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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Friday, November 30, 2007

Nocturnal beast

It would seem that my new bike has become something of a nocturnal beast in it's first 420km or so. Since last weekend's Springbrook by night ride, virtually all of my riding (apart from commuting, which makes up fewer kilometres anyway) has been at night. Tuesday evening saw an extremely rewarding ride to the end of Tallebudgera Valley, and the glow worm colony by the creek. That was stunning, but the talking point of that evening was the fire that threatened the old Ingleside State School in another part of the valley. Fortunately, the local fire crews had this one under control, but it seems the idiots are moving further afield.

Last night I opted for the gorge ride to Little Nerang Dam. I hadn't ventured there by night for some time, and given that I was a little apprehensive about this weekend's challenges, I opted for a more leisurely pace. This gave me the chance to take in the sounds -- the crickets and the nocturnal bird calls that set night riding apart from what happens during the day, not to mention the billion stars that light up the night sky outside suburbia.

Speaking of this weekend's challenge, it involves riding the Midnight Century, the annual Audax ride from Ipswich. However, this time I'm doing it with a twist. Given the current inability of QR to provide a reliable train service on weekends, I've decided to ride to the start of the event from my home on the Gold Coast, an additional 145km if my estimate is correct, which should give me a ride a little over 300km. I haven't had a 300km ride since April, so this should be an interesting exercise, even if my main focus is time in the saddle in the lead up to the Alpine Classic in January.

Looks like my bike will remain the nocturnal beast for a little while yet.


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