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, December 07, 2007

What sets cycling apart

Early morning sunshine at Neranwood

I have a confession to make. I've dabbled in running recently. It's only a run of 4-5km once a week, and usually interrupted with a workout on some free gym equipment by the beach at North Burleigh, but it's generally been the workout of choice on Tuesday morning's over the last two months. Some years ago I was quite a proficient runner -- doing anything from 10-18km each day, half of which was on sand. In 1997 I'd even been offered sponsorship to run in the half-marathon in July's Gold Coast marathon. A knee injury put paid to that, the cycling part of my life expanded to fill the gap, and the rest is history.

The thing is, that while I'm enjoying the brief return to running each Tuesday morning, I don't look forward to it with the same enthusiasm with which I look forward to my bike rides. Barring some totally unforeseen catastrophe, there is really no chance of it making a major impact on my life. The reason why was really rammed home on Thursday's ride -- through the remains of the previous evening's storm. Cycling is not like any other exercise.

What sets cycling apart is the places it can take me. Sure, I can go for a run along the beach tomorrow morning, and it will be pleasant (assuming I can evade the drunks), but I can ride to the same beach, then double back and ride up a mountain to a world-heritage listed rainforest, all before lunchtime. Then when time permits I can throw my bike on a plane and spend a month exploring another country, yet still travelling at a pace that allows me to see and experience everything that place has to offer. And still, if a place doesn't meet my expectations, I can cover the ground with sufficient haste to find another that does.

This, is what sets cycling apart from other forms of exercise, and yet another reason why it's a major part of my life.


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