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.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

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.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
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.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

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

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

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
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

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

What can I say? Just read it.

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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Thursday, October 21, 2004

The ultimate ironic facade?

Often while lane-splitting through the gridlock, which is slightly intensified at the moment due to Gold Coast road closures, certain thoughts will cross my mind (which is, uh, why I have a blog). Today seemed to be the busiest yet, although the traffic did dissipate very slightly after the Isle of Capri turn-off. The irony of literally thousands of cars being stuck in gridlock, going nowhere, all in the aid of some of the fastest cars in the world in Sunday's Indy Car race.

The facade is that the international viewers (I suspect there will be a few million of them) will only see the images from Surfers on Sunday. They'll see shots of the very very fast cars, and perhaps a few long shots of the South Pacific in the background. In short, they'll see a facade of the Gold Coast, that differs from the reality that so many of the commuters were experiencing this afternoon.

Interestingly, in the days before I deliberately avoided watching what passes for news in this country, I remember seeing so many similar accusations levelled at countries whose foreign policy differed to what our leaders (who weren't even there) thought was best. How often have we heard the expression "there was the (name the country) that was shown to the cameras, then there was the (name the country) that we saw after they took our cameras off us" (yes it was often sycophantic journalists saying this).

Funnily enough, I hadn't thought about that for years, but something in today's commute brought it right back into my mind. I wonder how many of the international viewers will see the "real" Gold Coast this weekend? Will they even think about it? Still, as I related yesterday, my vehicle has no engine and only two wheels -- so I don't seem to suffer from "indy fever". If anything, my commute times have actually improved slightly this week.

Who would have thought it?


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