Kath Bicknell

I struggled last week. I’ve been patiently healing some injuries for the last 4+ years, and as part of this process I’ve learned about some systemic health conditions I never knew I had. Life has been incredible in many other ways during this period, but things have also been very challenging. My world got pretty small for a while. As I get stronger again it’s a privilege to choose what to fill each day with.

One of the best things I can do to keep my body working is cycling. It turns out I’ve been self-medicating since my teens. Last week though, was one of those weeks where managing everything – the daily rehab, the changes in diet, the changes in routine, the effort of it all, the lack of ease that comes with no longer throwing your cares into the wind – it all just got to me. I needed a mental break from it. I needed to get outside, to focus on something different (like each next corner), and have a tonne of fun. Read More

Three things I love: being invited to learn new and exciting things, somewhere far, far away, surrounded by all kinds of interesting people. Read More

On 1-2 October, a diverse collection of academics, industry, government, athletes and recreational riders will get together in Cambridge, New Zealand to talk about cycling. The Future of Cycling: Challenges and Possibilities symposium, hosted by the University of Waikato, will be held at the Avantidrome, New Zealand’s Home of Cycling. I describe this place to people on the Western Island as like the Australian Institute of Sport, but just for cyclists. Read More

Picture Perfect: Poster for the Giant 2W Enduro, Rotorua

2wI find it pretty difficult to stop smiling when I’m riding my bike, which is exactly how I like it. In this case, there were smiles aplenty due to steep and playful Rotorua trails, a well crafted event and an excellent crew to share it all with. Part of this crew also ended up on this poster for the next three events. It’s fair to say we’re doubly stoked about this year’s series. Read More

Enduro; it’s just like riding with your mates. This is an expression people have been saying a lot over the last couple of years. And it is…provided your mates like riding the most technical trails in a given location, without much practice or padding. Riders have also shifted from a ‘no right bike’ mentality in the last two years to embracing whole new product lines of Enduro inspired trail bikes, helmets, packs, sticker kits and clothing so bright that road riders have resorted to wearing mostly black. Read More

“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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

‘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. Read More