Author Topic: [HAMR] A new challenger - Miles Smith  (Read 47949 times)

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #75 on: April 06, 2015, 06:58:31 pm »
Does anyone have Miles's contact details or his Strava name (can't find anything obvious through searching)? I'd like to be able to add him to the OYTT visualization when he starts next week, but I'll have trouble without access to his tracks on Strava.

He should appear under HAM'R but I looked and couldn't find either.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #76 on: April 06, 2015, 07:22:43 pm »
I thought Sandy said she knew him.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #77 on: April 06, 2015, 11:40:04 pm »
Quite so.  PM sent to Jo.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #78 on: April 09, 2015, 03:17:15 pm »
Miles is now on Strava. He's joined the HAM'R group.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #79 on: April 09, 2015, 03:52:25 pm »
Yup - the data look good to go. Thanks to Sandy, I've been in touch with Miles and his team and I'll be adding his rides to the OYTT from Saturday onwards.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #80 on: April 09, 2015, 04:13:52 pm »
Just like to point out that the only person to hold the year record twice was also from Victoria, Ossie Nicholson.

He got it by cycling Melbourne to Portsea and back every day for a year, and won it again by doing that twice a day for at least part of the year.

I hope Miles chooses a more interesting approach.

And here is Miles, doing that route (nearly - Portsea would involve continuing around the bay as far as he could go, about another 20 km)

https://www.strava.com/activities/281342306

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #81 on: April 12, 2015, 12:14:34 am »
Miles' website is now up; www.gomiles.com.au and there is some interesting reading there about his bikes, gearing and equipment.
He is a relative newcomer but as I saw yesterday at the breakfast, has the liking and respect of many in the Audax community here.
Just as an aside, even in my peak I don't think I ever looked as fresh after a 200km ride as Miles did at the breakfast yesterday.
Go Miles!!

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #82 on: April 12, 2015, 07:45:14 am »
The man appears to be cut from the right cloth...

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This bike gets ridden as my commuter, about 155 km (96 miles) per day

Having done that for a while as Km instead of miles, I know I'm not.

Go miles, Miles!

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #83 on: April 12, 2015, 07:57:22 am »
Although not posted to Strava (yet?), it appears that our antipodean chum has boshed off around 600km on his first day (see Twitter feed). If so, then this is very respectable and, as said below, he is definately "cut from the right cloth".

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #84 on: April 12, 2015, 08:02:19 am »
Some of that will be 'day 2', as in Melbourne it is currently 5pm on his second day, but I agree he will be a formidable challenger.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #85 on: April 12, 2015, 08:13:46 am »
Just spent a few minutes reading his web page. He intends to copy Ossie Nicholson and ride up and down the same stretch of road all year. Riding a bike that much is hard enough mentally, but up and down the same bit of road? It will drive him round the bend!

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #86 on: April 12, 2015, 08:18:59 am »
I hope there are some bends.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #87 on: April 12, 2015, 08:20:22 am »
I do admire the mentality and practicality of this attempt.

Ride the same route day in, day out. And when you are tired/bored/frustrated you think back to Nicholson doing the same thing in 1933 & 1937.

Good luck to the man.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #88 on: April 12, 2015, 08:33:41 am »
Well, according to another post on here, he used to commute most (160km of 200km!) of that route daily.  So he already knows he can do it mentally. 

I know that road well.  It's enormously popular with cyclists, though it has been the source of some conflicts with motorists.  It's a beautiful route, mostly along the beach.    Very exposed when storms come across the bay, but I guess he's used to that too.

From his website he's running a spot tracker, so you can see he's still moving.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0CRBBQbhAxqUlA9HU7TqKCimrY7xD03KT

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #89 on: April 12, 2015, 11:51:34 am »
I'm hoping there will be a single yacf thread for Miles Smith, like that for Kurt S, rather than a new thread each day -  which we need for Steve...   :)

Good luck Miles.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #90 on: April 12, 2015, 12:17:46 pm »
I'm hoping there will be a single yacf thread for Miles Smith, like that for Kurt S, rather than a new thread each day -  which we need for Steve...   :)

Good luck Miles.

Agreed.

All the best to Miles but I am sure  Steve appreciates the support on here.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2015, 03:03:01 pm »
Perhaps we should simply just copy and paste the same posts every day, given his monotonous schedule.


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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #92 on: April 12, 2015, 03:10:37 pm »
Well, according to another post on here, he used to commute most (160km of 200km!) of that route daily.  So he already knows he can do it mentally. 

I know that road well.  It's enormously popular with cyclists, though it has been the source of some conflicts with motorists.  It's a beautiful route, mostly along the beach.    Very exposed when storms come across the bay, but I guess he's used to that too.

I hope not for at least the next 365 days.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #93 on: April 12, 2015, 03:32:07 pm »
Beach road is a huge chain gang road - first thing in the morning every day -- ie 5.00am -about 50 cyclists in each group ( the Pirates,The racing gang,Beach Boys etc etc ),going flat out .Superb road to ride - so these guys are all clocking along at 40+ kms an hour - even I managed to hold on to one group ONCE - but right at the back .You can imagine why motorists are not happy.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #94 on: April 12, 2015, 04:09:20 pm »
I went to see what the latest was on beach road, and found Beach Road cyclist left with fractured skull in wake of "Hell Ride".

Maybe Miles should be careful of the other cyclists  :hand:

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #95 on: April 12, 2015, 04:23:07 pm »
They do sound like a bunch of idiots. :(
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #97 on: April 12, 2015, 05:43:17 pm »
They do sound like a bunch of idiots. :(

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #98 on: April 12, 2015, 05:46:06 pm »
You can imagine why motorists are not happy.
Because there is a piece of tarmac where the motor car is NOT the dominant species?
Or because a load of people are having more fun than them?

It sounds great. No doubt there are a few dickheads - but the same applies to motons on any given road, globally.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #99 on: April 12, 2015, 05:56:24 pm »
You can imagine why motorists are not happy.
Because there is a piece of tarmac where the motor car is NOT the dominant species?
Or because a load of people are having more fun than them?

It sounds great. No doubt there are a few dickheads - but the same applies to motons on any given road, globally.

Unfortunately Matt, when you get a big bunch of good riders together, testosterone takes over. I did the Tom Simpson reliabilty ride last year and the behaviour of MOST riders towards oncoming traffic was abominable. I was embarrassed to be there at times. It was a nasty accident waiting to happen. Thankfully, on that day it didn't.