Great Otway Gravel Grind

Last weekend I competed in the Great Otway Gravel Grind in and around Forrest, Victoria. The GOGG is a 49km or 100km bike ride through the beautiful coastal mountains of Southern Victoria on gravel/dirt roads. As this would be my first “real” bike ride since returning to Australia I opted for the 49km option rather than the century. My bikes didn’t arrive from the US until late January, giving me about five training weeks before event day. I used most of that time riding up and down the hills of the Mornington Peninsula, in particular going from my front door to the end of Port Nepean, roughly a 10km round trip with ~320m of elevation.

The 2019 ‘Goose

Introducing The 2019 ‘Goose, with added @chriskingbuzz 1” headset and bottom bracket in shining silver, and of course the Wound Up Composites 1” road fork. A turn-of-the-century bike tweaked and modernised for today :) I think I’ve always loved straight-tubed bikes, particularly older ones with horizontal top tubes. Even when retro-modded, frames of this era look fast, sturdy, and clean. I think in the case of The new and improved ‘Goose, the Wound Up fork fits in perfectly with the aesthetic; a straight fork with a chrome crown.

Hiking Machu Picchu, Peru

In May and June this year, we took to South America for a whirlwind tour of five countries: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. As we’d never been before, the purpose was to get a good taste of South America to find parts we may want to visit again, but in more detail. One of the highlights of the five-week trip was the hiking we did in Peru. We spent two weeks based in Cusco, from where we took two separate back-to-back hiking tours with Mountain Lodges of Peru (very highly recommended!).