Clearing out the cobwebs

April 14, 2017

It’s been a long time since my last post so I thought I’d take the time to write about why things have been so quiet, what’s been going on, and what’s coming up.

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7 Peaks Domestique Ride 2016: Lake Mountain

November 23, 2016

We’ve battled some extreme weather conditions in the past five years of running Domestique 7 Peaks rides, but none more so than at Lake Mountain a week or so ago. With constant rain and freezing temperatures, it was a day for the tough nuts and certainly a day to remember.

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A ride down memory lane: Bike Camp revisited

November 14, 2016

Not all rides have great meaning to them. Much of the time it’s about simply getting from A to B, or staying fit, or clearing your head. But sometimes there’s a ride that stands out, that has a significance much greater than the distance covered or how fast your rode. A recent ride down memory lane with my mate Nick was one of those rides.

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Join us for the 2016/17 Domestique 7 Peaks Ride

October 19, 2016
2015 Lake Mountain Bunch

We hope to see you in Marysville on Sunday November 13 as we kick-start 7 Peaks Ride season with the climb to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Riders of all abilities are welcome to attend this free, community event. Join us!

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DD16: The 2016 Melbourne Dirty Dozen

September 21, 2016
Dirty Dozen 2016

DD16 was the fifth edition of the Melbourne Dirty Dozen, a recreational cycling event in which riders pit themselves against a baker’s dozen of short but steep climbs. For this year’s edition we returned to Warburton for what was arguably the hardest edition yet, not least because of constant rain throughout the day.

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Ol' Dirty 2016

August 31, 2016

The fifth edition of Hells 500’s Ol’ Dirty took us into the Cathedral Ranges near Marysville for a day of steep climbs, rough roads, and yet another memorable lunch stop.

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The Redback: Mountain bike racing in Alice Springs

August 25, 2016

The Redback is a four-day, six-stage mountain bike race in the central Australian town of Alice Springs. I went into the race thoroughly unprepared – in terms of my equipment and my training – but still managed to have a terrific time. Here’s how my race unfolded.

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Crashing in Austria, Le Tour and riding in London

August 10, 2016

After a quiet few months on the blog, there’s quite a bit to catch up on, not least a crash in Austria, a trip to the Tour de France, and the chaos of riding around London.

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New bike day, new challenge

June 9, 2016
The aftermath.

One of the things I’ve found most motivating throughout my journey as a cyclist is the process of setting and completing new challenges. Whether it be getting up a climb for the first time, setting a new PB on a climb I’ve done many times before, or completing an event I thought was beyond me, […]

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Video: Things don't always go to plan

May 2, 2016

After setting a satisfying new PB on the 1 in 20 a few weeks back, I thought I’d head out to Kinglake to see if I could do something similar. It didn’t go as well as I was hoping.

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PBs, the 1 in 20 and the joy of progress

April 18, 2016

All of us cyclists are on our own journey through the sport and we’re all motivated by different things. For me, a big driver is the desire to improve, to get fitter, stronger and faster. A good hard go at the local benchmark climb, the 1 in 20, gives me a chance to see where I’m at and as I was reminded a week or two ago, setting a new best time is always a tremendous feeling.

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Video: Bike racing in a multi-story carpark

March 24, 2016

A closed multi-story carpark, 100 cyclists, food, drinks and music – it was a great night at the inaugural Secure Parking Carpark climb.

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Mountain biking at Mt. Buller and Mt. Stirling

March 15, 2016

The day after our Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Mt. Buller, I headed out onto the famous MTB trails in the surrounding hills. My destination was the nearby peak of Mt. Stirling and while the mountain was only 10km away in a straight line, it was no mean feat to get there.

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