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Old 12-18-06, 01:48 AM
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Great World Cycling Tours

Hi everyone,
Earlier this year I took part in the Bike ‘n Wheels Expedition, a 30 day south-north trans-Australia ride. It was amazing! Fully supported, great crew and like minded riders. It was definitely the longest ride I have ever been on, (never rode across a continent before) a full month and 2,300 kilometres! It was a great achievement for me as it was for all the other riders, nothing like straddling a continent.
I saw places and experienced Australia like I never thought I would. Desert landscapes, ancient mountain ranges, crocodile filled waterways and ever changing scenery. Yep, change in the desert, I noticed things that you can only take in on the slow road. I’m a converted desert rider, luv it, but damm is it good to see the sea again!
Check out the blog https://bikenwheelsexpedition.blogspot.com/ which links to a couple of pics if you want.
Outbike is the company that runs this ride and a bunch more. Starting with MTB dirt lover rides to the more boutique kind. I’ve been checking out their new ride for 2007 called ‘The Great Outback, Trains, Pubs ‘n Bones Bike Ride’ and I’m pretty keen, it is even longer but split into 5 stages. They also have a blog https://thegreatoutbackbikeride.blogspot.com/
The ride I did with them was mainly aussies, which was great, although a few more international faces would be great, gives me a chance to hear their touring stories first hand. Does anyone know of any really good international long distance rides that run annually?
The Outbike website is www.outbike.com.au if you’re interested. Might see you down in my part of the world, seeya
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looks like a great time. my reason for cycling. Riding across a continent is my goal. Noticed most of the roads appear to be dirt and most riders' had hybrid bikes. How did you take to the dirt. Not too many paved roads across the desert? What month was it hotter than blazes. And the mountains, pretty flattened out in Australia? Auzzies have fun no? Like to hear more details. my longest ride was across a desert too. it was a great time. The road was all ours. thanks for posting.
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Looks great.
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Very cool. Congrats on a great ride.
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Cool desert ride

Thanks for the reply. Well at the moment it is about 45 degrees (113 fahrenheit) in the centre of Australia. Not much fun riding when its that hot and the FLYS are out in force! The ride left in Autumn, so it was starting to get cold and rainy down south where I'm from, but north it became beautifully warm again, 24 degrees (76 fahrenheit) with cool nights. The dirt riding was great to start with, but then you started to get really excited if you knew you were riding even a little bit of bitumen. The overall ride was about 50% each way and most people were on mountain bikes, with slicks for the longer road sections. What desert or part of (as they have the tendency to be very big) have you ridden through? Most of Australia’s deserts are found on the central plateau and are very flat, but a head wind out there can convice you it is not Luckly at that time of year they are mostly tail winds and the blood red sand dunes and rugged hills brake up the topography and keep you sane Its a spectacular untouched place. Let me know about your ride, I've heard of amazing trails in the states?
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