Noosa Triathlon by Penny Hoskin
There is something that brings you back to Noosa every year. It has a big reputation being Australia’s largest and premier triathlon and it did not disappoint. It is a great event weekend and escape to the warm after Melbourne winter.
It was a very quick turn around with only 5 days break in-between Xterra and Noosa. Needless to say I was feeling pretty flat when I arrived. Jumping on the time trial bike again felt so effortless and fast after the mud and hills of Maui. Noosa is great event with open water swims, celebrity triathlon events, cycling crits and runs leading into the main event, the Noosa Triathlon.
The weather for race day was perfect, calm and a bit cloudy. I was racing Open Age group which means we are the next waves after the Pro’s so no waiting around.
I lined up at 6:28am in the Noosa River for the deep water start. I had great swim start and lead into the first buoy. I didn’t know how well the body had recovered so I lets a few girls past and found a nice set of feet to sit on for a draft.
Coming into transition one I was in the lead pack of four. After a decent transition I passed a few girls and mounted the bike in second place and was soon into the lead. I knew I had to put my head down and work the bike as I wanted a buffer for the run. I felt strong through the whole 40km bike leg. The highlight is the 3km climb. It was a bit of a lonely bike and you only get one check of where the other girls are at the top turn around.
I racked my bike and headed off onto the run. I took off on the run a bit slower than usual in the hope that I would build into the run. I lost the lead at the top turn around. I was really starting to hurt and feel the fatigue from last week’s adventures. I could see the next girl at the top turn was moving and could do nothing to respond when she passed me. The last 3km was tough. I was determined to stay in a podium position and not get passed in the closing stages again. I managed to hold on and happily finish in 3rd place.
A big shout out to Topgear Cycles who had a Specialized Shiv time trial bike packed up for me and ready to go after my Hawaii race, couldn’t have done it without their support.
Xterra World Off-road Triathlon Championships in Maui
What can I say, Maui is one of the most amazing places I have been and this is one of the most brutal events I have done!
The event is based around the Carlton Ritz in Kapalula, Maui which is a beautiful backdrop.
I arrived in Maui the weekend before the event in the midst of Hurricane Ana. By Monday morning the rain had cleared and everything looked so perfect I knew it would be a good trip. Out the front of our villa was surf beach and a short walk the other way was a beautiful sandy beach with coral, abundance of tropical fish and turtles.
Leading up to the even I went for a swim at the DT Flemmings Beach, the race swim location and there sizeable surf dumping on the beach. Xterra really like to make the whole event a challenge. I was actually quite excited about a surf swim. I did feel sorry for the couple who were also planning on doing a swim set but they looked seriously scared at the prospect of having to swim out through the surf break.
Run training was the same. Running along the coastal track and up into the pineapple fields is picturesque but tough! Melbourne winter does not prepare you for Maui heat and humidity.
Wednesday was the first day the mountain bike course opened. Everyone was keen to get out and see the course. It is mostly single track and most of that goes up! After about half an hour of climbing it started to cloud over and spit rain, a welcomed relief from the heat and sun. Within another half hour we were out on Razor Ridge in a tropical downpour! The decent back down had become a river. We were eventually diverted off the course as they were shutting it as it had just become too wet. It was even impossible to push your bike out as the fine dust turned to gluey mud and so much collected on your tires that the wheels wouldn’t even spin without hitting the frame. Yes it was an adventure even before the race begun!
Race day was a perfect Hawaiian day, the warmest and sunniest day the whole time I was there. There was some small swell at the beach which added a bit more fun. I even managed to catch a wave back into the beach.
The swim course is 1.6km ‘M’ shape which means you do two loops and come back into the beach for a short run in-between the two loops. All pros started together, followed by Age Group men 2 minutes after and Age Group females 2 minutes behind them. I had a solid swim coming out in the top 10 pro females. Then it’s straight up hill run to transition and then out onto the bike to start climbing! Amazingly the course had nearly totally dried out! It was a nice and unexpected surprise as two days before we couldn’t climb some of the steeper sections without the rear wheel just spinning in the mud. I was constantly getting passed by the Age Group men the whole way through the bike but one of the great things about off-road racing is how friendly people are even when you may be a bit slower through a single track section. I really struggled with the heat and humidity on the bike (and run), I just wasn’t used to it. Also I would change my training leading in if I did this event again to just do lots of hill repeats. The last few miles of the bike course was my favourite as it was fun flowing single track.
Then it was back to transition to start the run. The first 3 miles of the run course is the same as the bike course, up! Near the top I took a jell and combined with the downhill I found a second wind and managed to pass back a girl from the Netherlands who had passed me on the uphill. There were some fun, flowing sections through single track with some logs and other little obstacles. The end of the run is along the beach where we swam and I was spent and this hurt!
I was very happy to see the finishing chute and even got a ‘high five’ running up the chute from my training partner, Mack Clarkson. Massive congrats to him for being the fastest Australian age group male home and a podium in his Age Group.
Xterra Maui is one tough event but a great event and challenge! I recommend if you get the chance to go to take it!
Christmas Shop Hours 2014
Sunday 14th 11am to 3pm
Monday 15th 9.30am to 6pm
Tuesday 16th 9.30am to 6pm
Wedensday 17th 9.30am to 6pm
Thursday 18th 9.30am to 6pm
Friday 19th 9.30am to 7 pm
Saturday 20th 10am to 4pm
Sunday 21st 11am to 3pm
Monday 22nd 9.30am to 6pm
Tuesday 23rd 9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday 24th 9.30am to 4ish pm
Thursday 25th CLOSED
Friday 26th CLOSED
Saturday 27th CLOSED
Sunday 28th CLOSED
Monday29th 10AM TO 5PM
Tuesday 30th 10AM TO 5PM
Wednesday 31st 10AM TO 5 PM
Thursday 1st CLOSED
Friday 2nd 9.30 TO 7PM
Saturday 3rd 10AM TO 4PM
Sunday 4th CLOSED
Monday 5th 9.30 TO 6PM
Tuesday 6th 9.30 TO 6PM
NORMAL HOURS RESUME.
[extra]ordinary* women’s mountain bike ride
*extraordinary *adjective – adjective: extraordinary; adjective: extra-ordinary
very unusual or remarkable.
On Saturday we invited a group of female riders to join us on a ride of our local mountain bike trails. This was no super charged , mud flinging ride to drop who ever took up the challenge , but to encourage women of all levels to try mountain bike riding and join a group of like minded riders to have fun . What we didnt know was what seemed like a group of mildly mannered girls , ended up being a mixed bag of extraordinary* champions. I have used the saying “never judge a book by its cover” a few times this week and on Saturdays ride this couldn’t of been truer . There was lots of nerves for the first time mountain bike riders , but this soon turned to laughs as we hit the dirt.
after finding out a little more about our new friends in the bunch we found out this about a few of them….
^15 time Ironman finisher
^a Dr in Molecular Genetics specializing in Cancer research and a mother of 2 [and 3 time Ironman finisher!]
^a Physiotherapist student who had just finished 9th at the World Marathon Kayaking champs
^Mother of 2 who has competed in the XPD 10 day non stop Adventure race world champs.
^Hawaii Ironman finisher who has just returned from volunteering overseas for a year
^An Olympian @ middle distance running.
^World age group Triathlon Champion and Engineer.
Our ride included some great flowing single track with bits of bike path , which was used to share a laugh at what obstacles had just been taken on, mostly successfully .
The ride was followed by “Pilates in the Park” with Topgear Cycles owner Celine taking the group through it’s paces in the beautiful Banksia Park. So nice to do a stretch and some core work to finish of a great afternoon.
If you want to find out more info about shop rides or what else is happening at Topgear Cycles , please sign up to our email newsletter on the home page.
If you would like to do one of Celine’s Pilates classes you can find out more here www.completemnb.com.au
This weekend we have the “Test the Best ” program on in Melbourne where you can test a range of the latest bikes from Specialized Bicycles. See the poster for all the details or call the shop on 98502996.
get the latest details here http://www.specialized.com/au/en-au/news/latest-news/17194
During October, Topgear Cycles will be hosting group rides and helpful info sessions specifically for women.
First up in October we are hosting a Mountain Bike ride from our shop in Bulleen, come along and have some fun on our local single track with the Topgear crew. The ride is a “no drop ride” and we will have plenty of helpers supporting every one during the ride. On the way home we will meet Celine and do some Pilates in the park , just to get those core muscles working! Meet at the shop at 4pm on Saturday 11th of October. Drop us a line to book a spot 98574060 or email@example.com
We have a Women’s Mechanic course designed around learning how to get the most out of your bike. We will cover , how to fix a puncture , how to clean and maintain your bike, how to take wheels off, handy for punctures or just putting it in your car, minor gear adjustments and also what tools and cleaners are best for your bike. We will also show you some great products that are specifically designed for female cyclist. To book or find out more call the shop on 98502996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN 15th of October Wedensday at 6;15pm
WHERE at Topgear Cycles, 194 Bulleen Road , Bulleen
You can also check our other Mechanic course’s here http://www.topgearcycles.com/mechanic-workshops/
Many of you know that I have taken to cycling in a pretty big way. I love the feeling of satisfaction after a big climb, the feeling of freedom on a long stretch of road, and challenging myself to achieve things that I once thought would not be possible. Most of all, I love going on long rides with my training mates – I just love to ride!
But every time I get on the bike, there is always a risk. A risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. I have witnessed a very close friend go down because of a motor vehicle, and personally I have had a few close calls – and whilst I have been lucky, a few close calls are a few too many. I am passionate about cycling and I am extremely passionate about safety on the bike – it is the responsibility of both cyclists and motorists. In November this year, I will be taking part in the Amy Gillett Foundation’s Share the Road Tour, a 7 day, 1200km journey from Brisbane to Airlie Beach. We will average 150km per day – passing through many towns as we spread the A Metre Matters message and the importance of safety on the road.
I am honoured to be taking part in this ride. Not only will I get to ride through spectacular countryside with an incredible group of people, but I will also be making a difference as I have committed to raising $8000 for the Amy Gillett Foundation. This will not only mean greater awareness of cycle safety but also potential changes to road infrastructure that will help keep me and every other cyclist on our roads safe. It is also a chance to remember and honor Amy Gillett, who was tragically killed by a motor vehicle while training in Germany in 2005.
I encourage you to support such a worthy cause – every little bit helps. A metre really does matter.
see this page to donate
Learn how to get the most out of your bike.
For the month’s of September and October we are running some info sessions that will help you get the most out of your riding this Summer. We have split them up into a few different course for those who ride Mountain , Road or Triathlon bikes. In October we will also be running some women focused sessions including a Mountain bike beginner ride and a mechanic course for the new rider.These course are designed to have small class sizes so every one taking part can get a hands on experience, yes you will get your hands dirty!
See below dates for upcoming Mechanic’s course and shop rides for September and October. All courses are run from our shop in Bulleen.
September 25th Thursday 6;15pm ; Advanced Mountain bike course . [ Brake bleed, Bottom bracket and head set service, suspension servicing and set up, general on trail repairs.] 2 to 2.5 hours.
October 2nd Thursday 6:15 pm Basic Mechanic course , MTB focus. [lead up to Yowie MTB race.] 1.5 hours ; Puncture repair, cleaning of bike and general tips on keeping bike running smoothly.
October 11th Saturday 4:00pm ; Women’s Mountain Bike ride, 2hours including Pilates in the park with Celine* This is a free event and a ride to get out on some cool , but easy single track and learn from others about the joys of mountain bike trail riding. We will have our Topgear Cycles ride ambassadors on this ride so no matter what level you are you will keep up.*weather permitting. There is no charge on this event, you just need to book to confirm a spot.
October 15th Wednesday 6:15pm ; Women’s Basic Mechanic course, [lead up to Round the Bay] 1.5 hours ;Puncture repair, cleaning of bike and general tips on keeping bike running smoothly
October 29th Wednesday 6pm Pack/unpack your bike for travel [ lead up to Noosa Triathlon] 1 to 2 hours, bring your bike and bike box , we will show you the rest. There is no charge to this event , just please book with us so we know your coming.
To book or find out more, call Topgear Cycles on 98502996 or email email@example.com . Mechanics course are free to any one who has purchased a bike from us in the last 12 months,otherwise a small fee $25.00 applies..
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in or call to ask any questions 98502996
2015 Specialized bike models launch
This week we headed to the Gold Coast to check out the new range of bicycles and products from Specialized. See below some of the new models that have been released and what has changed in the current range leading into the 2014/15 season. A big thank you to the crew from Specialized who did a great job entertaining us at the RACV resort Goldcoast.
Women’s Bikes and parts.
Specialized lead the way in bike development for the female rider. There isn’t a bike company on the planet that comes close to the range and quality of bikes and accessories for women. We are lucky enough to have met a lot of the girls who work at Specialied HQ over the years. Every year Specialized send out engineers and product managers to share with us what’s new and exciting in the bike world and just as exciting they ask us what we think could be improved. This is where you the customer comes into play as we are the shop front for this company and we hear loud and clear what is “Liked” and not liked by the female cyclist.So give us your feed back on what you like the look of. Whats new in the range this year I hear you ask? Read on
ERA Mountain bike “the ultimate race weapon”
This is Specialized dual suspension mountain bike. It features 29 inch wheels with the Brain Suspension in the rear which reads terrain you are riding to provide a consistent ride from uphill sprints to rough descents. As is in most of Specialized bikes it features custom tuned suspension and the new Myth saddle that will be a hit with the marathon rider.
Helmets. Specialized has a great range of women’s helmets again this year , and now all models including the Prevail has the “Hairport” Fit System to make it ponytail ready for more comfort and safety.
Myth Saddle : This saddle has been design for the female mountain biker, designed from research that mapped the actual female anatomy and features a new women’s cutout that is designed to reduce pressure and increase comfort. We look forward to some feed back from our Topgear Cycles female mountain bike riders on this saddle.
Jynx Mountain bike: New model for 2015 this bike is designed to be a go anywhere do anything bike. This bike has a dirt worthy spec that will give the rider great confidence in tackling the local trails with its 650b wheels. Prices start at $649 for this alloy MTB.
Ruby ; Endurance Road bike. The Ruby Pro Disc took out our BEST IN SHOW award. This bike not only looks HOT , it has an amazing spec. The new Hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano are going to be a hit for any cyclist that has had issues with long descents or lack of consistent braking. If you have small hands or not so strong fingers these brakes are going to give you confidence like never before. Not convinced read this NOW! http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/new-bike-gear-previews/best-road-group-ever?cid=socBG_20140811_29410146
Grail Glove : This is a new glove from Specialized and a new way of tackling the pressure that comes from gripping the bars. We got to try these gloves on the dirt and the road. The are designed for those riders who don’t want any “bulk” in their gloves so they can get that feel of control that only no gloves can give you. These gloves are great and will be on this cyclist hands this summer. New Equalizer Gel Pad in the centre of the hand is the key to this model, Instore soon!
Vita Flat Bar bike. This bike has been around for a while and is a winner at Topgear Cycles. We sell this to the commuter, the fitness rider or the rail trail adventurer . This year Specialized have updated the alloy and the carbon frames on this female specific bike. Disc brakes on some models and a tyre clearance of 32mm for these gravel paths. Light , fast and great looking , perfect bike for those who want one bike to do all sorts of riding. [ however we do encourage that one bike is never enough:]
Another new product from Specialized. This shoe replaces the Tahoe which we have sold for over 12 years. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Tahoe and they have some bright new colours. Great price too at $119. They are SPD compatible , which is a mountain bike term for clip less pedals. Recreation or spinning these shoes are a winner.
How good was the Le Course at the Tour this year. Womens racing is fast and exciting and we want more of it on the TV!
The new bike on the block is the Diverge.This bike comes with the headline
“Adventure More” and replaces the Tricross and the Secture in the Australian range. With tyre clearance of up to 35c and the ability to fit mudguards and racks this bike will take you anywhere. Gravel road rides, commute, bike paths there is no limits here. It rides like the Specialized Roubaix with the same stack and reach of that iconic bike, but with a lower bottom bracket. Currently it will come in 3 Alloy frames and two carbon models. Bikes will start from $1299. All models have disc brakes for superior braking. Also 15mm thru axels on both carbon models and one of the alloy bikes. Check out tis video on what the Diverge can handle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5sJg05BJXw
Roubaix bikes pretty much stay unchanged, all models now feature Specialized CG-c seat post for even more comfort on those rough roads. Look out for the Roubaix Comp Disc model with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes @ $3599
Venge; same as the Roubaix not to many changes here in this race proven bike. All models now come standard with S-Works Aerofly handle bars for even more Aero! Check out the new Venge Lunch Race model inspired my Specialized HQ in California for their famous staff lunch time rides.
Tarmac : This bike was relaunched in July , for those who didn’t catch the Tour, Nabali kicked arse and blew every one away on his new Tarmac. Check out Specialized website for more details on the Rider First Engineered frameset. Check out the pic at bottom of page of the Tarmac disc model.
Allez : Check out the new frame with the D”Aluisio Smartweld. Models range from $899 to $1999. [Sworks models $9999 with Di2 Wow!]
Enduro : This bike has been pushing the boundaries the last few years with multiple wheel sizes. 155/165 mm of travel and a range of 650B and 29er wheel sizes will have you rock’in the trails.
Epic : Light weight and stiff is what this bike is all about. The Epic features the
Brain shock that know’s the difference between the rider and terrain. After riding the World Cup model at the Nerang MTB park I was blown away how those big 29er wheels handled the tight single track. Partner them up with the Roval Carbon wheels for a winning combination. If your racing mountain bikes look no further than this classic dual suspension bike.Check out the new RS-1 fork from Rockshox
Jynx and Pitch: These are two new models in Specialized mountain bike range. Both bikes feature 650b wheels for a range of rollover capability and a range of fit. Xtra small frames available for those young riders wanting a quality bike to shred the local trails.
Camber FSR :
No major changes in the linup here .110mm of travel[ EVO model has more travel] will have you charging along all your local single track trails. One of my favourite bikes is the Camber Grom 24” bike for the kids who like to carve up the trails. This bike can be upgraded to 26” wheels , giving parents a bike that is going to get worn out before they grow out of it.
Stumpjumper FSR : Again this bike has had some mid season changes last year with the introduction of the 650B wheel size. Most models will feature Shimano Brakes this year for quality braking. EVO models offer more travel and a slacker head tube angle for those riders that want a more downhill oriented ride and build spec.
Fatboy Bikes: This style of bikes has grown in popularity in Aus , not for every one but a whole lot of fun to ride. These bikes turn heads like no other bike. Snow , sand or local single track trails, nothing will stop this bike from rolling forward over any obstacles.
Sirrus Flat Bar: Sirrus is Specialized’s range of flat-bar-road-meets-commuter bikes. The big story here is the all-new FACT 9r carbon disc frame. The new carbon frame is claimed to weigh 1,200g, to be more compliant than the Roubaix range, and all models, including alloy, offer fender and rack mounts. Unlike previous generations, the Sirrus frames are developed from the ground-up with increased tyre clearance and a 2cm-longer reach to suit the flat bar position. The new carbon frames look the business and will be a hit with your mates at the post ride coffee shop.
The kids bike range stays relatively unchanged for 2015 , with a few new models. The Camber 24” Grom and the Allez 650B road bike , sure to put a smile on the kids faces.
S-Works TT helmet. Based on the Mclaren TT helmet this will be a winner in the Aero helmet war. No other helmet comes close to this helmet for looks, and it just happens to be the fastest as well. RRP $399.
The Evade gets a Triathlon helmet, main change here is the new magnetic buck for lightning quick transitions. You have to try this to believe how good it is. New colours in the range for this year.
Command Post XCP dropper seatpost.
Just 35mm of travel makes this one for the cross country , gravel or cyclocross races
Flux Lights: This is a new product for Specialized this year. Some great innovation for the rider. Designed for both day and night time riding these lights will keep you safe on the road and trails. Also a super bright Flux rear light coming this year. Two models in front , Expert and Elite. The proprietary reflector creates an ultra wide beam pattern. All lights are USB rechargeable.
2FO shoes. [FO stand for Flat Out or Foot Out]New shoe for 2015, as ridden by the Troy Brosnan on the Downhill world cup scene. These shoes are a great look and will be a hit with shop staff and the gravity feed rider.
Grail Glove : [mens and womens glove]This is a new glove from Specialized and a new way of tackling the pressure that comes from gripping the bars. We got to try these gloves on the dirt and the road. The are designed for those riders who don’t want any “bulk” in their gloves so they can get that feel of control that only no gloves can give you. These gloves are great and will be on this cyclist hands this summer. New Equalizer Gel Pad in the centre of the hand is the key to this model, Instore soon!
Cadet mtb Shoe [womens model called the Cadette] .Another new product from Specialized. This shoe replaces the Tahoe which we have sold for over 12 years. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Tahoe and they have some bright new colours. Great for the commute or the ride with the kids. Great price too at $119. They are SPD compatible , which is a mountain bike term for clip less pedals. Recreation or spinning these shoes are a winner..
Some more random pics from the 2015 Launch