I love riding and racing bicycles in Melbourne’s north, where I live and where the hilly terrain plays to my strengths. I started writing here after a wet corner gifted me some time off the bike at Christmas 2013. Recounting some of my cycling experiences proved therapeutic and convinced me maintaining a blog could be fun.
Just in case the blog title sounds too ostentatious – I came up with this, then only days later I found the phrase was described as painted on Mt Ventoux in Tim Krabbé’s 1978 classic, The Rider. I took this as a sign!
Outside of cycling I’m completing a Ph.D. in history, but when they tell me to get writing it’s easy to mistake for … um .. riding? In all seriousness I’ve also taken up blogging here with a view to keeping the writing centres of the brain active, in the hope this flows on to my thesis.
The header photo is Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd in Kangaroo Ground, taken by me in early 2013. Under normal circumstances this is a stretch of road I cover multiple times every week …