IPWR Roster 2018

Since the cancellation of the Indian Pacific wheel race, the roster has been a bit fluid. Many names have dropped off; we have some new names and of course, some might still doing the ride but just not tracking on Maprogress.

Below is a list of names I have gathered from the original roster and the names that are on the unofficial start list on Maprogess. https://indianpacificwheelrace2018.maprogress.com/

As a summary, it appears we will have;

  • 47 riders there on start day,
  • average age around 42.
  • Four of six teams are still starting
  • 31 of the original roster are still starting, with five new starters appearing on the list.

If you spot any errors, let me know.

 

Firstname Surname Country Gender First Time Still Racing Age Bike Comments
Lamri Adjis Netherlands M Y
Paul Ardill Australia M N
Mathew Augutis Australia M Y ? 34 Kinises Racelight Crossed off on Map Progress
Kerwyn Ballico Australia M N Y 57 Specialized Roubaix
Chris Barker Australia M N Y 56 Belgie Spirit
Andre Batista Portugal M Y Y 30 Polygon Helios
Haydn Bevan New Zealand M Y Y 43 Specialized Seqouia
Brad Bootsma Australia M Y Y 45 Curve Belgie Spirit
Karlo Bozic Australia M Y
Joshua Burt UK M Y
Paul Chartres Australia M Y Y 46 Focus Izalco Team SL
Vikram Cheema Australia M Y Y 44 Trek Domane 5.2 Starting Monday
Daniel Cooper UK M N
Mark Croonen Australia M Y Y 49 Ridley Noah
Narelle D’Arcy Australia F Y Y 55 Giant Liv Envie
Ryszard Deneka Poland M Y
Juan Diaz Thailand M N
Jessica Douglas Australia F Y
John Duggan UK M Y
Korpol Engtrakul Thailand M Y
Brad Ewings Australia M Y Y 44 Curve Grovel
Ryan Flinn Sth Africa M N Y 30 Curve Belgie Spirit
Tobias Forkel Germany M N Y 31 Giant Propel
Troy Fynmore Australia M Y
Damian Glover Australia M Y
Brett Goodsall Australia M Y
Rupert Guinness Australia M N Y 55 Curve Belgie Spirit
Ben Haines Australia M Y Y 47 Curve Belgie Spirit
Callum Henderson NZ M Y Y 35 Curve Belgie
Michael James Australia M N Y 63 Cervelo S3
Parrish James Australia M Y
Harley Johnstone Australia M N Y 40 Giant tcr
Bernardka Juric Slovenia F Y Y 44 Specialized Ruby Comp
Joseph Kendrick UK M Y Y 27 Dolan
Robert Leslie UK M Y Y 49 Canyon
Matthijs Ligt Netherlands M N
Purdie Long Australia F Y Y
Phil McCorriston Australia M Y Y 37 Canyon Endurace
David McCoy Australia M Y
Laurence Mead Australia M Y Y 50 Trek
Tess Mercer Australia F Y
Douglas Migden USA M N Y 60
Hugh Moore Australia M N
Rolf Moser Switzerland M Y
Naresh Nagabhushan India M Y
Stephane Ouaja France M Y Y 31 Specialized Venge
Su Pretto Australia F Y Y 56
Pawel Pulawski Poland M Y Y 34 Hultaj
David Robinson USA M Y
Sanne Rohe Denmark F Y Y 53 Curve Belgie Spirit
Heath Ryan Australia M N
Chris Savage Australia M Y
Vilas Silverton UK M Y Y 50
Jesse Stauffer USA M Y Y 30 Specialized Roubaix
Claire Stevens Australia F N Y 42 Baum Orbis
Dean Strike Australia M Y
Steven Sullivan Australia M Y
Damian van Loon Australia M Y Y 45 2018 Giant Defy Advanced Pro
Ryan Vecht Australia M Y Y 41 Walty Titanium
Michael Wacker Germany M Y
Daniel Welch UK M N Y 28 Enigma Echo
Simon Wile Australia M Y
Henry Yates Australia M Y Y 18
Andrej Zaman Slovenia M Y
Iban Zapata Australia M Y Y 45 Curve Belgie
Abdullah Zeinab Australia M Y Y 24 Trek
David Barstow USA M N Y 29 Fairdale Weekender New to the roster
Antony Lamb Australia M N Y 55 Trek Domane New to the roster
Tess Jetnikoff Australia F Y Y 26 Curve CXR New to the roster
Shane Beaumont Australia M Y Y 50 Trek Madone New to the roster
Mark Aldous Australia M Y Wheelie Crazies
Warren Nicholls Australia M Y Wheelie Crazies
Vanessa Aldous Australia F Y Wheelie Crazies
Luke Laffan Australia M Y Wheelie Crazies
Jules Noton Australia M Y Bike Nuts
Fernando De Andrade Brasil M Y Bike Nuts
John Dunlop Australia M Y Bike Nuts
Greg Berry Australia M Y Bike Nuts
Myfanwy Peebles Australia F Y 3G1B
Rohan Murray Australia M Y Y Fikas 3G1B
Lauren Benoit USA F Y 3G1B
Louise Soplaint Netherlands F Y 3G1B
Dominic Shepherd Australia M Y Y Double Century
Paul Moore Australia M Y Double Century
Jen Filby Australia F Y Double Century
Luke Jeffery Australia M Y Double Century
Mike Magetti Australia M Y Stranger Than Ficton
Justin Eagle Australia M Y Stranger Than Ficton
Jaye Fatchen Australia F Y Y Stranger Than Ficton
Shane Hayes Australia M Y Stranger Than Ficton
Dan Rankins Australia M Y Viking Overlanders
Michael Ryan Australia M Y Viking Overlanders
Sam Cuninghame Australia M Y Viking Overlanders
Dale Tan Australia M Y Y 44 Viking Overlanders
Elizabeth Long Australia F Y Y 40 Focus Mares Melburn Durt;Also riding Solo
Kate Fowler Australia F Y Melburn Durt
Elise Gould Australia F Y Melburn Durt
Stefania Capogreco Australia F Y Melburn Durt

What have the Coaches ever done for us?

So after a hard day’s racing, Orica GreenEdge boys gather for a team meeting and it goes something like is…..(and apologies to Monty Python)

What-have-the-romans-done-for-usSimon Gerrans: All right, Michael. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?
Luke Durbridge: Goals.
Simon Gerrans: Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Darryl Impey: And motivation!
Michael Matthews: Oh yes… motivation, Simon, you remember what the riding used to be like.
Simon Gerrans: All right, I’ll grant you that goals and motivation are two things that the Coaches have done…
Matthew Goss: And the results…
Simon Gerrans: (sharply) Well yes obviously the results… the results go without saying. But apart from the goals, the motivation and the results…
Brett Lancaster: More Power…
Other riders: Endurance… Race Craft… Speed…
Simon Gerrans: Yes… all right, fair enough…
Daryl Impey: And the specific training targets…
Mitch Docker: Oh yes! True!
Cameron Meyer: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if the Coaches left, Simon.
Brett Lancaster: Nutrition Advice!
Michael Matthews: And it’s safe to ride in the peleton now.
Cameron Meyer: Yes, they certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a team like this.
(more general murmurs of agreement)

Simon Gerrans: All right… all right… but apart from better endurance and motivation and race craft and more power and speed and the results and  goals and nutrition advice and good riding order… what have the Coaches done for us?
Luke Durbridge: Brought us the winning feeling!
Simon Gerrans:(very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all) What!? Oh… (scornfully) the winning feeling, yes… shut up!

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But seriously I must confess I used to be one of those people who thought having a coach when you are not a pro rider was just a little bit wanky to put it bluntly, but how wrong I was. The light bulb moment came for me in 2013 when I finally decided to take the Australian Masters Championships seriously and despite riding my arse off while training I felt like my ability had plateaued. Sure I was training with a power meter but if you don’t know how to use it properly, it is bit like a gorilla playing golf, all power and no finesse.

 

Taking on a coach was probably the best thing I did for my cycling and I often reflect on the thought that people will spend obscene amounts of money on the bike and do nothing for the engine. Taking on a coach doesn’t have to be a life long commitment.  You can learn a lot about yourself just by engaging a coach for even 3 or 6 months, as long as it is for specific purpose with a definite goal in mind. With a good coach and program you should see specific phases in your program which will build you up for your target event. With a bit of luck you’ll learn from the program so even if you discontinue using a coach, you’ll be able to take what you have learnt and apply it to future events. In one year of having a coach I learnt more about myself and my cycling than I did in the previous twenty years of riding and was probably the most cost effective upgrade I got for my cycling.

Another common thing you’ll  hear at any local race is “I can’t sprint”. Rubbish!! Everyone can, of course some people will always be naturally better at it. Once again if you need to improve various aspects of your game, look to a coach to help you. I used to be one of people who would say “I can’t sprint” but working with a coach and setting specific sprint drills I managed to raise my ability so I now stand a fighting chance in a sprint.

Having a coach also helps keep you motivated. It’s the age old problem, if you don’t have a plan you end up making excuses for not riding. I found by having a weekly program set for me, it gave me focus so there was no doubt what I should be doing and so there were no excuses for not training.

So how do you know if you have a good coach? Well I was always impressed that my coach would know exactly how body would respond to each phase of the training and pretty much knew how I would be feeling by the end of the week. Also a good coach will tailor your program to suit your target event, whether it be a mountain bike cross country event, a road race or a time trial.

Finally as a bit of an endorsement, for those people in Canberra considering getting a coach, I can highly recommend Jason from Argonaut Cycle Coaching. In my time working with Jason I was really impressed with his knowledge and he his ability to improve my cycling. Jason was always there to answer my questions and always kept the program interesting.

So have you ever had a coach?

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The Garmin VIRB Elite in the hands of Joe Average

OK I’ll start by saying I am no photographic expert so you won’t find any in-depth analysis here about the Garmin VIRB’s technical specifications, all the specs are available on the Garmin site. So speaking as Joe Average the quality of 1080p is brilliant and any comparison to a GoPro or other high end device is splitting hairs. What you will find is my opinions on the out the box experience and my thoughts on the initial operations.

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A size comparison. The VIRB next to a Edge 510

So if not for the technical specs why did I choose the Garmin VIRB? Well if you have any other Garmin device such as an Edge 510 or Vector pedals, it sort of becomes a no brainer as the camera integrates with these devices to either make it easier to use or provides additional information. As an example you can use your Edge 510 unit as a remote control for the camera so you can start and stop filming or take still photos safely while riding.

The other reason was the form factor. I wanted lower and flatter rather than the square little box that is the GoPro. That way it doesn’t stick out as much and thanks to the well designed brackets, you will be able to tuck the VIRB away in all sorts of places.

So of the box, well the nice thing is, it just works. You can strap it to your bike and in minutes you can be shooting videos like a pro. One not so nice thing is the mounting brackets that come with the VIRB as standard are pretty useless so you are going to have buy a couple more brackets if you are going to fit it to your bike, which is going to add about $50 to an already pretty expensive camera. The good thing is the brackets are well designed and are easy to get on and off the bike. Besides the standard handlebar mount I would really recommend getting the wrist strap mount. While it may sound a little odd. The short Velcro strap opens up a range a possibilities on where you can mount the camera. Here are a couple of examples


Mounted to my down tube


Mounted to the top tube.

The mounting options are also increased as the camera can be set to invert the picture allowing the camera to be mounted upside down and is mounted in a cradle which makes it really easy to remove from the bike after the ride.

While the user interface may seem a little clunky, if you own an Edge computer, you will be familiar with the menu structure how to navigate  around it. The truth is I found the little 1.4 inch screen a little hard to read but with the aid of the VIRB app which is available on Android and IOS you can edit most of settings from your smartphone. It also streams the image from the camera (while not recording) so you can check you have just the right angle on the camera when it is mounted. Really useful if you have mounted your camera in an unusual spot. My practical experience with the camera so far has been that all I do is switch the camera on and then rest is controlled either by my Garmin Edge and the smartphone app.

Battery life, seems OK and will record for about two hours. No settings I have found so far have been able to increase the life past two hours

Editing software which can be downloaded for free for the VIRB is basic but easy to use. The one feature I really like is it overlays the video on the map making it really easy to capture a particular section of your ride, and you can move the place in the video by moving the location on the map. All the videos in this post have been done using the VIRB editing software.

The image stability of the camera is good as demonstrated by the fast descent on a rough* road,  The second video shows the camera mounted to saddle bag on the rear, which was not as stable as the handlebar mount because of the flex in the saddle bag but still shows a reasonably stable picture

*That’s roadie rough, not MTB rough.

Finally the telemetry overlays are something I think coaches would love. In the past I know some times it is hard to describe to a coach exactly what the conditions where like on a particular training session. Well by overlaying the telemetry on the ride you are provide all the ride data over the video making it easier to explain the ride in detail.

So after two weeks of using the camera I can happily say it is still meeting and exceeding my expectations.

Which best decribes your position when it comes to action cameras like this?

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Want a Strava KOM, get yourself the Strava Android app

I have long suspected this and I’m sure others have to, but have you ever noticed the high proportion of Strava KOM and course records that are held by people who have recorded their ride using the Strava Android app. Furthermore it seems to be more prevalent when it comes to short downhill segment. Then the next question begs, why are the Android riders so good and yet the IPhone riders barely rate?

So in an effort to satisfy my curiosity I decided to take a short ride with both my Garmin 500 and Android app running. What follows are the results of a number of segment in my local area.

The rides with the lock symbol are the rides recorded on the Android Device.

Rides marked with a # indicate the current record is held a ride recorded on an Android device

Firstly Toshka’s Track # and I’ll admit this one caught me by surprise, despite the downhill section the Android app was slower, go figure.

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Memorial Dirt Sprint # 5 seconds over 300 metres, that’s a big discrepancy

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Ainslie Wall Downhill # This one was a draw

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Down we go to Antill # Another 14 second win the Android app

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I have more examples but I think you get the point.

Now I love Strava and I think it is a great way to get motivated to ride harder but I would also like to see a level playing field.  When I have some more time I intend to pull apart some of the GPX files for these rides to see if there is anything strange occurring, I suspect the android device is not recording the data fast enough or accurately enough so it is possible the first data point captured for a segment is already a couple of seconds after the start and likewise the last data point captured is couple of seconds before the finish.

Besides making it impossible to beat some of these records, a real concern for Strava would be the posting the of erroneous data which could lead to a dangerous situation where riders start chasing down fake times in an effort to beat a record which really shouldn’t exist. Now I know riders need to take care  when pursuing course records but I also believe the Strava Android App needs to record these times accurately. Having erroneous lower course records surely is increasing the risk by making riders  think it is possible to ride faster than it really is.

So folks be safe out there, because that course record you are chasing, might not be possible.

I would also like to say, this only my opinion on this and I am happy to be corrected, so if anyone can explain why this happening I would like to hear from you.

My tips for the Olympic Road Race

Well the sceptic in me would suggest the follow

I believe the Adidas/British team are going to be hard to beat, as one of the primary sponsors to the games I’m pretty sure the win was written into the sponsorship agreement and the incredibly low prices at the Adidas store will surely give them the competitive edge.

Of course you can’t discount the Westfield/Australian team, the routing of the road race through the Westfield mall was a master stroke and should give the team some home ground advantage. I believe the team have been doing some high escalator training and this is sure to pay off in the later stages of the race.

Unfortunately I can’t see McDonalds/USA team figuring in the final standings, despite bringing the largest McDonalds team/store to the games, the lack of a drive through service is really going to slow the team down through the feed zone.

As for the Omega/Swiss team, I believe they will get their timing all wrong and miss the critical breaks.

The attacks from the Samsung/Korean team are largely going to be negated by Apple however this is somewhat controversial as Apple are not an official sponsor of the games and this will be seen as ambush (marketing) attack.

While Panasonic/Japanese team are not in medal contention, they will look great on the new Panasonic VIErA TVs which have been released just in time for the games.

And the Dow team, despite investing heavily in the games will come undone by the disastrous pre season training camp they had in Bhopal.