New Website! Training! Fundrasing & More!

It’s been a while between my blog posts! There has been a lot going on lately, so I’ll see if I can fill you in on everything.

As you might have noticed, I have a new website! I made the change over the holidays and it is finally up and running.

The new site allows you to easily access photos, information, links and more by easily navigating through the menu.

It is still being added to and there will be a few more changes yet to come, but please send the link to my new site to as many people as you can, so they too can enjoy keeping tabs on me. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

I hope the holiday season treated everyone and their families well. Stephanie and I stayed home over the 2 weeks break. It was nice to have her back in Brisbane for the holidays.

I was able to get out on the bike a fair bit during the holidays. Lots of Kangaroo Point Club rides, including plenty of long distance kms and hill climbing…

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I also took part in the “Rapha Festive 500” challenge. The challenge was to ride 500kms or more between Christmas eve and New Year’s eve.

It came down to the wire for me to cram the last few kms in. There were a couple of days that I slept in due to party the night before… I ended up with a total for 545kms in 8 days and I look forward to receiving my badge of completion from Rapha.


I finally finished building Stephanie's bike for her and she went on her maiden voyage over the break.

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We met up with some friends and rode out to Manly for some breakfast. It was a beautiful day for a roll and Stephanie was cruising along nicely.

My MTB riding has been lacking a little lately with all the training I have been doing for the up-coming tour.

I did happen to get to the bush for a quick spin one morning on my own. I also managed to hit a tree! A jump that I have ridden countless times got the better of me and I managed to avoid a head-on collision. I came away with a very bruised upper arm and a bit of a relaxed ride back to the car that morning.

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My first ride with the Hervey Bay BUG’s was great! They welcomed me into the group and were happy to finally have me on board.

We did the usual Saturday morning ride and coffee shop stop to catch up on all the gossip. A nice quick pace with a few faster sections to really open up the taps.

Sunday, we went to Toogoom. Its about 30kms from home to the Toogoom boat ramp. I let the BUG’s return back to town from this point and I continued on towards Burrum Heads, before turning around to meet Stephanie back in Toogoom for some breakfast.   

The Hervey Bay BUG’s are a fantastic group of bicycle lovers and I can’t wait until our next ride together.

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There are 8 weeks to go until the 2014 Signature Tour! My training is definitely in full swing.

My first assessment ride has been completed. 130kms with 1400m of climbing.

The QLD riders got together on the weekend just gone for a group training ride. 137kms with about 1900m of elevation.

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We battled a massive headwind climbing Mt Mee and we knew that wasn’t going to be the last of it. My legs were asking why I was riding more hills as I had ridden the day before (Australia Day) on the traditional Mt Nebo & Mt Glorious climb. 85kms from Southbank and back with about 2300m of climbing. And we all know how much I like hills…

Descending Mt Mee, one of the riders had his rear wheel fall apart… His carbon/alloy rim de-laminated and locked up in his frame. Amazingly he didn’t come off his bike and managed to stop without any other damage. These are the things that you block out of your mind when descending at speeds of around 80kms/hr. He was a very lucky boy that day.

My fundraising has started off a bit slow for 2014. But there are a few things in the pipeline.

I have some more market days planned, my local coffee shop is going to help me out and after its huge success in 2013, I am having another Tour de Cure High Tea.

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Details for the morning tea can also be found on the events page in the main menu.

Its going to be bigger and better than last year, so make sure you get in early and book your spot!

One last thing. Since the launching of my new website, the automatic emailing of my blog posts may have gone a bit funny. I am trying a new system to handle this, so I hope it works.

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Thank you for all your support so far! Your donations and encouraging messages really go a long way!