2017 In Review – Cycling

2017 was the year of little motivation, a lack of fitness and a shift towards not wanting to get on a bike… There was no game to have my head in. My goal for 2017 was to ride my bike at least four times a week and complete a Gran Fondo once a month… neither…

2016 In Review – Cycling

2016 was the gap year I didn’t want, but needed to, in order to see the bigger picture. My goal for 2016 was to find my mojo in a new city… I found it, it just took 11 months. As with last year, here is 2016 by the numbers. 2016 – BY THE NUMBERS .:1:. Number…

2015 In Review – Cycling

2015 was the year that I learnt no matter how much time, effort and care you put into training, racing and social cycling; injuries, illness and life will always derail the best laid plans. My goal for 2015 was to enjoy cycling.  I lost a little bit of my love for the bike towards the…

2014 In Review – Cycling

2014 was the year that I learnt that no matter how much time and effort you put into training and racing; life always has other plans. The year started off with a single goal in mind.  I was going to race in the Easter National Mountain Bike 24 Hour Solo Championships.  I trained hard for this…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 6 – Expectation vs Reality

Like all good things, this Blog series must also come to an end.  For those of you diligent enough to read through the preceding five posts, I give to you, the final part in this series. It’s difficult to sum up an experience like the Trois Etapes into a short form Blog series.  There are many…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 5 – Stage 3: Col du Tourmalet

Ride bikes?  Follow the Tour de France?  Chances are you’ve heard of the Col du Tourmalet. It is hors catégorie – beyond categorisation; an exceptional climb. I was quite happy not knowing what HC meant on Strava prior to the final stage of the Trois Etapes.  Hearing from my team mates about how tough the 17.2km/1268m…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 4 – Stage 2: Col du Soulor Redux

Day 2 of the Trois Etapes started exactly the same as Day 1, except for the stiff legs and the requirement to become a walking billboard for Rocktape!  Thanks to my time in the Army and numerous injuries I no longer have much meniscus in my left knee.  Combined with a constantly strained and stretched…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 2 – Suddenly! France!

Sunday, 3 August My first night in Lourdes was shared in a room with two other Soldier On riders; a tight yet restful night after trying to get sleep the day before without much luck.  After breakfast Adam, Matt, Justin and I met Andy and Jodie for a coffee in down-town Lourdes.  Although we were…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Part 1 – The Long Journey To France

My journey to France wasn’t as simple as three planes, two trains, a cab and countless hours spent on a bicycle.  My journey to France started on January 6, 2012; my last day as a soldier in the Australian Army.  Over the previous decade I had made many friends, shared countless experiences, served on foreign…

Trois Etapes 2014 Update

In less than a week Team Soldier On will be in France preparing for the Trois Etapes.  The journey so far has been a tough challenge for all riders with some injuries, a car VS cyclist incident, two training camps and thousands of hours spent on our bikes. The ride will be tough and but with…

Trois Etapes 2014 – Team Soldier On

Finally, after a couple of months of imposed silence I am able to announce that I will be competing in with Team Soldier On the Trois Etapes Tour in the French Pyrenees in August 2014. From 7 to 10 August, seven riders from Soldier On and a pro from Orica GreenEdge will compete against other charities in a ProAm riding…