Over the next few weeks I’ll be popping some of my published and unpublished features on this site for any cyclists out there who might be interested in planning their own long distance off road mountain biking adventure. Some of the e-zines will be straight out of the magazines and I hope to find some [...]
We have only been here one day but so far we have:
Sneaked our way in to a press conference for the Timorese press at the Presidential Palace,
Met the race organisers Michael, Mel, Joel and Shaun,
Built up the bikes
Spent the night in a container.
We are now heading west on our own leaving the UN cotton wool [...]
2 days to go! Flying to Darwin tomorrow night and will be in Dili on Wednesday.
For those not familiar with the Timor story, check out this trailer for a film, Balibo, that came out this week in Australia:
EAST Timor president Jose Ramos Horta has given the film Balibo the thumbs up, saying that [...]
Australian Mountain Bike will be blogging our exploits in Timor-Leste subject to internet access. We’ll try to blog on mushypea and http://australianmountainbike.blogspot.com/ as often as possible with interviews, photographs and try to capture the excitement of the event!!
We’ve packed our fins and snorkels and masks as Timor is rumored to have some of the [...]
Had a pleasant surprise in my mail inbox today!
Your request been approved by the President. We will work the agenda out as you required. Please send us your local’s number once you arrive in Dili.
Joel Maria Pereira
Office of President RDTL
Your request been epproved by the President. We will work the agenda out as [...]
This week I’ve been emailing the consulate regarding an interview with Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta, the public face of the Tour de Timor. I sent off the official request last week – it’s looking hopeful I can get some time to interview the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former Prime Minister [...]
Where is Timor?
What started as a bit of a joke has suddenly become a weird mountain bike race reality. The Knitting Circle, (Alex, Ferg, Ivan and I) will once again unite, this time in East Timor of all places to race the Tour de Timor. It looks nuts and is probably the most stupid thing [...]
I just finished the first draft on a feature called ‘Beyond the Single Track’ for the website KonaWorld.com
There’ll be some pointers on how to pack and set up your XC bike for Adventure Cycling trips. The story covers tools, maps, routes and clothing.
I met with Tasco for the first time since Christmas when they helped us out for the Gulf2Gulf. I was showed a sneak preview of a new CMOS HD video camera aimed at the mountain bike market. I saw a demo version, it wasn’t even on display to trades people so I was [...]
Skate – Life is Complicated. Sport is Simple from howies on Vimeo.
Greg and Kathy reached the tip of Cape York this month!
I met Greg & Kathy in Cairns at the end of the Gulf2Gulf and we talked bikes and long distance cycling over a couple of coffees. They use Velosmith custom frames with Rohloff hubs. The frames have some nice detailing like custom spoke holders, check [...]
The guys at Favourite Cycles are performing major surgery on my bike this week. They will be performing the following:
New Bottom Bracket
New drive chain
New Cassette housing
New Front Gear shifter
New Front break caliper
Rear wheel rebuild
Front wheel rebuild (spoke pinged while seated in the stand – how weird is that?)
New Zealand Mountain Biker magazine publish the Queen Charlotte Track story, a three page spread in their end of year edition.
Thanks to Julian for starring in the photos and being a top riding buddy, the Dalai Lama (not really) and Bruce at NZMTB, all the best with the new editor’s position!
The guys at Old Man Mountain are stars! Santa Barbara based OMM have offered to help us out with two of their flagship hand made Cold Springs Racks for the trip. These racks really are the best, no thin little screws into the chainsstays on these puppies oh no, they come with an oversized scewer [...]
Well, we got back to Australia in one piece just about. The smurf suffered only a bent front disk rotor and slight twist in the back wheel. A quick trip to Favourite Cycles in Manly and one spoke key later and she’s all good. I treated her to a new front tyre and she’s ready [...]
Three days riding the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track on the South Islands Marlborough Sounds.
photos are here
UTube clip is here
The track is 71km in length starting from Captain Cook’s Ship Cove and ending three days later in Anakiwa, just around the corner from Picton in the north of the south island, a short 25 minute water taxi [...]
All things happen in Fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of Five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5. Dunno about all that mallarcy but the dvd is the best Earthed yet – no doubt.
Sam Hill, the return of Nico V, I just can’t stop watching it!
My replacement DS2 rim arrived today so I can replace the damaged wheel from Mongolia (at last!). A little daunting as I will be building my first wheel EVER! I have a lock nut remover, spokes, nipples – just need a chain whip and a prayer! Also in the package came a much needed new [...]
Yay, another 24 hour ride locked in – hopefully (unlike the last race and much to the amusement of folks at work) I won’t pull out of this one :o) This race is right up in the north of New Zealands North island, 2km from Rotorua. Hoping to see Andy, Emma and lil Finn there too!
A three day mountain bike ride through the South Island’ s Queen Charlotte Sound.
This week I rode the BRP, 24km from the Hutt to Petone off road. Rolling hills, streams, wicked descents and back breaking uphills, the best ride in NZ so far for sure!
What a great day!
“Hope you noticed that the provisional results were up within 24hrs as is our target – we’ve now checked the cards and sums and they show what we think is the final picture. One or two counting errors as usual, none of which affected the category winners.
The website has a [...]