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Enews Headlines - 8 February 2012

LEARN HOW TO RIDE TO MT LOFTY IN JUST 6 WEEKS
Olympic Gold Medallist Brett Aitken can help beginner cyclists prepare to ride the Mt Lofty Challenge with a six-week training programming in the Messenger, starting this week.
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BIKE PARK - HINDMARSH SQUARE
Commuting cyclists are welcome to use the new Bike Park at Hindmarsh Square for free. Already city workers are making use of the free services, including secure sheltered bike parking, showers/toilets/changing room and cloakroom services. Read Story

SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE TEAM CAPTAIN BREAKFAST AT ADELAIDE ZOO
If you are the captain of a corporate, club or social team participating in March's Boileau VeloAdelaide - or are thinking about starting one - then you are invited to an exclusive Team Captain breakfast at the Adelaide Zoo on 23 February. Read Story

THE BEST SEATS IN ADELAIDE AT BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE
4,000 riders. 1,000 jerseys. Be part of history as one of the first cyclists to ride up the S.E. Freeway through the Heysen Tunnel on your way to Mt Lofty on the inaugural Boileau VeloAdelaide, Sunday 18 March. Read Story

FIRST GRAND SLAM RIDE AT WOODSIDE 19 FEBRUARY
A Giant Tower Pro bike pump worth $139.95 is up for grabs at the first Grand Slam for the season at Woodside on Sunday 19 February. Read Story

THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND - SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ONLY MTB ENDURO - NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS
Registrations are open for South Australia's only endurance mountain bike challenge - the Kona Dirty Weekend.
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SUPER TUESDAY BIKE COUNT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Adelaide City Council is seeking volunteers to assist with this year's Super Tuesday bike counts that will take place on Tuesday 6 March. Read Story

I'VE HAD AN ACCIDENT. I NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE NOW PLEASE!
Many of our clients encounter significant financial difficulties after being injured in a bike accident on the road Read Story



 

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BONUS BENEFIT FOR COMING TO BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE
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A RETURN TO THE OLD BATTLEGROUND
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ADELAIDE CITY BIKES NOW AVAILABLE AT HINDMARSH SQUARE
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MT TORRENS PEDAL CLASSIC 1 APRIL
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COAST TO VINES DETOUR FOR SEAFORD RAIL EXTENSION
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Grand Slam Challenge #1 - Woodside - 19 Feb - Register now
Boileau VeloAdelaide - Adelaide CBD $ Hills - 18 March - Register Now
Kona Dirty Weekend - Cudlee Creek - 5,6 May - More information

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Each year, over 1,000 organised rides are delivered as part of Bike SA's free Rides Programme. Download the latest Free Rides Programme here.

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Basic Bike Care: 17/4
Advanced Bike Maintenance: starts 15/4

 



 

LEARN HOW TO RIDE TO MT LOFTY IN JUST 6 WEEKS

Olympic Gold Medallist Brett Aitken can help beginner cyclists prepare to ride the Mt Lofty Challenge with a six-week training programming in the Messenger, starting this week. In this, the first week, the aim is to introduce riders to a structured programme. Find out your capabilities and set a benchmark. Ensure your bike is set up and comfortable for your body. With the right preparation and determination you too can join 4,000 other riders along the S.E Freeway and over 35km of closed roads all the way to Mt Lofty, as part of Boileau VeloAdelaide on Sunday 18 March. Starting and finishing at Hindmarsh Square, you can choose to ride from 30km to 110km, and following Brett Aitken's training regime will make all the difference.

Follow the programme in your local Messenger or find out more at the Bike SA website here.

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BIKE PARK - HINDMARSH SQUARE

Commuting cyclists are welcome to use the new Bike Park at Hindmarsh Square for free. Already city workers are making use of the free services, including secure sheltered bike parking, showers/toilets/changing room and cloakroom services. Plus there are free bikes for hire as well as bike maps, other information, plus of course a bike pump for any flat tyres. A variety of stalls offer coffee, snacks and lunches, and there is plenty of comfortable seating to relax and enjoy Hindmarsh Square. The whole community is welcome. There's even table tennis. The Bike Park is free and easy to use, offered on a first come, first serve basis. It's open 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and will operate until the end of March. Come by to check it out and grab a flyer to stick up in your office and encourage your colleagues to make use of Adelaide's first facility for cyclists. The more people who use the Bike Park the more compelling the argument for permanent facilities.

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SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE TEAM CAPTAIN BREAKFAST AT ADELAIDE ZOO

If you are the captain of a corporate, club or social team participating in March's Boileau VeloAdelaide - or are thinking about starting one - then you are invited to an exclusive Team Captain breakfast at the Adelaide Zoo on 23 February. Boileau Business Solutions in partnership with Telstra and Bike SA welcome you to this invite-only special event, where we can say thank you and you can network with like-minded business professionals with a passion for cycling. Not only will you get to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the zoo's panda enclosure, you'll also get to meet Olympic Gold Medallist Brett Aitken who'll be on-hand to share his wisdom in preparation for the Mt Lofty Challenge. A gourmet sit-down breakfast is also provided. This breakfast is strictly limited and for Team Captains for the Boileau VeloAdelaide event. RSVPs are essential before 16 February, so get in quick.

Find out more here.

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THE BEST SEATS IN ADELAIDE AT BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE

4,000 riders. 1,000 jerseys. Be part of history as one of the first cyclists to ride up the S.E. Freeway through the Heysen Tunnel on your way to Mt Lofty on the inaugural Boileau VeloAdelaide, Sunday 18 March. You can enjoy over 35km of fully closed roads from the start and through the Adelaide Hills. You can choose from 30km / 50km / 60km / 80km / 110km loop options. Most will ride take on the 50km loop starting and finishing in the CBD. Ride the Mt Lofty Challenge and get sponsored for The Smith Family. As a bonus you receive a $60 voucher for cycling gear thanks to Jaggad. But if Mt Lofty is a ride too far, you can enjoy the free Family Fun Ride and support the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation. Great for families, you can choose to ride a 5km or 10km or 20km loop around the Parklands and along the Torrens. All riders finish at the Hindmarsh Square event village where there'll be a feast of entertainment and activity, plus great food and drink.

Find out more and register here.

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FIRST GRAND SLAM RIDE AT WOODSIDE 19 FEBRUARY

A Giant Tower Pro bike pump worth $139.95 is up for grabs at the first Grand Slam for the season at Woodside on Sunday 19 February. With the option to ride one or two unique 40km loops, it's the perfect start to the series, which gradually builds up to the big 100km or 200km challenge in October. Roof Rack City is also offering a $250 voucher for one lucky series rider, and series riders also go into the draw for one of two road bikes from Giant (Bicycle SA members only are eligible for prizes). The Grand Slam series is an ideal format to not only keep you fit through the year, but is a great motivator for achieving your PB. Why not set yourself the challenge of completing all five Grand Slam rides including the maximum 200km at the end or target the 500 Club by riding at least 500km across four of the five rides. Plus you can wear the limited edition Grand Slam jersey. Over 500 riders are expected at the start line next Sunday.

Find out more and register here

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THE KONA DIRTY WEEKEND - SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ONLY MTB ENDURO - NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are open for South Australia's only endurance mountain bike challenge - the Kona Dirty Weekend. From 5-6 May, hundreds of mountain bikers and spectators will descend on Cudlee Creek near Lobethal to enjoy some of the very best single track. Choose to ride the NiteFlux 24 Hour or 12 Hour, or the Roof Rack City 6 Hour and complete as many 10km laps as you can in teams of 4 or 2 or as a solo rider. The humming event village offers everything needed - hot food, cosy shelter, comfy seating, campfires, showers, music, massage and of course up-to-minute race results. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes are up for grabs thanks to Kona, NiteFLUX, SRAM, Roof Rack City and other great brands. And while many will hope to finish on the podium, most riders are simply up for the personal challenge and to enjoy the friendly, supportive atmosphere.

If you've never ridden an enduro event and would like to have a crack, then check out the Kona Dirty Weekend here.

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SUPER TUESDAY BIKE COUNT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Adelaide City Council is seeking volunteers to assist with this year's Super Tuesday bike counts that will take place on Tuesday 6 March. Volunteers will be required to be in place from 7am to 9am at each of the allocated locations around the city. Volunteers may nominate which intersection they would like to monitor, though priority will be given to those who nominated for last year's counts. Two intersections have already been taken: Peacock Road / Greenhill Road and North Terrace / Pulteney Street. If you are interested in helping Council with the counts, please contact Nick Nash at n.nash@adelaidecitycouncil.com. The papers and more detailed instructions will be forwarded closer to the day.

Find out more here

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I'VE HAD AN ACCIDENT. I NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE NOW PLEASE!

Many of our clients encounter significant financial difficulties after being injured in a bike accident on the road.
A family, for example, can lurch from financial security to financial stress very quickly if the sole breadwinner is unable to work for any period of time following injuries sustained in an accident.
Is there anything that can be done for those injured in road accidents to ease what is often a short term but significant financial difficulty?

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BONUS BENEFIT FOR COMING TO BOILEAU VELO ADELAIDE 18 MARCH

Register for the Mt Lofty Challenge and receive a $60 clothing voucher from Jaggad. Not only do you receive all the usual benefits, you also get to ride up the Freeway through the Heysen Tunnel closed exclusively for this event. Over 35km of roads will be closed just for you, and you can choose from a range of distances - 30km, 50km, 60km, 80km or 110km.
Adults can register for as little as $50, so to receive a $60 voucher is a great bonus. Ride the Mt Lofty Challenge and get sponsored for The Smith Family. But if Mt Lofty is a ride too far, sign up for the free Family Fun Ride all starting and finishing in the CBD.

Find out more and register here.

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A RETURN TO THE OLD BATTLEGOUND

The "motorist vs cyclist" debate raged again recently after Shane Warne took exception to some alleged poor behaviour by a Melbourne cyclist.

As is usually the case, talk back radio, twitter and online blogs go into overdrive with irate motorists demanding that all cyclists be registered (and plated) so that they can be identified and 'dealt with' by the police when they break the law. Running red lights and riding across pedestrian crossings being the most common complaints.

Cyclist responses often cite that almost all riders own a car and pay registration anyway and that they should receive a rebate on vehicle registration because they help reduce congestion, greenhouse gas emissions as well as the myriad of additional benefits that riding delivers.

This is of course a complex issue - complex because it deals with matters of road safety. There are some interesting studies on the psychology of driving a car in urban environments, particularly in peak hour. When a ?normal' individual gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a shift in brain function. There is a significant shift in how that person assesses risk, what value is placed on the need for attention to the road environment and others in it and the general level of civil behaviour.

This often translates to driver inattention or a near obsession with "being first" (to the red light 50 metres ahead or to their destination). There is also an increasing need to "blame and punish" for a real or perceived wrongdoing by others. And interestingly, there is virtually no self-assessment of a driver's own level of skill and how much they may contribute to an unsafe road environment.

Most of our road infrastructure dates to post war 1950's. It's therefore easy to understand why, after so many decades, the "roads are for cars" culture is so deeply ingrained. The State Government's 30 Year Plan acknowledges the need to use our road network more efficiently and part of this process is to shift the "car is king" mentality.

Clearly, what the recent Warne twitter-rade shows is that the conversation still has some way to go.

Crikeys Alan Davies shares an interesting blogpost on the Warne sage here

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ADELAIDE CITY BIKES NOW AVAILABLE AT HINDMARSH SQUARE

Until the end of March you can access free Adelaide City Bikes from the Bike Park at Hindmarsh Square. Now there are nine locations around Adelaide you can access this free bike service for the whole community. It's easy to hire a City Bike. Simply fill out a form and leave your driver's licence, passport or proof-of-age ID as collateral. And when you return the City Bike you get your ID back. Quick and simple. Helmets, locks and maps are also provided. Find out more about this programme, unlike anything else in Australia, here.

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MT TORRENS PEDAL CLASSIC 1 APRIL

The Mt Torrens Park Committee in conjunction with Bicycle SA, the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club, the SA Mountain Bike Association and the Bike About Cycling Company will conduct a major event for all ages and skills.

Run parallel to the second Grand Slam ride of the series, the Mt Torrens Classic will feature a Come and Try introduction to mountain biking, a 4-hour endurance mountain bike ride, novelty activities and skills for children, trials riding demonstration, expos, food stalls and a raffle.

More information will follow, and you can find out about the Grand Slam ride at Mt Torrens here.

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COAST TO VINES DETOUR FOR SEAFORD RAIL EXTENSION

The Coast to Vines trail is being detoured for the Seaford rail extension until June. They are in place for safety reasons, ensuring cyclists and pedestrians aren't in the vicinity of adjacent construction works. You can view the detour map here.(7MB)

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