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, October 29, 2009

Round two

Saturday was round two of my annual war against summer. I decided on a long ride in the Byron Hinterland in Northern New South Wales. I was hoping for 200km, but ultimately ended up with 193km. That said, considering the state in which I finished the ride, I wasn't about to complain.

I started off heading south along the Tweed Coast after clearing the first 45km or so of suburbia. I had a roaring tailwind in the early part of the ride, which, of course, meant that it would not only be a headwind on the way home, but a hot northerly. I opted to try to make up time by attacking when I had the tailwind early on. It was counterintuitive, but I felt it was worth a shot on this occasion.

The Coolamon Scenic Drive behind Mullumbimby was the day's destination, with it's sweeping views up and down the north coast after the climb. What was noticeable today was how dry the landscape had become after four months without rain. One hopes the wet season arrives soon. There really is a different vibe around the countryside in this part of the world, and it was still in evidence today, but I was more concerned about the heat after the descent from the plateau back to the coastal plain.

The string of hills through the Burrinbar range and across Tomewin provided some relief from the wind on the final stretch home, but the heat became more intense. The final climb of Tomewin today took longer than it had with a full touring load two months ago. The views were spectacular as usual, however, so I had something to keep me occupied. I was also fortunate that a storm started to move across when I returned to the urban coastal strip, as it cooled the temperature by about five degrees C. If it had only brought some rain with it.

In the end it was quite a memorable ride, even if it left me exhausted at the end. This weekend I'll be back in the mountains.


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