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Hero of the Week: Tony McDonald
'While some of our members were flying the Waratah flag at the State Champs recently I was in Melbourne competing in the cycling events at the Australian Transplant Games. The games are held bi-annually as a chance for organ transplant recipients to show it is possible to live a normal life after transplant and also to celebrate and thank those that have donated. I thought it might be a good chance to bring to the attention of club members the subject of organ donation and the value of thinking of becoming a donor when that day comes and to talk to our family members regarding our wishes so they are carried out when we pass on. Organ donation gives the gift of life to many who would have died otherwise.
I had total kidney failure in 2010 and needed a transplant and was lucky enough to get a kidney from my wonderful wife. Unfortunately it didn't work out so two years ago I ended up on dialysis and am now on the waiting list for a donor kidney. I was unable to race for more ...
Ironwoman of the Week: Anne Simmons
Anne has just finished the gruelling Kona Ironman in Hawaii, a mere 226 km consisting of a 4 km swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run! She finished seventh in her 65-69 division in some of the worst conditions in the event's history.more ...
Just to qualify for this race is extraordinary, yet alone to finish and do well!
Now we know what Waratah E grade equates to on the World stage.
Friday and 261 very challenging km up for the week. I think Wednesday was the biggest test of my metal as the wind had caused chaos and there was rubbish all over the road. Quite a few trees had been uprooted and the wind was still swirling and even my weight combined with a heavy steel bike didn’t stop me from being blown all over the place and this, mixed with rain, started me thinking that perhaps I wasn’t too bright to be riding in these conditions, so after 40 km I headed to George’s Quad café. Later on I was joined by Robbie Dowdell. He was more sensible as he walked there and Stainless Steel John also called in on his way to work.
I have to take my hat off to Annie Simmons. She is a remarkable woman as she only took up cycling a few years ago, and here she is competing in World Ironman championships in Hawaii. I believe that one day the wind was so strong that she was blown all over the course and as you can see in the photo more ...
Bob (not his real name), a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at a Sunday race with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25 year- old blonde who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm. She hangs onto Bob's arm and listens intently to his every word. His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?" Bob replies, "Girlfriend? She's my wife!" They're amazed, but continue to ask. "So, how did you persuade her to marry you?" "I lied about my age," Bob replies "What, did you tell her you were only 50?" Bob smiles and says, "No, I told her I was 90."more ...
“G’day mate. The usual thanks Nick, and a towel if you’ve got one.”
“Don’t tell me you rode in today’s downpour?”
“Yeah mate. Only Blur and Blister turned up and Blur reckoned he’d looked up the weather report and it was only going to be a passing shower, so we went. He was wrong.”
“About as wrong as the soothsayer who predicted eternal drought for Noah.”
“Know ‘er? No I don’t think I do? Or is she the one who rides the CIOCC with the aero seat post?”
“That’s her--Noah--long beard and rides with the 8 o’clock animals, two by two...never mind, how was the ride in the wet anyway?”
“Squirrelly mate, squirrelly. We were all over the place, particularly down the hills. But you’ve got to do it ‘cos you might have to race in the wet.”
“Good point. Not that we race if it’s too wet more ...
Cycling and Infertility
Male cyclists need no longer worry about the impact the sport has on their future chances of having a family. In the largest study of cyclists ever undertaken, scientists found claims that cycling can negatively impact on infertility and erectile dysfunction are not true.more ...
Researchers at University College London even found that men who cycled for more than eight and a half hours a week were not affected. Despite previous studies suggesting that cycling put too much pressure on reproductive organs, the new study of more than 5,000 cyclists will be welcome news for many men.
But it was not all good news in the study published in the Journal of Men's Health. Scientists suggested middle-aged men should be careful about how much time they spend on their bikes because cycling for as little as half an hour every day doubles the risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in the over 50s.
Happy Jack's Life-coaching Corner
Missing pieces and the reality of our world.
I was out having a bit of Turkish dinner and some dessert on Sunday night and the final screening of ‘The Block’ was on all the TVs in the restaurants.
TV entertainment has shifted away from the manufactured shows and soap operas to ‘Reality Drama’. But look deeply into any reality show and you can see that all the drama has been manufactured to capture the attention of the viewers. And the majority of us are willing to accept only the parts that survive the film editor’s crop as the true picture of what is going on..Music is a form of entertainment that is universally enjoyed in a playback format. We can get engrossed in a piece of music without seeing the performers. It is such a distorted version of reality where we happily forget about sight altogether and accept that sound is all there is.
If you were not a cyclist, the title of this little rant would not mean a great deal to you; the Pommies call it doing “bit and bit” and the Yanks refer to doing a “pull” but it all comes down to one thing, doing your turn at the front to keep the group rolling along nicely. Regrettably this art form is rapidly declining and the Poacher has observed many group rides becoming somewhat disorganised with gaps opening up all the time and some riders adopting a single file approach from the get go. So what a joy it is to ride in a peleton where (if traffic conditions permit) everyone rides in pairs an equal distance from the rider in front and the lead rotates every kilometre or so.
In the days when we had handicap racing every other week, new riders quickly learnt the skills needed to keep the group together more ...