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

June 10, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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The top 30 HC climbs in Australia: 20 to 11

May 6, 2015
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There are no shortage of long and challenging cycling climbs around Australia. In this three-part series David Blom counts down the top 30 HC climbs in the country, continuing, in this instalment, with numbers 20 to 11.

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The top 30 HC climbs in Australia: 30 to 21

April 29, 2015
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There are no shortage of long and challenging cycling climbs around Australia. In this three-part series David Blom counts down the top 30 HC climbs in the country, starting, in this instalment, with numbers 30 to 21.

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Why you should ride your road bike on unsealed roads

April 22, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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