If there is a secret to happiness in any multi-day race, it is found in clean clothes

Never rely on washing if you can help it - with 120+ people on Trans-NZ the queues for the washing machines and drying racks were beyond reason. Read More...

Your gear will fail, in some way

Between unusual storage options, unfamiliar shuttling options, long highway hauls, the flight in and the riding itself, it is inevitable that you will face some sort of mechanical trial. Read More...

Regimented living is tiring

You cannot really prepare for these sorts of things, but you can know what you are getting into. Read More...

Training for Enduro requires a few exercises I hadn't considered

My pre-Enduro training was really pretty good. But it wasn't perfect! Read More...

How wide is wide enough?

Mountain bike handlebars were pretty narrow for a long time. In the past few years they've gotten wider. Read More...

26 ain't dead, baby

There were quite a few people on brand new bikes with 650B wheels, but there were also a fair number of fast people on 26" rubber. Read More...

Long cranks are inappropriate for most full-suspension bikes

A quick look at the end of my crank arms, or the pedals attached to them, will confirm the frequency with which they contact the ground. Read More...

Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race pedals

I purchased a set of these right before the race when, at the last minute, I decided to clip in for the Enduro. Read More...

I'm still convinced Pro-Core is a good idea

Schwalbe's tyre within a tyre system permits running pressures almost as low as 1 bar. I haven't tried it (yet) but I still think it's a great idea for some riding. Read More...

Prepare for rain in NZ, regardless of location or month

I know better than this, but I failed to do it (hopefully for the last time). Read More...

Never trust a pro cyclist's opinion on trail difficulty

This should actually be a few blog entries because I have multiple examples of why this first statement is so true. Read More...

Knowing when to call it a day

Power meters are handy monitors for a lot of things...
including knowing when to stop. Read More...

Pacing strategy

The recently revived interest in the Hour Record has brought to light the importance of pacing strategy for any racing endeavour. Read More...