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My Trip to France - Mont Ventoux

13 July 2013
Topbike Tour group at Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux – just another hill climb until it delivered one amazing experience....

Recently I had the marvellous opportunity to join TOPBIKE Tour's Tour de France hills preview cycling holiday.

When I was younger sometime around 21 years ago, I promised myself I would do a 3 month cycling tour of Europe with Norm by the time I turned 40.
Well its 2013, in February I turned 40...Europe Cycling tour had not occurred and being busy with multiple businesses to look after was now the priority.

It wasn't until Dave Olle from TBT was in Forrest one sunny day in early Autumn, that the concept of going to France for this tour was delivered to me and I pretty much signed up the next day.
I juggled a few commitments and locked away a 12 day trip to France, and I was still 40 and sort of doing my Euro tour.

What does one conjour up in ones mind about the famous climbs of the Tour de France?

I figured that my lovely 4-5% climbs of Skenes Ck and Benwerrin were false flats in comparison to what I would ride. The Victoria Alps were the closest thing to “hard” that I had

The REAL me.

11 June 2013
life is good

Every day passes by so quickly, I recall the days as a child when a day would last forever and school holidays felt like an entire year!
I turned 40 this year, Norm will be turning 43, our daughter Saskia turned 19 and left home last week and I often do not know what day it is, what the actual date is and what is even in my diary to achieve tommorrow.  I just wing it, I just go to bed, wake up, do what needs to be done and somehow life just unfolds.

I recall back in my 20's I

K.I.D.'S Foundation Ride & Forrest 6hr

05 June 2013
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So much time passes far too quick, and then I am a month down the track...

Creative juices must flow to write for me, I really don't enjoy writing a race report for the sake of advising my readers what I have been up to.

Today, rather than wait for creativity, I am going to let it flow...

since my last update about the 24hr Road race in Western Australia much has been ridden or raced.
I got back from the 24hr with a sore knee, sore bits, tired body but a glow inside that I really enjoyed that event, I

Delirium 24hr Cycle Race - April 20-21st 2013

23 April 2013
course preview

24hr Delirium – Cycle Race

Cowaramup, Western Australia

Sat 20th – Sun 21st April 2013

I came to Western Australia on Thursday last week, knowing full well I had a 24hr road race to ride on the weekend.

I had talked about it, planned for it, spent loads of money getting here, had tantrums and fights with Norm about the hows and whats, and now I was here...and I was still just thinking, “yep, 24hrs on the road bike, not sure whats going to happen, not sure how its going to pan out, Norm, no matter how much we plan we

Bike Buller MTB Festival - March 9, 10 & 11th - 2013

13 March 2013
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The Giant “gigantic” Mt Buller Bike Buller Festivus!
March 9th 10th & 11th - 2013

This is the 5th year of doing this amazing event and it does keep getting better and better.
3 events over 3 days. These are tough races and I personally know of people who took twice as long as I did to finish, but still completed every single race.

2013 I had planned to use this as a great way to get some hills in the legs, spend a week here before hand and ride the event tired and with many miles done already.

Over late February I

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