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2018 European
Spring Classic
Goldsky pump $100,000

To help Sleep Safe Sleep Sweet Foundation helping the Homeless

Inaugural TDF O'Grady/Mummu Cycling Squad

The Schleck Fest
Carbing Up for the next Ride
Catching up with Patrick Jonker
And The Winners Are?

200 riders and the Aussies are at it!

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Cycling Tours and Services

Stuart O'Grady Cycling is in its second year working with the world’s premier cycling tour operator Mummu Cycling. Mummu Cycling provides exclusive VIP tours to the worlds biggest and best cycling events.

Stuart O’Grady's guided tours are available to Flanders and Roubaix classics, Tour de France, La Vuelta, Giro d’Italia, Tour Down Under along with Reslove24 from in Adelaide. Ride the stages and soak up the atmosphere as Stuart O'Grady gets you places no other standard tour guide can possibly make happen not to mention meet and greet with the stars of cycling face to face. Experience these events with your own pro team backing you.

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Exclusive Privileges

Experience VIP treatment and rub shoulders with the pros gaining privileged access to otherwise off limit areas.

Pro Team Experience

Gain valuable insight into team tactics and strategies from this 17X TDF rider.

Enjoy Local Experiences

In between race events you will enjoy amazing accommodation, food and wines in each region

Experienced Team

Your riding with Stuarts O'grady's Cycling expertise and Mummu Cycling's professional tour logistics.

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VIP Guided Cycling Tour

Let us get you in the action in style.

During my guided cycling tours you will be staying in very nice accommodation with private dining so that each night we can sit around after the days ride, enjoy some local refreshments and talk about how your day went, how the actual pro race is evolving if we are following and what to watch our for in the upcoming days. I have plenty of classic stories from the past 20 odd years on the circuit and we can share plenty of laughs. I also enjoy hearing your story so bring it on. These tours are inclusive so from the moment you arrive at the airport or where our allocated meeting place is, you won’t have to put your hand in your wallet again for the rest of the trip. I want you to come away and forget everything for that weekend and enjoy the ride and the experience and not have a care in the world. And we can get up close and personal with plenty of current and past cycling characters.

Register Now and Ride the 2018 Tour Down Under - South Australia

 
South Australia is a one-of-a-kind place with a one-of-a-kind touring experience. Experience the circuits and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the idyllic South Australian countryside while participating in the Tour Down Under.

Enjoy the options of our 8 day or 4 day tour packages

  • 5-Star accommodation in the heart of Adelaide
  • Exclusive cocktail party with Stuart O’Grady
  • BUPA Challenge ride entry and transfers (riders only)
  • Willunga Hill Stage 5 Private Hospitality Function
  • Private McLaren Vale (spectators only) and Barossa Valley Winery Tours with Gourmet Lunch options
  • Daily rides with experienced local ride guides
  • Travel with Santos Tour Down Under Approved Travel Specialist

Secure your place at the 2018 Tour Down Under with Mummu Cycling Today!

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Revolve24 16-17 March 2019

The Bend Motorsport Park

Hot off of the success of the inaugural Revolve24 Australia event at The Bend Motorsport Park in January this year, registrations are now open for the 2019 event

Returning for year two was an easy decision for me. The role as Race Director of Revolve24 Australia enabled me to experience cycling in another form and being responsible for the safety of riders and overall technical cycling direction of the event was a challenge I enjoyed.

With three challenges, 24 hours, 12 hours and 6 hours, and the ability to enter as a soloist, or in teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 , there is something for everyone. Why not grab a few mates, enter as a team and have a fun time riding as a relay team on the traffic free, super-smooth tarmac?

The Bend Motorsport Park is an awesome venue and this year we will be riding the 4.95km International Circuit (the same one as the Supercars!). An amazing place to test your self and your bike out - just one hour East of Adelaide.

Revolve24 Australia will welcome the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) as the official charity partner of the 2019 event.

REGISTER HERE

Le Tour DeFrance 2017 stage map

Tour de France with Stuart O’Grady 2018 Registration

Join Stuart O’Grady as your tour guide for the 2018 Tour de France and experience the Mummu Cycling difference.

As Official Tour Operators for the Tour de France, our cycling tours offer an experience like no other.

My partnership with Mummu Cycling's as well as race organisers, the A.S.O allows us as a team to give our guests access to the most unforgettable VIP Experiences:-

  • You can ride the final kilometers of a stage on closed roads
  • Get expert knowledge from former pro rider Stuart O’Grady who will be there with you every step of the way
  • Get a photo on the official Tour de France podium
  • Enjoy champagne and macaroons in VIP hospitality on the finish line of a stage Rub shoulders with the pros with access to the paddock at a stage Grand Depart

Along with the opportunity to ride through the picturesque countryside of France and enjoy in all the culinary delights, our Official Tour Operator status opens up a world of exclusive VIP privileges that will make your cycling holiday stand out from the rest Experience the Mummu Cycling and Stuart O'Grady Cycling difference and make your cycling tour one to remember.               Register your interest today!

Spring Classics with Stuart O’Grady & Mummu Cycling 2018 Registration

Lock in your place now on our 2018 Spring Classics tour. Places strictly limited!

For the ultimate Spring Classics Experience Join Stuart O'Grady for the 2018 Spring Classics and experience the Mummu Cycling difference.

As a former Paris Roubaix winner, I invite you to come ride the famous roads of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix at the official sportive rides the day before the pros and experience the pain with me before we enjoy LIVE viewing of the Spring Classic races.

Rub shoulders with the pros as I get you behind the scenes of the professional cycling peloton.

Along with the opportunity to ride through the picturesque countryside of Belgium and Northern France enjoying in all the culinary delights, my partnerships with Mummu Cycling opens up a world of exclusive opportunities and experiences that will make your cycling holiday stand out from the rest.

Register your interest today!

Belgium 2018

News and Views

Hello Cycling Lovers, hope your having a great day,

Bonjour Belgium!

15 years ago, I battled my way to my first & only Tour of Flanders Podium. What an incredible day it was. Fighting it out over the famous flemish roads against all my "heroes". That day changed the way I approached the Classics forever. From that day on, I knew, given the right circumstances and a bit of luck that anything was possible. I started dreaming of bigger things. I focused every training ride and race on the Classics.

Now, I am sitting in my Hotel room in Ghent, about to witness it all again, but from the sidelines. Rubbing shoulders with the locals. Enjoying a Belgian beer as the guys race up the cobbled climbs in agony. I'll have a wry smile on my face thanking God I've retired!

This year its cold, wet and just how the Classics should be. Its going to be the real hard riders of our sport that Win.

This year on our max'd out www.mummucycling.com Classics trip, the guests have a jam packed 10 days.

Riding both Flanders & Roubaix Gran-fondos, a Meet & Greet with Mitchelton-Scott before Paris Roubaix, catching up with Tom Boonen for a Beer, riding Flèche & Amstel with Frank Schleck as our ride guide then VIP hospitality inside the Roubaix velodrome after watching a few sections of cobbles on the roadside. And if you thought it couldn't get any better we will then have lunch with the Greatest of them all, the "King", Eddy Merckx.

I love the Classics and being in Belgium for their National Cycling day then France for Roubaix, its got to be one of the best weeks of cycling of the year!

And this year Mummu Cycling squad are right into it. We always aim to give every guest the Real Pro experience... Sometimes that means landing in the ditch .... Unreal effort to complete the 170k after this! Well done to everyone for completing a huge challenge #mummuontour

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

News and Views

Hello Cycling Lovers, hope your having a great day,

Bonjour Belgium!

15 years ago, I battled my way to my first & only Tour of Flanders Podium. What an incredible day it was. Fighting it out over the famous flemish roads against all my "heroes". That day changed the way I approached the Classics forever. From that day on, I knew, given the right circumstances and a bit of luck that anything was possible. I started dreaming of bigger things. I focused every training ride and race on the Classics.

Now, I am sitting in my Hotel room in Ghent, about to witness it all again, but from the sidelines. Rubbing shoulders with the locals. Enjoying a Belgian beer as the guys race up the cobbled climbs in agony. I'll have a wry smile on my face thanking God I've retired!

This year its cold, wet and just how the Classics should be. Its going to be the real hard riders of our sport that Win.

This year on our max'd out www.mummucycling.com Classics trip, the guests have a jam packed 10 days.

Riding both Flanders & Roubaix Gran-fondos, a Meet & Greet with Mitchelton-Scott before Paris Roubaix, catching up with Tom Boonen for a Beer, riding Flèche & Amstel with Frank Schleck as our ride guide then VIP hospitality inside the Roubaix velodrome after watching a few sections of cobbles on the roadside. And if you thought it couldn't get any better we will then have lunch with the Greatest of them all, the "King", Eddy Merckx.

I love the Classics and being in Belgium for their National Cycling day then France for Roubaix, its got to be one of the best weeks of cycling of the year!

And this year Mummu Cycling squad are right into it. We always aim to give every guest the Real Pro experience... Sometimes that means landing in the ditch .... Unreal effort to complete the 170k after this! Well done to everyone for completing a huge challenge #mummuontour

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

News and Views

Hello Cycling Lovers, hope your having a great day,

Bonjour Belgium!

15 years ago, I battled my way to my first & only Tour of Flanders Podium. What an incredible day it was. Fighting it out over the famous flemish roads against all my "heroes". That day changed the way I approached the Classics forever. From that day on, I knew, given the right circumstances and a bit of luck that anything was possible. I started dreaming of bigger things. I focused every training ride and race on the Classics.

Now, I am sitting in my Hotel room in Ghent, about to witness it all again, but from the sidelines. Rubbing shoulders with the locals. Enjoying a Belgian beer as the guys race up the cobbled climbs in agony. I'll have a wry smile on my face thanking God I've retired!

This year its cold, wet and just how the Classics should be. Its going to be the real hard riders of our sport that Win.

This year on our max'd out www.mummucycling.com Classics trip, the guests have a jam packed 10 days.

Riding both Flanders & Roubaix Gran-fondos, a Meet & Greet with Mitchelton-Scott before Paris Roubaix, catching up with Tom Boonen for a Beer, riding Flèche & Amstel with Frank Schleck as our ride guide then VIP hospitality inside the Roubaix velodrome after watching a few sections of cobbles on the roadside. And if you thought it couldn't get any better we will then have lunch with the Greatest of them all, the "King", Eddy Merckx.

I love the Classics and being in Belgium for their National Cycling day then France for Roubaix, its got to be one of the best weeks of cycling of the year!

And this year Mummu Cycling squad are right into it. We always aim to give every guest the Real Pro experience... Sometimes that means landing in the ditch .... Unreal effort to complete the 170k after this! Well done to everyone for completing a huge challenge #mummuontour

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

Shut Up Legs 4 - 17th January 2018
 

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Hello Cycling fans, hope your having a great start to 2018.

I would like to inform you on an entertaining event coming up on the 17th January 2018.

Starting at 7pm we present the 4th edition of the “Shut Up Legs”  with Jens Voigt, hosted by myself, Stuart O’Grady at the Arkaba Hotel.

Jens is world renowned for being a super tough cyclist & his motto, “Shut Up Legs” has been a global hit. Jens and I were team mates for 14 years, and share the World Record for Tour De France starts, racing 17 each.

That's 34 laps of France (136,000kms) between us and approximately 1.5 million km's in their careers all up around the world.

Between us we have won stages & worn the yellow jersey in the Tour De France, been a part of TDF winning teams and been involved in some major accidents... basically seen and experienced everything there is to see on a bike.

We chat about our times together living in Europe and the ups & downs of those journeys, and will also be talking to special guests Mark Reid, the Invictus Games cycling coach along with a couple of the athletes that are going to Sydney in 2018 to compete in the games.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports

This is a fun and informal night that will give you a real insight into the Cycling World with plenty of laughs. Jens is hilarious and we bounce of each other like brothers.

Q & A will follow plus we will auction off a couple of items signed by Jens and Stuart..

★ TICKET PRICE INCLUDES - Cocktail food and 3 hour beverage package including Penny’s Hill wines, Pure Blonde, Carlton Draught, Bulmers, Pure Blonde Cider and soft drinks.

17th January 2018, 7pm to 10pm

Click Here for Tickets

Ticket price $99+ $3.50 booking fee.
Meet & Greet VIP - $150 + $4.50 booking fee (only 30 available)

Part proceeds to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

 

News and Views

Hello Cycling fans, hope your having a great start to 2018.

I would like to inform you on an entertaining event coming up on the 17th January 2018.

Starting at 7pm we present the 4th edition of the “Shut Up Legs”  with Jens Voigt, hosted by myself, Stuart O’Grady at the Arkaba Hotel.

Jens is world renowned for being a super tough cyclist & his motto, “Shut Up Legs” has been a global hit. Jens and I were team mates for 14 years, and share the World Record for Tour De France starts, racing 17 each.

That's 34 laps of France (136,000kms) between us and approximately 1.5 million km's in their careers all up around the world.

Between us we have won stages & worn the yellow jersey in the Tour De France, been a part of TDF winning teams and been involved in some major accidents... basically seen and experienced everything there is to see on a bike.

We chat about our times together living in Europe and the ups & downs of those journeys, and will also be talking to special guests Mark Reid, the Invictus Games cycling coach along with a couple of the athletes that are going to Sydney in 2018 to compete in the games.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports

This is a fun and informal night that will give you a real insight into the Cycling World with plenty of laughs. Jens is hilarious and we bounce of each other like brothers.

Q & A will follow plus we will auction off a couple of items signed by Jens and Stuart..

★ TICKET PRICE INCLUDES - Cocktail food and 3 hour beverage package including Penny’s Hill wines, Pure Blonde, Carlton Draught, Bulmers, Pure Blonde Cider and soft drinks.

17th January 2018, 7pm to 10pm

Click Here for Tickets

Ticket price $99+ $3.50 booking fee.
Meet & Greet VIP - $150 + $4.50 booking fee (only 30 available)

Part proceeds to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

 

News and Views

Hello Cycling fans, hope your having a great start to 2018.

I would like to inform you on an entertaining event coming up on the 17th January 2018.

Starting at 7pm we present the 4th edition of the “Shut Up Legs”  with Jens Voigt, hosted by myself, Stuart O’Grady at the Arkaba Hotel.

Jens is world renowned for being a super tough cyclist & his motto, “Shut Up Legs” has been a global hit. Jens and I were team mates for 14 years, and share the World Record for Tour De France starts, racing 17 each.

That's 34 laps of France (136,000kms) between us and approximately 1.5 million km's in their careers all up around the world.

Between us we have won stages & worn the yellow jersey in the Tour De France, been a part of TDF winning teams and been involved in some major accidents... basically seen and experienced everything there is to see on a bike.

We chat about our times together living in Europe and the ups & downs of those journeys, and will also be talking to special guests Mark Reid, the Invictus Games cycling coach along with a couple of the athletes that are going to Sydney in 2018 to compete in the games.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports

This is a fun and informal night that will give you a real insight into the Cycling World with plenty of laughs. Jens is hilarious and we bounce of each other like brothers.

Q & A will follow plus we will auction off a couple of items signed by Jens and Stuart..

★ TICKET PRICE INCLUDES - Cocktail food and 3 hour beverage package including Penny’s Hill wines, Pure Blonde, Carlton Draught, Bulmers, Pure Blonde Cider and soft drinks.

17th January 2018, 7pm to 10pm

Click Here for Tickets

Ticket price $99+ $3.50 booking fee.
Meet & Greet VIP - $150 + $4.50 booking fee (only 30 available)

Part proceeds to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc

www.stuartogradycycling.com.au | contact | Facebook | Twitter

Le Tour, then Home Sweet Home....

There's no place like home.

What an epic month that was back in Europe. I had intended on trying to write a few blogs to keep people up to date with what we getting up to with Mummu Cycling. I don't think I even opened my computer again after Luxembourg. I had an absolute ball. As a few of you may have seen in the social media photos.

I did feel at home around the TDF. After all it has been a part of my life for pretty much the last 20 years. I've had some massive "Up's" and a couple of massive "Downs", which makes the TDF what it is. Its what gives you so much satisfaction when you finally ride onto the Champs Elysees some 3 weeks later. It's pure mind over matter to make it all the way.

I couldn't believe how tired & gaunt the guys looked when we caught up with them in the final week.
Is that what I looked like every year? When riding this race, you're so caught up in the TDF bubble, surrounded by your team and fellow competitors you don't realise how skinny you are all getting & how knackered you all are.

The conversation deteriorates fairly quickly during the 3 weeks at the dinner table and even out on the roads. The fun goes out of the Tour very quickly. You've spent months & months training, racing & thinking of the TDF, after 2 stages you're wondering 'what the hell am I doing here'. But its all worth it when you finally complete the mission... Get your ass to Paris at all costs. It doesn't matter if you crash and have half your skin missing, or have had stomach issues or maybe an injury that you cant tell the media about, because you, as part of a team are trying to remain focused and look strong.

Every team is chasing "that" stage win. Not every year things go according to plan.
Just ask Richie. He will be back, but unfortunately for him that will make it even harder for next year.

Each Grand Tour you ride is like adding another brick on top of a fence, you get stronger & stronger.
And the Frenchies this year were amazing! It was great to see the French finally winning on their home soil, and winning a lot! This Bardet guy has what it takes to Win Le Tour, no doubt. His downfall will always be the TT & even worse the Teams Time Trial. The French teams have never been historically great at the TTT, besides the one we won in 2001 with Credit Agricole of course ;)
So should a change of teams be on the cards for Romain to possibly a stronger team where he has more of an opportunity to win. That would mean leaving his comfort zone and obviously his French team. That will be something interesting to follow in the years to come.

I will do a bit of a summary of our Mummu Cycling tour trip another day, I have to pack the bags and fly to Sydney today, so I will leave it there. It really is something special the Tour De France and to see how cycling touches so many people all around the globe just continues to blow me away.

Stay safe on the roads...

Viva Le Tour

Here's just a few snapshots out of the hundreds....

Aurevoir

Stuey

There's no place like home.

What an epic month that was back in Europe. I had intended on trying to write a few blogs to keep people up to date with what we getting up to with Mummu Cycling. I don't think I even opened my computer again after Luxembourg. I had an absolute ball. As a few of you may have seen in the social media photos.

I did feel at home around the TDF. After all it has been a part of my life for pretty much the last 20 years. I've had some massive "Up's" and a couple of massive "Downs", which makes the TDF what it is. Its what gives you so much satisfaction when you finally ride onto the Champs Elysees some 3 weeks later. It's pure mind over matter to make it all the way.

I couldn't believe how tired & gaunt the guys looked when we caught up with them in the final week.
Is that what I looked like every year? When riding this race, you're so caught up in the TDF bubble, surrounded by your team and fellow competitors you don't realise how skinny you are all getting & how knackered you all are.

The conversation deteriorates fairly quickly during the 3 weeks at the dinner table and even out on the roads. The fun goes out of the Tour very quickly. You've spent months & months training, racing & thinking of the TDF, after 2 stages you're wondering 'what the hell am I doing here'. But its all worth it when you finally complete the mission... Get your ass to Paris at all costs. It doesn't matter if you crash and have half your skin missing, or have had stomach issues or maybe an injury that you cant tell the media about, because you, as part of a team are trying to remain focused and look strong.

Every team is chasing "that" stage win. Not every year things go according to plan.
Just ask Richie. He will be back, but unfortunately for him that will make it even harder for next year.

Each Grand Tour you ride is like adding another brick on top of a fence, you get stronger & stronger.
And the Frenchies this year were amazing! It was great to see the French finally winning on their home soil, and winning a lot! This Bardet guy has what it takes to Win Le Tour, no doubt. His downfall will always be the TT & even worse the Teams Time Trial. The French teams have never been historically great at the TTT, besides the one we won in 2001 with Credit Agricole of course ;)
So should a change of teams be on the cards for Romain to possibly a stronger team where he has more of an opportunity to win. That would mean leaving his comfort zone and obviously his French team. That will be something interesting to follow in the years to come.

I will do a bit of a summary of our Mummu Cycling tour trip another day, I have to pack the bags and fly to Sydney today, so I will leave it there. It really is something special the Tour De France and to see how cycling touches so many people all around the globe just continues to blow me away.

Stay safe on the roads...

Viva Le Tour

Here's just a few snapshots out of the hundreds....

Aurevoir

Stuey

There's no place like home.

What an epic month that was back in Europe. I had intended on trying to write a few blogs to keep people up to date with what we getting up to with Mummu Cycling. I don't think I even opened my computer again after Luxembourg. I had an absolute ball. As a few of you may have seen in the social media photos.

I did feel at home around the TDF. After all it has been a part of my life for pretty much the last 20 years. I've had some massive "Up's" and a couple of massive "Downs", which makes the TDF what it is. Its what gives you so much satisfaction when you finally ride onto the Champs Elysees some 3 weeks later. It's pure mind over matter to make it all the way.

I couldn't believe how tired & gaunt the guys looked when we caught up with them in the final week.
Is that what I looked like every year? When riding this race, you're so caught up in the TDF bubble, surrounded by your team and fellow competitors you don't realise how skinny you are all getting & how knackered you all are.

The conversation deteriorates fairly quickly during the 3 weeks at the dinner table and even out on the roads. The fun goes out of the Tour very quickly. You've spent months & months training, racing & thinking of the TDF, after 2 stages you're wondering 'what the hell am I doing here'. But its all worth it when you finally complete the mission... Get your ass to Paris at all costs. It doesn't matter if you crash and have half your skin missing, or have had stomach issues or maybe an injury that you cant tell the media about, because you, as part of a team are trying to remain focused and look strong.

Every team is chasing "that" stage win. Not every year things go according to plan.
Just ask Richie. He will be back, but unfortunately for him that will make it even harder for next year.

Each Grand Tour you ride is like adding another brick on top of a fence, you get stronger & stronger.
And the Frenchies this year were amazing! It was great to see the French finally winning on their home soil, and winning a lot! This Bardet guy has what it takes to Win Le Tour, no doubt. His downfall will always be the TT & even worse the Teams Time Trial. The French teams have never been historically great at the TTT, besides the one we won in 2001 with Credit Agricole of course ;)
So should a change of teams be on the cards for Romain to possibly a stronger team where he has more of an opportunity to win. That would mean leaving his comfort zone and obviously his French team. That will be something interesting to follow in the years to come.

I will do a bit of a summary of our Mummu Cycling tour trip another day, I have to pack the bags and fly to Sydney today, so I will leave it there. It really is something special the Tour De France and to see how cycling touches so many people all around the globe just continues to blow me away.

Stay safe on the roads...

Viva Le Tour

Here's just a few snapshots out of the hundreds....

Aurevoir

Stuey

This is my first ever Blog...

Here I am sitting in Mondorf Les Bains after an incredible start to my TDF European adventure with Mummy Cycling.

I landed in Dusseldorf last Wednesday into torrential rains which lashed the start of the TDF. We had a small group of great people who I introduced into "my" cycling world. We met teams, riders, mechanics and had photos with a lot of their favourites along the way.

Stage 2 we rode the final 50kms of the course then had the once in a lifetime (for the guests of Mummu Cycling anyway) to ride across the finish line and then get invited up onto the Podium where they were given the Yellow & Green jerseys to really top off a very special occasion.

After the Stage I headed down to Luxembourg with Christian Van de Velde & Jens Voigt to be a part of a special ceremony in Mondorf les Bains with the Schleck brothers and their families.

It was great to see them all again and that because of those two brothers the whole TDF circus was coming to their hometown. Its a pretty special moment.

Yesterday the Stage kicked off under perfectly sunny skies and the peloton rode their way through the stunning scenery of Luxembourg. I hung around in Mondorf for lunch with the Schlecks and really took as much of it in as I could. I spent 3 great years living in Luxembourg and have so many memories with my own family. Seth learnt to ride his bike here, the kids went to school here, we had a great life in Lux and the memories were flooding back.

In the afternoon though I had a very special treat coming up. One of my lifetime goals was to drive the Nurnburgring. The famous "Green Hell" though the insane roads of the very famous racing track.
An old friend of mine just happened to have bought a brand new Ferrari 488GTB which he hadn't had the occasion to take around the circuit yet either. So after an extremely quick & easy decision, he scooped me up and we were on our way to have a crack at the famous circuit. Now words cannot describe it & the video clips don't do it justice, but the complete craziness of what we did really didn't sink in til later.

Its open slather out there. Anyone can rock up in any car, motorbike pay their 25 euro and just go full gas! Its insane.  No car controls. No breathalyser before the start, they just get on and go nuts.
Its the first time I've had sweaty palms for as long as I can remember. We did two laps at around 8mins 27sec, which is going pretty quick, but not dangerously...Well...

We saw two cars wipe out in front of us and become instant wrecks & seeing there is no insurance its pretty mad to see how people push it to the limit. Way above their abilities. It was an awesome experience.

Then we went on to the F1 track for 10 minutes of absolutely insane flat out driving. Steve my driver & friend was an ex professional racing driver, so I was very happy to have him guiding me around at speeds I wouldn't have dreamed of. I had an absolute ball!

All this while the TDF was going on and all hell was breaking loose in the finish.

Sagan DQ'd. Cavendish smashed into the barriers. The social media world was on fire blaming whoever they thought was responsible.

Sport is dangerous. People make mistakes. In the heat of battle athletes do crazy things.
I've also seen Cav take out a few riders during his career. Yes he apologised, but it happens.
We all make mistakes but it's what you do next that counts, how you react & respond.

I've locked horns and elbows with Robbie in a pretty well photographed sprint. Luckily neither of us crashed, but at some stage we've all been taken out. Crashes happen, that why I stopped doing sprints and targeted the Classics.

The pressure of winning is enormous from the Team bosses but most of the pressure comes from the rider himself. He is his biggest enemy.

The ego's are at max inflation. The whole sporting World is watching. The stress levels are at absolute maximum & you've got a bunch of likeminded sprinters (who are all a little bit crazy in the head) going for the Win, at all costs. Thats the Tour De France. Sagan should've been disqualified, but kicked off the Tour De France? No, I don't agree with that.

The Tour has been getting worse and worse for years, theres no real Boss of the peloton anymore, the gloves have been off for years. Guys are attacking on wet descents now. Attacking when the leaders have mechanical issues, attacking when theres any advantage to be taken. Theres a lot more traffic furniture along the roads doing everything they can to slow cars down through towns and the cyclists are coming even faster and more reckless than before. There is basically no more "Respect" in the peloton, something we held highly when I raced. Riders need to start respecting each other again & take responsibility for their actions. Crashes are becoming common because there is no more respect.

You can't cover every scenario when you're racing on public roads, you can't control every spectator & you certainly can't control every athlete in the heat of the finish line. Be strict but be fair & consistent. DQ them, give them fines that will hurt their pockets, take away lots of points but don't take the actors out of the movie. Because the show has to go on...

Vivre Le Tour...

Stuey

This is my first ever Blog...

Here I am sitting in Mondorf Les Bains after an incredible start to my TDF European adventure with Mummy Cycling.

I landed in Dusseldorf last Wednesday into torrential rains which lashed the start of the TDF. We had a small group of great people who I introduced into "my" cycling world. We met teams, riders, mechanics and had photos with a lot of their favourites along the way.

Stage 2 we rode the final 50kms of the course then had the once in a lifetime (for the guests of Mummu Cycling anyway) to ride across the finish line and then get invited up onto the Podium where they were given the Yellow & Green jerseys to really top off a very special occasion.

After the Stage I headed down to Luxembourg with Christian Van de Velde & Jens Voigt to be a part of a special ceremony in Mondorf les Bains with the Schleck brothers and their families.

It was great to see them all again and that because of those two brothers the whole TDF circus was coming to their hometown. Its a pretty special moment.

Yesterday the Stage kicked off under perfectly sunny skies and the peloton rode their way through the stunning scenery of Luxembourg. I hung around in Mondorf for lunch with the Schlecks and really took as much of it in as I could. I spent 3 great years living in Luxembourg and have so many memories with my own family. Seth learnt to ride his bike here, the kids went to school here, we had a great life in Lux and the memories were flooding back.

In the afternoon though I had a very special treat coming up. One of my lifetime goals was to drive the Nurnburgring. The famous "Green Hell" though the insane roads of the very famous racing track.
An old friend of mine just happened to have bought a brand new Ferrari 488GTB which he hadn't had the occasion to take around the circuit yet either. So after an extremely quick & easy decision, he scooped me up and we were on our way to have a crack at the famous circuit. Now words cannot describe it & the video clips don't do it justice, but the complete craziness of what we did really didn't sink in til later.

Its open slather out there. Anyone can rock up in any car, motorbike pay their 25 euro and just go full gas! Its insane.  No car controls. No breathalyser before the start, they just get on and go nuts.
Its the first time I've had sweaty palms for as long as I can remember. We did two laps at around 8mins 27sec, which is going pretty quick, but not dangerously...Well...

We saw two cars wipe out in front of us and become instant wrecks & seeing there is no insurance its pretty mad to see how people push it to the limit. Way above their abilities. It was an awesome experience.

Then we went on to the F1 track for 10 minutes of absolutely insane flat out driving. Steve my driver & friend was an ex professional racing driver, so I was very happy to have him guiding me around at speeds I wouldn't have dreamed of. I had an absolute ball!

All this while the TDF was going on and all hell was breaking loose in the finish.

Sagan DQ'd. Cavendish smashed into the barriers. The social media world was on fire blaming whoever they thought was responsible.

Sport is dangerous. People make mistakes. In the heat of battle athletes do crazy things.
I've also seen Cav take out a few riders during his career. Yes he apologised, but it happens.
We all make mistakes but it's what you do next that counts, how you react & respond.

I've locked horns and elbows with Robbie in a pretty well photographed sprint. Luckily neither of us crashed, but at some stage we've all been taken out. Crashes happen, that why I stopped doing sprints and targeted the Classics.

The pressure of winning is enormous from the Team bosses but most of the pressure comes from the rider himself. He is his biggest enemy.

The ego's are at max inflation. The whole sporting World is watching. The stress levels are at absolute maximum & you've got a bunch of likeminded sprinters (who are all a little bit crazy in the head) going for the Win, at all costs. Thats the Tour De France. Sagan should've been disqualified, but kicked off the Tour De France? No, I don't agree with that.

The Tour has been getting worse and worse for years, theres no real Boss of the peloton anymore, the gloves have been off for years. Guys are attacking on wet descents now. Attacking when the leaders have mechanical issues, attacking when theres any advantage to be taken. Theres a lot more traffic furniture along the roads doing everything they can to slow cars down through towns and the cyclists are coming even faster and more reckless than before. There is basically no more "Respect" in the peloton, something we held highly when I raced. Riders need to start respecting each other again & take responsibility for their actions. Crashes are becoming common because there is no more respect.

You can't cover every scenario when you're racing on public roads, you can't control every spectator & you certainly can't control every athlete in the heat of the finish line. Be strict but be fair & consistent. DQ them, give them fines that will hurt their pockets, take away lots of points but don't take the actors out of the movie. Because the show has to go on...

Vivre Le Tour...

Stuey

This is my first ever Blog...

Here I am sitting in Mondorf Les Bains after an incredible start to my TDF European adventure with Mummy Cycling.

I landed in Dusseldorf last Wednesday into torrential rains which lashed the start of the TDF. We had a small group of great people who I introduced into "my" cycling world. We met teams, riders, mechanics and had photos with a lot of their favourites along the way.

Stage 2 we rode the final 50kms of the course then had the once in a lifetime (for the guests of Mummu Cycling anyway) to ride across the finish line and then get invited up onto the Podium where they were given the Yellow & Green jerseys to really top off a very special occasion.

After the Stage I headed down to Luxembourg with Christian Van de Velde & Jens Voigt to be a part of a special ceremony in Mondorf les Bains with the Schleck brothers and their families.

It was great to see them all again and that because of those two brothers the whole TDF circus was coming to their hometown. Its a pretty special moment.

Yesterday the Stage kicked off under perfectly sunny skies and the peloton rode their way through the stunning scenery of Luxembourg. I hung around in Mondorf for lunch with the Schlecks and really took as much of it in as I could. I spent 3 great years living in Luxembourg and have so many memories with my own family. Seth learnt to ride his bike here, the kids went to school here, we had a great life in Lux and the memories were flooding back.

In the afternoon though I had a very special treat coming up. One of my lifetime goals was to drive the Nurnburgring. The famous "Green Hell" though the insane roads of the very famous racing track.
An old friend of mine just happened to have bought a brand new Ferrari 488GTB which he hadn't had the occasion to take around the circuit yet either. So after an extremely quick & easy decision, he scooped me up and we were on our way to have a crack at the famous circuit. Now words cannot describe it & the video clips don't do it justice, but the complete craziness of what we did really didn't sink in til later.

Its open slather out there. Anyone can rock up in any car, motorbike pay their 25 euro and just go full gas! Its insane.  No car controls. No breathalyser before the start, they just get on and go nuts.
Its the first time I've had sweaty palms for as long as I can remember. We did two laps at around 8mins 27sec, which is going pretty quick, but not dangerously...Well...

We saw two cars wipe out in front of us and become instant wrecks & seeing there is no insurance its pretty mad to see how people push it to the limit. Way above their abilities. It was an awesome experience.

Then we went on to the F1 track for 10 minutes of absolutely insane flat out driving. Steve my driver & friend was an ex professional racing driver, so I was very happy to have him guiding me around at speeds I wouldn't have dreamed of. I had an absolute ball!

All this while the TDF was going on and all hell was breaking loose in the finish.

Sagan DQ'd. Cavendish smashed into the barriers. The social media world was on fire blaming whoever they thought was responsible.

Sport is dangerous. People make mistakes. In the heat of battle athletes do crazy things.
I've also seen Cav take out a few riders during his career. Yes he apologised, but it happens.
We all make mistakes but it's what you do next that counts, how you react & respond.

I've locked horns and elbows with Robbie in a pretty well photographed sprint. Luckily neither of us crashed, but at some stage we've all been taken out. Crashes happen, that why I stopped doing sprints and targeted the Classics.

The pressure of winning is enormous from the Team bosses but most of the pressure comes from the rider himself. He is his biggest enemy.

The ego's are at max inflation. The whole sporting World is watching. The stress levels are at absolute maximum & you've got a bunch of likeminded sprinters (who are all a little bit crazy in the head) going for the Win, at all costs. Thats the Tour De France. Sagan should've been disqualified, but kicked off the Tour De France? No, I don't agree with that.

The Tour has been getting worse and worse for years, theres no real Boss of the peloton anymore, the gloves have been off for years. Guys are attacking on wet descents now. Attacking when the leaders have mechanical issues, attacking when theres any advantage to be taken. Theres a lot more traffic furniture along the roads doing everything they can to slow cars down through towns and the cyclists are coming even faster and more reckless than before. There is basically no more "Respect" in the peloton, something we held highly when I raced. Riders need to start respecting each other again & take responsibility for their actions. Crashes are becoming common because there is no more respect.

You can't cover every scenario when you're racing on public roads, you can't control every spectator & you certainly can't control every athlete in the heat of the finish line. Be strict but be fair & consistent. DQ them, give them fines that will hurt their pockets, take away lots of points but don't take the actors out of the movie. Because the show has to go on...

Vivre Le Tour...

Stuey

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