Why you should ride your road bike on unsealed roads

April 22, 2015

There are few better things as a road cyclist than discovering a freshly laid patch of super-smooth hotmix bitumen. But as satisfying as smooth road surfaces can be, I’d argue there’s just as much fun to be had at the other end of the spectrum: riding a road bike on unsealed roads. Here are some tips on how to do so.

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Cycling the Snowy Mountains: climbing Mt. Kosciuszko

April 7, 2015

On the second day of my trip to the Snowy Mountains I got to climb mainland Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko. It was an adventure that included more than three hours of riding and more than four hours of hiking.

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Cycling the Snowy Mountains: Khancoban to Jindabyne

March 30, 2015

In the first of two rides in the Snowy Mountains, I tackled the challenging Alpine Way between Khancoban and Jindabyne. Two tough climbs, some thrilling descents and a whole lot of fun.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: a return to Christchurch

March 21, 2015

On the final day of my trip to New Zealand I got the opportunity to ride in Christchurch’s Port Hills again. With so many climbs and great roads to explore, I wasn’t short of options.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: the 'world's steepest street'

March 18, 2015

On a quick visit to Dunedin I visited the “world’s steepest street” — the mighty Baldwin Street — to see what all the fuss is about and how steep it really is.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: climbing Coronet Peak

March 13, 2015

In the fourth of six blog posts about a recent trip to New Zealand’s South Island, I write about riding up Coronet Peak, a climb that surprised me with its difficulty despite having ridden it before.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: climbing The Remarkables

March 11, 2015
The 'sealed' early section of the climb which includes a bunch of amazing switchbacks as the views just get better and better.

In part three of my Cycling New Zealand 2015 series I pay a visit to a climb near Queenstown that I’d been wanting to try for years: The Remarkables. To say it was hard would be a massive understatement.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: Franz Josef Glacier to Fox Glacier

March 6, 2015

In the second of six blog posts about a recent trip to New Zealand I share some photos and videos from a ride between Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier on the west coast of the South Island.

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Cycling New Zealand 2015: the Port Hills of Christchurch

March 4, 2015

In the first of six blog posts about a recent trip to New Zealand I share some photos and stories from a quick but memorable ride in the Port Hills near Christchurch.

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Domestique 7 Peaks Series 2014/15: Mt. Baw Baw

February 18, 2015
2015 Baw Baw Bunch

On Sunday the Domestique 7 Peaks Series wound to a close for 2014/15 with arguably the best climb of the lot: Mt. Baw Baw. This is a report from that ride.

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A day with Donna: a fitness test and supporting Everesting

February 11, 2015

Last Saturday I headed out to Mt. Donna Buang for a couple of reasons: to have a crack at the climb and see where my fitness is at, and to support a bunch of amazing women who were trying to “Everest” the climb.

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The top 10 Australian climbs that aren't on Strava

February 4, 2015

In the years since its inception Strava has undoubtedly changed the way many of us approaching cycling. Strava segments have made it easier than ever before to track performance on our favourite climbs, and virtually every piece of road seemingly has its own Strava segment. But if you look hard enough you’ll find a whole bunch of great roads that haven’t yet been Strava-ised. David Blom has done just that.

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More cycling in the Adelaide Hills

January 30, 2015

At the Tour Down Under in Adelaide last week I got the chance to check out a few new climbs. Here are my impressions of those climbs and some thoughts about where I’d love to ride when I’m next in town.

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