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day 0: The prologue

… sometime in December … This year’s XmasEpic is brought to you by T.E. Lawrence; “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. “For years we lived anyhow with one another in the naked desert, under the indifferent heaven. By day the hot sun … Continue reading

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Due Preparations for the Ride

So many hills to climb, so little time. Now being only 10 weeks out from the xmasepic2010, it is time to get on the bike. Or for some of you, its time to actually get a bike. The North Coast … Continue reading

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Haute Savoie

In hindsight, there were plenty of warning signs all the way along until, far too late, I realised the full horror of my predicament. Lets start with Res. Old school. He actually has many bikes, not just a Brompton (1). … Continue reading

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Belpberg – the mountain

Reputedly the highest and steepest peak in Switzerland, the Belpberg has long fascinated cyclists. Belp: a cross between a belch and a burp, Berg: a fearsome incline design to break the legs of the hardest. Leaving aside the Chocolate Factory … Continue reading

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Stromlo – the mountain

Continuing in the xmasepic series of training rides in Australia’s bleakest possible places, we gird our loins in the nation’s capital. Yes, we Canberra. On the right we see Ms Gillard in “the attack of the rangas”. While in Canberra, … Continue reading

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bikes, cars, planes & trains: an Oppy homage

Stepping off the plane in Melburn, I was thinking one word and that word was Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman. In our first formal training ride in Melburn the xmasepic was determined to pay homage. The team bus preceded us to … Continue reading

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brissie to the bay

While probably in the “not epic enough” class on the Goldilocks scale of epic bike rides (unlike the one recently reported by BSNYC), the 50km “Brissie to the Bay” charity ride n’v’rtheless provided a suitable backdrop to test various epic … Continue reading

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