Around the Lake (a Hells 500 epic)

Two days before Around the Lake I still didn't know if I was going or not. Sure, I'd forked out $110 for a set of 25mm 'puncture resistant' tyres to combat the ride's 50km of dirt, but that didn't mean I could get the tyres on my wheels. In fact, two hours of stretching and straining on Wednesday night yielded nothing but frustration, blood blisters and a burning desire to stay at home come Saturday morning. EXCERPT Read more “Around the Lake (a Hells 500 epic)”

Return to the Reefton Spur (of climbs, cold and KOMs)

I've only ridden the Reefton Spur twice but I can comfortably say it's one of my favourite cycling roads. Amazing scenery, great views, a long, sustained and rewarding climb and, for the most part, a nice quiet road. So when Andy and Evan of Hells 500 fame said they were planning on heading out there last Sunday, I had no hesitation in agreeing to come along. EXCERPT Read more “Return to the Reefton Spur (of climbs, cold and KOMs)”