What it takes

A little while back my friend JC was on the verge of returning home to Adelaide for Xmas from Melbourne. A keen cyclist, keener on going up rather than anything else and in the shortest and steepest fashion possible, especially off-road, he has a certain knack for the pedals. Back in the Day Over theContinue reading “What it takes”

Each goal starts with a pedal stroke

Every mountain climb starts and ends with the same thing, a revolution of the cranks, a pedal stroke. What’s the significance in that? It is but such a small effort, but it’s not just a lever propelled by a shapely leg to get you over the top, often it’s a lever that’s pushing a bigContinue reading “Each goal starts with a pedal stroke”

Cycling’s Big Question: What for?

Just riding along, (or JRA) and that big question lobs up once again “What am I doing this for?”. Most profoundly it appears during the middle of a long hard race or as a car door almost takes you out. Some way up a mountain when the view is already teasing you with it’s mystery,Continue reading “Cycling’s Big Question: What for?”

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”

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”

It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again

The dawn of new season bikes emerges around September and continues through to December each year (and let’s not forget the Nouveau Beaujolais sitting pretty on Nov 15th!). For the southerners, that’s Spring. After which the weather only gets better, along with the range of new bikes becoming available. It’s a difficult time for cyclingContinue reading “It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again”

Globe-trotting strava cyclists will be into this!

For the Strava / GPS users out there that happen to travel with their bike, you’ll appreciate this little web tool. By referencing your Strava Rider ID and uploading all your cycling history, this tool will create a global Google map with all your rides. A nice little virtual pin-board to drop in to yourContinue reading “Globe-trotting strava cyclists will be into this!”