Race report: 2015 Hell of the West (D)

I was pretty happy with my racing at the Mansfield Tour and assumed I’d build on my form. Then my luck changed. I got sick for the first time since 2013. I started to rebuild, planning to work a city commute into my training, but on my first commute I crashed in the rain. When…

2015 Mansfield Tour – C Grade Masters Race Report

I almost didn’t race in the inaugural Mansfield Tour. Following the Tour of Bright I had managed to maintain the long-term fitness I’d reached, but wasn’t training with any focus. There were a few glimmers of hope in the numbers, and I was setting consistent, if not best times, on a range of local climbs.…

Spectating the 2015 Road Nationals

If you weren’t at the Road Nationals on Sunday you missed an exciting race. There was probably more going on over the course of the race than last year, with greater uncertainty as to whether the big world tour guys would feature in the finish. When the finish came, uncertainty was stretched out to the…

Reflections on 2014

Another year over, and a new one just begun … This time last year I was nursing a broken arm, having gotten too personal with a damp Flat Rock Rd. I’d reached a point, at the end of 2013, where I intended to put cycling aside to some extent, to focus on the ‘outside’ world.…

2014 Tour of Bright – C Grade Masters Race Report

When I began road cycling and first surveyed the lay of the land, the Tour of Bright seemed almost mythological. Here was a multi-stage tour with time-trialling and mountain climbing in the exquisite surrounds of Victoria’s high country. For an Australian amateur road racer this is as close as you can get to the general…