An accidental imperial century

This morning I set out with a solo 100km in mind. That’s about as far as I ever go. I’m no long distance cyclist, preferring to smash out a more intense two or three hours in the saddle. Sometimes though you need to go on a journey and as I had nothing else to do…

Goal setting for summer

I’ve had no real cycling goals for a couple of years now. I’ve simply been riding hard and having fun – and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that! It’s resulted in measurable fitness gains for sure, but I think it’s time I laid out some goals and a road map to getting there. My short-term…

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…

When to replace your cycling helmet

I’ve had my trusty Specialized Propero II helmet for quite some time. Looking at the date on the sticker, it reads January 2013 manufacture. That’s five years of heavy use. It’s seen many hot and sweaty Aussie summer rides, countless soggy English commuting miles and a couple of crashes (no head/helmet contact luckily). Definitely overdue…

Hitting 4000km for the year so far

Saturday morning I punched out a solid but relatively flat 88km solo ride in blustering conditions that felt like a headwind in every direction. It was rough but still enjoyable. At home afterwards I glanced at my Strava account and noticed I’d rolled past 4000km (2500 miles) for the year so far. It’s a lot to…

CLC2018 Ride 4: Local loops and meeting new friends

This morning I set out on my ride with two goals: to clock up 100km and to average 30kph over the ride. I had a plan to ride my local “Bakery Loop” training circuit until I had the job done. I love this loop as it snakes along the coastline offering beautiful views across the…