Stories developed for an internet readership don’t go very far without great images. While working in Tropical North Queensland recently one of many highs was spending a day with photographer Wade Lewis shooting images of the expanding trail network in the Atherton Tablelands.
Three weeks, three conferences and one interdisciplinary research day. Each gathering brought together academic thinkers from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds. Conversation was rich, ideas were shared generously, new working relationships were developed and momentum was built for a busy period of writing ahead.
It’s an exciting time to be a mountain biker. Trail networks are rapidly on the up, participation is growing so fast it’s becoming mainstream and there are more choices for equipment than ever before. For women, this growth means more companies are establishing a range of bikes that meet the diverse needs of female riders…
“Good event Simon?” asked Simon’s mate on Facebook after the opening round of the Rocky Trail Entertainment #Enduro Rollercoaster Series. “Yeh definitely, had a good time, was like racing DH in the old days, everyone was nice and no attitudes,” came the reply…
The Rapha Women’s City Collection represents the diverse range of activities and lifestyle choices of female riders, blended with an aesthetic that hits the mark in other social and professional environments.
“The Specialized Rumor Evo 29 rises above debates about what women’s riding should or shouldn’t be and lets ladies’ actions do the talking instead. Besides, anyone shelling out nearly $6K for a bike is likely to be more interested in how it rides than how it looks.”
Traveling through Tropical North Queensland is an experience that remains with you forever. It’s rich in lush, jungle vegetation, iconic Australian creatures, and an expanding network of world class mountain bike trails; trails that have changed mountain biking on a global scale.
In winter this year I received a call from Capo Australia’s John Sunde. He was curious to hear my thoughts on the company’s women’s range and how to grow its appeal. John is one of those people in the cycling industry who is justifiably passionate about the products they sell.
‘Wooowwww!…’ This word has become my standard reply to everything over the last few days. Not very articulate for a writer, but a result of adventure tourism leveling out my brain to a state of wide-eyed calm.