Destinations

Soon to begin his second year of residence in the Balinese town of Canggu, well known cycling photographer and writer Jarrod Partridge showcases Upshift Tours in this fascinating destinations article for Bicycling Australia readers & riders ...

Australia’s most populous state isn’t exactly known as a cycling utopia. But one pocket of NSW less than three hours from Sydney is swimming briskly against the tide, as Peter Maniaty and a bunch of riding mates recently found out.

From the alti-plano and Atacama desert in the north, where rainfall averages 3.5mm per year, to the wilds of Patagonia in the south, where winds in excess of 100kph are not uncommon, Chile has a diversity of climate and geography to match Australia. These extremes may not be appealing to many cyclists but in between there are soaring mountains, beautiful valleys and vineyards aplenty.

Having travelled to France for several years conducting cycling tours it wasn’t any surprise that I would eventually find a town that I would love to call my home away from home. To live in Vaison la Romaine before my old age would have to be the opening line on my bucket list.

Australia’s toughest ride is part of the Audax Alpine Classic a festival of cycling to be held on 28th January in the town of Bright in North East Victoria.

While many cyclists dream of jetting off to ride in European climbs, the roads around Bowral and neighbouring villages in NSW offer some spectacular rides and challenging climbs much closer to hand.

While we southerners blow the ice from our frosty cranks, the folks from Noosa are revelling in balmy weather and almost perfect riding conditions. After a recent visit I was surprised by how attractive life in Noosa really is.

With the iconic Blayney to Bathurst (B2B) set for April 9-10, and a burgeoning multi faceted cycling precinct, Bathurst Mayor Gary Rush is spruiking the city as the new centre of cycling in NSW. With partners, kids and bikes in tow, we headed west to put Bathurst as a cycling centre to the test.

Tailwinds are a marvellous thing, but sadly very unreliable. Under deceptively sunny skies, riders in the Volta a La Marina earlier this year took on some nasty headwinds coming off the Mediterranean Sea.

"If you want to have a special experience, go to the Dolomites and have a go at the Maratona. You’ll come back a better cyclist, and a better person. "

Riding Independence Pass with Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie and Craig Lewis was just the start of the 5 Star, 5 Diamond event, Clip In with Christian. The Rocky Mountain roads around Aspen have a lot to offer adventurous road cyclists.

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge starts and finishes in the beautiful coastal township of Inverloch, around 140km south east of Melbourne, between Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island. It's an idyllic destination for a weekend away riding.

Spectacular scenery, challenging routes and great people; the Tour of New Zealand is an attractive eight day stage race just a stone’s throw away. We joined 300 riders (including 80 internationals) in the 2015 Tour.

It’s home to some of Australia’s most accomplished pros and the jewel in the National Road Series crown. But the Apple Isle still offers considerable riches for riders of more modest abilities, as Peter Maniaty recently discovered.

The five spring classics held each April are enormous sporting events; Gladiatorial battles lasting close to Six hours; 250 plus kilometres, countless Thousands of cobbles or thousands Of vertical metres of climbing or a Mixture of both. Roger cull set out in april 2014 to get to Know the spring classics.