Blitz Probe Cycling


“I don’t normally post pictures of bikes. I’m not sure why, I just never really have. I will make an exception in this case, because: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1.) It shows @howlingfauna in a rare moment of high altitude induced near collapse, and… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2.) I love this @rodeolabs Trail Donkey. This bike has changed the way I live as a bike rider. I actively seek out anything that isn’t pavement - dirt roads, trails, roads that only exist on a map, roads that might have once existed, but clearly haven’t in at least 50 years. Anything. Everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can hardly contain @ashleygruber’s excitement when it comes to riding dirt now. She gets mad at me if we do too many road rides or ride too much pavement in general. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve never ridden a bike that has changed my bike riding life as much as this has - the places I’ve ridden (and walked), the people I’ve met, the rides we’ve shared. It sounds silly, but I don’t know if I can give a bike higher praise than that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am NOT trying to sell the world on gravel bikes. They’re not for everyone. Mountain bikes are AMAZING, motos are pretty cool in the Colorado High Country, road bikes rock too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For me though, this is my jam. This is where I want to be in ten years - bye pavement, bye cars, bye angry people who entertain thoughts of killing me, bye people looking at their phones who don’t even know I’m there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hello, open road. Hello, tiny trail I probably should ride a mountain bike on. Hello, steep, brutally hard, but oddly satisfying climb. Hello, wild descent. Hello, new places. Hello, four wide on a road no one ever uses. Hello, fun. That’s why I ride. I ride because I want to go outside, hang out with friends, do something a bit silly, get super tired, and have a bunch of fun doing it.”


Today’s ride. (doesn’t include the ride to and from).


Well that made me feel lazy…


Oh you “■■■■■■” Ozzies, i have to tell you something very important!
I have finished the tour around your tiny little dropbear-infested island. Its been 21.500 km and 8 months from Gold Coast to Gold Coast.
You crazy people made my staying absolutely perfect and i have never experienced such hospitality and specially generosity anywhere else in the world and trust me i had cycled through more than 70 countries. Australia simply became my home and i had not a single bad experience!
The route was basically from Gold Coast - Brisbane - Atherton - Cooktown - Lakefield Park - Musgrave rh - Dixies - Normanton - Lawn Hill - Doomadgee - Hells Gate - Borroloolla - Roper Bar - Mataranka - Kakadu - Darwin - Lichfield - Katherine - Kanunurra - Fitzroy Crossing - Tunnel Creek - Derby - Broome - Karijini - Coral Bay - Perth - Munda Biddi - Albany - Esperance - ■■■■■■ Nullabor - Ayr penninsula - Port Augusta - Blinman and Mawson trail - Kangaroo island - Hamilton and Grampians - Melbourne - Tasmania - Mt. Hotham - Omeo - (Mt. Pinnibar ■■■■■■ hell!!!) - Thredbo - Canberra - Blue Mountains - Kempsey - Ebor - Casino and Gold Coast… with many crazy “shortcuts” and mantadory detours.
All these kms done selfpowered. Never used any public transport (except mantadory ferries) and i refused (and later cried) all lift offers.
So, thanx for all i had really good time and 3 flat tyres! :slight_smile:

(My favourite quote that i will remember forever will be from that corrugated deep sand hell nearby Roper bar when a car stopped and the guy said: “I am not gonna ask you why you do that but before you die drink this beer!”)


Anyone else here have a Polar V650 that won’t upload or sync anyone? Stopped uploading a few months ago. Threatens to sync and then tells me to F off.
Still works on the ride but annoying that I can’t log my rides, unimpressive as they are (30 treacle slow ks tops now I’ve got my teeth well and truly into my 7th decade).


So how’s this for a weekend?

Sat: FYXO Gravel Camp Rubicon - setup and do a few practice rides

Sat night - Milan San Remo

Sun: FYXO Gravel ride - packup
Sun arvo/evening: go to nearest pub/club - Bombers smash GWS