January 2012 Blog Posts (15)

Signs of the climbs. Ascending, and descending, Mt Hotham

Above: The view from Mt St Bernard Snow Clearing Control Station on the way to Mt Hotham

One of the great things about the annual Audax Alpine Classic, run in the Victorian Alps around Australia Day, is the opportunity it gives to ride all the other roads in the area surrounding Bright. These fabulous, low-traffic riding options are an excellent reason to…


Added by Neil Alexander on January 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Centennial Park 7 am try again!

HI All, I am still willing to try for 5th Feb Sun at 7 am Centennial Park cafe. We are aiming to do a couple of hours at a cruisy pace


Added by Elizabeth Evans on January 31, 2012 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Santos northwestern tour

Hey does anybody know out there if the Northwestern tour is open to everybody. There talking it up as if its gonna be run as a teams event. I,m worried if I cant average 45km/hr over 130 k,s dont bother entering. It,ll be a shame if it isnt open to average Joe as average Joe has made the Sundowner and the Gunnedah to Tamworth what it is today.  

Added by Wayne Callaghan on January 30, 2012 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Living the dream in Sydney

Coogee beach, closest to where we live

My wife and I moved to Australia eight years ago. We live in the Eastern suburbs; a stone throw from the quintessential beaches…


Added by Andy Moore on January 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Bionx is coming to Australia

Just a short note to all members that Bionx Conversion Kits will soon be available in Australia. For details please visit www.mrebikes.com.au

Added by Martin Turner on January 25, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments


For those who become concerned with bombing Magpies. Out of season now, of course, but try this next bombing season.

Maggies, being birds, have light, hollow bones.  They make their living flying and they will not risk these bones lightly.  Do you ever see Magpies having mid air collisions or banging into things?

The next time a Maggie bombs you, start to count.  When you reach 5, shoot one arm up in the air.  A Magpie must gain elevation before his/her next strafing run.  This…


Added by Bob Hollis on January 22, 2012 at 3:52pm — 5 Comments

Thank you Sydney traffic!

I don’t know if it was down to it being Friday and everyone being a little chilled out for the weekend. I don’t know if it was because decent human beings in their cars behaving like caring members of a society felt they needed to make up for some of the more boorish (and well publicised, oft discussed) driver behaviour that has come to light.

I don’t know if it was because I radiate sweetness and light as I glide along on my trusty Giant (I kind of doubt it was this, it’s hard to…


Added by Will Wassell on January 20, 2012 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Manly Daily


I think it would be a great idea to put the 1000+ cyclists that travel every day from North Sydney back in their cars and see what a traffic jam is real like! Never mind critical Mass lets do critical car! Most of us that ride have cars to, so let vote with our cars! they will soon want us back on our bikes :)

Added by Sonia on January 20, 2012 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Centennial Park 7 am Sun still on

Hi All,

For all who agreed to go on a ride this Sun :

I can't make it this Sun as I am going away, but for all who can, it is 7 am Centennial Park cafe. Can I suggest another one in 2 wks time after the long weekend, also on a Sun and we can discuss location? Liz

Added by Elizabeth Evans on January 20, 2012 at 10:11am — 4 Comments

Three Gorges Ride - a world away from Sydney, in Sydney



Added by Andy Moore on January 18, 2012 at 10:23am — 13 Comments

The best coffee shops in eastern suburbs Sydney (for old men in lycra)

The best coffee shops in Eastern Suburbs (for old men in lycra)

View from Malabar Beach Cafe

Members of the …


Added by Andy Moore on January 17, 2012 at 9:11pm — 3 Comments

2012 and beyond

It hasn't been the best start for 2012 for me.

Commuting to work has been curtailed with a painful episode of gout early last week - right when the weather was starting to look beautiful too!

I'm not fully recovered but the swelling has subsided to the point where I managed to squeeze my foot into my cycling shoes and get in a ride in today, looking and feeling great on the bike, until I get off and limp around.

So staying healthy is right up there for my wishes and…


Added by PeterT on January 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Just another road trip with Geoff and John (Sequel to: Just another night on the road?)

Well, it has been a while but a few readers asked for more, especially since I left them hanging by suggesting there were horrors as yet unrevealed... so, as the Alpine ride is approaching, it may be a good time to continue the saga of my nightmarish cycling trips with Geoff and John (not their real names -- to protect me) in the 1990s. Though this is less a cycling trip than a…


Added by Neil Alexander on January 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

Egocentric statistical nerdom #2: My Cycling in 2011 "The Year Of The Bent Hangers"

In 2011 I cycled a total of 12168km which is 3561km more than last year. 8821km of this was commuting, which saved me around $1747.87 from not having to purchase fuel - which is less that I would have saved had a drunk commodore (what else) driver not written off my old car allowing us to buy a fuel efficient Honda Jazz, in which we have done roughly half the kms I have ridden in the same time. My commuting also allowed me to attain a new level of smugness by not emitting…


Added by Si on January 1, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

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