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, July 12, 2012

Moving on

It had actually been a while since my last long (160km+) ride.  I had spent some time in Europe, then my main bike was off the road for a couple of weeks for maintenance.  I was sorely tempted toward a long ride on my old mountain bike, but alas, that thing has problems right now too (more on that in my next post).  Consequently, I had to wait until Sunday's 170km.   This particular day I was torn between two rides, so I decided to combine them both as much as possible.

The first step was going to involve the 8km climb to Salmon's Saddle (the place about half way up Springbrook where most people turn back for some reason).  This wasn't too bad except for what is becoming an age-old problem.  Everytime I get a bike with disc brakes serviced at a shop, they always seem to over-tighten the brakes, which of course, means a moderate drag on the bike.  I didn't really notice it early on, but once I hit the climb it became more apparent.  I eventually stopped to adjust it after the insane descent into Numinbah Valley (a little drag there is probably a GOOD thing), and continued on my merry way.

The climb toward Numinbah Gap is a ride I always promise myself I'll do more often, but never quite get around to.  It's extremely scenic without being particularly steep -- at least from the northern side.  Of course, I always find something else to do, thus the promise becomes impossible to keep.  Nonetheless, it's always worth it when I'm actually there.  This, also leads to a tricky descent, although the 25% warning sign is a slight overstatement.

After Chillingham it was onto the next phase of the ride, a loop around the old Tweed Valley Circuit through Tyalgum, Byrill Creek and back toward Uki.  This ride was my first "century" (100 miles) many years ago, but it's such a nice stretch that I keep coming back to it.  It's also a place where people can look at mountains without riding up them -- if you like that sort of thing.  Although some of the rollers around Tyalgum make up for it!  

What I really like about this ride, however, is the section through the deep forest, after the peak of the Byrill Creek climb (it's not really a mountain either).  It isn't so much the dirt descent, although I do enjoy dirt roads.  but it's the feeling of being so far away from "civilisation", and it's dubious "benefits".  There are even "ruins" here -- even if those old hippie cottages were inhabited five years ago.  Further along the creek I can catch the occasional waterfall, and still inspect the flood damage from 2001!  

Eventually I rejoined Kyogle Road, and the ride settled into a more boring pattern for a few kilometres, with the run back into Uki (which is always a welcome food stop) and Murwillumbah.  It was north of Murwillumbah that it gets interesting again.  A few years back I hit upon the idea of climbing over Tomewin when coming home from a southern ride.  The idea being that I'd rather ride over a mountain than an extra few kilometres of suburbia.  It can be problematic on hot days, but last Sunday certainly wasn't one of those.

A little way up I passed a guy on a mountain bike who appeared to be really struggling.  The coughing, wheezing and whatever else he was doing made me a little reluctant to stay too long.  I doubt he would have stayed with me for long on that climb anyway -- especially the steep section just after Les's Place.  That was where I went on the attack, following the old maxim, "if you aint hurting after Tomewin, you aint tryin' hard enough, son".  It's always a great way to finish off a memorable ride.

I see this weekend's weather forecast is promising rain.  That could be even more interesting if that promise is kept.


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