We are closing on the Easter Saturday this year to enjoy a well earned rest. Please see shop hours below, If you are after any urgent repairs around this time please call the shop or email Tim in the workshop on firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialized Demo Fleet coming to Topgear Cycles
The crew at Specialized Bikes have organised a trailer of jaw dropping beautiful bikes for us to use for a couple of weeks in mid April for 2 weeks, if you have been thinking of purchasing any of the following bikes but want to try what they feel like out on the trail or compare different suspension travel, then this is the time to give one a ride. Contact us at the shop and we can book you in, email email@example.com or call 98502996
- Stumpjumper FSR Short Travel 29″
- Stumpjumper FSR Long Travel 29″
- Epic Evo 29″
- Stumpjumper 27.5
We first saw this product at Ironman Western Australia late last year. Since then a few of us from the shop have been trailing it and the results have been impressive. Tim, Peter and Ivan are all training to race the 70.3 Ironman in Geelong in 3 weeks and all of us are using it for our long training sessions and we will definitely be using PREP”D for race day. Its very easy to use , just consume the Prime drink 6 to 18 hours before a long endurance work out or race. Normally for me this is late on a Saturday afternoon as most of my long sessions [4 to 6 hours] are done on Sunday’s.
PREP”D has a really nice taste and is very easy to consume. The idea behind it is to boost the hydration that you already take on the day of long exercise or race. So far I have been really impressed with how it works and how simple it is to take, it is much better if you have some in the fridge as it is quite refreshing to drink.
If you have any questions regarding this product drop in and have a chat to Peter and Tim
Details from the PREP”D website……..
PREPD is backed by over 20 years of collaborative medical research between Flinders and Yale Universities. The original clinical research devised a better oral rehydration solution (ORS) to treat severe dehydration arising from diseases like cholera and rotavirus for people living in developing countries.
Traditional World Health Organisation (WHO) ORSs only trigger fluid absorption in the small intestine, and fail to trigger the absorption capacity of the large intestine (up to 5L per day). Our research team identified a unique resistant starch, which was able to promote absorption of fluid in the large intestine whilst maintaining optimal absorption in the small intestine. This new formulation was able to improve hydration by 39% when compared with the WHO recommended ORS (Ramakrishna et al 2000).
Using the same unique patent-pending resistant starch, PREPD was adapted from this ground-breaking medical research (Binder et al 2014) to boost hydration and meet the fluid loss needs of athletes. While our founders still pursue the goal to reduce severe dehydration in developing countries, they also share our vision to pioneer a new frontier in sports hydration and performance.
Testimonals from PRO athletes
Trailed Prepd after Ironman WA in training with plans to make it part of my success plan for 70.3 events and above.
Taste is great, easy to use and no over thinking of the process.
Results in testing was 30% less loss of body mass (through sweat) on long runs at greater intensity and warmer conditions than baseline run. Felt stronger and able to hold higher pace, and importantly recovered to go again the next day.
Ill definitely use it on my big training days and as part of race fuelling strategy.
Shop hours for Australia Day weekend
Saturday 10 am to 4pm
Tuesday 9:30AM to 6PM
If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact us at the shop on 03 98502996 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last weekend a group from the shop left Eltham Station and headed out to Marysville on our bikes. The plan was to ride as much dirt roads and tracks as possible to Marysville , stay the night then head home via a different route.
The stats of the ride are 250km, 5000m of elevation over 2 days, 85% dirt roads, trails, bike paths, rail trails and some single track, 11 riders.
We had spent the last few months doing rides over different parts of the course. We had’nt managed to go over all the route so there was a lot to explore for the first time, as we headed up Allandale road the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect!
Our group consisted of some different fitness levels so the pace was set around the slower riders. Of the 10 riders we had a mix of riders on mountain bikes, Cx and gravel bikes. It was the first time for a few of us to tackle a “bike packing” weekend ride so we left the camping idea for future trips and booked in at the Vibe Hotel in Marysville. Carry as little as possible was the aim, the biggest issue we had was to carry enough water to go the distance.
Our day 1 route consisted of roads and aquaduc trails out to the Sugar loaf Resoviour along the aptly named Ridge road and down to the Yarra Valley via Pinacles Lane. From here we made our way onto Old Toolangi Road and onto our lunch stop at Toolangi. Matt and Zeke had driven out to meet us with some food and water at the 50km point. This would be our last fuel stop as we headed into the State park and the Mondo track over Mt St Leonards.
This track ended up being a lot slow than we expected. The 4wd tracks had been well used by moto bikes or 4WD over Winter. Our riders on Mtb bike were handling the trail a lot better than the gravel bike buddies. We estimated that our Day 1 ride would take 7 hours, it ended up being over 10 hours, which meant by days end we were out of water and very close to riding in the dark in to Marysville.
Day 2 started early with a big Breakfast at The Vibe hotel in Marysville, then straight into the climb out of town, we headed to the Archron way via Neds track, then up the road to Mt Donna Buang. I hadn’t climb this before and found out first hand how hard it was. Our group reformed at the top and we defended down the backside dirt road. The first 4km was in thick mud, but then the fast flowing dirt roads opened up down to the Warburton trail. A quick lunch break at the local cafe then the long grind home via Lilydale and Ringwood to the Mullum Mullum creek trail. We headed home via the new section of path at the bottom of Park road which is just superb. Onto the Yarra trail then over the bridge to Eltham Lower Park and home, nearly 8 hours of riding for day two. 18 hours of riding 5000m of climbing in 2 days certainly had us exhausted. Apart from the long first day and the lack of water stops n
Our route over two days
Seeing our customers take on huge personal challenges like Ironman races is one of the best bits of our job. Nicola has done a few Ironman races already but this time she started with one of the athletes she coaches [Carly, our Head Mechanic, Tim’s sister]. Nicola is also recently joined Greensbrough Tri Club as their new swim coach. Read below her race report from last Sunday’s race
Cairns Ironman 2018 [Swim 3.8km, Ride 180km,Run 42km]
I have always been told ‘an Ironman never goes exactly to plan’ but after finally arriving in Cairns and being three days from the race I was sure we were on the home straight, and race day would be somewhat of a smooth celebration.
Saturday morning the three ‘trimegos’, as we have called ourselves [Nicola and her friends Kate and Carly] headed out for a 30minute easy spin through on the bikes…when 8 min from home two of us clipped wheels at very low speed…both slowly toppling sideways to the ground. What could have been a funny and harmless stack resulted in my friend Kate breaking her elbow less than 24 hours before race start.
Needless to say two of the three of us were lucky enough to be lining up on race day and the excitement was bursting from both of us.
Looking out across the water, which had a small swell, there was a moment of quiet reflection. I was in awe of just how many people were standing next to me, all waiting to fulfill a dream, in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
As the age groupers commenced their rolling start, Carly and I shared one last hug and smile before we ran down into the water.
My plan was to go relatively hard in the swim and to utilize my strength, but as we got going and I got a rhythm I settled into a pace that was, upon reflection, slightly below ideal. It’s difficult to judge the pace and stroke rate when you know just what is ahead of you…but this is a skill that can only be learnt through race experience.
The water was choppy which made sighting a little tricky, but when your in the water for 3.8km you need something to keep you entertained right?!
Exiting the water, although my swim was slower than I was hoping, I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had passed. I have to say that there was a moment when I though ‘shit do I actually need to do another lap of that?’, but nope I was out and ready to hit the bike.
Through transition with cheers from our amazing support crew and off I headed on the 180km ride.
For some reason I had been very nervous about the ride. Not for lack of distance in my preparation, but perhaps because I felt I had not trained as hard as I normally would in the lead up. I’m not sure what it was but I could not seem to shake a nervous and some what dull cloud that was hanging over my head.
This was a difficult space for me to be in as I usually have such a buzz on race day. But today I just was in a bit of a rough place, which I knew I needed to get on top of. My race plan was to relax and take it easy for 110/120km then finish strong, so I decided I needed to focus on my coaches words and just try to relax and let myself take in the stunning course.
As I rolled around the course, at each distance marker I was puzzled that I was way faster than my predicted speed, and especially surprised because I was just rolling the legs along…but hey this was going quite well so I stuck to that plan and decided I needed to now focus on trying to achieve a 4 year goal…yep for 4 years I have been trying to nail the ‘pee on the bike’…this was my chance with plently of down hill. This may be too much detail for some, but I have to say this is what gave me so many giggles as I battled the other mental demons that threatened to get on top of me. Sometimes it’s the small things that get you through the bigger things.
150km of rolling hills, along the coastline, through the sugar cane, sandy beaches and rainforest was nothing other than spectacular, and although the head wind was difficult to contend with at times, it was a refreshing temperature.
Into the final 30km of the bike and aggghhh I knew to expect a strong head wind…but man it still bites the legs like a teething puppy, just grabbing the quads and slightly burning. That was a long way through to transition…but now it was time to throw the runners on and dance. And man was I ready to dance after smashing my bike PB and feeling confident in my planned run pace.
The first 10km was rough, the pace was good but my lower back was in trouble forcing me to stop and stretch. I was feeling fresh in the legs and all I wanted to do was lock in the pace and run.
I knew I had to draw on my skills of mindfulness and relaxation, just to get me to special needs for some pain relief…so my mantra became ‘this is fine little mate, this is just an unfit marathon’. Holly cow I don’t think I want to do an ‘unfit marathon’ if that what it feels like hahaha but still I needed that to mentally comprehend what I needed to do.
10km down and I stared to find my rhythm, I started to get into that zone and began to tick off the km 5km by 5km. However, as all those Ironman athletes know…there are highs and lows and the lows always hit like a ton of GU smack in the face.
From 15km I started to gradually fade, and all I could think was ‘just keep moving’, and so that what I did…I just kept running forward…luckily because sideways would have made things difficult.
This is when I realized I had left my salt tablets in transition…now I was a 14km loop until I could get back around to my special needs, but finally I arrived and NO salt tablets (how did I mess that up?!?!) But what I did have was a tube of vegemite…random I know but ½ tube down the hatch (it turns out that much vegemite is quite spicy) and we were tapping away again.
Unfortunately that buzz I was searching for just didn’t come, but as I looked around I still could not help smile at just what I was a part of. This race that thousands of people have trained for months and months with the dream of running down that red carpet and knowing you have accomplished something incredibly fulfilling, and something you will be proud of for the rest of your life.
So as I approached the final lap, my heart wanted to explode with joy, desperation and love for our support crew cheering us on, running with us and lifting us up at the exact moment we needed them most.
Finally I felt my watch tick over the 41km mark and I could not have been happier to see the finish line so close. And like I had told Carly for weeks, that finish line feeling is worth every bit of pain…
At last I was on the carpet and I exploded with happiness…Ironman number three, done, dusted and many lessons learnt.
I hadn’t looked at my watch since the 20km mark of the run, so I had no idea what my time was…nor did I care. All I wanted was pasta and more pasta.
Turned out I did a massive PB and I guess I learnt that if you relax as much as possible your body will do what it’s trained to do.
Lying on the massage table I knew Carly was still out there and all I wanted was to hear her cross the line. 1 min into my massage I heard her name and those all important words ‘you are an Ironman!’.
With one leg massaged and a quick apology to the confused masseuse, I jumped up and finally, after months and months of training, there we were covered in sweat, salt, pee and sand…Ironman finishers…we did it. THAT was the best feeling of the day…we did it and we did it together.
Over all I am delighted in my race, not just the huge PB, especially on the bike, but that I also worked through a hard mental day. I cannot wait to get back to training and work on the areas I know I can improve.
Check out Bryce’s race report from the Buxton Bootcamp below, you can race a 6hour or 3hour event , either as a solo or as part of a team.
Gareth and I decided to test our stamina at the Buxton Bootcamp 3 Hour race on November 12th.
The event atmosphere held the friendly vibe that comes with a cross-country endurance race. I felt at ease finding out through the chatter that no-one had done any training and that nobody had been on their bike for the past 6 months. Then the start was counted down… I don’t think everyone was being entirely truthful… as the dust cloud rose along with the race-start tempo.
As always, you can never judge a book by its cover. In the case of Buxton Bootcamp the cover is a kilometre of ascending fire road that is only used at the start of the race before the field is directed into the 14km course that is, in this case, the book. With a majority of the course being single track there are still plenty of opportunities within the course to pass or be passed. The first lap provided a good example of this as everybody settled into their own rhythms or perhaps made some attacks. There was a mix of solo riders and team riders so choosing to attack or defend can make it easy to get lured into a pace beyond the ideal if the other wheel is racing in a different category. But sometimes it can be worth the effort if it means you can hold better momentum through any sections further ahead.
The first 2.5 laps demonstrated how a little bit of work on the ups gained the reward of some flow on the downs, but as the lap count increased the ups seemed to demand noticeably more work. Knowing that the flowing descent through the fern gully was a good place to regain some average speed helped to ignore the sign of cramp and muscle fatigue in the approaching climbs but my last lap become more of a mental game as the physical resources were drained to almost empty.
Despite the course’s best efforts to break our spirits we were both able to complete 4 laps, aided by bursts of encouragement from Peter Hepworth at various points alongside the trails – he popped up everywhere! With one last charge through the fern gully remaining, and a couple of climbs at a pace that seemed only marginally quicker than backwards, my final challenge for the day was to not yield so that the rider I had recently passed could get back in front of me. I was able to hold position, tipping over the crest and down the bermed descent that covered the last kilometre to the finish line.
We each rode our Stumpjumper hardtails that performed faultlessly. Gareth and I had ridden to slightly different plans, but the end result matched – we had a blast and we were well-and-truly done!
Then Peter appeared with the cold drinks, capping off another great day on the mountain bike.
Ed’s note, Bryce finished with a 2nd place in the Master’s category ! Well done mate.