2020 Resolution Ride #7 – The Double Rumney Bunchie!

Tasmania is COVID-free! You heard right, there are officially ZERO cases of Coronavirus in Tasmania, although on mainland Australia they are not quite so lucky. In other good news, we’re allowed to ride in groups again! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve ridden in a bunch. I can hardly recall a time before COVID-19…

Cracking on with Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs

Last year I ticked a bunch of Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs off my list and had a pretty good year on the bike in the process. I live around a 40km each-way cycle from Hobart central, so to tackle most of the climbs I usually need to borrow the better half’s car or leave a…

Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs: #1 Mount Wellington!

It’s the big one! Climb numero uno on Hobart’s Top Ten list! Can you really call yourself a serious Tasmanian cyclist if you haven’t ridden up the Hors Catégorie climb of Mount Wellington? Rising high above the city of Hobart, Mount Wellington is an iconic Tasmanian image and a benchmark for any roadie in the…

The right rubber: How to save weight AND ride faster

Tyres (or tires if you’re in the USA). That tiny little pair of contact patches connecting your bike to the blacktop. In terms of simple performance upgrades, changing your rubber can have one of the largest impacts on how your bike feels and handles. It’s also an easy place to save a few grams at…

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…

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….

Today’s cycling tip: Work on your weaknesses

Do you easily stick with paceline as they hammer along on the flat roads, only to get dropped as soon as the bunch hits the first climb? Or do you catch everyone before the top of the climb only to get passed again downhill or shelled out the back on the flat? Well my friend,…