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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Saturday, December 25, 2004

"Crazies" and others

My last bike tour made me think about some new goals and re-kindled a few others. Riding a fully loaded century which included Mt Hotham (and then another a couple of days later) made me realise I've been selling myself a little short the last couple of years. Then I brought up an old long-term goal I had that I'd departed from -- that being to ride an imperial century in every Australian state. Of the actual States I only have Tasmania (hoping for the Ash Dash in 2005), and Western Australia (perhaps a ride from Perth to Albany and back again(?) in 2006) to go.Then I started thinking about the territories, and this is where this post really gets started.

One day I think I'd like to ride from Alice Springs to Darwin in the NT. I think this has the potential to be a wonderful trip -- the hills rising out of the red rocks in the centre, gradually giving way to increased vegetation, flowing watercourses and whatever else in the tropics. However, it seems nobody agrees with me.It's not so much the experience or the ride that anybody's concerned about, it's just the "crazies out there". I find it ironic, nobody I've yet spoken to about this resides in a city of a population of less than 500,000. It's ironic, because, according to the stereotype, it's supposed to be the "crazies" in these remote areas who have issues with people "not from around here, boy." Could it be that the "civilised" urbanites exhibit the same traits as the supposedly "simple" country folk (i.e judging people in places they've never been)?

Of course none of the comments concern me, I heard them all just before I took off for Tasmania (Rowan, did you have the extra head specially removed? ).And if we want to talk about "crazies", allow me a moment to tell you all what happened on the "civilised", sanitised Gold Coast yesterday, shall I? Basically, some nutter barricaded himself inside a hotel room that he'd filled with explosives, and held a "siege". His demands? A cup of coffee. I am not making a word of this up. Just who are the "crazies" here?


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