Newsy news special: Bikeways opened! Cycle Qld 2017 announced! Parking Day parked!

Martin's design for Bicycle Queensland's 12.8 metre challenge. More streets like this please!

Martin’s design for Bicycle Queensland’s 12.8 metre challenge. More streets like this please!

Here is Briztreadley episode 21 for this year (2016).

And it’s all news, all the time this week:

  • Cycle Queensland 2016 is in the past, and we’re looking forward to 2017. Where’s it going?
  • Two bikeways opening this week … North Brisbane Bikeway Stage 1, and Moreton Bay Rail Link cycleway! More people cycling on bikeways more often!
  • And Brisbane City Council’s Parking Day 2016 … we took part.

And one last thing: Are you our new road racing contributor, covering mens and womens Queensland Road Teams Series races? Get in touch if that sounds like fun to you.

Trends in mountain biking: e-bikes, plus-sized tyres, etc

So this sounds like a milestone, so why not claim it. Here’s the 20th episode of Briztreadley for 2016!

I’m joined in the studio by Imogen Smith and Mike Blewitt, and on the agenda this time:

  • The Olympic Games mountain bike cross-country events.
  • The Chicks in the Sticks womens-only three-hour enduro at Karingal last Sunday.
  • The Flight Centre Epic, and the changing nature of marathon events around Australia.
  • And should I race out and buy an e-bike with 27.5+ tyres??

Plus, our man Hayden Lester at the National Cyclocross Championships in Adelaide has interviews with new elite male national champ, the national President of MTBA, and the Pride of Kenmore.

Always great to see the Chief Chick Jordana enjoying herself on the mtb! Photo by ESI Sports Photography.

Always great to see the Chief Chick Jordana enjoying herself on the mtb! Photo by ESI Sports Photography.

More Olympic musings, plus Mike goes mtb racing in Mackay

Racing and then hanging out in a tropical paradise ... this Eungella, just west of Mackay. Mike Blewitt photo.

Racing and then hanging out in a tropical paradise … this is Eungella, just west of Mackay. Mike Blewitt photo.

Here’s Episode 19 of the Briztreadley pod for 2016, and the second Olympic edition, after which Imogen Smith, Mike Blewitt and Andrew Demack still failed to give a proper preview of the cross-country mountain biking.

So you can choose your own favourites … Imo likes Sabine Spitz in the womens, and Mike picks Julian Absalon in the mens. The favourites will be Swiss pair Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter. We will see!

Track 101 for the Rio Olympics

This is Episode 18 for the Briztreadley podcast this year, just in time for the track cycling at the Olympics.

Your host Andrew Demack gets the low-down on the five track cycling events at the Olympics from Emily Rosemond, former Australian champion and now coach at the Track Cycling Academy.

Plus there’s embarrassing revelations about the interview we don’t have for this episode. Oh dear. Never mind.

Those Chicks Are In The Sticks Again, in August

A lot of the fun of Chicks in the Sticks happens as ladies acquire new skills on the mtb in the lead-up events.

A lot of the fun of Chicks in the Sticks happens as ladies acquire new skills on the mtb in the lead-up events.

A big welcome into the Briztreadley studio for Cathy Peel, my special guest this week for Episode 17 for 2016.

We talk about:

  • The Tour de France
  • Chicks in the Sticks &
  • The #BrassMonkeyTour and #sunnycoasthelongway tour.

Riding and racing in an SEQ winter

It’s a nice time of year for riding. So that’s what I’ve been doing …

Riding the border track near Stanthorpe

Riding the border track near Stanthorpe

But enough about me … what’s in the podcast?

  • Brendan Johnston talks about his ride at the Bayview Blast
  • Chris Jongewaard blitzes his rivals at the National Cyclocross Series rounds in SEQ
  • Rebecca Locke and Naomi Williams fill us in on their secret team tactics talks.

Thanks to Hayden Lester for his on-going efforts with getting the interviews!

From Wooroolin to Wisconsin, wherever the trail takes us

Sarah Hammond from Melbourne, smashing the 2016 Trans Am bike race.

Sarah Hammond from Melbourne, smashing the 2016 Trans Am bike race.

And here is Episode 15 of the Briztreadley pod for 2016,  hosted by Andrew Demack:

  • Sarah Hammond from Melbourne is doing an amazing ride in the Trans Am bike race. We talk with last year’s Trans Am winner Jesse Carlson about what’s going on.
  • Andrew pops up to Kingaroy to get a sneak peek at the Kingaroy to Murgon section of the new Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail, to be opened later this year.
  • Hayden Lester interviews an intrepid overseas bike tourist, with cool stories of touring around Mt Fuji and all over Japan. And the intrepid tourist? His brother Joe.

Listen, enjoy, and share it with your friends!

 

 

Post Bike Week wrap, plus SEQ DH and Sunshine Series

Briztreadley's Jordana Blackman (centre) showing her barrier style at the Bike Week CX. Sholto Douglas pic.

Briztreadley’s Jordana Blackman (centre) showing her barrier style at the Bike Week CX. Sholto Douglas pic.

This is Episode 14 for 2016 of the Briztreadley podcast, and it comes to you courtesy of the efforts of Hayden Lester, who while I (Andrew) was otherwise engaged in Bike Week and the rest of my life, was busily putting together some excellent coverage of what’s been happening around South East Queensland in the bike world.

Thanks Hayden!

Featuring Jordana Blackman, Lonnie Toia, Joshua Button, & Declan Kilkenny (pray for DK!).

Nothing like a Kombi to make you smile

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And here is Episode 13 of the Briztreadley podcast for 2016.

  • To cover the World Cup mountain biking in Cairns, we cross to our woman in the rock garden at Smithfield, Cathy Peel
  • As the Eagles almost sang, “There’s a new trail in town, everyone’s talking ’bout it”. Hayden Lester chats with Jamie Borg chat about Kombi, over at Ironbark Gully.
  • And we have a look forward at the Giro d’ Italia and start to get in to the groove for Bike Week.

Hosted by Andrew Demack.

Cairns World Cup preview edition!

Troy Brosnan, Australian downhill champion, training on the Cairns course.

Troy Brosnan, Australian downhill champion, training on the Cairns course.

Here’s a short special edition of the Briztreadley podcast, previewing the mountain bike World Cup round in Cairns this weekend. Thanks to Mike Blewitt (editor of Australian Mountain Bike magazine) and Imogen Smith, friends of the podcast, for their input into this preview.

Some places online where you can find out more about the World Cup: