Spring is here and I can't wait to get out and ride

October 7, 2015

As a cyclist I always welcome the arrival of spring. The warmer months are laid out in front of me with weeks and weeks of great riding opportunities just waiting to be taken. This spring and summer I’m looking forward to getting back out on the bike and finding some new roads. What’s got you motivated?

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Introducing the 2015/16 Domestique 7 Peaks Rides

October 1, 2015

We’ve had plenty of people asking us in recent months what we’re doing with 7 Peaks this summer. Here’s what you need to know, including the ride dates.

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DD15: the 2015 Melbourne Dirty Dozen

September 23, 2015
The Dirty Dozen 2015

After many months of planning, the 2015 Melbourne Dirty Dozen finally arrived on Sunday. In its first visit to Warburton, the event saw 250 cyclist tackle 13 of the steepest climbs in the area. This is my write-up from the day, with photos from Jess Varey and Emily Figgis.

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Amy's Gran Fondo 2015

September 15, 2015

Amy’s Gran Fondo has become one of the most popular and well-attended events on the Victorian cycling calendar. Starting in the seaside town of Lorne and taking in the Great Ocean Road, it’s a beautifully scenic event with some great views … assuming you get the time to look around you.

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Ol' Dirty 2015

September 2, 2015

Always a late-winter highlight, Ol’ Dirty is a Hells 500 event in which several hundred riders take to quiet and muddy roads on road bikes, having a lot of fun along the way. Here’s how the 2015 edition of Ol’ Dirty unfolded from my perspective.

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Four reasons to take time off the bike over winter

August 26, 2015

Riding in cold and wet conditions can be a thoroughly miserable experience. So why not take some time off the bike during winter? In this post I give four reasons for spending time away from cycling while the weather’s bad, to allow you to come back to it feeling refreshing and motivated when the weather warms up.

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Introducing DD15: the Dirty Dozen moves to Warburton

August 12, 2015

The Melbourne Dirty Dozen is back for a fourth straight year but this year we’re doing things a little differently. In addition to moving the ride out to Warburton, we’ve also included a handful of gravel ascents. Tickets are now available to DD15 – we hope to see you out there!

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Behind the scenes at the 2015 Tour de France

August 5, 2015

I’ve had a couple of people ask me to write about what it’s like to cover the Tour de France. Here then are some observations from my time at the 2015 Tour, with a selection of photos I took along the way.

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Cycling, running and life: trying to find a healthy balance

June 10, 2015

It’s hard to balance a love of cycling with everything else going on in your life. That’s particularly true if you’re also trying to train up for a marathon while keeping up your riding.

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Why I love cycling on Beach Road

June 3, 2015

When you love riding in the hills it can become a bit of a reflex to simply head out for rides that are nice and lumpy. But as I was reminded on Saturday, there is something very satisfying about heading out for a pancake-flat ride like Beach Road every once in a while.

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How to suffer on the bike

May 27, 2015

If you’re the sort of rider that enjoys pushing yourself to improve and trying to find your limits, you’re probably reasonably good at suffering on the bike. So why does suffering on the bike have a kind of a perverse appeal? And how can we get better at it?

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Exploring Kinglake: Bowden Spur and other new roads

May 20, 2015

An upcoming trip to South Korea for a Gran Fondo gave me the motivation to get out and go for a nice long ride. Along the way I explored some roads in the Kinglake Ranges for the first time, not least the very tough Bowden Spur Road.

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The top 30 HC climbs in Australia: 10 to 1

May 13, 2015

Over the past three weeks we’ve been counting down the top 30 HC climbs in Australia. Today, in the final instalment of this three-part series, David Blom takes a look at the 10 hardest climbs in Australia.

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