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, December 05, 2006


I suppose it's about time I posted something from the weekend. In case anybody wasn't aware, I spent the weekend in Hobart to ride the Audax ASH Dash on Sunday. The full ride report will follow in another post. The remainder of the weekend was basically spent looking around Hobart, which is easily Australia's most beautiful city.

Right from the time I got off the plane at the airport the place charmed me with it's cool, clean air -- even if I was going to ride against the wind into the city. There have been some changes since I was last here, the airport now has a baggage carousel. Three years ago there wasn't one. Someone would just drive the luggage into the terminal on the back of a truck, and you would have to lift it down yourself. I think I preferred it the way it was before.

While I have fond memories of this place from 2003, it would seem that my bikes do not. Of the four chains I've ever broken in my life, three were in Tasmania during that month-long tour. In the Queens Domain on Friday afternoon, my rear derailleur fell to pieces for no readily apparent reason. I've never suffered from that before. Fortunately, I was staying in nearby Battery Point, so walking wasn't a problem. The fact that the ride was on Sunday meant that I had all Saturday to get the bike fixed (thanks to Ray Appleby Cycles).

Hobart is the only city in Australia that has managed to combine old world charm and a total and complete lack of urban sprawl, meaning that the natural scenery is visible even from the centre of the city. The above shot from Battery Point on Saturday morning is testament to that. Yet a quick glance in the other direction reveals a harbour as undeveloped as Sydney's might have been 100 years ago.

The historic charm comes in abundance. The sandstone warehouses at Salamanca Place can almost make one feel like a convict walking down some of the alley ways. And if that isn't enough, I was able to have a drink in Australia's oldest pub (even if I was sticking strictly to orange juice).

Another interesting thing happened. One of the locals (Hobart also has Australia's friendliest people) told me late Friday afternoon that sailor Tony Bullimore was due to sail into Hobart a little later. He was half right -- Tony Bullimore arrived in Hobart after being towed into the harbour. Granted, it was windy as it always is in Tasmania, but this isn't the first time, and this guy wants to sail around the world solo? I'm not sure I even need to answer that one.


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