The PBs Project: New summer, new motivation

November 17, 2019

Riding is great, obviously, but sometimes you need a goal to help keep you motivated. Over the 2019/20 summer I’ve set myself the challenge of breaking a bunch of personal records.

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Ol’ Dirty 2019

September 28, 2019

What do you get when you combine 80’s hair metal, a sleepy town in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne, bikes of all different kinds, a whole variety of road and trail surfaces, and 500 cyclists ready for a good time? You get Hells 500’s 2019 Ol’ Dirty, of course — the ninth edition of Australia’s biggest […]

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No Melbourne Dirty Dozen in 2019

September 2, 2019

A bunch of you have emailed or messaged me in recent weeks asking what’s happening with the 2019 Melbourne Dirty Dozen. And fair enough too: normally I would have announced the ride months ago, and it would be held in just a few weeks time. Here’s the latest: there won’t be a Melbourne Dirty Dozen […]

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Pleasure in suffering: A beautiful ride in awful conditions

July 19, 2019

For many of us cyclists, pleasure and suffering are inextricably linked. That’s something I was reminded of on a recent ride in truly horrific conditions.

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An autumn adventure in Akita: Part two

November 19, 2018

In late October I spent a glorious few days cycling in the Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. This is the second and final part in a short series about that adventure.

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An autumn adventure in Akita: Part one

November 13, 2018

In late October I spent a glorious few days in the Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. This is the first part in a two-part series about that adventure.

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How to prepare for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

October 26, 2018

Training up for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek? Here’s some advice on how to get the most out of your preparation and some pitfalls you should avoid along the way.

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What it takes to organise the Melbourne Dirty Dozen

October 8, 2018

In this post I take you behind the scenes at DD18: The 2018 Melbourne Dirty Dozen, showing what it takes to pull together a humble, grass-roots cycling event.

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Ol' Dirty 2018

September 27, 2018

The eighth edition of Hells 500’s Ol’ Dirty was the best yet. A brilliantly executed theme, a stellar course and a great crew made for one of the best days I’ve had on the bike in a long time.

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The ups and downs of Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

September 20, 2018
Walking to the start line

As the 10th edition of Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge Falls Creek approaches, I’ve found myself reflecting on my experiences in the early years of the event. The following is a story about my relationship with the single toughest but most satisfying one-day ride I’ve done.

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What to expect from the 2018 Melbourne Dirty Dozen

September 13, 2018

Trying to decide whether to sign up for DD18? Signed up but not sure what to expect? We’ve got you covered.

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DD18: The Melbourne Dirty Dozen returns to Dromana

July 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again – time to ride up a bunch of short but steep hills, all in the name of fun! That’s right, the Melbourne Dirty Dozen is back and in 2018 it returns to Dromana.

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DD17: The 2017 Melbourne Dirty Dozen

October 1, 2017

DD17 was the sixth edition of the Melbourne Dirty Dozen. Held in Dromana for the first time (after three years in the Dandenongs and two in Warburton) the event started poorly, with a torrential downpour at the start. But the weather improved, and it turned into a truly magnificent day on the bike.

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