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, August 15, 2008

The headwind 200

It's becoming a familiar pattern of late, a southern ride into NSW commencing with a headwind, then finishing with a headwind after a southerly wind swings around to the north. I can't recall a day with a consistent wind for well over a month. It was the same story last Saturday. While the wind was never strong, it seemed to be just enough to be noticeable for the entire day. This ride opened with a climbs over Bilambil and Hogans rainforest, before settling into a relatively flat run west toward Chillingham. The only thing of note was a slightly more convoluted run taking in Tweed Heads, the place where the the dead are buried above the ground.

Hogans rainforest was a nice way to commence the ride. After Chillingham things got a little hillier on the way to Tyalgum. On one of the descents here, another of the riders finished in Murwillumbah hospital after apparently misjudging a decent and landing hard. Evidently the swelling after the impact was preventing the medical staff from coming up with a conclusive X-ray. This is a shame, because Alan was having a good season, and was lining up a crack at the Great Southern Randonee in October. It probably won't happen now.

I continued from Tyalgum back toward Murwillumbah, taking probably the only tailwind of the day for the 20km stretch here through the gorge. Somewhere is the turn off for Wollumbin forest road, which promises more spectacular riding. For the life of me, however, I can never seem to find it. After this it was a southern detour, taking in Uki, Stokers Siding, Burringbar and finally the checkpoint at Mooball. At this point I was aware of what had been a headwind, but the hills to date had kept me relatively sheltered. Nonetheless, I was looking forward to a tailwind after swinging around the southern end of the Tweed Coast.

The tailwind never eventuated. It was clear after I turned at Wooyung that it would be headwind to finish, and now with a long, flat stretch right up to Tomewin. I basically just decided to grind it out for however long it took. This route takes another strange route to Murwillumbah, taking in the "new" highway, then the old Pacific Highway. It reminded me that freeway cycling is probably about the safest, but most boring form of cycling there is. It's also interesting to note just how efficiently people manage to use freeways as rubbish dumps. It seems odd given the amount of time people apparently spend driving on these things, that they would also see fit to use it in this fashion. Rather like a magpie shitting in it's own nest.

The route detoured around Murwillumbah on Cane road, notorious for it's perpetual headwind, but decided on an irrational tailwind for some reason. I took advantage of it for the 4km or so it was there, then went back to griding out the headwind before starting the climb of Tomewin. I always seem to dread this climb at the end of a long day, but there really is not reason to. I have the gearing to cope with the 2km 11% stretch in the middle, and it's consistency makes it easier than taking the "two small climbs" option of Urliup then Bilambil. It also offers great views. I decended the ride, then hammered the final stretch through Currumbin valley to salvage what I considered a respectable time.

I was astonished just how much this ride tired me out. Maybe I'm just not as fit as I should be right now, or maybe I just overdid things on Thursday night's "training" ride into Tallebudgera Valley. Whatever it was, the final ride back home from the Currumbin finish took a lot longer than usual. On the whole, however, I was happy with the day. Another day of glorious scenery in near-perfect weather. Now if the wind could just make it's mind up...


Blogger Groover said...

I just came across your blog and I really enjoy reading it. I heard about the great rides you have down there, esp the climbs and the Gold Coast hinterland. Have to plan some trips down.

I will be back to read more.

6:36 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Groover,

Feel free to drop me a line if you want any ride suggestions or a ride partner -- if you promise to to slaughter me on the flat bits. :)

1:54 pm  

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