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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Monday, March 10, 2008

Altering Austinville

On Saturday Martin and I spent a couple of hours exploring the ridge on the eastern side of the Austinville valley. In time it wouldn't just be our usual ride in that area that was altered, but there is another far more exciting change going on. This ride opened with the detour climb up Tallowood Road. I've ridden this before, but that was some time ago. The gradient hit 18% at one time, and it seems I have a talent for finding hills. The views at the top made things worthwhile, however.

At the top of the hill I noted that the old farm appeared to have been abandoned, while the farm house was largely (but not completely) demolished. This actually provided access to an area that I wasn't in a position to explore previously, but due to time constraints that would have to wait for another day. Right now we were faced with a ride across a paddock to rejoin the main road. Unfortunately, we headed in slightly the wrong direction and crossed a gap in a fenceline, which put us on some private property. Lessons learned. The other lesson learned is that I need to purchase a new MTB before undertaking this adventure again, as a spectacular crash resulting in some bruising around my ribs showed that a hybrid really isn't up to this sort of thing.

Austinville rockpool

We were actually told by some locals that the council are creating a nature reserve, hence the (at least partial) demolition of the old farm house at the top of the hill. At the other end of the valley, we actually saw the full extent of it. As there are no signs prohibiting it, it looks like there will soon be some serious places to explore on a mountain bike in this area, to add to the already stunning ride along the main road to the end of the valley. Life is good.


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