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  • Magic….

  • Awesome stuff. Love the video. I don’t recognise the Rapha jersey (I think Alby wears it whilst falling off bike on grassy hill) – which one is it?

    Next stop the Southern Alps of New Zealand?

    • lekoshe

      If you mean the dark blue with white and pink hoops… that’s the brevet jersey, so far offered only in 2011. I have one, and it’s my single favourite piece of cycling clothing, ever.

  • James Hayes

    where are those switchbacks!?

  • Pete

    Very cool video. Looked like a whole lot of fun.

  • JB

    Best post ever!

  • Anth73

    Stunning cycling terrain. It looks every bit as good as the Victorian high country.

  • jules

    you call that work? ;)

    great choice of location – tassie is magnificent, those roads would be fantastic to ride. queenstown is amazing. we did a tour of the mine there which was fascinating, sad too how the town and jobs have slowly died off.

  • Todd!

    Want. Orange. Wind. Jacket. Medium. Please. You know where to deliver ;-P

  • Steel

    “footie pitch” haha

  • icecream

    awesome photography dude.  as always.

  • Anonymous

    You all have the best jobs! spectacular scenery ! i’ve lived in Melbourne 25 yrs but never seen tassie!

  • I’ve been considering going for a cycling holiday to Tassie someday soon… This makes it look like a very good idea.

  • JBS

    Love the video CT.  Not what I was expecting, but spectacular.

    Hate to nitpick, but it’s Devonport, not Davenport (as it is on the rapha website), and Strahan, not Straughn.

    • Ex Tasmanian

      Agreed. Have already posted similar comment on Rapha Facebook page. Was a bit disappointed that a such an awesome film from a fabulous brand was let down but a few small basics mistakes

      • Completely my fault. I had drafted the write-up on the airplane and when I finally landed in Doha the internet connection was so bad I was barely able to send the email for the write-up. It’s not the standard I would have liked but it was fixed many hours ago.

  • Raphael

    You have a great job! And thanks for sharing the backstage of this movie with us.

  • Robert Merkel

    Oh well, if my Rapha jacket purchase helped to pay for that, so be it – it’s a hell of a lot more fun to watch than most other marketing!

    Is there going to be some companion material with recommended routes for those of us who might want to follow in your tyre tracks?

  • Brilliant video – watched it over and over this morning (cool voiceover too)… delighted to get the backstage pass delivered to my inbox and get a glimpse behind the scenes – thanks for sharing :)

  • I feel very homesick. I miss some of those roads. 

  • Did you ride the full length of the Western Explorer? ;-)

  • Nigel Bisset

    Was it difficult to arrange to have Melbourne weather moved to Tasmania while filming this?

  • That last little vid, suck my what? haha!

  • Tyrone

    Photo with white van man (publican)…glad to see you stayed at the Waratah Hotel, a nice place, even if parts of it reminded me of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. Waratah itself is pretty cool. Can’t be too many towns with a giant waterfall in the middle of town. I wonder if you’d have ridden the 8km, 1% grade tramway to the abandoned mining town if you had been told it started 2kms from the pub…next time perhaps.

  • Sami

    Somehow it lacks the “totally inspiring” atmosphere that usually the Rapha movies have. It’s very nice, but something’s missing/wrong.

  • Notso Swift

    Is that a TIME Worldstar I spied?


    Awesome… I’m a bit jealous.

  • Smoerer

    Love the switchbacks of Jacob’s Ladder; are they riding clinchers?  23’s? What’s the average % incline?   Great blog post as usual.  Now I am on a mission to find that beer in Oregon! 

    • Robert Merkel

      Here’s an (automatically generated) profile of the Ben Lomond Road, of which Jacob’s Ladder is a part of (the twisties about about km 15, I think).  The average gradient of the whole climb is a tad over 6% – not too tough, though dirt obviously makes it harder.  Jacob’s Ladder itself is tougher, by the looks.  Here’s some video of MTBers descending, and a motorcycle ascent.

      Can’t say for sure whether these guys were riding 23’s, but appropriae 23mm training clinchers (Gatorskins or similar) will cope with surprisingly bad dirt roads without too many punctures.

      • Smoerer

        Thanks!  Great videos!  I bet the rims got a little hot on those wheels.  I think I’d rather go up than down.  I just got back from a week in Arizona.  Now some of those roads are pretty darn bad!  Heat cracks, debris, gravel – lots of flats.  I was lucky on Continental 4 Seasons, 23’s.  One guy had a dry wall screw go completely through the tube/tire/wheel on day one.  Patched the wheel with a plastic ride map, and off he went without anymore problems the rest of the week.  That said, the gravel of Jacob’s Ladder might be more kind than the roads of AZ.    

      • I was riding on 25mm GP4000s – I ride a lot of gravel and dead country roads and prefer the bigger bag and lower pressures :)

      • I was riding on 25mm GP4000s – I ride a lot of gravel and dead country roads and prefer the bigger bag and lower pressures :)

  • BBB

    A Giant in a Rapha vid?  That will get you sent to Van Diemen’s Land…

  • Guest

    Does anyone know what watch the rider at 0:26 in the full length film is wearing? (Thanks in advance) 
    Second video, “Suck my **** Aaron”. Hahaha GOLD 

  • Justin

    I get a sense of that other yet infamous cannibal, Matt Gabbett, on those lonely stretches of road.

  • big rob

    well made film,as a local from the back of devonport some of the roads just here and scenery are more iconic and we ride this all the time ,gogrange ,big paloona ,cethana,mt claude, spellmans to name a few all ridelble from devonport.The training ground of micheal wilson and co.

  • Porrsome153

    Fantastic I loved the film and this post. Gassy definitely on my list to ride. Great work. You lucky bastard.

  • Paul

    Where was MG_4242.jpg located?

    Nice work, video is awesome….

    • Anthony

       Lake Gordon, as a guess. Out near Strathgordon.

  • Derek

    I’m never going by boat, damn thing is made out of Leggo!!


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