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Author: Claudia Carr

RIDE #67 Caffeine Culture: A Turn Around the Lake

Lake Taupo is legend. It’s a large freshwater lake. The crater of an incredibly powerful volcanic eruption. Crystalline waters more than 150 metres deep. And the sparkling centrepiece of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. We take you on a journey to Aotearoa – the Land of the Long White Cloud – and the beautiful Taupo region of the North Island, where cycling opportunities abound.   Huka Falls from the lookout on the Thermal Explorer ride. Click the photo below to start the slideshow… Huka Falls from the lookout on the Thermal Explorer ride     The Thermal Explorer Only...

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Carol Cooke AM: Paralympic gold medalist gets another ’Gong

Carol Cooke AM was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014, a gong that recognised the comprehensive list of contributions and achievements that Carol has made to the Australian community over almost 15 years. Among many achievements, Carol is a Paralympic gold medalist (London), a dual paracycling world champion, the 2013 Victorian Cyclist of the Year and a former member of the Toronto Police Force in her native Canada. Carol Cooke also has multiple sclerosis. On Sunday, 2 November 2014, Carol and almost 10,000 other avid cyclists rode from Sydney to Wollongong in the annual ‘MS...

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RIDE #65 Caffeine Culture – Vino, velo et vignerons

In this, our 50th edition of Caffeine Culture, we visit that place which complements the pleasure of a simple bike ride in regions throughout the world, that place of rich scenery and fertile soil, of rolling hills and valleys, where a gentle hand and dedicated craftsmanship combine to work the grape into wine. Join us for a tour of vino and velo… The Pinnacle Loop Drew Tuckwell. Printhie Wines. Orange, NSW. The Pinnacle Loop is probably the most popular ride in Orange and it features regularly on my schedule. It’s a 30km loop with about 500m of climbing, topping...

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