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, April 20, 2009

Beaudesert Bash

I should have learned by now that no long distance event should be underestimated, but after a return to form in the 300k the previous weekend, and a solid effort in a rainy 100km "recovery ride" on the Monday, I went into Saturday's 200km ride thinking everything should be fairly straight forward. The weather forecast seemed to be on my side, too, despite the lack of rain. It promised (relatively) cool temperatures and a southerly wind to push me home, could I ask for any more?

Things started promisingly too, I made good time with a bunch of riders on the way out of suburban Brisbane, and felt strong against the southerly. I even pulled away on the hills near Tamborine Village (which, despite it's name, does not require a climb of Mt Tamborine) and was still feeling strong. The combination of rollers and headwind in the Albert river valley beyond Beaudesert was difficult, but every time I glanced down at my computer, I could see that I had plenty of time in reserve. The ride then headed out a little way on Duck Creek road, basically to the end of the bitumen, but only the start of the climb. Still, I was grateful for the turnaround, and the knowledge of a ride home with a tailwind.

It was not long after this that things suddenly went wrong. The Psssshhhhh of a punctured tube isn't such a frightening prospect for me these days (after 28 in 2007, I've had plenty of practice in fixing them). It was more the split that had developed in my back tyre that worried me. The immediate concern I had was fixing it to ensure I wasn't going to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. I took a patch from my tube repair kit and stuck it to the inside of the tyre (I didn't want to resort to the old $5 note trick just yet), then inserted the new tube and reinflated. It held the air. I set off and gingerly rode the 20-odd km back to Beaudesert and it still held the air. Now I was back in civilisation.

Now I started to believe I could finish the ride after all. At one stage I even believed I could make up the time I lost fixing the flat, but that was always optimistic. The rest of the ride was relatively uninteresting, apart from one moron in the southern suburbs of Brisbane who really doesn't deserve a mention anyway. I eased back and let the wind to all the work, until it dropped off later in the day, by which stage I had regular rest stops at Brisbane's notoriously slow traffic lights. 3km from the finish some rather vague route directions delayed me slightly, but those were sorted without too many problems, and I was able to coast to the finish.

Next week I'm planning something a little different, a return to the Burringbar tunnel on the new MTB should I receive Uncle Kevin's beer, or should I say "stimulus" money in time. I am considering whacking the new purchase on the credit card for the next couple of weeks until the money comes through. On the other hand, maybe he's realised that I don't intend spending it on beer or prostitutes (about the only things still owned by Australians these days), and decided not to send it to me. Oh well.


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