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05-16-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 679
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I did this on Saturday, the iconic Koppenberg...

I did this on Saturday, the iconic Koppenberg climb in Flanders, Belgium. It is relatively easy really in ideal conditions to do it, but the cobbles make it hard going if trying to push for a good...
05-13-22, 12:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,519
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I started slow 3 years ago, 3x a week, 50km per...

I started slow 3 years ago, 3x a week, 50km per ride. Now I'm doing 400-500km per week, 6x a week but every 2-3 weeks I will take 2 rest days. It really depends upon how my knee feels, if it feels...
05-09-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,519
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I stuffed my right knee up racing in the 90's. It...

I stuffed my right knee up racing in the 90's. It took 2 years to heal for general stuff but not for pushing hard or anything. I returned to cycling after 17 years away and found that I can train...
05-05-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 924
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Cobbled pave in Europe's cycling mecca's are...

Cobbled pave in Europe's cycling mecca's are entwined in the history and romance of road racing there. It is part of cycling culture for anyone who has ridden in France, Belgium etc. I'll be tackling...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,110
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Ok...I set my brake calliper's with new pads and...

Ok...I set my brake calliper's with new pads and I only need to adjust over time to allow for pad wear - so not very often.

My road bike disc's on the other hand can stick at any time. Sand, grit...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 01:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,457
Posted By AlgarveCycling

On the group rides I regularly join it depends on...

On the group rides I regularly join it depends on who is there, nature of the ride etc. The weaker riders may never pull at all and only a few do all the work. I've sat on the front alongside a...
04-23-22, 01:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,784
Posted By AlgarveCycling

This is certainly true for stamina and endurance,...

This is certainly true for stamina and endurance, albeit you absolutely need to bust a gut and do HIIT for speed increases for racing, TT's etc - you cannot expect to increase outright speed purely...
04-19-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,784
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'm only 53 and my training is a bit more than...

I'm only 53 and my training is a bit more than most and reflective of racing goals but I know someone locally who is a triathlete in his 70's. He typically does 5 days a week with 2 complete rest...
04-15-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,351
Posted By AlgarveCycling

True, I couldn't handle that nowadays. :D ...

True, I couldn't handle that nowadays. :D

Funny how we acclimatise to a place though. I grew up in South Africa where the climate is typically warm. When I moved to the UK, in my first 2 weeks I...
04-12-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,068
Posted By AlgarveCycling

True, I think, any liability costs will be far...

True, I think, any liability costs will be far less onerous, nothing like what the USA has become used to.

In terms of all round insurance for accidents, injuries and liability, there is medical...
04-12-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,068
Posted By AlgarveCycling

The sponsors are usually the supermarkets, local...

The sponsors are usually the supermarkets, local businesses etc. Here is a typical example of an upcoming MTB race:
https://apedalar.pt/eventos/info/2898

Entry is 10 euros and if you want lunch,...
04-12-22, 04:49 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 64,174
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'd agree with this. I'm small, only 5ft6in...

I'd agree with this.

I'm small, only 5ft6in and weigh 140lbs. I can drop that weight more and probably should a little. My ftp doesn't sound great, around 260 at the moment but had it up to 280...
04-12-22, 01:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,500
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Racing season for me began last Sunday, MTB XC. I...

Racing season for me began last Sunday, MTB XC. I have another in 2 weeks and then every month after that until December. My goal is to win a couple for my age category. I'll target a couple of Gran...
04-12-22, 01:28 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,068
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Our events are run on very reasonable budgets....

Our events are run on very reasonable budgets. The MTB XC races we have - usually one or two a month - have many local business and council Sponsors who chip in. There is a minimum participation of...
04-06-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,560
Posted By AlgarveCycling

There are quite a few women who race locally so...

There are quite a few women who race locally so they join us on Club rides etc from time to time. I trained with one of the Women's World Tour Pro's earlier this year, immensely strong and it was a...
04-06-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 6,919
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'm all for new tech that makes a positive...

I'm all for new tech that makes a positive difference to my cycling.

Carbon frames/forks = major positive difference to me for racing.
Electronic Groupset = mostly minor but on occasion...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,824
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I typically don't worry too much about average...

I typically don't worry too much about average speed when I'm riding - I used to many years ago and know a fair number who still do which is fair enough. At 53, I'm more conscious of recovery time...
04-02-22, 01:06 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 72,808
Posted By AlgarveCycling

One of the main differences between a man's bike...

One of the main differences between a man's bike and woman's bike is the saddle! Step-through's have always been ideal for women because they can wear skirts, dresses and so became seen as 'ladies...
04-01-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I bought my Wilier Zero6 with Sram Red in 2019...

I bought my Wilier Zero6 with Sram Red in 2019 from one of Europe's largest online-only retailers in their annual sale. It was a 2018 bike in 52cm and one of 3 they were trying to shift. All black,...
03-30-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,042
Posted By AlgarveCycling

My wife used to enjoy her commute in Amsterdam...

My wife used to enjoy her commute in Amsterdam and the trips to the grocery store. I bought her an e-bike that is very similar to the bike she had in Amsterdam to get around here - it is quite hilly...
03-30-22, 01:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,042
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Back in the 80's and 90's we trained without HR...

Back in the 80's and 90's we trained without HR monitors, Power meters etc. We just had basic computers telling us distance, speed and average speed. It seemed to work just fine.

Now though, in...
03-29-22, 01:27 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 3,082
Posted By AlgarveCycling

There are 3 good local lbs's near me. I support 2...

There are 3 good local lbs's near me. I support 2 of them, bought a bike from each and most spares etc for each since has been from them apart from the odd online purchase. I know the owners and...
03-25-22, 02:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,037
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I spent around 1000 euros on new Winter kit over...

I spent around 1000 euros on new Winter kit over the last few months. All Santini Vega. It is rated for freezing temps and rainy days. It would be ok if I lived in the UK or Belgium but I live in a...
02-21-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 28,862
Posted By AlgarveCycling

The short Malhao climb that they did twice in...

The short Malhao climb that they did twice in that stage is a notorious 2km+, 10% effort. Brandon held over 400 watts for the entirety - his time was amazing considering it was part of a 170+km...
02-20-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,917
Posted By AlgarveCycling

It was a great final stage of the Volta ao...

It was a great final stage of the Volta ao Algarve!


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02-20-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,917
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Final Stage of the Volta ao Algarve today. I'll...

Final Stage of the Volta ao Algarve today. I'll do 2 hours of training and then pop down to see them - they start literally 4km from my house.

It has been great to watch, meet and chat to the...
02-08-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,621
Posted By AlgarveCycling

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02-08-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16,973
Views: 1,164,558
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I went back over the data and yes, you are...

I went back over the data and yes, you are correct, there is an issue - I rode the 200km day on my Wilier. That bike doesn't have a power meter...so only my HR was recorded. I train with my Trek...
02-08-22, 03:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,104
Posted By AlgarveCycling

He does whine a bit and is a bit too serious. ...

He does whine a bit and is a bit too serious.

A friend of mine rode with Quick-Step on their training camp recently and asked him if he was going to win the Foia summit stage of this months Volta...
02-06-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 16,973
Views: 1,164,558
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Interesting reading this Thread! I'm in the...

Interesting reading this Thread!

I'm in the process of getting back to fitness and lowering my weight following a bad few months since last September. I had the 'flu back then, time off the bike,...
02-06-22, 03:12 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,406
Posted By AlgarveCycling

It sounds like you are motivated and losing...

It sounds like you are motivated and losing weight and cycling more will motivate you more.

3 years ago I was 86kg (1.68m tall) and could only manage 10-20km on the bike. I bought an e-bike to...
02-06-22, 02:59 AM
Replies: 26,272
Views: 2,817,033
Posted By AlgarveCycling

204km, 1700m yesterday. Capping off the week with...

204km, 1700m yesterday. Capping off the week with about 50km today so 650km or so.

For the longer rides I prefer my 6kg Wilier; awesome bike.
02-05-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3,870
Views: 297,956
Posted By AlgarveCycling

204km, 1700m @ 28km/h average. 600km week...

204km, 1700m @ 28km/h average.

600km week so far. Short easy spin tomorrow.
02-03-22, 03:15 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,294
Posted By AlgarveCycling

That is your preference to prefer steel and...

That is your preference to prefer steel and nobody should try to convince you otherwise of that choice - if steel works for you, great! Where you go wrong is stating steel is superior. It just isn't...
02-01-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3,870
Views: 297,956
Posted By AlgarveCycling

We're having a very good Winter, weather-wise....

We're having a very good Winter, weather-wise. 20C today, nice Sunny day, wind not too strong. 148km with 1444m at 29km/h ave.
01-31-22, 03:07 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,553
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Back in the late 80's and 90's I wasn't obsessed...

Back in the late 80's and 90's I wasn't obsessed with numbers either and trained according to how I felt. Training and racing again in my 50's I've learnt that the Science behind the numbers my power...
01-26-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3,870
Views: 297,956
Posted By AlgarveCycling

We've got a fair number of World Tour and...

We've got a fair number of World Tour and Continental Pro's here in my region at the moment preparing for the Volta ao Algarve and Spanish races in February. I rode with one of the ladies from Human...
01-26-22, 03:28 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,294
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I've raced steel bikes, aluminium bikes,...

I've raced steel bikes, aluminium bikes, aluminium with carbon forks, carbon with aluminium forks and carbon bikes.

There are many factors that come into play - type of rider, usage, weight of...
01-24-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,254
Posted By AlgarveCycling

https://officinabattaglin.com This would be...

https://officinabattaglin.com

This would be my 'last bike'. Steel and carbon. 6.85kg. Designed and built in Italy.

I raced Italian steel bikes in the 80's and 90's, very comfortable,...
01-22-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,425
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I have cycled since I was a small kid. I spent...

I have cycled since I was a small kid. I spent entire days out with my friends on our BMX bikes. Later, I was introduced to road racing and I was hooked on that. I also commuted by bike until about...
01-15-22, 03:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,158
Posted By AlgarveCycling

In my region of the World we all wave, regardless...

In my region of the World we all wave, regardless of bike. Indeed, we even get greeted by older folk sitting outside their homes when we ride through villages. Portugal is a friendly place.
...
01-13-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,300
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I shave my legs. I started when I was 17, a...

I shave my legs. I started when I was 17, a Junior. Back then, definite peer pressure was at play with my Team and Club. I stopped in my early 30's when I no longer raced.
3 Years ago, I started...
11-30-21, 03:13 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,566
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I have 3 cheap bikes in the basement; hardly...

I have 3 cheap bikes in the basement; hardly used, the youngest of which is more than 10 years old now. A 4th old bike, 21 now, is still in excellent condition - also a Giant as it happens but it...
09-21-21, 12:37 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,976
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I find Strava provides me with a lot of...

I find Strava provides me with a lot of motivation - I am a KOM-hunter, no denying it. The different segments help me push harder during training; I'm generally lazy otherwise. I often like to go for...
08-29-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,304
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I changed the wheels on my Madone for Roval...

I changed the wheels on my Madone for Roval Rapide CLX's at circa 1400g. I intended to swop out the Ultegra for Dura Ace... then decided not to. Why? My 2kg lighter Wilier makes very little...
08-10-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,925
Posted By AlgarveCycling

When I was younger I never thought about being...

When I was younger I never thought about being 'sexy' as a cyclist - I was focussed upon racing and being an athlete. It never really crossed my mind.

However, nowadays, I can't deny I do feel...
08-09-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,488
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Yes, the Algarve region, the beach 'holiday'...

Yes, the Algarve region, the beach 'holiday' destination part of Portugal. Here we have mostly MTB and Road racing, no track. Lisbon and the North are where road and track cycling is more popular....
08-07-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,488
Posted By AlgarveCycling

When I was in my late teens and 20's I raced at...

When I was in my late teens and 20's I raced at Elite level, won a couple, was always in the top 10 for my region/state and did ok Nationally (once). I injured my knees, stopped racing, relocated to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,146
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Bollocks. :) Yes, they use Chinese...

Bollocks. :)

Yes, they use Chinese factories, like nearly all bike brands, on that you are correct. Run of the mill? Wrong.
Their bikes are not generic, they are not simply a different paint...
11-30-20, 02:11 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,276
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Mine: Wilier Zero6 = 12.7lbs Trek Madone...

Mine:

Wilier Zero6 = 12.7lbs
Trek Madone SLR = 17.6lbs
KTM Scarp Sonic 29er MTB = 20lbs

And I'm a fat 143lbs on top. Only 5ft 6in tall though...:D
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