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,…