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    Hi from Australia

    Hello all,

    My name is Jane and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been cycling for many years but a new challenge spurred me on to look at cycling as a bigger part of my life.. Last year I rode the Bicycle Victoria's Great Western Australia Bike Ride and enjoyed it so much that I misses not riding regularly. My trusty old Giant Innova hybrid served me well on the ride but it was oh so heavy. Shortly after finishing the 2 week ride I decided that I wanted to ride faster and a new bike was needed. I bought a Giant OCR comp road bike and Melbourne was my oyster! I set a new goal of doing the Around the Bay in a day ride [210 kilometers] and so training and road experience was required. I trained with two audax training groups which allowed me to learn from experienced riders and ride at an challenging but achievable speed. One year and 3 months on, I have done the ATB, 100, 150, many 200s, 3 X300 and a 600km ride. My new goal is to get a super series in my first full year of Audax riding. In one year I have learnt many new skills including puncture repair, met hundreds of cyclist of all ages and increase my cardio and endurance fitness. AND I can ride faster! I look forward to reading your posts and gaining more knowledge about cycling in general. Any distance riders out there, I am interested in hearing about your adventures and tips!

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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Hello Jane--check out the Long Distance forum...

    Welcome to BF!

    East Hill
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    Senior Member Brian's Avatar
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    The vegemite has gone bad again - it's all brown and smells gross.

    Welcome to the forums though! We don't have many Aussies left here, but you'll find plenty of helpful seppos.

    Cheers,

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    The vegemite has gone bad again - it's all brown and smells gross.

    Welcome to the forums though! We don't have many Aussies left here, but you'll find plenty of helpful seppos.

    Cheers,

    Brian
    ROFLMAO. You know we're still here Expat, just lurkin mostly, just lurkin.

    Have fun on the forums Jane. Watch out for classic, aussie531, thylacine, and ed. They're all down your way and they're all EVIL.

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    My cats name is mittens Haydos's Avatar
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    Welcome Jane.

    Good luck with Round the Bay. There have been 10,000 - 14,000 riders each sat and sunday riding Beach rd training for it. More than I have ever seen before!!

    Hopefully the weather's good, not like a couple of years back when 300+ were treated with Mild hypothermia!

    Where do you do your training k's?

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    Senior Member Brian's Avatar
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    A surprise visit from Jock! Jane, you must really rate.

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