Just got an email from wiggle and they are holding a 85, 125, and 155km ride in Bendigo!
Tickets range from $45-$55 for the event and it will be held on the 9th of December.
The ride will be fully marshalled, And there will be mechanical support along the road. They will have nutrition stations with High5 nutrition snacks.
The ride will be time, not sure how.
Prices are a 50% off for the first 3 weeks, tickets available from wiggle.
http://www.wiggle.com.au/events/?utm_so ... u-29-10-12
They do, but i believe it's just a mirror of the UK site, with everything still being sent from over there.
What it does miss out on is the Q&A and review history of the UK site, so not much good if you're trying to do a bit of research on a product. For that reason I've stuck with the UK site.
The map is now up, I've uploaded it here.
I sent an email to find out if they have got the permits to hold the event yet.
Unfortunately the Victorian Open Road Cycling Championships had to be postponed here because they left getting the permit to late, Lets hope they already have the permit and the same thing doesn't happen!
I live in Bendigo so I am very familiar with the whole route. It is scenic, the road surfaces are good, traffic conditions are good on most of it (but much will depend on marshalling and traffic management, especially for the last part) and the terrain is more challenging than it looks - there are lots and lots of short hills that add up to respectable total altitude gain for the day. I'm looking forward to it with enthusiasm. If you haven' t ridden in this part of the world, you will be pleasantly surprised
Nobody younger than <del>27</del> 28 has experienced a month cooler than the 20th century average.
There is a pothole that has been sprayed with bitumen on the descent of Mt Alexander from that side. I'm going to mark it with spray paint as it took me out at 50 kmh earlier in the year when I didn't see it. One of the blokes I have ridden with knows of a rider who broke a rear zipp on it also, so it is a hard hit if you run over it at speed.
Sounds like a good idea
My brother went over the handlebars at this pothole lat week. http://imgur.com/2Wybu
I went out there today and marked the pothole. http://imgur.com/dWo0X,TTL4p, http://imgur.com/TTL4p
It is about 4.8km from the summit down the Northern descent. Spread the word and good luck.
Nice work on the marking
That is the hole that got me a couple of months back and I went over the bars too. Knocked my hands off the handlebars when I hit the mongrel and over I went landing on my head and breaking my helmet. It doesn't look like much on the photo but it hits hard when you dont see it
I hope your brother is alright and gets over his gravel rash soon. I should have gone out and marked it after it got me
I'm going over the other way on Tuesday so I'll check out your work on the way up.
There is heaps of car parks at the park and there is on street parking all around. Cant see it being an issue.
Interesting read from today's Bendigo property guide.
Greater Bendigo council has responded to criticism about its endorsement of a cycling event run by an online retailer.
The UK-based Wiggle company will hold an event in Bendigo on December 9 as part of its Super Series.
“The City of Greater Bendigo’s involvement in this event is restricted to traffic management support and some minor marketing assistance of the actual event,” events manager Terry Karamaloudis said.
“Council views the Wiggle Bendigo Belter as an opportunity to attract bike riders to Bendigo to participate in this event.
“Bendigo is working hard to attract a slice of the lucrative cycling tourism market.”
According to a Sydney-based bike company, Bendigo’s retailers are upset by the event.
“Essentially, the City of Greater Bendigo has lent its support, including the use of their logo on event artwork, to an event being run on behalf of an overseas online retailer,” Shimano national sales manager Drew Johnson said.
“We have no issues with internet selling, but they are able to flaunt our laws.
“I’ve asked some of the retailers in Bendigo and they’ve said, no way would they get involved in that.
“I, for one, think it is an appalling state of affairs when a regional city council would sell off their proud and strong cycling heritage to overseas enterprises that have nothing more on their minds other than to exploit local markets.
“It is simply a disgrace.”
Mr Karamaloudis said council made the decision to host the ride, which is the first time it has been held in Australia, because it is an opportunity to attract cycling visitors.
“It was not the intention of the council to encourage online shopping through this event to the detriment of local retailers,” he said.
“This event will provide an opportunity for local retailers to take advantage of the influx of cyclists in our city.”
Limelight Sports is the Melbourne company organising the Wiggle ride.
“We were looking in the Victorian region and Bendigo council was very keen to bring it to Bendigo,” Limelight spokesman Alistair Hills said.
“It’s an opportunity to expand into the Australian market and get the brand out there.
“We will run at a loss the first year, but this is part of our plan to invest in cycling in Australia.”
The 155-kilometre road ride had attracted 270 registrations this week, the majority from outside Bendigo.
“Our aim was to attract people to Bendigo so that they may experience Bendigo and the many things it has to offer – we are on track to achieve that aim,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
Wiggle international marketing head Maddy Riordan said Bendigo was an ideal setting.
“Bendigo has some of the most jaw-dropping scenery,”she said.
“It is the perfect place to offer keen cyclists the indulgence of a completely organised and hassle-free weekend ride.”
It is terrible writing and I can't tell if this is total registrations up to this week or what?
It seems typical of Shimano Australia's head in the sand attitude to the changes in global retailing!
I am yet to see Shimano Australia putting on a sportif ride or supporting mass participation rides of any sort. Likewise, retailers in Bendigo ( and, to be fair, most other places in Australia) have had the opportunity to organise or support mass participation rides and have never done so. And now they are whinging because Wiggle are taking up an opportunity they have missed!
Caveat - yes, I know I have made sweeping generalisations and there are exceptions and I am happy for others to point them out.... But you get my general drift!
The hypocrisy of Shimano flying the Aussie flag in the face of an overseas retailer is a joke, hardly a true blue enterprise themselves. Surely some company based in Oz is providing the mechanical support for the ride as well as event photo's. I dont think UK representatives will be flying for the day to run the registration tent and feed stations. Then there is the people like myself who have booked to stay the weekend at a Bendigo hotel and most likely eat at Bendigo restaurants/cafes. They do more harm than good by printing junk like that.
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