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..

More cycling blogs

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Some free time at last!

Yes, it's been a while, with Christmas and so on, since I actually had a day to myself, to do whatever the heck I damn well liked. Of course, there was nothing for it but to ride an imperial century was there? Some people may disagree on that, but I just had to get away from all the chaos of the post-christmas "sales" -- 1,000 people all pushing and shoving, trying to get the one bargain, when there really is, only, the one bargain!

The early morning headwind down the Tweed Coast was pretty intense, as it often is in those parts. There would be no complaint from me, for 'twas a southerly, meaning cooler conditions. The temperature was a relatively "freezing" 23 degrees C as I cruised through the coastal scenery -- even discovering an undeveloped beach -- how long will that last I wonder?

Inland near Billinudgel, and stopping in the absolute wrong place to apply sunscreen. Being swarmed by mosquitoes isn't much fun, but, incredibly, the sunscreen seemed to deter them. Strange, because the insect repellent doesn't. Then it was on to the short, but steep climb of Mt Jerusalem, and beautiful greenery in the process.

The ride home covered Uki (where the cafe was closed), Murwillumbah (a pleasant detour on Baker's Road), Urliup (of course), Bilambil (where the bakery was open) followed by the last 35km of suburbia. 174km total distance for the day all told. In the time between Urliup and Miami (Gold Coast suburb close to home) the temperature rose from 24-30 degrees C. I hate summer.

I'm off to help a family member move house for a couple of days. It's not really the way I want to spend my holiday, but I promised I'd do it, and she'd be struggling without me there. I might even try to get some riding done in Brisbane in some idle early morning moments, but it's doubtful. I don't think there's much there to see. Oh well, roll on 2005. I'm thinking about 25,000km for the year in 2005. Not sure if I'm up to it mentally, but I'll find out one way or another.


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