South Australia's Clare Classic: Our Next Thrilling Gran Fondo Style Event

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It's 'the Cycling Classic for South Australia' and registrations are now open for this thrilling Gran Fondo style event to be held in the stunning Clare Valley on Sunday April 8.

The Clare Classic will be held on Sunday April 8, 2018 in the Clare Valley, less than 2-hours from Adelaide.

The event website has been flooded with entries as cyclists from South Australia and all other states secure their place in the ride made up of 50km, 110km & 160km courses. Full registration details at 

Win A $3500 Cervelo C3 Frameset 

The Clare Classic have launched an exciting competition in conjunction with event partner Cervelo Australia. One lucky Clare Classic rider will win a Cervelo C3 frameset value at $3,500! To go into the draw simply register to ride the Clare Classic, upload a photo of your bike to Instagram and include the hashtag #Cervelo4Clare . 

The image will then magically appear on the Clare Classic Facebook page where it can be liked and shared by all. The photo with the most Facebook likes by 6pm on April 7 wins. Full details can be found at 

Local Partner Focus - Jeanneret Wines 

We recently spoke with passionate Clare Valley winemaker Ben Jeanneret of Jeanneret Wines, a valued Clare Classic local partner. With three vineyards and 80 acres of perfectly-manicured vines, the company has been producing Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Merlot and Malbec for over two decades. In this article Ben gives a fascinating insight into his fine wines and living in the pristine Clare Valley region. More here - 

Ask Dan - Dan Bonello's Clare Classic Training Tips 

Each fortnight leading up to the event we'll be asking experienced rider and event Ambassador Dan Bonello his advice on training for the Clare Classic. Today Dan discusses the importance of not training … or, should we say, best recovery practices. 

Clare Classic: Dan - we know that rest and recovery is critical to improving overall performance on the bike. Five months from the event - and with Christmas just over a month away - can you give riders an idea of a typical weekly training and rest plan. 

Dan Bonello: Monday is a recovery. It doesn't matter where you are from, what religion you are or how long you have been riding - just rest on a Monday. If you must ride then do an easy commute or just a very easy spin. 
At this point in the year I'm lucky to have a huge amount of local races to choose from and for me they are the easiest way to guarantee intensity in my weekly schedule and allows me to avoid structured efforts or ergo sessions. The downside is the element of randomness that racing adds. 
If you choose to follow the race to train strategy, then this is where you need to be very careful about the rides and their respective intensity outside of your race days. 'Junk miles' are easy to come by and statistically speaking take up too great of a percentage of our time on the bike. Your recovery rides become almost as targeted and certainly as crucial as your hard structured sessions. 

Clare Classic: Another interesting aspect many may want to hear about is on-bike rest … rest days don’t necessarily mean zero riding do they? Can you elaborate on this? 

Dan Bonello: Recovery rides were something that I used to struggle to benefit from until I got a power meter and some clear numbers to 'not exceed' on a recovery ride. This is where I have to throw away the social aspect of my riding and think about the training load my body has been exposed to and what lies ahead. active recovery is prescribed for a good reason, but if it isn't executed properly then you really are just doing damage to a structured training plan. 
More on Dan's fascinating 'Don't Ride Mondays' mantra will appear in an article on our website in coming days. 

Join The Clare Classic On Social Media 

Make sure you follow the Clare Classic on Facebook, enjoy the inspirational cycling photos on our Instagram feed, and check our regularly updated news section of the event website - you can see that here. Finally, any questions just email . 

We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Clare Valley on April 8.

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