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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Domestique 7 Peaks Rides 2015/16: Mt. Buller

March 9, 2016
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For the final Domestique 7 Peaks Ride of the summer, the crew headed out to the glorious Mt. Buller climb roughly three hours north-east of Melbourne. Several hundred riders took on the 16km ascent to the alpine resort on what was a beautifully warm autumn day.

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Domestique 7 Peaks Rides 2015/16: Mt. Baw Baw

February 17, 2016
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The Domestique 7 Peaks Rides headed out to West Gippsland on Sunday to tackle one of Australia’s most feared climbs: Mt. Baw Baw. Several hundred riders came along, most of them doing Baw Baw for the first time. It was another stellar day climbing mountains with great people.

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Cycling in the Adelaide Hills at the Tour Down Under

January 27, 2016
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January is the best month to be a road cycling fan in Australia’s southern states. The Bay Crits, Road Nationals, Tour Down Under, Cadel’s Race — it’s a veritable cornucopia of great local racing. And it’s not just the racing that makes these events so enjoyable, it’s the fact that it’s so easy to do some great rides of your own while at these races.

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Video: A week at the Aussie Road Nationals

January 13, 2016
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For Australian cycling fans, January is just about the biggest month of the year. July is obviously huge due to the Tour de France, but if it’s great local racing you’re after, then you can’t go past the Aussie summer of cycling. It all started on January 1 with the Bay Crits and continued last […]

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