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, November 04, 2010

Tosspot of the week

I had someone else in mind for this week's award, but that was before yet another rugby league player was involved in a sex scandal:

Canberra Raiders star Joel Monaghan has confirmed that he is the player in question in a photograph that has been published on the internet featuring a sex act with a dog.

The photograph of Monaghan, a NSW and Australian representative, was taken during Canberra's Mad Monday festivities.

Monaghan issued a statement through his manager Jim Banaghan today expressing both remorse and disgust at an alcohol fuelled prank that led to images being circulated across social networks.

“Joel can’t blame anyone but himself for an act of stupidity that will haunt him for the rest of his life,” the statement said.

“Joel wants to make it clear that he was the one playing a prank on an absent team mate by simulating the act.

“There are no words of explanation that can be offered because none can be appropriate."

Well, the last sentence of the quote is almost right. There are plenty of insults that leap to mind to describe both the perpetrator and the act itself, but this is one of those occasions where insults are superfluous (superfluous - look it up). How can you insult someone who has already degraded themselves to such a level. Now I haven't see these pictures, but apparently they were doing the rounds on Twitter, and the person who posted them has evidently been the subject of vitriol from Canberra Raiders fans. Just why people think that shooting the messenger in this case is going to make the act any more appropriate I don't know, maybe they were after next week's award.

Sadly, this isn't the first sex scandal involving rugby league players (although at least the others involved adult human beings -- not that this justifies them in any way), and I doubt it will be the last. There will no doubt be a lot of calls for the NRL and the Raiders club to take action against the player. However, it is my hope that someone also remembers that the police have a role to play in dealing with these issues, too. After all, having sex with an animal is illegal as far as I know, so the police (along with the courts) really are the ones who need to take action.

Too often in these cases the media and the public expect football clubs with vested interests to take action, and frankly, that is about as likely to happen as the tooth fairy turning up on my doorstep and reimbursing me for those wisdom teeth I had out a couple of years ago. Besides, this guy really deserves to go to gaol (jail for you Americans) for a long time, and the Canberra Raiders don't have the power to make that happen, even if they wanted to.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The regulation ride

A day before the "harden the f*ck up" ride, I decided to do another mountain climb, to Springbrook. This is, of course, one of my regular rides, one that I've done many, many times over. However, today there was something different. This year we actually had some rain in October, which almost never happens. The rain re-invigorated some things, and caused the appearance of some that aren't normally there. You can never be sure what you'll see on a trip to Springbrook, which is part of what makes it such a special place.