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From KAREN - Tuesday, 2nd July 2013, 02:21 (GMT)
UP UP & AWAY TODAY !! YEH!!
Howdy luuuuuvv
Got here ok. We are now in a part of Italy that is just like you think Italy is really like. Rolling hills, vineyards, wine, over 30 degrees, a pool and beers. About as good as it gets!!
From Mick Moynihan - Wednesday, 17th July 2013, 03:38 (GMT)
G/R: Shouldn't have started reading: the envy hurts, and there's no decent Chianti in the house. Best I can do is spill a drop of Aussie-red-from-the-box and put an olive in it. At least it would kill the taste of the Aussie red.... Your trip must have been more serious this year in Mal's absence. I'd like to try my slow-motion cadence on Johnny's 30 per-center ( vide infra). Next year....

Hey Mike, the Aussie boxed red might not taste that great but it will still do the job and get you pissed. No doubt we would have had quite a few more laughs if Mal was here but we've had a few anyway. All I can suggest mate is that we come over to Colorado next year and bring some of our better product with us (in bottles)
From Sylvia - Friday, 13th July 2012, 02:25 (GMT)
O la la Greg! Votre accent, c'est trez bon! Better than mine!! :) It's nice to think of the Port Lincoln contingent in Le Tour mix while I'm watching SBS! Cadel is really up against it now :(
Thanks Sylvia. We were at the KOM today but will be traveling tomorrow to Pyrenees. Keep an eye on SBS. Look out for Mal's crows jersey!!
From Wayne - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 23:06 (GMT)
Hi Greg, wasn't a good day for Cadel today. Think it might be Wiggins's year. I noticed the greenedge guys averaged 31kms/hr for the stage which Matt White said was very slow. I wish I was very slow too.
This was arguably the hardest stage of the tour. 4 major mountain climbs in one day. These were huge climbs and 31 is amazing. I went up what was probably the easiest of these in the morning and averaged 17 and I thought that was really good! To give you some perspective is was very warm at the bottom and quite cool, at the top. We don't get those temperature fluctuations in our hills in Lincoln! It was a tough day in the office for them
From Sylvia - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 13:51 (GMT)
Watching out for Mal in a yellow mankini
Had his Crows jersey on at the race today
From Fran - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 08:00 (GMT)
Sounds like you are having a ball. Was so relieved to read that you had been at the pub - was starting to worry about all that exercise and no alcohol!
There's been plenty of wine consumed here Fran but we are all buggered by 10 each night so there hasn't been any kicking on at night. Cycling does have some drawbacks
From Luuvvvv - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 07:13 (GMT)
Update once again informative and funny, tell Mal he best keep his hands to himself, don't want any of u in the slammer haha. It certainly is spectacular countryside. Leave the mankini luv you look much better with clothes on - especially a push bike!! hahaha
Mal's gonna wear his crows top today. Look out for it
From Baggy - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 01:17 (GMT)
Get away from those desserts!!!!
You gotta have the desserts Baggy. Why else does one visit France??
From Mac and Karen - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 09:24 (GMT)
Greg, sounds like you are keeping up with the theme of "crashing" at this year's event.
Mac
Yes it's not a real bike ride in France without a crash. Hope that's the only one. I am now the proud owner of an Alpe D'Huez scar. Stocky would be proud of me
From Wayne Spencer - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 08:21 (GMT)
Hey Greg, Hope the knee is heeling. 16kp average on todays hill sounds pretty good to me. Must be some beautiful scenery, hope you get a chance to take your eyes of the road.
16 kh was the average over the whole 100km mate!! I hate to think what it was up the climb!!
Lucky to get to 7 or 8 in a lot of sections
From Luvvv n Steve - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 06:04 (GMT)
Hello my luuuuuuuvvvvs
greggy poos you are supposed to be 'uprite' on the bicycle!! You poor thing - it is the 'thud' of hitting the road and the pride that goes with it!! Well done for hopping back on and soldiering on. We have been watching on tellie, getting square eyes!! Take care and enjoy, look forward to seeing you on tellie maybe - upright of course!!! Sending big hugs to both of you xxx keep on blogging - fantastic to know how you are going xx
Howdy Karen. Kee your eyes on the tv. I will put the mankini on
From Steve - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 05:54 (GMT)
Best of luck on the Galibier today boys, take a jumper.
G'day Steve. Sorry I couldn't catch up but I did hear you callout to me when we went past you on the road. That was just after the crash! I see you are doing some pretty big climbs. Plans have changed for us and we are not doing Madelaine
From Trev Garnaut - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 04:14 (GMT)
Not a good start with a fall Greg. I hope that it does not dampen your trip. I did stay at a hotel on top of Alpe D'Huez in 1998. Yes the views are fabulous. Enjoy
Trev G
Yes a great place and the ride out of there was spectacular. Hope all is well with you Trev
From - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 02:23 (GMT)
Hi Greg, Mum here, sorry to hear about the crash; could have been worse. I am going ok, going out to lunches and enjoying myself. Very cold here. Good luck for the next few days. Luv Mum xxx
Good to hear all is going well Mum. Knee is getting better. Can almost walk normally now. Riding doesn't give me any problems
From Sally Westbury - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 01:40 (GMT)
Hi Greg,

I hope your knee is better. Can you put the video on U Tube so we can view?!!!!
Will see if I can do that Sal. Not so sure I want to see it though!!
From Sylvia - Thursday, 12th July 2012, 13:37 (GMT)
Bon Jour Greg et aussi votres amis! Bonne chance pour Le Tour de France! Que'ca est le nom du votre bicyclette? Cannondale? J'aime a livre votre journale. Merci beaucoup! Allez1 Allez! xx
Bon Jour Sylvia. Bien venue to ma blogge. Vi ve are riding Cannondale velos with shimano 105. Merci beaucoup. Many Fronch peepel call allez allez to me today. I tell zem I m een ze breakaway. How's my French Sylvia?
From Liz Akeley - Tuesday, 10th July 2012, 13:23 (GMT)
Hi Greg & Ruth, Interesting to read your adventures. It must have been a steep climb if you Ruth, superwoman, had to walk part way! Imagine how hopeless I'd be. Sorry to hear about the knees Greg and I hope they don't hinder your enjoyment tomorrow. Take care of yourselves. x Liz p.s. Mum is remarkably well again with normal blood tests last month! She & I went to KI last week for a break.
Hi Liz. Good to hear from you. Yes these climbs are very steep and very long. We are both trying to get more electrolytes in so we can counter the cramps. Good to hear your mum is doing well.
From John Williams - Monday, 2nd July 2012, 16:35 (GMT)
Hi Ruth and Greg, hope your trip is going OK. Very hot in Italy, over 40C when we've been riding. All good though.
Looking forwrd to readign your journal ... the TdF has been going for three days and I'm yet to see any of it.
Take care and cycle safely, john w
Hi John. All going well. See you in Paris
From Dork - Wednesday, 4th July 2012, 06:44 (GMT)
Stay on your bikes dork danglers !
Keep lookin out for us on the road this we'd thurs & frid
From Paula - Wednesday, 4th July 2012, 06:48 (GMT)
Go you Aussies...go..have a safe and wonderful time, will be thinking of you...no cream cakes Greg!
Hi Paula. Ruth has been eating my share of the cakes (well that s not quite true)
From Fran - Wednesday, 4th July 2012, 09:35 (GMT)
Good luck guys have a great trip. Look forward to the updates.
Thanks Fran. Will try to get some decent photos. Seems the iPhone is taking better ones than I can do with the fancy gear !
From Sylvia - Friday, 20th July 2012, 11:18 (GMT)
Hi Greg, someone thinks they saw Mal in a crows top on a 'summit' last stage (in the crowd) - was he atop a mountain pass or summit then?
Hi Sylvia, Mal did wear his crows jersey to one of the stages but it wasn't a mountain top. It was early in our trip last week from memory. There are thousands of Aussies here so was probably someone else. Also, getting to mountain top finishes is very difficult and once you are there you have to stay really as the Gendarmes won't let you ride your bike back down. It can be a very long (and very cold) wait!!
From Sylvia - Wednesday, 25th July 2012, 22:57 (GMT)
Thanks Greg - enjoying your 'Tales from the Vienna Woods' and others!!
Hi Sylvia - some interest g stuff ahead so stay posted!!
From Wayne Spencer - Thursday, 26th July 2012, 11:45 (GMT)
Sounds Like a Boy in a lollie shop to me. Must be an awesome holiday, 2 of your great loves in one trip.
Less than a year and you will be in France at the tour. A lot to look forward to
From Sylvia - Saturday, 28th July 2012, 13:20 (GMT)
so are you at the Olympics road race now? I remember Dad driving us up Box Hill sometimes when I was fairly young - a significant climb in those parts, and still is I gather!
Hi Sylvia. We didn't go to London but have seen bits of Olympics on TV. Cancellara's fall in the road race was big news here in Switzerland