Solstice Explorer: Now THAT’S a proper Gravel Bike!

Don’t hate, but I went for a gravel ride. Yep. I indulged in some “grav-trav” or perhaps I “groaded” or whatever fancy term the cool kids of cycling are using this week. It was dirty and it was fun. I didn’t have one of those fancy carbon aerodynamic “gravel bikes” that the industry insists you…

Four years! How time flies in Tasmania!

Today marks the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of my move from England to Australia. On this day four years ago I stepped off the plane with my BikeBoxAlan at Hobart Airport and back onto Australian soil to begin the next chapter of my life. Packed up my life and sent it waaaay down south! It’s been a…

If the Govt want to track me, they can check my Strava!

This week, the Australian government launched the COVIDSafe smartphone app. In theory, it keeps a record of anyone you’ve been in close contact with for more than 15 minutes (assuming they have the app too). It’s tracking your personal connections and logging who you’ve been associated with, you know, just in case one of you…

If in doubt, pedal it out

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s important to take time out once in a while. Stop reading the news, silence your phone and do something you love. Centre yourself again. For me, that involves swinging a leg over the top tube and pedalling away into my own thoughts. Out…

Every day above the dirt is a blessing

Yesterday a long time neighbour and huge influence on my younger years passed away. It’s sad, but at the same time not. She’d had a good innings, lived a long and beautifully fulfilled life, made peace with the world. She touched the hearts of many people throughout her years and helped keep us all on…

Regular service

Yo! Just letting you know I am still here. I hope you’ve all been keeping well and getting in enough saddle time. I’ve been heading up a large project as part of my day job. It’s taken extra hours and means I am sat at a computer for the majority of the day. I didn’t…

Top five reasons road cyclists should try mountain biking

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been “dabbling in the dirt” a fair bit recently. During the long Tasmanian winter it makes a change from always being out on the same roads, plus Tassie is home to some world class mountain bike trails. I’ve had a blast so far and it’s really opened…

Where’s your helmet?!?!

I recently posted this photo on social media of me busting out a wheelie with Zane my trusty trail dog in tow … Ripping it like a boss! I was just having fun kicking around in jeans and trainers, so I did not expect the first comments to be all along the lines of “OMG!…

Old truck, new truck!

After having done nothing but all-out road cycling for several years now, I finally gave in and added another ride to the garage – I went and bought a mountain bike! What! I hear you say? What? You’re not joining those hairy legged, baggy shorts wearing, beer chugging, stump jumping dirt donkeys are you? Don’t…

The Beautiful Commute

It won’t be long until the nights draw in and the mornings start to edge into darkness. Summer here in Tasmania is fading into Autumn. The warm (hot!) glow of the bold Australian sun will soon be a distant memory. It’s all good though, I love Autumn. It’s one of my favourite seasons. Tasman Bridge…

Make hay while the sun shines

It’s summer here in Tasmania. Just saying. Of course during these sunny months it’d be rude not to make the most of the fine weather and spend time on two wheels! The year is already flying by, over three weeks through already. Crazy, huh? This year I am setting zero goals in regards to cycling….

Rolling through another year on two wheels!

Well that’s another year down rock stars. That went just a little too fast! Hope you all had a fantastic 2018 and got some decent miles in the legs and memories in the noggin. I knocked out few really memorable rides this year including a mind-clearing solo imperial century, my first ascent up the Hors…