racing.

when i bought the honda (see: all my bikes ) i decided to try a little enduro racing. for me this was the fulfilment of a dream: i always wanted to try it, but earlier on simply did not have┬áthe money. i started in 1996, and the first races came as a big surprise: i…

20 years of service.

20 years ago i upgraded from a yamaha yzf 600 to an aprilia rsv 1000 mille. 20 years ago! she seemed like the most amazing bike i could imagine then, and i can’t say i’ve changed my mind ever since. the mille was a massive step up from the yamaha, in every way, and until…

practice makes pancakes.

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while we were out riding.

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every. day. carry.

i’ve been carrying that back pack for a while now, and i’m still very proud of the time it allowed me to bond with the goat (the greatest of all time – greg minnaar) – because i pretty much carry a medium sized bike shop right there on my back. sometimes, however, i feel it’s…

update time.

i’ve had my bike now for … pretty much forever. it feels like forever anyway; in reality it’s been five and a half years, which in mountain bike terms is actually almost forever. the setup has not changed either: i’ve stuck with the components it came with when i became it’s custodian. ok, the enve…

hold tight.

i’m still sad my old home-made bike rack was destroyed: that one was made from aluminium and i could easily lift it up alone – with one hand! the new one is super heavy duty, but also heavy af and i dread every time i have to install it or take it off. on the…

tas interschools 2021.

most states had to cancel their interschools mountain bike competitions (including nsw, where nat had raced before) for the obvious reason that few responsible school representatives would have wanted to underwrite a potential superspreader event. lucky for us living in tassie we don’t have any (known) covid cases and are therefore free to congregate, especially…

how good is australia!

i’m still not sure whether the sentence should be finished with a ‘?’ or a ‘!’. when our prime minister uses the phrase, as he does whenever he doesn’t have anything really relevant or even mildly intelligent to say – i.e. quite frequently – it sounds like a ‘?’ but it definitely feels like a…

that’s how they do enduro in tassie.

they don’t hold back. 6 stages, 18 km and a whopping 1000 m elevation gain, matched by an equal, if somewhat more rapid, elevation loss, thanks to said 6 downhill stages. that makes for an exhausting morning. here is something i overheard while queueing up for stage 3 (called red wine, for reasons that are…

new stuff.

i’ve had the nomad for a few years now (almost five) and it did have a bit of a life before i became its custodian. no wonder then that a few of the parts are now at the end of their useful life. time for new parts: i needed a new saddle and a new…