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…

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…

practice makes pancakes.

i think every mountain biker enjoys just ripping down the best trails, staying in the flow. interruptions get in the way. walking back up to session a section is unwelcome. it’s also unfortunatly the only way to improve. when the trail just streams towards you the focus is always on solving that next challenge; practice…

all hail the queen!

there are so many religions and cults out there, almost one for every woman and man. obviously there is also one for cyclists: it’s called strava. strava is what gives us purpose, it’s what tells us who we are, and it brings us together with those other believers, via the invisible power of gps receivers.…

princess of mountain?

is there such a thing? there’s of course the king of mountain, and the queen of mountain, the fastest man and woman, respectively, on a certain trail. but what about the fastest young person on the mountain? the second fastest female on the mountain? nat would definitely deserve the title and of course wear it…

supercharged.

if you are following our blog you’ll know nat & i like to ride our bikes … a lot. our chosen type of riding is what’s these days referred to as ‘enduro’. enduro riders aren’t quite the masochists cross country (xc) riders have to be: we like to earn our turns by riding up the…

queen of the dam.

even in the midst of this health nightmare we are still very lucky: we have great mountain bike trails nearby and as long as we don’t cross paths with other people we are still allowed to exercise: that’s of course exactly what we do. being out there is good for our health, good for our…

trail fairies.

have you ever asked yourself how berms miraculously appear in the bush (or woods in other parts of the world)? how wooden trail features that make trails safer and more fun get where they are? or how the trails always seem to run well, no matter how much traffic or rain they get? every mountain…