Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

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Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


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The Journey
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Lance Notstrong
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Ms Mittens
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Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
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Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

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London Cycling Diary
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CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
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Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
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Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

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Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Glorious Mee

A little late on this entry, but one hopes it might have been worth waiting for. Saturday was the day, one of my main goals for the year had been to do this ride in temperatures below 30 degrees Celcius. That aspect of it complied pretty well. The start was in temperatures of (incredibly) just 8 degrees, compared with 32 last year. The first act on this ride is the climb of Mt Nebo, with a small descent at the pass (which, contrary to the signs, is only about 440 metres above sea level), before the final assault of Mt Glorious (742 at it's highest point).

Following the ridge along for a while, the climbing and descending at various points on the range actually yield over 1,400 metres of climbing in total before the descent into the valley below.

It was here that the terrain changed to rolling hills rather than mountains, with much drier vegetation. It's also prime magpie territory.

The Hills rolled all the way to Kilcoy (another 50km away), with a couple of short sharp climbs just to make the legs do some work. In fact, those 50km yielded another 600 metres of climbing. The views of Lake Somerset were the reward.

After lunch in Kilcoy, the terrain became flatter and less interesting. It was also the scene of (surprisingly) the only magpie attack of the day. The temperature continued warming up through Woodforde and beyond, reaching 28 degrees C on the climb of Mt Mee. This climb is a killer. Although the average gradient is only 9%, it's the first km or so that does the damage, and coming after 150km and 2200 metres of climbing, it already has plenty of soreness and fatigue to work with. However, the reward for reaching the top is special.

Eventually this climb reaches the modest height of 540 metres, hugging the ridge, but yielding suprisingly little in the way of views, before the descent into Samford Valley, and a bushfire! The smoke here made breathing difficult at times, it was a matter of survival for another 40km or so, onto the outskirts of Brisbane. A couple of short sharp climbs here made the legs wake up a little bit. However, the weren't insurmountable (the biggest being 150 metres or so), and were soon eaten up, before the return to The Gap, and the chance to share tales of the ride.

I do, however, worry a little about the future of this ride. The caterers, while being excellent once again, seemed slightly less enthusiastic than in previous years. I'm wondering how long this will continue. Having said that, doing this ride self-supported would be an interesting challenge.

The ride from the Gap back to Fortitude Valley was pleasant enough. Traffic was a little light, as I waited for the throngs charging toward the Brisbane Broncos game (they got owned by Melbourne), to finish. Waterworks Road was pretty quiet. Fortitude Valley at night is a suprisingly pleasant ride. The ups and downs yield views over the city that are very pleasant. At the end, there was 232km of riding, and 3,304 metres of climbing for the day. Leaving me with that rare combination of elation and exhaustion that can only come under very special circumstances.


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