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Bikepacking adventures, cycle-touring holidays, road cycling and bike rides with the family.

Mat Hollingsworth

Gil’s First Bike Ride

Another Proud Dad moment this month as we took Gil out for his first bike ride on the Katu. He's just turned seven months and he's able to hold his head up. With some extra padding and a beanie we were able to fit his new green dinosaur helmet on
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Hazel's First Bike Ride

As a keen cyclist and first time dad, going for a bike ride with Hazel was one of the activities that I was most excited about. Our good friends at Omafiets in Sydney got us setup with a Orbea Katu 20 (in lime green), a Thule Yepp mini bike seat,
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Colo Excursion

After missing out on riding Colmeroy Rd the last time I was in the area, I decided to return and have another try.
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Omafiets Hawkesbury River Overnighter

Prue and I joined the Omafiets Hawkesbury River Overnight ride for a fantastic weekend of cycle touring and camping. It was a great way explore Sydney's surrounds and meet new people.
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Koblenz to Hamburg

It was pouring rain when I left Koblenz so I was soaked by the time I got to the train station. I packed my bike into my bag grabbed a bratwurst to warm up and headed to the train. The station was full of bikes, all the other bike tourists were escaping the rain and heading home.
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Day 5 - Mosel Day Trip

Today was brilliant. It was the highlight of my trip so far. I won't say I loved every minute of it, there was plenty of swearing into the wind, but overall it was an amazing day in a beautiful part of the world.
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Day 4 - Mainz to Koblenz

I woke early, had a hearty hotel breakfast and headed to the dock and purchase my ticket (not cheap at €60!).
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Day 3 - Speyer to Mainz

I was feeling pretty tired after the previous two long days so I planned only a short day's and relaxed ride to Mainz (~90km), I was also starting to feel some pains in my left hand and elbow from holding onto the grips so I didn't want to push it.
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Day 2 - Offenburg to Speyer

Today was difficult. First up my green luggage strap broke, the one I used to secure my bag along the length of the bike. I spent 30mins before I started coming up with a reliable workaround.
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Day 1- Basel to Offenburg

Day one! It's been a long trip to get here, and the first day did not disappoint.
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Packing my Brompton B Bag

For the past two weeks, I've been researching and planning how best to pack for my 1.25-week cycling trip + 1.25 week wedding/family time to Germany.