Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
1. Name, age, current sponsors
Dylan Cooper, 31, Trek, Bontrager, Conceptis
Q2. Best day on the bike you have ever had
A.Riding northshore stuff in Vancouver on a perfect summer evening
Q3. Hardtail or Dually?
A. Always hard
Q4. Roadie or MTB?
A. Both. Variety is the spice of life. But if I had to choose - fat treads of course
Q5. Hours per week of training. Roadie \ MTB split % ratio.
A. 12-22. Mostly road actually. Especially in Japan where MTB trails are too full of hikers and overgrown plants. In Australia, more MTB.
Q6. Best result at any race (or best season if applicable)
A.Would've been the World Cup XC in Canberra in 2008, if I didnt puncture twice. Went from top 15 to 21st. I love that track!
Q7. Favorite cycling discipline \ Preferred Cycling discipline
Q8. High socks or low socks?
A. In between. Too short or too long both put one's sexuality in question.
Q9. Coffee or Cola?
A. On the bike: coffee before, cola at the end. Off the bike: coffee rules, cola is dirty.
Q10. Ride slow and long, or short and fast?
A. Long and fast. Slow is boring.
Q11. You have 4 hours to do a ride. What is your choice, and where do you go.
A. Bike path thrash, then hit techo trails with lots of cornering and climbing.
Q12. What's your take on the colour 'white' in cycling?
A. It's good for summer and stands out for sponsors, so I rate it. Having said that, it is starting to be over-used. Backup stealth kit for muddy days is a must.
Q13. Any people in cycling that you either look up to or respect. (apart from me of course;))
A. Yes, you of course JD. But also those people you see out there, whether it's on a race track, on the trails, or on the bike path, just having a go. It's easy to push hard when you're fit, but to push hard when you don't train hard or aren't experienced - that's real pain. Beginners at races who push themselves to the end, or those sweaty commuter-war riders on shitter bikes with wobbly wheels and brakes rubbing... respect.
Q14. Favorite place to ride (overseas and in Australia)
A. Australia: Stromlo or Mt Beauty
Overseas: Whistler, easily the best.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
- Half the total climbing (vertical metres) occurs in the first 25km of the 100km route.
- Some of the course was overgrown - a little hard to see where the track was cut in.
- Totally understand why the course is raked prior to the race - lotsof leaf litter
- Chose the Photochromic lens option each day. Winter sun = lots of shade. Kylie ran the Positive Red iridium option, and was happy as well.
- Did a 'flat' ride out to Condor Creek on Sunday. Was a strong feeling ride - the tailwind out didn't hurt either!
- Accommodation manager said that the weekend in September is more busily booked than Easter.
- Course familiarity is now quite strong. This removes a lot of the anxious energy not knowing where a trail goes.
- I set the DVD to record the final ascent of the Tourmalet, only to get the latter half of a Law and Order episode - DVD program FAIL!
- Had awesome pizza at 'Heat' woodfired pizza at Batehaven.
- Was totally awesome to ride without winter gear for a couple of days.
- I think I might head down again next weekend......
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
- Assos winter plus socks,
- Outwet long sleeve undershirt
- Standard LSC knicks
- Assos windblock long tights
- LSC team winter jacket by Sugoi
- Assos windstopper\roubaix booties
- Bellweather Roubaix booties (yes a 2nd set)
- Jetblack roubaix\windstopper gloves
- Assos windstopper gloves
- Assos Robocap roubaix beanie
- Oakley Radar Photochromic glasses
- Specialized D2 helmet
- Shimano road shoes
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sometimes it is of pure necessity that the training has to be inside. Today was one of those days. Cold, wet and windy. Pick two, but if all three are present, rack the bike up on the trainer and throw on the Tour de France stage 9 dvd and go for it.
I have to say that stage 9 was absolutely sensational. Probably the best stage that I have watched in the last five years. I can not wait to see how the rest of the race pans out.
It definitely made the two hours go extremely quickly.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
5. Adam Hansen driving the bunch for 40km after breaking his collarbone. Definitely not French.
4. Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck getting through the cobbles on stage 3. AC engaging Peter van Petegem's services and Fabian Cancellara guiding the younger non-broken Schlecky obviously worked.
3. Sylvain Chavenel actually being successful in a DAFB. (Dumb Ass French Breakaway [TM] [C]). I actually like his style of riding, sort of like Phillipe Gilbert. I wonder if he and Cavendish have the same dentist?
2. Robbie McEwen being brutally honest "I just didn't have enough power". I loved it when Petacchi jumped when the HTC (non) train ran out of gas. Rob-dog was on the wheel immediately. Average age of top 5 finishers on that stage, excluding EB Hagen = 35.5. i'm just saying......
1. Fabian telling journalists that "it's not like I can flick a switch on my handlebars and turn on a motor"
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
View from Mount Stromlo with Black Mountain in the background. 8:30am
First run of the day - warm up at minus 2 degrees!A very cold morning of minus 4 degrees greeted us for the annual Carolyn McKinlay Gravity XC (SuperD) event. This event is a timed run down Mount Stromlo linking all of the cool trails including Skyline and the berm track.
Kylie and I got an early start and I was fortunate enough to get in a practice run - while it was still cold (minus 2!) - to suss out the track. A bit wet here and there, hero grip and 9 and a half minutes of flat biscuit racing to come up.
I was back up the mountain pretty soon after registering and was lucky to be able to get first run of the track at about 9am. This run netted me a time of 9:30. The next 2 runs I did also were just under the 9:30 mark by a couple of seconds. I rolled through the runs pretty quickly so as not to let the crap in my legs settle too much. By the 3rd one I could feel the fatigue though. The track had got a little wet in places and was a little hard to get a lot out of without digging deep. How deep? Well, my average HR for my runs was hovering around 175bpm for the 9 and a half minutes. That is pretty deep. About 95% of max. Funnily enough a very similar rate at which short track is run at. I know how I am going to feel tomorrow that is for sure
Over the next 2 hours I provided Kylie with a few lifted runs. The day was getting warmer and the track was getting grippier, and as a bonus the northerly was picking up which meant a nice tailwind down Skyline.
I pinned a really nice 4th and 5th runs and was able to lop a good 6 seconds off my initial time. I got down to a 9:24 which I was stoked with. This got me the win in the Elite men's category in the end which was extremely satisfying. Kylie also pinned it hard and was also fortunate to come away with the win in the Elite Women category.
I thoroughly enjoyed racing this event, and also really enjoy the format of racing. It does take a lot of endurance to punch out 5 x 9.5 minute runs at super race pace. I sure did rely on all of the long rides I have been doing lately. Something's got to pay off that's for sure.
Bike: Cannondale Flash ----- 8kg!
Tyres:Continental Race King 2.2
Fastest run: 9:24 (9:30, 9:25, 9:35, 9:27)
Avg HR: 175bpm
Max HR 184bpm
Glasses: Super D special - retina burn with fire irdium path lens
Photos taken: 175
Time out on the mountain -- 8:30am to 3:30pm