Another ride up Mount Cootha this morning, much easier than the last ride, only 3 stops on the way up and they were not the 'gasping - i'm going to be sick' stops that i had last time. Not sure what changed, but i did pump up the rear tyre a bit, so maybe? May have also been a bit cooler this morning too.
Pretty tough ride, new bike, 22ºC, 1000ft climb and i've not been cycling for a couple of weeks.
First time running with my cam though, links to videos at the end.
Mt Cootha is a 1000ft viewpoint over the city or brisbane, getting there is pretty easy with the excellent set of cycleways and tracks that they have here, once at the bottom, it was just a slog to the top. I had been there in a car last year so kind of knew what to expect, but it was still tough.
I forgot to turn on the camera on the way back down, so will do the run again next week, but check out 23:40 for a bit of an oops moment!
Sitting on the balcony of my room in brisbane, i'm currently looking out over a soggy, rainy morning. Not much changed from cardross, well, except the temperature is about 20ºc higher!
Initially I though this work trip would put a big damper on cycling, due to time in work, and well, the lack of a bike, but I've sorted one of these. I'm now the proud owner of a Specialized Roubaix Comp, second hand, but really well looked after and looks and feels brand new.
Its little comfort though while its pouring down outside. But the rain won't last long and the shop that I bought it from http://lifecycle.net.au have organised ride outs which should be great. Plus Brisbane has tons of cycle routes, something that Glasgow should really think about. Recreational cycle routes are great, but these are communting cycle routes, for fast riding. I don't use cycle tracks in the UK because firstly, the surface is usually atrocious, but secondly for all the dog walkers and casual cyclists using them they are far too slow for me. The cycle routes here are marked for direction, pedestrians are not allowed in them and the infrastructure is built with road cycling in mind. I'd love Glasgow to adopt some of these ideas and get more people cycling into work, which is a great way to get people into cycling in general, it worked for me!