Tearing it up on the rough stuff again!

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the sealed road. No, I’m not talking about that trendy gravel garbage. I mean properly away from the road, away from anywhere a car can reach. Proper trails! If you haven’t embraced the down and dirty ways of the mountain bike, I implore you to give it…

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…

2020 Resolution Ride #6 – Always choose RIDE!

So you’ve found yourself with an unexpected free day to do whatever you like. It’s chilly outside but sunny and dry, do you… A) Sit at home in front of the fire and veg out. B) Mow the lawn. C) Wheel that sexy bicycle out of the garage and RIDE! Okay, that’s not a real…

Destination Tasmania: The Meehan Range

LATEST NEWS: The Meehan Range is getting a makeover from Dirt Art, the crew who built Maydena Bike Park! With a bunch of new trails, a cafe, hire bikes and an uplift service, it’s going to be exciting!  Just a short hop over the Tasman Bridge from Hobart, the Meehan Range is a favourite for…

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…

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…

2020 Resolution Ride #4 – Ready for take off

Wow I almost got caught out with this one! I thought I had another weekend up my sleeve. Luckily I had today off work so I drove to Cambridge Retail Outlet with the intention of doing various laps around a very quiet Hobart Airport. The plan was to stay within “walking distance” of the car, just…

Let gravity guide you!

Eddy Merckx famously said; “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades!” But in the mountain biking world, there are a whole bunch of riders who live by the alternative motto of; “Don’t ride up grades, get a lift to the top and bomb the descent!” In the past I’ve been VERY dismissive of this. Earn your…

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…

2020 Resolution Ride #3 – Keeping clear of Covid-19

Every time you turn on the TV, browse a news site or listen to the radio, it’s a report about Coronavirus COVID-19.  The story is usually something hyped up to get your attention. It’s working too – people are stripping the supermarket shelves of toilet paper and ummmm, well just toilet paper! Weird… Experts are…

2020 Resolution Ride #2 – Country Ramblings

Having been distracted by the new trail bike recently, I was quickly running out of available days to knock out a solid metric century ride this month. It was going to have to be today. I knew this Saturday most of The Herd were away doing triathlon things (ewwww) so it was to be a…

And just like that, another year is done

I probably say this EVERY year, but seriously where does the time go?!?! It’s been a year that’s for sure. I didn’t ride as many miles as I’d hoped. A combination of a good (and busy) year at work plus other commitments meant my mileage slipped in the second half. It’s all good though, I…