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Cycling

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

Mat Hollingsworth

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.