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The 2017 Cloudride Bike Packing Experience

Jun 2017

Its has been 7.5 weeks since my crash resulting in concussion and memory loss, time off the bike and all that drama at Easter on the Monaro 1000 Cloudride. My biggest regret is not riding along and giving myself 7 days to complete it, instead rush...

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2016 - The Year of Being Uncomfortable

Dec 2016

  FOREWORD: You might need to take you smart phone to the toilet or read this on your tea break over 2 coffees, much to divulge. Apologies in advance. In 2006 I started my journey proper on the bike, pushing boundaries to improve my skills...

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Avoiding the Victorian Winter with my bike

Aug 2016

Norm and I returned home from Europe on the 30th July, for me it was after nearly 7 weeks of sunshine, bike rides, looking after other people, sleeping as much as I could and enjoying my time doing something different to the normal grind. Its now...

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Got Saddle Issues?

May 2016

The “ladies” saddle to end soreness, chafing, red raw stinging and all that lovely stuff! My name is Jess Douglas. I am 43 years old, have given birth in the normal way (need I say more?), have a backside not too generous but the hip bones are s...

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Mega Miles - 24hr Oppy & GDT16 400km Bikebacking

May 2016

Much too much to report...life is full and as I would have it, its busy and time is scarce. Let me fill you in. I had a great February, trained and raced really well in the 10th Giant Odyssey. Nothing to complain about there. Back on the bandwag...

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The 10th Giant Odyssey - 2016 Forrest, The Otways, Victoria, Australia.

Feb 2016

​ There was a big race I turned down to attend my 10th Odyssey, it was the World Solo 24hr champs in Rotorua and apparently it was a course the would have suited me..blah blah… Well back in 2007 I promised myself after hurting a lot on the inaug...

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This is not a race report ;)

Jan 2016

There is no doubt I am not alone here, work hard in most parts of my life but put off the small things that end up mattering. Eg: Massage. I need one, but don’t have the time.   Hair. OMG, it is so dry and brittle with grey hairs poking thr...

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24hrs at Stromlo, the most fun you can have in 24hrs!

Oct 2015

Its been 2 weeks since I raced at the Australian 24hr SOLO Mountain bike championships at Mt Stromlo. For most of us that race these events, its not just the body that needs time to recover, its our mental wellbeing, and that means the capacity to...

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Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr SOLO fun time at Jubberland

Sep 2015

Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr MTB Enduro at Jubberland, Castlemaine, September 26th 2015.  The short notice of the 12hr race held an appeal for me in many aspects. I had been methodically training since my return from Italy at the start of Ju...

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The Long Awaited Battle with Kate

Sep 2015

The Long Awaited Battle. I had heard it on the grapevine, Kate Penglase was keen to race me before she went off to the WEMBO World Solo 24hr Champs in Weaverville.  We had a 45 min tussle at the Geelong MTB Club No Frills Friday in a handic...

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Shimano XTR M9000 Di2 - The Review

Jul 2015

2015 - Year of the Shimano XTR Di2 upgrade. It was a few months ago now that I was gifted with the 2015 Liv 27.5 Lust Advanced 0 from Giant.  This years colours are to my liking with aqua purple and black giving it a feminine and strong appe...

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Back from Italy, Straight into winter, jump back into racing and a BIG goal to smash.

Jul 2015

I returned from Italy on the 17th June with 3000kms and 35,000 vert meters in the legs from working on bike tours with Dave and Emma of Top Bike Tours.  The weather was sunny, the roads hilly and the daylight hours long and enjoyable. Of cour...

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