It's Cool in the Rainforest

It’s Cool in the Rainforest

Nightcap National Park is one of those hidden gems that surprises with its proximity to other, better-known tourist attractions; and then keeps surprising the visitor with layer upon layer of hidden gems. Only 30km North of Lismore, and just by the alternative lifestyle town of Nimbin, Nightcap is a treasure trove of walking trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and greenery....

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Defying Gravity (and Technology)

Defying Gravity (and Technology)

"Always have a manual backup". That's the modern race timers' mantra, as technology is - well, it's technology. And we KNOW what happens when we put all our eggs in the technology basket. So it proved at Mt Borah, NSW, for the inaugural Vertical Horizons Gravity Enduro, a 3-race, downhill/enduro MTB format with a General Classification that consisted...

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Misty Mountain Magic

Misty Mountain Magic

The Byron Bay Hinterland in Far North NSW is rightly famous for its beautiful, secluded, and isolated patches of paradise. There are rainforest retreats, craggy mountainsides, lush grassland, and even a volcanic caldera in which to lose oneself. The region known as Uki - not far from Mt Warning - has all of these, and as such is...

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Down and Dirty at Lake Keepit Dam

Down and Dirty at Lake Keepit Dam

I love to do the first time of any new event. It means the organisers and I will be learning stuff together - getting a feel for the event, identifying and eliminating any problems, savouring new challenges and experiences, and just generally breaking new ground. It's as satisfying as putting fresh new footprints in snow. So it was...

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Single-Minded Madness

Single-Minded Madness

On paper the Keepit Real 100 seems like a pleasant jaunt through the rolling hills surrounding Lake Keepit, situated between Gunnedah and Tamworth. On paper that is ... but the reality is that this is one tough ride. On the morning of the ride both riders and organizers were contemplating the effect of heavy overnight rain on the...

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