Banff, Alberta, Canada. June 8. My goals were this: ⁃ Have fun ⁃ Finish ⁃ 15 days In that order. Milling around at the YWCA, the start line for the Tour Divide. “Crazy Larry” (as per his own insistence) is wrangling everyone for a group photo before we roll out. The air is a buzz […]
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I wanted to take an in depth look at my Tour Divide rig. The basis for the bike is the Giant XTC which is their carbon cross country mountain bike which I’ve been riding for the past year set up as a more traditional XC bike. The amazing crew at Saint Cloud and Giant have […]
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The last few months of Tour Divide training have kept me busy and churning through the miles. 600+km a week of work, hill repeats, efforts, long rides, trail rides, racing the Otway Odyssey, but maybe seemingly counter intuitively; not a lot of bike packing. The truth is I get a lot of long, slow, junk […]
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Visiting Canberra over Christmas with my bike, I knew I just had to get out and explore the hills outside of town. It is my great privilege to have the opportunity to visit the traditional land of the Ngunawal and Ngarigo people. The Brindabella Range can be reached within 30kms of my sisters house so […]
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I’d like to acknowledge the Gunai-Kurnai as the traditional owners of the land through which this ride took place. It’d been a while since I’d got away and I was itching to get out of the city properly. However, coming up to Christmas I wasn’t able to wrangle anyone else into coming with me on […]
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I disembark the train in Bairnsdale, alone on this trip. Not far from where the waters of the Mitchell River culminate in Lake King, after beginning their journey in the heart of the high country. My own journey is to begin following the direction of the Mitchell, north-west into the mountains. First through the rolling […]
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Melbourne Randonneur’s Searching For the Bunyip is a 100km route and the first in their mixed terrain series. I rode the event last year and had a tonne of fun, I wasn’t going to miss it this year. Last year the ride started in Pakenham and a group of us commuted the 80km out, but […]
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I’ve spent much of the winter sick, and my riding has taken a bit of a back seat while I try to get back to health. But feeling strong again, the weather on the rise and a long weekend at my disposal I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a trip into the high country. Day […]
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A winter mission up to Keppel’s Hut has become somewhat of a yearly pilgrimage for me since I moved to Melbourne. It’s always a hard day of riding in the mountains culminating in a few kilometres of hike-a-bike to get to the little wooden hut, with little more to reward you for your efforts than […]
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Racing through Victoria’s Goldfields
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