mountain biking

Closing the gender gap, one biking girl at a time

At any given time during the five-day Sea Otter cycling festival in California last month, you’d see tens of thousands of people roaming the sunlit venue, browsing the booths and, of course, racing and riding bikes. The hustle and bustle, the maze of people, the glaring sun — it can be an overwhelming sight at […]


Stephen Ettinger Diary: Time traveling

As I laid awake at 3am Tuesday morning, in an anonymous Airport hotel in Sydney, I came up with this really great, witty little opening for this little collection of anecdotes. But I finally fell asleep at 6am, a whopping 30 minutes before our alarm went off. As I helped a very broken and high-on-painkillers […]


Discovering new rides: Mt Hotham the hard way

There may not be an easy way to ride up the Hors Categorie (HC)-rated Victorian climb of Mt Hotham, but there sure is a hard way. It’s a route that makes the grindingly slow steep sections on the traditional road climb, like the Meg, seem less intimidating and the long unrelenting descent an easy roll down. […]


From road to rogue: the Thule Bright 24-hour MTB Race

The concept sounded pretty fun: get together a bunch of clean-cut tarmac-focused roadies, and throw them headfirst into a new(ish) teams category in a 24-hour mountain bike race. With our varying off-road abilities we would be there for the good times, rather than laps times, and the category we were entering would allow us to […]

Men not allowed: women’s only events are on the rise, but are they successful?

As a woman at cycling events you can get pretty used to being in the minority. It’s not uncommon to turn up to road cycling challenges with hundreds of men, yet count the number of women on your fingers, or to compete at a cyclocross races with multiple healthy men’s divisions yet the women are […]


Change it up: leave the road bike at home and head for the trails

Want to inject a bit more fun and excitement back into cycling after a hard training block on the road? Perhaps you are looking for a way of introducing your traffic-phobic friends or children to your love of bikes or maybe you just want to boost your bike handling skills? Straying to the dirt could […]


The slow but steady return to racing for Marianne Vos

With a 1.2 UCI ranking, the Ronde van Gelderland might be a minor race on the women’s race calendar, but for 12-time world champion Marianne Vos this race was a big one. Sidelined with a hamstring injury since the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships in January, Gelderland marked Vos’ long-awaited return to the peloton. Prior to […]


Richie Porte paying it forward

For Australian professional road cyclists the off-season is a time to leave their European base and head back home to relax. For Richie Porte, heading back to Tasmania means, among many things, getting back to his passion of mountain biking on some of the many great trails around Launceston. And now Richie is looking to […]


Mongolia Bike Challenge: Like No Other Race On Earth

As you all know this is primarily a road cycling website, but anything on two wheels that captures my imagination will always make it onto these pages. Last week Daniel Carruthers completed his second Mongolia Bike Challenge (MBC) with his wife Jen along taking photos. I wanted made it over for this adventure, but unfortunately […]