Timothy Papandreou: Make mistakes, and make them often

A protected bikeway in San Francisco.

A protected bike lane in San Francisco. Quick and effective.

On episode 14 of the Briztreadley podcast, we speak to the keynote speaker for the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, to be held in Brisbane in September. His name is Timothy Papandreou.

And we also preview the 2015 Giro D’Italia, undaunted by the fact that the race is at least four stages old by the time any listeners hear the podcast. Thanks to Nicholas O’Donnell for the preview.

And we look ahead to some pretty cool events, coming up on the cycling calendar in Brisbane. You don’t want to miss …


  • Chris joins the BBTA. You should too!

A tour of Brookfield, a Welsh local legend, and a Dutch gentleman

Louise Jones ... a Welsh legend on the track and road, now living and coaching in Brisbane.

Louise Jones … a Welsh legend on the track and road, now living and coaching in Brisbane.

Plenty of variety in the Briztreadley podcast this week, with Chris Welsh (from Wales) and Andrew Demack (from Brisbane).

We speak to a local legend, Louise Jones (above).

We discover the link between the cobbled classics of Belgium and France, and the backroads of Brisbane, thanks to Ashley Everton and the Kangaroo Point Cycling Club.

And we chat to Martijn te Lintelo from Nijmegen, about what it is that Brisbane’s (and Australia’s) urban and transport planners can learn from The Netherlands.

Bike events mentioned this week

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Briztreadley Episode 9: Nothing but cheese

IMG_0261.JPG-1Andrew and Chris hanging out in the Briztreadley studio, and comparing tasting notes about Towri Sheep Cheese.

See some photos from our Towri ride on Facebook.

And also some other stuff, including the first of our Local Legends, in Gino Cornacchia, and also the Oceania MTB championships from Toowoomba.

Don’t forget, if you are enjoying the show, please tell a friend about the Briztreadley podcast. We really need your word of mouth to spread this far and wide.

Rolling along from Beaudesert to Towri on a sunny Saturday.

Rolling along from Beaudesert to Towri on a sunny Saturday.

Today’s plan: Ride your bike, have fun and encourage women to ride also


So here’s Episode 8 of the Briztreadley podcast for 2015. And just in time, because there’s some time-specific information in this edition.

On Saturday 28 Feb, 4pm, there’s a Chickspiration event that will help fund Janine Jungfels’ UCI Trials World Cup campaign this year. Listen to Jordy and Andrew talk it up, and of course you’re going to go, or at least donate!

She Rides is a great encouragement and skills program for women, organised nationally by Cycling Australia. We talk to Vickie Burr from Redlands about her experience with the pilot program, and why it’s a great way to get more women into this male-dominated activity. Registrations close Sunday 1 March for the current series of programs, so act now!

Mountain bike orienteering … there really can’t be anything more likely to lead to family fun on a bike than that! Ideal for father-son bonding, or mother-daughter, father-daughter, mother-son, sister-brother, or even people who aren’t related to each other. We talk to Craig Steffens about an event coming up on Saturday 14th March. Check it out, it’s FREE.

And lastly we talk to Mark Fenner about Today’s Plan, and Andrew no longer has any excuse for failing to score points in B-grade in the Queensland Cyclocross series this year. Affordable training plans tailored to your needs! How could it go wrong?

The Briztreadley podcast, hosted this week by Andrew Demack and Jordana Blackman, with guests Craig Steffens, Vickie Burr and Mark Fenner.




Are you gonna sing along, bro?

I’m not a fan of your laddish downhillers really. But I laughed out loud at a bit at the end of this episode of ‘This Is Peaty’, where Josh Bryceland is on the podium at the Cairns round of the World Cup, with a very serious looking fellow Pom, winner of the round Gee Atherton.

As the PA is playing God Save The Queen, ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland turns to Gee and says: “Are you not gonna sing along, bro?”

Gee gives him a stony look. “No.”

Ratboy: “Yeah, I don’t know the words either.”

My goodness me, how you have grown!

I figure if I’m writing these race reports for Sean at Australian Cyclocross mag, I might as well post them here too! All pix by Sholto Douglas.

Qld CX uber-fuehrer B-rad, slicing through the singletrack section

Qld CX uber-fuehrer Brad, slicing through the singletrack section. 

Queensland cyclocross has grown quickly from its infancy just a couple of years ago. With the last of the autumn races yesterday at the Nundahdrome, QldCX is now an awkward teenager, all legs and arms and attitude, wearing oversized headphones and scowling at the other passengers on the train.

With more than 30 riders signed up in B grade for this event and 85 racers overall, organiser Brad Norman expects that we will be running separate A and B grade races in the winter series later this year.

Brisbane turned on a glorious warm autumn day, with a gorgeous blue sky. Would’ve been a nice day at the beach. Not really CX weather, but still the riders came in their droves.

Albert Bishop Park at Nundah is the home of a purpose-built road criterium circuit, and also the location for the new Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers club house. It was great to have quite a few juniors and riders in the open and B grade races, sporting the HPRW colours.

We are still having trouble getting many female racers. Most of the growth has been in the adult male categories. But with that said, we had our biggest junior (under 11) race so far as well at this race with 13 starters. Patrick Flood and Leroy Butler are well in charge of the juniors, and came home 1-2 again, with new boy Ciaran Casey third.

Connie hammering, Adam following. In the combined A and B race.

Connie hammering, Adam following. In the combined A and B race.

In A grade, a race-long battle between two of Queensland cyclocross’s favourite sons. Lawson Hartshorn has been racing CX since day one in Qld, and has consistently been among the best. It was Lawson’s last race before moving to Melbourne, and the Qld CX scene will miss him!

Lawson’s opponent in the two-man duel was a certain Robbie McEwen, a retired gent from the Gold Coast. The two broke away from Karl Wilson and Jason Smith who were having their own battle for the minor podium spot.

As hard as Hartshorn tried to drop McEwen, he couldn’t manage it. The course featured about 400 metres of ‘singletrack’ though a nearby patch of scrub, and lots of flowing sections on the grass infield of the criterium track. The race started and finished on the bitumen, and in a sprint it would be a shock of tsunami-esque proportions for Robbie McEwen to be beaten.  No earthquakes were recorded, and Robbie took the win.

Karl Wilson rounded out the podium.

Robbie, Lawson, Matt Williams (DNFed!) and Karl. A grade on the march.

Robbie, Lawson, Matt Williams (DNFed!) and Karl. A grade on the march.

Nothing between these two all race. Until the sprint!

Nothing between these two all race. Until the sprint!

In women’s A grade, two top local mountain bikers, Anna Beck and Connie Silvestri came along to give reigning Qld champ Sharon Heap a bit of competition. Anna Beck took out the win, first time out on her new CX bike, despite not feeling 100%, enough for her to skip the round of the Sunshine Cross-Country series the day before. Anna confirms her status as the favourite for the state title in Ipswich in late June.

One tough chick, Anna B. Sick as, but still smashed out 45 minutes in the blazing sun. And rode home later.

One tough chick, Anna B. Sick as, but still smashed out 45 minutes in the blazing sun. And rode home later.

In B grade, Darren Flood celebrated the debut of his shiny new Giant CX bike (something of a theme here, the number of new CX bikes continues to swell alarmingly) with a photo-finish win over Lan Bui. Rick Banaszcyzk forgot to bring his helmet to the race, but still managed to finish third wearing somebody’s Dad’s helmet.

Floody rocking the new blue Giant to a B grade win, pursued all the way by Lan.

Floody rocking the new blue Giant to a B grade win, pursued all the way by Lan.

In the Open race, debutants Brynley Abad on a hardtail 29er mountain bike (complete with Cannondale Lefty) and James Douglas, on a singlespeed, were too good for the rest of the field. Qld CX uber-fuehrer Brad Norman was in a solid third all race, only to get pipped in the sprint by HPRW roadie Mark McLennan.

The race calendar is improving all the time in Queensland.

Next Sunday, 1 June, sees Robbie McEwen hosting a CX race for the first time, at the Nerang Cycling Centre on the Gold Coast. Robbie spent many years observing cyclocross when he lived in Belgium, and has always been a fan but never had a chance to try it during his pro career. In retirement he can do what he likes, and it turns out he likes racing CX!

We’re hoping for a great turnout down at Nerang next Sunday. Check the Queensland Cyclocross page on Facebook for the latest details.

Also coming up soon will be the Queensland Cyclocross championships, to be held in Ipswich on Sunday 22 June, hosted by the Ipswich Cycling Club.

Chip off the old block. This is Ewen McEwen.

Chip off the old block. This is Ewen McEwen.

Chaos over the first barriers in A grade. Declan leads Josh and Robbie.

Chaos over the first barriers in A grade. Declan leads Robbie and Josh and  Karl.

Sunday 25th May – BSMC Nundah CX

U11 15min
1 Patrick Flood 4 Laps
2 Leroy Butler 4 Laps
3 Ciaran Casey 4 Laps
4 Aiden Taylor 4 Laps
5 Michael Murray 4 Laps
6 Marly Harrison 4 Laps
7 Bennett Boyd 3 Laps
8 Emily Blatchford 3 Laps (1st Female)
9 Kinan Leary 3 Laps
10 Spencer Mitchell 3 Laps
11 Aiden Leary 2 Laps
12 Lachlan Walters 2 Laps
13 Zander Holiday 2 Laps

Open 30min
1 Brynley Abad 7 Laps
2 James Douglas 7 Laps
3 Mark McLennan 7 Laps
4 Bradley Norman 7 Laps
5 Glenn McIntosh 7 Laps
6 Thomas Grey 7 Laps
7 Hugh Barbour 7 Laps
8 David Roest 7 Laps
9 Damien Muller 7 Laps
10 Anthony Green 7 Laps
11 Grant Dawson 7 Laps
12 Lyn Brider 7 Laps (1st Female)
13 Ewan McEwen 7 Laps
14 Hugh Gormley 7 Laps
15 Paul Leary 7 Laps
16 Andrew Wilson 6 Laps
17 Stephen Whitaker 6 Laps
18 Scott Kirton 6 Laps
19 Kim Bui 6 Laps
20 Oliver Nendick 6 Laps (2nd Female)
DNF Suzette Davis 3 Laps (3rd Female)

B Grade 30min
1 Darren Flood 8 Laps
2 Lan Bui 8 Laps
3 Richard Banaszczyk 8 Laps
4 Michael McMahon 8 Laps
5 Paul Woodward 8 Laps
6 Adam Harrison 8 Laps
7 Aaron Pickett-Heaps 8 Laps
8 Graeme Mitchem 8 Laps
9 Mark Routledge 8 Laps
10 Dean Winchester 8 Laps
11 Andrew Woodhouse 8 Laps
12 Brett Chaseling 8 Laps
13 Chistopher Lusty 8 Laps
14 Cameron Douglas-Savage 8 Laps
15 Matt Powel 8 Laps
16 Tim Hooker 8 Laps
17 Jason Banks 8 Laps
18 Simon Nendick 8 Laps
19 Jordan Heppell 8 Laps
20 Ash Ireland 8 Laps
21 Ben Blanch 8 Laps
22 Andrew Patten 8 Laps
23 Bennett Rust 7 Laps
24 Phil Jones 7 Laps
25 David Taylor 7 Laps
26 Andrew Demack 7 Laps
27 David Jacobs 6 Laps
DNF Sebastion Vejby 1 Lap
DNF Christopher Roberts 1 Lap

A Grade 45min
1 Robbie McEwen 14 Laps
2 Lawson Hartshorn 14 Laps
3 Karl Wilson 14 Laps
4 Jason Smith 14 Laps
5 Justin Claridge 14 Laps
6 Declan Kilkenny 14 Laps
7 Simon Frederiksen 14 Laps
8 Ian Blatchford 14 Laps
9 Shem Guthrie 14 Laps
10 David Whybrew 13 Laps
11 Simon Wilson 13 Laps
12 Warren Jennings 13 Laps
13 Anna Beck 13 Laps (1st Female)
14 Les Heap 13 Laps
15 Connie Silvestri 13 Laps (2nd Female)
16 Sharon Heap 13 Laps (3rd Female)
17 Yannik Frank 13 Laps
18 Joshua Watts 13 Laps
DNF Scott Smith 8 Laps
DNF Matt Williams 7 Laps
DNF Joshua Bosschiter 4 Laps
DNF Nathan Moore 3 Laps

Sunday night round-up

Oh yeah, just briefly ...

Some things I’ve liked or been part of lately …

* not actually the name of the event

Take me home, Sylvan Rd, to the place I belooooong

Open / C grade ready to race. That's why the RAIN started.

Open / C grade ready to race. That’s why the RAIN started. Emma and I (far right and next) were finding it quite funny. Photo (c) ESi Sports Photography, used with permission.

So we had the Bike Week Cyclocross and it was pretty damn good.

I did a piece for the online mag Australian Cyclocross.

The more background blur you get, the faster I look. (Spoiler: I'm not that fast really)

The more background blur you get, the faster I look. (Spoiler: I’m not that fast really). Photo (c) ESi Sports Photography, used with permission.

Getting faster and faster ... smiling or gritting my teeth?? Pic by Sholto Douglas.

Getting faster and faster … smiling or gritting my teeth? Pic by Sholto Douglas.

Here’s the article:

So if we count one of the kids twice, Queensland Cyclocross hit a new milestone at the second annual Bike Week cyclocross event at Wests Rugby Union Club in Toowong, with 60 competitors racing on the day.

And that day, which was decidedly steamy as the set-up crew laboured at noon, turned wonderfully CX-like with aå nice shower of rain just after the Junior race, as Open / C grade were getting ready to go.

Combined A and B grade then took over the course, and with nearly 40 people lapping a course that must have been slightly less than a kilometre, the lap counters were earning their (iminaginary) pay.

All of this occurred in the atmospheric surrounds of Toowong Memorial Park, and with the assistance of the Wests Rugby club’s fields co-ordinator Dean Marsh, who stayed behind after rugby matches were finally over for the day, to supply the cyclocross crowd with beer and other refreshments.

The course included a very tricky off-camber corner on a steep hill, and a short but fast downhill section, some plain flat bits around the footy field, and a small flight of stairs beside the dressing sheds.

Patrick Flood (under 11) and Haddon Kilmartin (under 15) are both CX veterans, and they won their categories with some ease in the Junior race.

The Open / C grade was notable for the strong performance of the women in the field. Mountain bike blokes Chris Lusty and Doug Mitchell took the top two spots, but were followed by first-timer Jaine Mongston, who had too much speed for Qld CX stalwart Emma Best, who may have been slightly worn out by a busy schedule of volunteering at two events on the first weekend of Bike Week. Tracy Williams in 7th place rounded out the ladies’ podium.

The A and B grade races were boosted by a much stronger than usual contingent of the denizens of the fixed gear forum (fixed.org.au), who all seem to have bought the brightest coloured Specializeds or the latest disc-equipped Giants.

But it was business as usual at the front end of A grade for most of the race, as Matt Williams, who is possibly the most consistent winner in Qld CX history, was comfortably in control. He was pursued by bike messenger / fixie wild child Declan Kilkenny, and English gent Jason Smith, but it was only on the last lap that Williams crashed on a slippery grassy corner and let his two pursuers past.

Kilkenny took the surprise win, and the coveted ‘Take Me Home Sylvan Road’ t-shirt, donated by Wests Rugby Club.

Declan chases Shem in A grade.

Declan chases Shem in A grade, early doors.  Pic by Sholto Douglas.

In B grade, Darren Flood overcame his embarrassment that he still has yet to acquire a CX bike, and raced on his 29er mountain bike wearing Brisbane South Mountain Bike Club kit. He was in a road/CX sandwich with Chris Muller and Jonathon Hobson for the whole race. Muller eventually came out on top.

Floody on the 29er and Jon Hobson in pursuit.

Floody on the 29er and Jon Hobson in pursuit. Another Sholto pic.

Next up is Bowl-o-cross, a fun day out run by the team from Pushies Galore. It will be held at Holland Park Bowls Club on Sunday 11 May.


Last year’s Bowl-o-cross was very memorable. It was the day that Robbie McEwen turned up to race with us.

As member of the organising crew said: “Imagine you are having a game of cricket in the park with some mates, and Steve Waugh rocks up and says, can I have a bat?”

Who knows who will turn up to Bowl-o-cross this year? Sven Nys maybe?

Feel the hum / the wheels never rest

Some poetry for you today. I didn’t write it.

But I hear it in my head, as I ride along …

The peloton’s set
The start awaits
The eyes of the world
are on our state

Anticipation, as the time draw near
in the south of the nation
The event of the year!

Feel the hum!
The wheels never rest
Machines of steeeeel
Faaace the ultimate test!

Hour by hour
Shakin’ like thunder
Cycling power
It’s the Tour Down Under!

Feel the rush
As colours blur
Feel the rush
And hear the purr of wheels in motion
Wheels in motion!

Feel the rush
as pedals whir
Feel the rush
As colours blur in wheels in motion

Wheels in motion

Nerves as tense as spokes on the wheels
Every sense says this is the real deeeeeeeeeeeeal

Legs are screaming
Lungs are bursting
Energy’s waning
Body’s hurting
Crowds are cheering
cycles by
under a clear South Aussie sky

Feel the rush
As colours blur
Feel the rush
And hear the purr of wheels in motion
Wheels in motion!

Feel the rush
as pedals whir
Feel the rush
As colours blur in wheels in motion
Wheels in motion

At the Tour DOWN UUUUUUNDDER yeah!

Music is a funny thing. This song, an advertising agency’s version of a pub rock anthem, with the cheesy lyrics about bike racing and South Australia, is so firmly stuck in my head at the moment that it would need a crowbar and a jackhammer to remove it.

Here’s hoping I can get it stuck in yours too.

Update: Big ups, as the JJJ kids say, to Andrew Castleden who deciphered a couple of lines in this song that had me baffled.