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Sometimes I just can’t help myself! I was scrolling through the local Gumtree ads earlier when I saw this, picked it up for a steal. I used to ride a bit of street, but it’s been about 10 years since I last had a BMX. What could possibly go wrong? It weighs more than my…

Snoopy, cycling and living a full life

A fellow Tasmanian posted a quote on her website recently that resonated with me. Sharron is quite the cyclist and adventurer, clocking up serious mileage on the roads and also on Zwift (she’s the leading female Zwifter) as well as travelling the world. The quote was from Snoopy and simply read… Charlie Brown said to…

Kicking it with the fast bunch (Sally’s Ride 2018)

Last Sunday I headed north to take on the 100km Sally’s Ride. Many of the State’s strongest riders turn up to hammer this so I’d been doing a bit of secret training in preparation. I had one main goal; finish the lumpy course in under 3 hours 30 minutes elapsed time. Photo Credit: Michael Preece,…

Cycle Life Challenge 2018

I stumbled across the Cycle Life Challenge while reading fellow Tasmanian rider Tony’s cycling blog. Providing a bit of fun and motivation, it’s a yearly challenge to get people out riding more and supporting the local community. The rules (more like guidelines) are simple, straightforward and open to each rider’s interpretation. All it requires is…

Cycling Tips eFondo #3 London Pretzel

It’s still very much mid-winter here in Tasmania, with many a frosty start to the day and snow settling about half way down Mount Wellington. So when the third event in the CyclingTips eFondo series rolled around, I decided to jump on again and ride the virtual sportive bandwagon! This time it was over the…

Update your Strava privacy

Strava have recently added some new privacy settings to your profile, so now is a time to have another look at your current settings and maybe tighten up the security on your account. You should already at a least be using the “Hide Your House” option to keep the start and finish points of your regular…

When Twitter is awesome, plus bonus Peter Sagan content!

Every now and then, Twitter can be truly awesome. Take this example: A budding young cyclist, Ruby from the UK recently tweeted to Peter Sagan about their shared love of post-ride Haribo… Then this happened… A retweet and reply from the World Champion himself! There are so many reasons to love Peter Sagan and this…

Never waste a sunny Sunday

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming. I forget just how lucky I am to be able to live and ride here on this southern island. It really doesn’t get much better than waking up to this! I only had a short amount of “ride time” on this beautiful Sunday morning…

New job & cycle commute

A couple of days after getting back from my Slovenia and Italy trip (which was awesome I might add) I started my new job. I’ve been on the job just over two weeks now and I’m in the swing of it and enjoying the new environment. There was plenty to learn over the first few days and I…

Almost Famous

Last Sunday a film crew from ITV’s The Cycle Show accompanied us on the regular first of the month club ride to Windsor. They were filming a piece on how accessible it is to join a club and how not all clubs are intimidating. We are a club that caters for all abilities and isn’t just full of svelte…

Five cycling pet hates

Sometimes it’s best not to take anything I say too seriously. This is one of those times. Here’s a little tongue in cheek list of five things that annoy me when I’m out cycling. Some may seem reasonable, others are totally irrational, all get on my nerves to some extent. But remember, this is just…

Ride with Mark Flannagan from Beating Bowel Cancer

This morning I rode with Mark Flannagan from Beating Bowel Cancer. I’ve known Mark for a while now, but don’t often get the chance to ride with him. It’s a shame as he’s an avid roadie, enthusiastic member of Woking Cycling Club and all round top bloke. Mark, Paul, Dave and myself spun out for a mid-morning social ride to the…