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, August 20, 2009

The destruction of Tomewin

Hard to believe that it's almost two weeks since I produced what will probably go down as my most devastating performance of the year. It was earlier this month that the 200k randonee in the Tweed Valley was held. It was an a-typical August day in these parts because the wind was strong from the south. Consequently I took my time heading south through the Hogan rainforest toward Murwillumbah. The hilly detour out to Tyalgum provided some relief, before the wind went to work again on the southern run to Uki.

The wind wasn't finished yet of course, but the climb over the Burringbar range was always going to silence it quickly. After the turn around just south of Mooball and hitting the Tweed coast for the run home with a tailwind, it always takes a while to adjust to actually riding with the wind. This is something I've never quite understood, but I've been around long enough to learn not to rush it. Refusing to rush it was going to prove a smart decision later in the day. After leaving the Tweed coast at Cabarita and heading inland, the ride loses much of it's scenic interest until the final climb at Tomewin.

My previous best time on this climb had been 23.15, a ride after which I soon picked up a nasty illness (to go with the crash that followed my previous record time). Consequently, I wasn't intending to break the record today. Two km into the climb I decided to go on the attack anyway on the grounds that I still felt good. I figured I wouldn't get near my record time, but I could still have a crack at it. Well I kept attacking the steep bit, cleared it, and reached the final kilometre which now had an easier gradient. I wanted to attack here as well, but my legs had nothing left. I resigned myself to not getting the record, but still being satisfied with getting close. Then I rounded a corner and saw the summit ahead of me -- I was actually going to pull it off! The final time ended up being 22.30, with 185km in my legs that day already!

After that I slaughtered the remainder of the ride with ease, which was hardly surprising considering it was mainly down hill, with a tailwind, and I was already inspired. I know I'm unlikely to get near that time again this year (this weekend is already forecast to hit 30 degrees C, and it's only going to get warmer). For all that, however, I was extremely satisfied with what I did that day, and there are plenty of other great days to come.


Blogger Nick said...

Some days - rare days - everything works as it should! Love the photographs.

7:20 pm  

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