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…

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…

Whiskyneuring

All the Coffeeneuring and Vinouring articles I’d been reading recently got me thinking. Those are rides with the intention of seeking out the best coffee or wine. I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I do love a good whisky or dark rum every now and then. So I had an idea … ……

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…

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…

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…

Two years in Tasmania!

Has it really been that long already? Wow! It seriously only feels like yesterday, but on the 10th of May 2016 I stepped off the plane at Hobart Airport, collected my Bike Box Alan and walked out onto Tassie soil to started my new life on the other side of the planet. What a change…

CLC2018 Ride 7: Taking a trip to the North Coast

My seventh and final ride for this year’s CLC is actually a number of rides melded into one. There’s a reason for this though. I’ve been on holiday along the North Coast of Tasmania so took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring by bicycle. My wife April knows I get a bit moody…

CLC2018 Ride 6: Mornings on the mountain

Love em or hate em, hills are a part of cycling. They call your name, taunt you, entice you. I like climbing, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past where I would avoid any big climbs in favour of posting higher average speeds and more miles on the clock. These days I’m learning…

CLC2018 Ride 5: The seven switchbacks of Mount Nelson

My weekday morning routine is pretty standard. Wake up early, bowl of porridge for breakfast, get ready, then wheel the Ninja out of the garage for a blast into the office. I plan my departure time depending on how long I want to be out cycling before work (the pedal powered kind). There’s nothing like…

CLC2018 Ride 2: Cycleway to Sweet Sassafras, Hobart

Following alongside the now-disused railway track, the Hobart Innercity Cycleway makes for a great car-free cycle from the waterfront along the Derwent River up to Claremont and back. From my office, it’s a relatively flat 32km (~20 mile) return trip of wide and smooth purpose built concrete path. Sunrises and cycles. Repping in my Woking CC…