2020 Resolution Ride #6 – Always choose RIDE!

So you’ve found yourself with an unexpected free day to do whatever you like. It’s chilly outside but sunny and dry, do you… A) Sit at home in front of the fire and veg out. B) Mow the lawn. C) Wheel that sexy bicycle out of the garage and RIDE! Okay, that’s not a real…

Race Across America to take place on FulGaz

Billed as the hardest race in the world, the famous Race Across America (RAAM) will for the first time be held virtually. This year will see a Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM). Now, I’m still not 100% sold on the idea of holding virtual versions of cycling events, but in these challenging times I’m willing…

2020 Resolution Ride #1 – A birthday spin

This year one of my goals is to knock out at least one 100km ride each month. It’s something I try and do every year with varying success and a good motivator to get outside and ride – especially in the not-so-appealing months. Luckily for me here in Tasmania, January is not one of those…

Tips for riding a Zwift Fondo

So the winter training season is well and truly upon those in the Northern Hemisphere. That means it’s time again for Zwift to launch into full Virtual Gran Fondo and “Tour of…” mode. For those unaware, you can now virtually ride a virtual Fondo and even receive a virtual Fondo cycling kit for crossing the…

Kicking it with the fast bunch (Sally’s Ride 2018)

Last Sunday I headed north to take on the 100km Sally’s Ride. Many of the State’s strongest riders turn up to hammer this so I’d been doing a bit of secret training in preparation. I had one main goal; finish the lumpy course in under 3 hours 30 minutes elapsed time. Photo Credit: Michael Preece,…

Locked in for Sally’s Ride

Having not done an organised ride of any sort for a number of years now, I’ve signed up for Sally’s Ride 2018 in November. It’s a yearly event here in Tasmania and I’ve been told there’s a lot of local guys and gals who turn up and ride VERY hard, especially over the middle distance…

Cycle Life Challenge 2018

I stumbled across the Cycle Life Challenge while reading fellow Tasmanian rider Tony’s cycling blog. Providing a bit of fun and motivation, it’s a yearly challenge to get people out riding more and supporting the local community. The rules (more like guidelines) are simple, straightforward and open to each rider’s interpretation. All it requires is…

Throwback: The first ride I uploaded to Strava!

Today we take a trip back to 2012. I’d been “road cycling” for a little while already on a flat-barred Hybrid, but was starting to take it a little more seriously. Moving on from my Cateye wheel-magnet based cycling computer, I’d just got my hands on a Garmin Edge 200 thanks to a competition prize….

Goal setting, training plans and accepting failure

This month I set a goal to complete the Rapha Festive 500 again (ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve). I didn’t make it public, it was just for me. With guests staying over the Christmas break and three days at work I knew even with perfect weather it would be a tight…

Tips to complete the Rapha Festive 500

It’s December once again and thoughts turn to Christmas holidays, maybe a bit of time off work and of course the possibility of attempting the Rapha Festive 500 challenge. The Festive 500 is a Strava challenge where entrants need to ride 500km (311 miles) over 8 days starting on Christmas Eve.¬†All finishers receive a beautiful…

Cycling Tips eFondo #3 London Pretzel

It’s still very much mid-winter here in Tasmania, with many a frosty start to the day and snow settling about half way down Mount Wellington. So when the third event in the CyclingTips eFondo series rolled around, I decided to jump on again and ride the virtual sportive bandwagon! This time it was over the…