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Think about your best cycling adventure tell us all about it and inspire us to do it. Add a picture. No Cheats!!!! Only your own experience and photos.
I cannot add one yet as I've only done motorbike adventures, but I will be doing the Otago Rail Trail as an introduction soon. My list is long of adventures I wish to do but that isn't the thread.
Sometimes one persons experiences can lead us in a direction not yet travelled. I'm too young to stop living, and too old not to take every opportunity to have fun.
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marnie&matt wrote:I thought this might be inspiring for the people like me who like to dream and plan.
There is a community of cyclists who regularly take their adventure on a bike. Sounds like you should take a little time to read some of the threads on the touring sub-forum.
If that whets your appetite have a look at my touring journals, and then go to crazyguyonabike.com for more.
Here is a picture from the Otago Central Rail Trail. For you it will probably be the end of the ride. For me, it was the start of a month long adventure through Otago and the Southland.
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Spent a couple of hours riding with him with a screaming tailwind that saw us effortlessly sitting on 35+kph in perfect sunshine. When we said our goodbyes to him we jumped in a car and were driven home and never had to contend with the headwind. It was a perfect day on the bike.
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But it WILL be superceded by the Great Victorian Bike Ride which starts this Saturday. The GVBR has been on my bucket list for many years and I started but failed last year due to a crash on day three.
This year I will finish and enjoy every moment of the experience. Plus I get to enjoy the Great Ocean Road.
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"An unjustified and unethical imposition on a healthy activity."
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It wasn't enjoyable in the slightest, it was the most painful horrible ride I have ever done, whatever to possessed me to go out the door in -15C!, I stopped after about 10kms to warm up, I stopped halfway up the climb for 15 minutes to try and find some feeling in my hands... but I still carried on . The last 4 kms were on ice / slush but managed to ride them. Stopped at the top to take a photo but my phone promptly died which did worry me. If I had had a problem, even something as simple as a puncture I would have been in really big trouble. Rode down as fast as I could with out crying. The wind chill on the way down from a 1000m was horrendous. Stopped at the bottom for 15minutes trying not to vomit from the pain. Carried on another 15kms till I found a boulangerie open, went in and had a coffee and sat on their heater, the girl behind the counter had to get the plastic bag with the money out of my pocket because my fingers wouldn't work. Didn't really warm up as I was too damp... but had to get home to get the kids from school. I had lost all feeling from the knees down, by the time I got home I was definitely suffering from hypothermia. The pain didn't end there... thawing out frozen hand,legs and privates is never nice... if you have never experienced it before it is really something special. The pain builds up really quickly to a huge crescendo over a minute or two and then suddenly passes.
BUT... 15 minutes later picking up the kids from school I was already laughing inside, wondering how I can improve on it!. Suffice to say that was nearly two years ago and I haven't come close to repeating it again!.
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In particular, this hill http://goo.gl/maps/fEgZk was a dream to ride up an down; one of those hills that takes so much effort to ride up that all your problems and thoughts fade into the background.
Bit hard to re adjust to Sydney riding after that actually.
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This is the Strava route. http://www.strava.com/segments/4958118
Did it about 5 years ago with a friend who really believes in rule number 5.
We had only a vague idea of what the road conditions would be like.
Fortunately we were both on mountain bikes.
the logical direction for this loop is clockwise, start and finish at the National Park visitor information centre.
A few km before the finish there is a vineyard with cellar door.
We stopped there and had a few red tastings with the host, who was quite impressed by our acheivement.
Copped a massive thunderstorm just as we left the winery.
Finished the loop soaking wet.
P.S. At no stage did we have to ride on the highway Wallangarra north. there is an unsealed side road parallel but the old bridge is full of holes so care is needed
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Even though I generally prefer riding my road bike, all my adventures have been on my mountain bike.
1. 400km over 3 days from Vientiane to Phonsavane in Laos. I loved this because it's the longest single journey I've ever completed on a bike. Plus the environment was so different to the places I was used to riding.
2. Central Otago Rail Trail. What's not to like about 4 days of riding with no cars and amazing scenery. It's hard not to love this ride. Just for extra achievement value, we kept going all the way to Queenstown. The track from Arrowtown to Queenstown is well worth doing. The ride from Clyde to Bannockburn on the Hawksburn road with a 25% section is also pretty good for a sense of achievement.
3. Mt Kosciusko. I did this a few weeks ago, with the goal of making my son the highest 1 year old in Australia on his first birthday. Unfortunately the leftover snow drifts stopped us going all the way to the top. But we made it to Rawson's Pass (~2100m), so I'm pretty sure he was definitely the highest 1 year old in the land for a day.
Enjoy the Otago Rail Trail. It's a great ride.
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Here's a link to the thread that was started for pictures which start on page 6....
My favourite day on the bike, shared with some good mates. Still makes me smile when I think of it.
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You make great friendships and push yourself further than you thought you could.
I liked it so much I went back 2 yrs later and did Panama City Beach, Florida along the ridge of the Appalachians to Portland, Maine - a spectacular trip.
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I've now ridden the Otago Rail Trail I want to cycle the world…
Okay it's an easy trail and it's not long…. but on a windy day it can be one hell of a hard days cycling. I recommend any beginner to enjoy the ride and adventure of a cycling holiday. Spent 2 days in Queenstown beforehand and cycled to Jacks point and we loved it. We will be going back to New Zealand to cycle many of their other trails.
Now to take the mickey out of myself and say I'm soft, I only like cycling on a sunny day, not too hot, and not too much wind. I've learned a lot from other cyclists over a cider or 2, that I need to toughen up and get out more. So my new stance for 2014 is ride in the wind and to be adventurist and cycle in the rain. It's all training…..
To do list of rail trails and epic rides in Australia…
Great Victorian Rail Trail
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
East Gippsland Rail Trail
The Munda Biddi Trail
The Morson Trail
Murray River Trail
and the Tasmanian Trail
I think thats a good list of to do's in Australia for starters.
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Other rides I liked was cycling the romantic road in Germany and cycling in Tuscany was always a hit although the first time I hit school holidays so I learnt to avoid the tourist spots quickly
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I liked it so much that after the trip I've switched from car to bike commuting to work!
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190km on a steel 10 speed on horrific dirt/rock roads through incredibly remote country. At one point the 'road' was just two tyre tracks heading off into the scrub .
Crossing an insignificant dried up creek bed signed 'Brisbane River' was an experience i'll not soon forget.
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Each day we managed to scale several Grande Montagnes to Le Sommets and Le Cols. They included most of the famous, signature climbs. Some were Madeleine, Chaussey, Alpe d’Huez, Sarenne, Notre Dame, Croix de Fer x 2, L’Iseran, Cenis, Glandon, Mallard, Duex Alpes, Telegraphe, Col du Galibier x 2, Lautaret & Mont Ventoux x 3. An average day was about 60km, climbing about 2000m.
It really was a fantastic trip. Everything went perfectly. The weather, company, food, accommodation, the scenery and the riding! Words really can not describe it. Maybe I am getting old but it really felt like ticking one off the bucket list.
Kissing the Iron Cross for good luck. Croix de Fer.
The quiet road to Notre Dame. An epic ride with great views and cliff faces & tunnels, not to be missed. Climb the back side and descent down Ornon.
Every rider must get photos climbing Alpe d'Huez.
Looking back from Sarenne. Many people believe Alpe d'Huez is a dead end. It is not. You can do a circuit up over and around Sarenne. They did this in the Tour last year. I can not believe they raced on that poor road surface, unbelievable!
Looking down at the moonscape of Mont Ventoux.
The township of Bourg d-Oisans. Many yummy, local delicacies to try.
After shopping, dinner with a bottle of local red. After a days cycling such wonderful hills, life doesnt get much better.
Our "chalets" in both towns. They are basic but comfortable and clean. They had everything, including the kitchen sink, but most importantly, the fridge.
We have planned another trip this coming August to Italy. We have arranged bungalows in Corvara (Dolomites). We plan to ride Gardenia, Gaiu, Pordoi, Sella, Valparola & Rina etc. Then we will travel west and stay in Bormio (Ortler Alps) to do Selvio x 3, Mortirolo x 2 & Gavia etc.
Again, I am just busting. It is exciting typing this. I can’t wait.
It really is not that expensive. Flights are $1650, bungalows & apartments are $34/night average (four share). Car rental is $300 each (all $AU). The rest is simply sending & drinking money! Living in the units, you can also save more if you wish by cooking at home. Nothing like getting home after a hard mountain ride and knocking a few frosties back that were bought at Carrefore for €12 a case.
If you have the chance and inclination, just do it!
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