Build post: My 2017 S-Works Tarmac

Ok, it’s still 2017. Enough of the year left, just, for me to finally detail how I built my 2017 S-Works Tarmac and still feel timely. Like many manufacturers, Specialized reveal new models mid-year. So there are men and women getting about on 2018 Tarmacs right now. But my bike has taken a year to…

Imagining Haute Route in Australia

Originating in the French Alps, Haute Route has become famous for its 7-day events which can offer 800km distance and 20,000m climbing. With the event already expanding as far afield as the Rocky Mountains I began to wonder what an Australian Haute Route-style event might look like. Could the Australian Alps offer a match to…

France / Suisse July 2017

The best things in life come at some risk. This July we defied our circumstances and took off for the French Alps. The journey may have seemed unlikely in the preceding weeks. It had been a difficult winter in Melbourne: the loss of a dear friend, followed by a period of reduced riding, and a…

Vale Alessandro. My friend. My comrade.

It was only the other day. I eased up the volume on Alex’s stereo, having just moved the stylus on to his Sgt. Pepper’s LP. I wasn’t sure how loud I should mix the music with the hum of conversation from the mostly 50 and 60-something party. ‘No, right up!’ said Alex. Here, at his…

Reflections on 2016 and some hopes for the future

2016. What a year! At times it might have seemed like the world was fracturing: with wildly unexpected political outcomes alongside ongoing turmoil and suffering. Against this backdrop my world of amateur bike racing stood in stark contrast. Racing in Melbourne continues to grow and the contests of the Victorian Road Series and local club…

2016 Tour of Bright – C Grade Masters Race Report

The 2016 Tour of Bright was, for me, the culmination of my most committed period of training since I took up racing. A race that started well enough, myΒ Tour almost ended in disaster before ultimately resulting in one of my most satisfying achievements. There is, perhaps, a psychological danger in committing so much preparation to…