New climb added to the site: Perrins Creek Road

April 9, 2014

The Perrins Creek Road climb is one of the most popular climbs in the Dandenongs, and with good reason: it’s wonderfully scenic. It’s also deceptively challenging, despite an average gradient of less than 7%. Here’s a full climb guide.

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Everesting Yarra Street: 203km, 13 hours and 159 laps

April 1, 2014
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A few years back Shane Miller did 100 laps of the popular Yarra Street climb in Melbourne’s inner east, earning himself a place in local cycling folklore. On Sunday, Paul Dalgarno, the rider formerly known as the Donvale Demon, set out to do his own epic ride on Yarra Street, attempting to ‘Everest’ the climb. Here’s Paul’s story.

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The 2014 Mt. Buller Road Race (by Verita Stewart)

March 26, 2014

Only a year ago Verita Stewart was lining up to race women’s C grade at the Mt. Buller Road Race. On Sunday she raced A grade with ambitions of a top-10 finish, despite a less than ideal lead-up. In this guest post Verita talks us through her weekend, which also included the Mansfield Criterium.

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La Marmotte Dreaming: a very tough ride near Christchurch

March 20, 2014
Looking down over Akaroa Bay.

After moving to Christchurch in early 2013 George Mallory has spent some time exploring the great riding around New Zealand’s South Island. This post is about a challenging route George put together near Christchurch, in an attempt to pay homage to the great French cyclosportif, La Marmotte. Try it if you dare.

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Exploring Apollo Bay and surrounds by bike

March 18, 2014
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A recent camping trip down to Apollo Bay gave me the opportunity to ride on some unfamiliar roads and climbs, reminding me of the simple joy of riding new roads for the first time.

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3 Peaks Challenge 2014

March 14, 2014

For the past four years Bicycle Network’s 3 Peaks Challenge has been the focal point of my cycling year. But this year a niggling knee injury stopped me from doing enough training and, ultimately, taking part in the event. But my brother Brendan de Neef was able to take my place and he wrote this report.

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A weekend of cycling in Canberra

March 10, 2014

I recently got the opportunity to head to Canberra for a long weekend of cycling. I managed to get in three solid rides and check out a bunch of great climbs around our nation’s capital. Here’s my story and a bunch of photos from that trip.

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Domestique 7 Peaks Series 2013/14: Mt Buller

March 4, 2014
2014 Buller Bunch

Putting on the Domestique 7 Peaks Series has been extremely satisfying and rewarding for Andy and I and the final ride, at Mt. Buller last weekend, was no exception. Here’s my report from that ride, including some terrific photos from Kirsten Simpson.

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Mountain biking at Mt. Buller

February 28, 2014
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The day after our final Domestique 7 Peaks Series ride of the summer, a group of three of us went mountain biking up at Mt. Buller. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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Everesting: a Hells 500 epic

February 27, 2014

It’s been nearly a year since the last Hells 500 epic — Crux — and this year’s ride is scheduled to take place this weekend. It’s called Everesting and it’s almost certainly the hardest Hells 500 epic yet.

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New climb added to the site: Mt. William

February 19, 2014

Mt. William is the highest point in the Grampians National Park and with a brutally tough 1.9km section just before the summit it’s not a climb to be taken lightly. But the amazing views throughout, and particularly near the top, make this climb more than worth the effort.

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Mowen's 24-hour Challenge: 480km & 18,000m of climbing

February 14, 2014

480km, 18,000m of climbing, 24 hours on the bike. They’re scary numbers whichever way you slice them. But for Michael Owen, even a ride this tough couldn’t compare to what he’d already been through and what many millions around the world continue to go through.

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The simple joy of exploration

February 5, 2014
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When you’re sick of riding the same old roads and your riding is starting to feel a little stale, why not switch gears and do a bit of exploring by bike? It’s a great way to see the world around you, all while keeping your riding interesting.

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