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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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Now the real story...

It's fair to say that I've had better weekends. The last two days I've been down with a minor chest infection which have prevented any riding apart from a rather uninteresting commute to work today. Since the "400" ride on Saturday, I've done nothing else. It seems the gear cable problem on my bike isn't as clear cut as I'd thought either. The screws holding it all in place are, basically, screwed. They will have to be drilled out. It's booked into my bike shop to be done on Thursday (meaning I have to do something with the MTB by then).

The practical upshot of all of this is that the long, hard ride I was intending last weekend in preparation for the ASH Dash just didn't happen. For those who aren't familiar with it, the ASH Dash is a 200km Audax ride that I'll be doing on December 3, in the southern vicinity of Hobart (as viewed from Mt Wellington above). It is, of course, brutally hilly. Right now I'm torn between wanting to get on the bike and hammer, or trying to be mindful of my recovery from this stupid illness. The other fact to consider here is that I haven't really had a decent break from suburbia since Duck Creek Road a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, I am desperate to do something this Saturday.

One thing that my idle weekend did manage to accomplish was the opportunity to dig out some of the old maps I used last time I was in Tasmania. That, in turn, served to remind me just how badly I want to get back to the place. It's just a shame that I'll only be there for a weekend this time. The tour I rode down there in 2003 was unforgettable. The scenery, uncrowded roads and the clean, cool air... I've even thought once or twice about moving there permanently. It will be good to get back, even if only for a few days. I may end up riding the ASH Dash on nerve alone unless I can get some decent rides in soon. I can live with that. The time limit on Audax rides is generous, and may even allow me another detour up Mt Wellington at the end, if I just hang in there.


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