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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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Endorphins? Those need to be watched

Another day, another huge southerly wind. Actually, it was a relatively late decision as to what I was going to do today, given that I couldn't quite decide where to ride. In the end I headed up over Springbrook, down into Numinbah Valley, and headed south from there. This may not have been a smart move in some respects. Southerlies are notorious here for funneling between Springbrook and Mt Hobwee and blasting in brutally. Today was no exception, and I was glad to hit the climb at the southern end of the valley, leading up to the Macpherson Range.

After this it was out toward Tyalgum, more climbs, more wind brutality, but a score to settle. The wildflowers out here were beautiful today, and plentiful.

Darting back to Uki, then Stokers Siding, then turning south once again. Here I was really struggling in this wind. It seemed to be only getting stronger, and I needed some relief. It came in the shape of the climb over the Burringbar Range. That got the endorphins going, all of a sudden I felt unstoppable. The trouble was, I was now nearing the lunch stop at the Moo Moo Cafe -- now here's the dilemma. All of a sudden I'm feeling invincible, but I know that if I don't stop for a meal here, I'll pay for it.

The food here is actually surprisingly good, and after a very nice meal, and another layer of sunscreen, I'm off again. This time over to the Tweed Coast, turning north, finally with the wind, but it takes me some time to start turning over the big gears, that's the hangover from the ride against the wind from earlier. Having been in the mountains earlier, I'm now taking in the scent of ocean spray, and some delightful coastal vistas.

This all comes to an end just after the above shot it taken, and now I'm heading in land again, over the Condong Range, down to Murwillumbah (or Cane Road at least), then heading north for the climb over Tomewin, which is probably the most difficult of the day. More gear problems basically force me to attack it, which I do painfully, but eventually making it over the top. After the big finger pointing exercise, and a screaming descent, I'm left to finish of the ride with a tailwind, which is uneventful apart from the fact that I can still pull out a big attack in Palm Beach, and still sprint for the lights just before they change.

All in all a memorable day, the western descent from Springbrook doesn't seem as steep as I remember it (I last did it in 2000), and as brutal as the southerly was, it did keep temperatures down, which is just the way I like it. I have a three-day tour coming up next weekend, with a destination still to be confirmed. I'll just see what I feel like at the time I guess.


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