The wrong tool for the right job

Sometimes we don’t have the right tools for the job, other times the skill, or the know how, the experience, an instruction booklet, someone to ask or nor do we know what’s on the other side or maybe at the top. We know that by going forward, we’ll face perils, or we have materials andContinue reading “The wrong tool for the right job”

On the start line

You’re on the start line ready to roll. You’ve prepared for this day for months. The regular weekly training rides have built you up to a physical and mental peak that you’re quietly comfortable with. Legs are feeling good. You’ve broken out a new kit just for today. You’re the embodiment of splendour as farContinue reading “On the start line”

Training with a French Cycling Club

Cycling. France. Training with a local Club at the foot of the Pyrenees. Three simple things spun together that seem far removed from belting up and down Beach Rd in Melbourne at 6am. What does it mean to roll along in a club ride through the Pyrenees-Orientales? Hopefully this virtual tour will do it justice…

How will the story read at the end of the year?

Everyone has a story, often it reads with how we want it to be but what it actually is, is the substance all others seek. Alessandro, reported by his sister in Italy in September 2012 as missing, presumed dead, has a story. Presumably the victim of the economy, saddened by the loss of his Father,Continue reading “How will the story read at the end of the year?”

Santa in French waterski accident

In the South of France this week as the crowd expectantly awaited the arrival of Papa Noel aka Father Christmas / Santa, the children were heard comparing this year’s favourites. The whirr of an outboard engine disturbed the chatter, there he was, Papa Noel waterskiing in behind an IRB (inflatable boat) to Collioure Bay toContinue reading “Santa in French waterski accident”

Beyond shiny lights work the brightest stars

Cupcakes. Sweet morsels determined by a sponge-like base and coifs of cream or a spatular slathering of frosting. A hot topic in Montpellier, France at the moment. Much like the vision of a glamorous femme fatale sporting 3-inch heels on a bicycle, cupcakes exude a hint of luxury, decadence, quality-time shared with close confidantes. OrContinue reading “Beyond shiny lights work the brightest stars”

5 Essential Apps for Cyclists on Tour

After a solid six months on-the-hop in Europe, without these Apps I’d still be lugging around libraries of books, flyers, magazines, maps, tourist guides, flyers and printed memorabilia. Have I succumbed to the Internet of Everything? (IoE – yes that’s a new industry buzzword!) It is becoming readily apparent, no matter where, the mobile deviceContinue reading “5 Essential Apps for Cyclists on Tour”