Kath Bicknell

Issue 14 has landed!  There’s intriguing writing from cover to cover, photography that reflects the emotional memories and atmosphere the sport creates, and the fresh looking graphic design ups the class even further.

I enjoyed putting together an article for the Girl Talk section that looks at gear choices and bike mods which have helped some of Australia’s most consistent and successful female racers meet the physical and durational demands of day (or weekend) long races.  I also had the chance to cover the Highland Fling, which was a fun piece to write as it was nice to sit back and reflect on the different elements that made the weekend so rewarding and memorable (and tough!).

Other reading this issue includes a piece on the crew who keep the Shimano factory at the top of its game, interesting perspectives on several recent events, the historical story of the Karapoti Classic (which I didn’t realise until now had been going for 25 years), tales of two-wheeled tours and interviews with Russ Baker and newly crowned 100k champ, Murray Spink.

With so much going on in bike-land Issue 15 is already looking packed, but fortunately the time between release dates means time to catch up on reading, riding and a mass ingestion of Christmas pudding.

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Enduro_13

The latest issue of Enduro has upped the ante even further by including more articles that reflect the riding scene at large:  an informed discussion about rider insurance at events, bike tourism at the bottom of Victoria, and a piece I wrote about what racing means for women who are new to the sport (and the support structures are out there to make the experience seem less daunting).  There are also some interesting interviews, reviews, and a timely piece by Russ Baker reflecting on the Aussie rider history at the 24 hour solo world champs.

As much as I love getting my hands on a new issue, I always feel a bit torn while reading it – do I keep turning pages, or do I soak up the inspiration and head out for a ride?!…

Pedal Pushers Online

Pedal Pushers Online is a cycling e-zine based in New York.  Their events coverage is photo heavy with written accounts favouring the experience of participants over commentary style reports of results.  If you’re keen to know more, follow this link for a story I wrote after the inaugral BMC Mountains-to-Beach which took place last March.   There’s also an interesting story on there about the US Cyclocross Champs (“45 Minutes”) if you dig around.  Sounds intense(ly fun)!

Enduro Issue 12

Enduro#12_cover1Enduro#12_cover2Enduro is one of those mags which has grown in response to the dynamic Aussie riding scene.  This is reflected in the way that the quality and diversity of content just keeps getting better with every issue – something that makes me proud to be involved.

Issue 12 gave me the chance to interview endurance riding hardnut, Naomi Hansen.  She’s an inspiring woman on and off the bike, and also wrote her own story about the Absa Cape Epic race recently competed in South Africa.  There’s a ton of other cool stuff in there too, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the thrill of flipping through the pages and finding out for yourself.  Get one while they still have “new magazine” smell!

Freewheel 34 The latest Freewheel mag has arrived just in time to up the training motivation over winter (or keep you company on the couch instead)!

It features a stack of interviews, trendy fixie/singlespeed reviews and a thoughtful piece on the riding lifestyle in Japan.  It taps into the Aussie National MTB scene and takes a peep at Melbourne’s recent track Cycling World cup as well.  I have a piece in there on the BMC Mountains-to-Beach.  I hope you enjoy the read.