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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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Back to Beechmont

After several weekends involving touring, slaughtering multiple mountains or toughing out 300 kilometres, last Sunday's 120km was a welcome change of pace. Martin and I decided on a simple ride up to Binna Burra, with a detour on the western spur of Beechmont to keep us entertained. This detour is fast becoming an obligatory part of this ride, and today it would offer another surprise.

The early part of the day was notable for the fact that my gear cable was about to die (and has since died), and for the fact that I didn't find any rhythm until the climb to Lower Beechmont. Once Lower Beechmont had been reached, the views began to open up on both sides of the range, sweeping for many kilometres in each direction. Further comes the final, steep ascent of Mt Roberts at the finish. I had decided that Mt Roberts must die today, but had to rethink that policy half way through that section, as Mt Roberts is a little more resilient than this. Still, it's time will come.

So now it was back to Beechmont village, and to the "detour". It is my opinion that the views from the western spur of the range are greater than those on the "conventional side". Of course, I've been riding the conventional roads for over a decade, and the western spur is a relatively new addition. We took in the end of Southwest road, turned at the loop, and detoured to the southern outlook over the Coomera Gorge, traditionally a good place to stop for food, sunscreen or whatever and just take in the views. Today a local farmer invited us to ride down his "driveway" for another view. It would be rude to refuse such an invitation, and what awaited us was truly worth the effort.

The sweeping views of Canungra valley probably aren't visible from anywhere else on the range, so this really was a special moment. It's truly amazing to think that a place like this can be visited so many times over more than a decade, and still turn on the surprises occasionally. The next stop at Beechmont is Hell Fire Pass.


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