Parted from Prudence

“Prudence” is the full name of my e-bike, better known as Pru. Prudence is a Peugeot (the car company), and prudence led this old man to nurse the bod and buy an e-bike 4 years ago. On Monday (05.04.21), I rode an oft-enjoyed route, Katoomba to Meadowbank, accompanied by Alan Brien. After Penrith, my route passes through/near Cambridge Park, North … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown: La Nina and I

How bad is La Nina, with her ride-ruining rain and unpredictability?! How GOOD is La Nina: heat-tempering, dam-filling, bushfire-banishing, grass-greening? And how merciful is La Nina, giving me a dry-ish 3-day window? My Hunter trip was a sudden Plan B. On Sunday night (14.03.21), four of us planning a Tuesday – Friday northern tour despaired of the forecast rain, especially … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown: iNZid Revisited (Richard Kelly)

In February, I made my 5th annual NZ visit since a brother “migrated” to Tauranga. Each trip involves Tauranga plus some other areas – and plenty of cycling. This trip was confined to the north half of the North Island. All riding was on my brother’s e-MTB, “Ava”: hard-tail, tyres wide and well-treaded but not nobbly. Early, I rode two … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown – 2019 Tumut Classic – Greg Boyd

100Km – Sunday 13 Jan 2019 Following on from the Christmas/New Year no-cycling eat-fest and associated gain in Kilograms it was time to saddle up and get the legs turning. I believe this was the third running of the Tumut Classic and offered kids, 20Km, 40Km, 75Km and 100Km options. The thought of entering this ride was tempered with the … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown – L’etape Australia 2018 – Greg Boyd

Jindabyne to Jindabyne via Perisher – 1 Dec 2018 Leading up to L’Etape 2018, I was bemoaning the usual tale of not enough training and too much tasty food. I guess you could say, what else is new? ? Oh well, the extra kilos on my girth could provide more downhill speed! A slightly new course for 2018 seemed more logical than … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown – 2018 Bowral Classic – Greg Boyd

Maxi Classic 175km (178.7km) Following on two weeks from riding the Around the Bay 300Km course was the Bowral Classic and I clicked the box titled “maxi-classic”.  This would be my third Bowral Classic and the new course for 2018 would make it feel like it was a new ride, albeit with some familiar sections. Thankfully the maxi-classic reduced the … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown – Around the Bay 300km – Greg Boyd

300Km Early this year Francis sent out an email encouraging we should all go along for the ATB300km – a new and longer route. Typically, ATB is very windy and then add in either too hot, too cold and often wet. Having previously completed the 210Km & 250Km routes, I was pretty much over the usual ugly Port Phillip Bay … Read More

Bikes on Trains in Europe – Leaders Lowdown – Richard Kelly

Example Issues re Bikes on Trains in Europe It’s not always as easy to take bikes on European trains as some people and some websites say!  Here are some examples … 1. Innsbruck to Verona Our small group needed to catch a key train from Innsbruck, Austria to Verona, Italy, with unboxed bikes.  More than a month in advance, Chris … Read More

The start of the mid-week rides – Leaders Lowdown – Gerrit Hagen

The start of the mid week rides I happened to run into a small group of cyclists who were riding on a Wednesday, this was run by Bob Chambers through BikeNorth.  Leigh Gibbons took over with Tuesday rides on a regular basis, this was not done through BikeNorth and was run as a mates’ ride.  A number of riders took … Read More

Leader’s Lowdown – Portugal Camino – Brian Lynne

It seemed like a good idea for four of us to ride the Camino trail from Lisbon in Portugal to Santiago, Spain. The other three had ridden overseas before and the presentation from U Tracks seemed to indicate it would be a good scenic ride of 634km over 14 riding days with two additional rest days. Hired mountain bikes, luggage … Read More