2020 Resolution Ride #5 – Body battered by broken backroads

Yo! It’s Wednesday and I’ve knocked out a cracking 110km ride! How awesome is life right now? Pretty damn awesome… Today’s ride was a tour of all the broken, bumpy country backroads around my area. Or at least it seemed that way, it wasn’t on purpose I can tell you that! There was also plenty…

Job for the weekend: Clean those bidons!

Here’s a little task for you. Go to the kitchen and grab one of your favourite bidons from the cupboard. Yep. Right now. Have a good squint down inside. If it happens to look anything like this… Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope! …you’re in trouble. Take that bidon and slap yourself around the face with…

Covid-19 has killed the club ride!

Well, it’s official. The Coronavirus has killed off the club ride. Okay so maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but it’s not far off the truth.  In a statement released earlier, Cycling Australia have recommended that; “all organised club activities that involve close contact be suspended.” The statement goes on to advise; “If riding two abreast,…

What I learnt riding 100km on a mountain bike

I can knock out a 100km road ride pretty easily. That’s not a brag, it is what it is. I know I could jump on my roadie tomorrow morning and have it done before lunch. Recently I had an idea, what about a metric century on a mountain bike hitting a bunch of trails along…

Are you addicted to coffee?

Coffee and road cycling seem extrinsically linked. As roadies we often stop for coffee mid-ride or afterwards to debrief and chat about all things cycling, putting the world to rights. Kicking back in the sunshine after a long ride with friends? That’ll be a muesli slice and a double-shot skinny cap, please! Cruising towards the…

Tempo’s Triple Distilled (E001)

“Without order there is chaos, without structure there is instability, without discipline there is lack of personal growth.” – Unknown For us in the Southern part of the globe, we are starting to see some bold signs of Spring on the way. Thoughts turn to summer event goals, tan lines and long rides under clear…

How to improve the daily office grind

Work in a stuffy office all day? Bored of staring at a computer screen for eight hours? Co-workers driving you mad? You need to get some sunshine and stretch those lazy legs! It’s time to adjust your work:cycle balance – and nothing lifts the spirits better than sneaking out of the office for a lunch…

Always listen to the weatherman (and the wife)

Yesterday morning and I’m checking the weather forecast one last time. I’ve got to drop the wife at the airport by 9:15am then I’ll be on the bike by 9:45am. The forecast is predicting a 30% chance of rain. I smugly think to myself, I’ll take those odds! I tell Mrs tempocyclist I’m putting the…

Making time for recovery

Proper recovery is important. After all, you don’t get stronger when you’re riding hard, you get stronger by recovering properly from riding hard! This week I’m taking it a little easier. I’ve been averaging around 240km/week of mostly hard rides over the past couple of months, so it’s time to dial it back and let…

How is it June already?

Today is day number 157 of 365 for the year so far, fast approaching the second half of the year. June already! Hopefully you have all made the most of those one hundred and fifty six days. Make every day above ground a winner! Down here in the Southern Hemisphere (and certainly as south as…

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,…

40,000km

I just happened to glance at my lifetime Strava stats when I got back from this morning’s 130km jaunt and noticed that I’d ridden through the 40,000km mark! I rode a little before crossing over to the world of GPS tracking, but if it’s not on Strava it doesn’t really count, right? ;-) So 40,000km on…