I wasn’t expecting to travel abroad again this year. As far as I was concerned, my travels ended after returning from Australia but an unexpected but very welcome opportunity arose when I was invited to go to Israel for a MTB press trip on behalf of MBUK and WhatMTB magazines.
I didn’t know much about the country or trip and everything was organised within a week. I had a basic itinerary, but didn’t really know what to expect. I left for Israel with an open mind and no preconceptions about the country and perhaps a little naive. Of course I am fully aware that there is an ongoing political situation within Israel, but the country is safe and welcoming to foreigners and I was intrigued by what was on offer. Read more
This year I have been very fortunate to do a fair bit of travelling, all of it involving flying with a bike. I’ve certainly got the travelling bug and hope to be able to keep visiting new places while riding a bike.
There are several issues with travelling by bike, but through experience I have learnt a few tricks and tips that might be helpful to others preparing to travel with a bike.
Following the Crocodile Trophy I had purposely left my plans open as I didn’t know what I might feel like doing. When the chance to go back to Tathra on the NSW coast came up, I jumped at it. We spent 3 nights in the town before the WEMBO 24hr and we had a great welcome and the riding was great too.
Flying from Cairns to Sydney and then another flight on a small 30 seater plane from Sydney to Merimbula, which is the nearest airport. I spent about 10 days in Tathra, doing some riding but also relaxing when I wasn’t trying to surf, going out on a boat, attending BBQ’s and generally having a brilliant time and can’t thank everyone in the town enough for everything they did. I fell in love with the place and the people and it was hard to leave! Read more
Flat, short, non technical time trial. I’d say that is the complete opposite of what I am good at or enjoy, but thats what we had in store for today. The course was just 38km and we were going to be sent off in reverse GC order at 1 minute intervals, but there was strictly no drafting.
Every other day the start time had been 8am, but today was set to be 9am for the first rider despite several higher placed riders on GC, including myself who wanted a 8am start to have a slightly cooler race. All the top riders were warming up for this stage, it was going to be important to be firing on full cylinders from the start. The temperature had reached 36 degrees just before my start, which was just a bit hotter than I like! Read more