapha kit ready and start banking some sleep... 'Rapha RIDES' starts this Friday 5 May and involves, as you might imagine, a bunch of rides. This weekend it's Sydney with Giro viewings followed up by four rides exploring Sydney's best.. then onto 19 other cities worldwide over 6 months.

Rapha Rides

THE BACK OF FALLS - Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

When people who ride start talking about the “Back of Falls” you can literally see the fear in their eyes. And if they’re wearing oversized sunglasses you can tell they’re uncomfortable as they recoil in their seats, their hair stands on end (hair on arms obviously - no decent cyclist has hair on their legs) and they break out in a cold sweat.

THE BACK OF FALLS - Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Rush Women's Team Immersion - NRS Round 1 Tour of East Gippsland

I know some of the girls will be up around 6am to begin their preparations, so I’m up at 5 to eat and shower so I can stay out of their way on race day. I don’t know if I’m expecting some highly strung monsters, but the girls are the opposite.

Rush Women's Team Immersion - NRS Round 1 Tour of East Gippsland

Bike France - Pyrenees Tour

 

La Velocita talks with Bike France, a Victorian based tour operator, that provide high quality boutique cycling trips in the Pyrenees. 

Staying in a French Château, small groups and with all your riding starting at the front gate these tours are well worth a look.

Bike France - Pyrenees Tour

2016 Shimano Super Crit

The Shimano Super Crit is back this weekend at St Kilda Cycling Club's crit circuit in Port Melbourne. If you've never been to a race you should go. If you're not a racer you should go... even if you don't ride a bike you should still go.

This is a must see event, the Super Crit takes everything to the next level and is as much a spectacle to behold as it is a bike race.

2016 Shimano Super Crit

Ballarat - Cycling holiday with the kids... is it possible?

So Ballarat is not on the top of the list when it comes to many people's 'must' travel destinations... but I'm here to persuade you that as a cyclist, it should be.

A couple of weeks ago, I packed up the car with two bikes, my wife and two young kids to try and achieve the holy grail, a cycling weekend away... with family in tow. Is it possible?

Ballarat - Cycling holiday with the kids... is it possible?

Cycling Australia Road Nationals Gran Fondo Ballarat

The Cycling Australia Road Nationals event is quickly becoming a must on any self respecting cyclist's calendar. Standing on the side of Mount Buninyong Road during the road race you get pretty close to the experience of standing on the side of a climb in the Tour de France... to make it even better though, the riders keep coming around and around.

And even better than that you can take the opportunity to ride the Gran Fondo on closed roads and experience what it's like for yourself... combine this with five days of cracking racing and riding and you're getting pretty close to a dream cycling adventure.

Cycling Australia Road Nationals Gran Fondo Ballarat

Audax Alpine Classic

Riding in the Victorian High Country does not get much better than this. In it's 30th year, last weekend's ride was another cracker, perfect conditions, awesome riding and smiles all round. We were there to get a piece of the action.

Audax Alpine Classic

The Dirty Dozen 2016

The Dirty Dozen is an event like none other. This event challenges riders to get out of their comfort zone and climb 13 hills that are so steep that even a car would struggle to get up them. 

The Dirty Dozen 2016

Ol’ Dirty 2016

Since it first kicked off in 2010, the ride as Ol’ Dirty has involved all the things we love most about riding at La Velocita: challenging yourself, exploring new roads, spending quality time with mates, and a detailed knowledge of the history of rap music.

Ol’ Dirty 2016

Colle delle Finestre - World Everesting Project Climb #3

Rocacorba was damn hard, and I was hoping for some relief on the Colle delle Finestre. In retrospect, that's about the dumbest thing I have ever hoped for.

Colle delle Finestre - World Everesting Project Climb #3