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…

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…

New Zealand!

Yo! April and I have just got back from an awesome road trip around the south island of New Zealand! Okay so we didn’t cycle tour. We hired a car for two weeks and soaked up just a small part of what the island had to offer and let me tell you – it’s a…

Happy New Year! How a decade has aged me…

Here’s a giggle for you all to ring in the new decade! Two photos of yours truly, taken almost exactly 11 years apart! I’ve been riding bikes of all sorts, shapes and sizes for most of my life. I love life on two wheels and every opportunity for a ride I grab hold of with…

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…

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…

Never pass an opportunity to ride!

Recently, April and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We booked a few nights at away Freycinet Lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast to relax and unwind (Tassie’s East Coast is purely sublime, you must visit). Being a very special occasion for the both of us, I opted to leave the bikes at home. Turns out…

Unpopular opinion: Gravel is over-rated

Gravel riding is all the rage right now, “on trend” as they say. Listen to the industry marketing machines and you’d think that councils around the world have been laying  thousands of miles of pristine gravel roads all of a sudden and people are flocking to ride them. You even NEED a specific gravel bike…

Cycling, modern life and social media

Oh look, I’m back! Did you miss me? ;-) You’ll have to excuse the absence, I decided to take a little hiatus from the modern world, a “digital cleanse” of sorts. I had the opportunity to take a little time off work while the wife was interstate, so I turned off my phone, logged out…

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…