Tour de Timor 2012: Peace begins with me

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I have just returned from East Timor, where I spent a memorable week suffering racing the Tour de Timor, one of the world’s toughest MTB stage races. I am in equal parts (1) exhausted and (2) worried about this mysterious new rash that has just taken over my neck. This is not good news. As the experts say, don’t come [...]

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Another reason to race CX

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One of the things I love about riding is the people you meet along the way. I’m sure you are the same. Cycling (and sport in general) has a great bonding quality that brings together people from all walks of life to share in something they love. Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting Iain [...]

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CX, lugs and rock n roll

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[Photo Brian Mangano brianmangano.com] I must admit I have been a late convert to the world of cyclo-cross. I saw pictures of the Dirty Deeds CX series last year in Victoria and thought it was cool, but couldn’t make any of the races. I’ve always enjoyed seeing photos from Euro CX races (cowbells, beers and frites… [...]

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Lisa’s Mum goes to the Canbrrrrrra Tour

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[Image (c) Mark Gunter Photography] Last weekend Lisa’s Mum visited Canberra for the Canberra Women’s Tour, the latest NRS tour in the ladies’ calendar. Actually, she meant to go to Floriade but got the dates wrong. Mum does like a good chrysanthemum. Nevertheless, the racing provided a welcome distraction from the disappointment of missing Canberra’s [...]

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Chanelling the van der Ploegs

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Ever since I started riding I’ve been trying to work out how I can go faster. Can I train harder? Eat better? Change equipment? Sleep more? About a year ago I worked out that I was looking at the problem the wrong way. To say that riding fast is the key to cycling is like [...]

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North West Tour – on the road again

22 June 2012

I’m on the way to stage 3 of the North West Tour- so please excuse the short post as it’s from the back of a van. I’m here at the tour as a team of 1, as the rest of the VIS crew couldn’t make it and wanted to remind me how much I’d miss [...]

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May update – Getting dirty, then getting clean

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May has been a big month. I’m a bit behind with Ride Happy posts, so here is a very brief snapshot of what’s been going on. We started with Battle on the Border in Qld. I am still leading the National Road Series, although the amazing Ruth Corset is hot on my heels. My mum [...]

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Lisa’s Mum presents Battle on the Border vs Mt Beauty 6 hr MTB (in an Eagle-versus-Shark kind of way)

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My race report from Battle on the Border (last weekend in Qld) is way overdue. As is my race report from the Mt Beauty 6 hour MTB race the previous weekend. As is my uni assignment. So, in the interests of multi-tasking, I enlisted the help of Lisa’s Mum to consolidate the two races into [...]

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Show no Mersey (and some cool news)

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Last weekend was the Mersey Valley Tour, the first race of the national road series. The VIS women (or @VIS_Chicks now, for all the cool kids) were running a skeleton operation due to a last-minute poaching job by Australian team coach Martin Barras. With 2 weeks to go before the tour, our casualty list looked [...]

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Tour of Mersey Valley

22 April 2012

We are driving to Launceston airport after the end of a tough tour- the first in the Subaru National Road Series. The VIS team acquitted itself with yellow jerseys to Alex ‘Mr Aero’ Morgan in the U19 men, and me in the elite women. Unfortunately neither of us won a Subaru. Proper race report to [...]

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