Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Stage 4 consisted of three laps of 28km circuit and I had a great day. The front group was down to 10 guys when I got popped at around 50kms but managed a 5km time trial and got back to the leaders. I was able to stay with them until 10kms to go when I [...]

The Croc Trophy has started in a way that no one expected: monsoonal rain. The race got underway in downtown Cairns in torrential rain and it’s been with us ever since. None of the competitors or organisers are prepared for the weather – some people don’t even have a long sleeved top to put on [...]

After nearly six months in the planning the start of the Croc Trophy is only four days away. The build up had been going really well until a major chest infection put a big dent in the training and it was touch and go whether I would be able to get back to training at [...]

Training is one thing, but there is nothing like a race or two to provide an insight into how the preparations are going. When the Mawson Marathon was cancelled I earmarked the same weekend for a couple of `form finders’ – races that would provide a more accurate gauge of where I was at. It [...]

The Otway Odyssey is one of the toughest marathon races on the calendar: steep climbs, lots of vertical and some treacherous descents make this one of those races you can’t help but be anxious about. Throw in a few pre-race torrential downpours and the descents I speak of become terrifying, and the uphills barely rideable.
This [...]

The 2010 season is officially over, ending on Saturday with the Gravity 12 Hour in a comparatively relaxed team of three.
A month has passed since the World Championships and the body is only now starting to return to normal. In that time I have had two races: the Gravity (fun) and the final round of [...]

Someone asked me last week at a Worlds Celebration Dinner what I attributed my result to. I replied with some half-thought through answer about having been well prepared, a bit of luck, etc. My answer was true, but it wasn’t exactly insightful. I then thought that I should document the answer so I can refer [...]

It had been more than a year since my last serious road race, and I’d picked a tough one. The Midlands Tour is renowned for the depth of its field, the difficulty of the terrain and the ferocity of the elements. Only the latter was missing this year, with a reasonably calm, though cold day.
I [...]

The second race in the series and Jess Douglas (Giant) and I took out the Mixed Pairs category, and finished 10th overall. We won by almost a lap and would have won the men’s pairs and wouldn’t have been last in the Men’s Pro Category. I was particularly happy with my opening lap, and managed [...]

Riding a six hour enduro is an emotional rollercoaster. There’s the pre-race anxiety (did I bring enough food, did I tell my pit crew everything, have I got enough brake pad left), the first lap adrenalin (can I squeeze through this gap), the mid-race concentration (how far is the guy in front, how far is [...]