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, June 03, 2007


Both of the regular readers of this blog will probably be aware that I haven't had a substantial ride for a while -- four weeks exactly to be specific. I really needed to pull out something big on the weekend. Fortunately, I knew exactly where to go on Saturday. It was a ride with stunning scenery, remoteness and switchback mountain climbs on dirt roads, and a really epic-sounding name. It was Mt Jerusalem.

The thing that became really apparent from quite early in the piece (i.e. after I had cleared Murwillumbah and got onto Reserve Creek Road) was how much I needed this ride. It was more than just the physical work-out or the surroundings, it was the solitude. In a world in which we are often forced to simply "get it done" to meet deadlines, it was nice for once to take the time to smell the flowers and just look at the world around me.

The big climb of the day was, of course, Mt Jerusalem itself. The fact that this climb is on dirt roads essentially means that it requires perseverance. Attacking to any great extent simply won't work because of the road surface -- especially in the bits that are 13%. It's just one where you need to keep plugging away. It does, however, pass through a variety of forest types along the way, occasionally giving way to amazing views, so there's plenty to keep the cyclist occupied here.

I'd been concerned about fading toward the end of the 195km jaunt, but it never really happened. Finishing with a tailwind probably helped a little, but overall my fitness is better than I thought. This is encouraging with my Scotland tour now less than four weeks away (I really need to set up the separate web page for that ASAP). I do, however, have some other long rides planned over the next few weeks. One of the things about being spoilt for choice in ride types (perhaps more so than I often realise), is that it can be a long time between doing a ride twice. I intend to break that "drought" in a couple of locations this month.


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