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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Monday, July 03, 2006

Back to back centuries

I wonder if the sniper from Saturday is still watching me. Yesterday I went out and put on another 160km+ around the Tweed Valley just to wrap up imperial centuries on consecutive days for the first time ever. My legs initially had some complaints on the flat start through suburbia, but before too long I hit the climb of Tomewin. Intially I struggled with the opening kilometre at 11%, but somehow my legs seemed to respond to the environment. It was almost as if they decided for themselves that this was going to happen. The rest of that climb was a similar story. The conditions on the mountain, the terrain and the surroundings all seemed to give me strength just when I was ready to wilt.

Once the Tomewin climb was completed, I largely coasted through the rest of the day and just enjoyed the scenery. It was an extremely pleasant day, and the Tweed Valley is an extremely pleasant place to ride. Much of the remainder of the day seemed largely uneventful, and any doubts I had over my ability to cover the distance were now replaced with a confidence gained from the way I coasted over Tomewin. All of a sudden it just seemed like I could do this forever if I so chose. Confidence also came from the volume of touring that I had done, and I became aware that this really wasn't all that different.

Another thing that comes from touring is the desire to explore, something that got the better of me near Murwillumbah when I detoured along Old Lismore Road to the south-west of the town. My legs could have done without the climb, but the surroundings compensated. I also maintained my alertness pretty well for the duration, especially considering the finish into a slight headwind. The alertness was needed to cope with one particular moron at Currumbin, but the less said about that idiot the better.

All in all it was a very satisfactory ride, and one through which I've learned a lot. I may relate some of the lessons on this blog later in the week, when I have more time.


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