Climbing hills and keeping warm!

It’s not winter yet, but with the temperature hovering at 1 degree C this morning it certainly felt like the season was closing in fast! In an effort to warm up quickly for my pre-work ride, I hooked it straight out of the office and up the nearest climb I could find. That climb happens…

Road cycling: How fast is fast enough?

It’s late into the group ride and we’re on the home stretch, that time when we ramp up the pace and drive it home to the cafe. I roll onto the front – the bunch safely tucked single file behind me – and little by little I wind on the power. We’re cruising at 30kph,…

CLC2018 Ride 6: Mornings on the mountain

Love em or hate em, hills are a part of cycling. They call your name, taunt you, entice you. I like climbing, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past where I would avoid any big climbs in favour of posting higher average speeds and more miles on the clock. These days I’m learning…

Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs: Bonnet Hill

Bonnet is another of Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs that has two sides to tackle, but for this post I am going to concentrate on the Northern side straight out of the city. It’s one of the shorter climbs on the list. A popular route with the local roadies and if I get up early enough…

Bike Weight Loss Part 1: Wicked Wheels

Eddy Merckx once famously said “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” It’s a good little slogan and one that still rings true, but of course we all know that big Eddy bought a few tasty “upgrades” of the chemical kind during his career – so take that with a grain of salt or three. Sure…