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Name

Michael Potter

Michael Potter

 

Area

Northern Sydney

 

How long have you been riding

I’ve been riding for as long as I can remember from following Dad around on the street to mucking around building MTB tracks after school. 

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Hard to choose, anything away from the concert jungle. I really enjoy riding in the Barrington Tops aswell a in the Alpine region of Kosciusko. 

 

Favourite topic of conversation

I enjoy conversations about how stuff working and the problem solving that goes along with it, along with hearing stories of past adventures people have been on. 

 

Social media link

michael_pott3r

 

Anything else …

Get outside and enjoy the day.

Name

Charli Hoffmann

Charli Hoffman

 

Area

Northern Beaches

 

How long have you been riding

Since I was 2 years old

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Around the Island in a Day - Solo ride challenge around Gran Canaria Island 210km, over 4000m of climbing, tough ride but what a way to see a whole island and meet the locals. So fun I did it twice in a week.

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Snacks, Snacks, Snacks

 

Social media link

charlih

 

Anything else …

Absolutely LOOOOOVE gravel to get off the road, away from cars and explore new areas.

Name

Mattie Gould

Mattie

 

Area you live

Canberra, ACT

 

How long have you been riding

Forever,  but I only remembered how much I loved it about ten years ago.   

  

Favourite ride of all time and why

My favourite recent ride was taking my 6 year old for his first bikepacking overnighter, cycling and camping in Namadgi National Park.

My favourite route to ride is in Kosciuszko National Park, bikepacking from Guthega to one of the many backcountry huts in the mountains.  

  

Favourite topic of conversation

English Soccer, Harry Potter, hearing about other people’s rides. 

 

Social media link

mattiejgould

 

Anything else …  

I recently created an Australian bikepacking and gravel cycling website called Desire Lines CC, aiming to share the joy of adventure cycling and create a platform for good folk to share their stories and routes.

Name

Briony Mattocks

 

Briony Mattocks

Area

North Shore Sydney

 

How long have you been riding

Started on Ride to Work day in about 2012

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Road: Around Kosciuszko in a Day - 320km - done it once, need to do it again.

Gravel: Genuinely just love riding walking tracks, back lanes, parks, boardwalks, beaches, firetrails and whatever I can find locally

MTB: Impossible to decide between Wales, Alice Springs and Canada (BC)

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Anything philosophy, evolution, astrophysics and biology - think origin of life, alien worlds, our solar system and beyond, artificial intelligence and consciousness. It's often a conversation in my own head, I'll be honest.

 

Social media link

thebriony

Name

Bastien Missud

Bastien Missud

 

Area

Blue Mountains is my base camp!

 

How long have you been riding

Since before I could walk (laugh)…30+ years

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

My first multi day ride when I was 16…5 days mountain biking across the Southern French Alps, from Les Orres to Menton on the Mediterranean coast. A dream came true as I grew up in a concrete jungle on the outskirts of Paris far away from the mountains. We also crossed the Italian border, my first time out of France. After a long day on the saddle, I had a pizza with a friend I had met the day before…still my best mate today and many more trips under our belts.

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Anything spoken about passionately…though food is close to my heart :P

 

Social media link

IG : bastienmissud
Youtube : Bastien Missud
Blog : Bastien

 

Anything else …

I’ve picked up Russian as a third language in January hoping one-day to drive my Troopy back to France via Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan…with a bike, trail running shoes, backcountry skies and a foil kite to snow kite the high passes and frozen lakes. 

Name

Emily Dreaper
Emily Dreaper

 

Area you live

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie

 

How long have you been riding

I bought my first bike about 9 years ago and have been in love with the sport ever since.

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Seven Summits trail in Rossland, Canada - A challenge route, absolutely stunning scenery, awesome singletrack and just so different to what we have here in Australia.

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Ride snacks!

 

Social media link

emdreaper

 

Anything else …  

There are so many amazing places on our doorstep, I can’t wait to get out and explore another at Gundy! 

Name

Em Viotto
Em Viotto

 

Area you live

CBR 

 

How long have you been riding

Riding 10yrs : MTB 5yrs

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Love my ride out to Stromlo, through Black Mt, Arboretum, it’s a mix of beautiful single track, fire roads with endless views. 

 

Favourite topic of conversation

I love the debrief after a super hard day on the bike.

 

Social media link

viotto777

 

Anything else …  

keen for my first gravel event.

Name

Laura Renshaw
Laura

 

Area you live

Newcastle, NSW 

 

How long have you been riding

About 9 years 

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Riding in Switzerland and Italy. Amazing scenery and climbs. Friendly people and good food, respect for riders. Also New Zealand. I miss traveling :( 

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Riding, traveling and food! 

 

Social media link    

laurajanerenshaw

 

Anything else …  

Would love to see more women on any startlines for events/races and love to encourage them to give it a go!! 

Name

Karl Michelin-Beard

Karl Michelin Beard

 

Area

Canberra - The parliamentary and cycling capital of Aus ;)

 

How long have you been riding

I started in 2010 as cross training for rowing, quit rowing and kept cycling.

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Northern Centenary trail in CBR, this is a pretty staple Sunday ride for us. Really good combo of single track and fireroad plus there is a cafe with great muffins at the end. 

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Random, very specific facts.

 

Social media link

karl.with.a_k

 

Anything else …

I am doing goodnessgravel on an MTB?! 

Name

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson

 

Area you live

Bracken Ridge, Queensland

 

How long have you been riding

Since a wee lad... raced BMX from about 12 to 15 years of age... always had a love for bikes lying around the family shed (dads or Bro's) was there in the early days of MTB... did a little DH when in the UK but mainly just shredding local trails... nowadays my go to everyday for everyride is my gravel bike, damn these things are so versatile and a great utilitarian work horse... never the cleanest bike but I didn't buy it to clean it. 

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

500k of the VIC Divide would definitely be up there.... but to be honest it would be those rides where I have been fortunate to share the love of the bicycle with others... Teaching my young ones to ride their bikes is something only a dad can really appreciate but to add to this would be the ride group I created back in Bungendore, The Bungendore Beer Ride, aka BBRAG was about creating a social scene for anyone willing to get on a bike, and yes, we shared a post ride beverage of choice... the ride goes on, every Thursday at 6.30pm where locals enjoy each other's company whilst navigating the set Strava route.

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Australia, I just love hearing others stories and experiences of this awesome vast diverse Country..... I'm a POM who wanted the very best for his Family and we are all honoured to now be an Australian citizen.

 

Social media link   

anything_gravel 

 

Anything else … 

Yea, I'm now loving life as a bike commuter. No more second car for work purposes.... 25k each way route through this awesome cycling infrastructure that QLD offers so well.

Name

Jonathan Poole 
Jonathan Poole

 

Area

Newcastle 

 

How long have you been riding

20yrs riding 

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Barrington tops in snow can be seen on socials, it is one ride that will stick with me for ever

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Bike set up and stories 

 

Social media link

IG : johnos_riding_adventures_

youtube : johnos riding adventures

Name

Jon Odams aka Jimmy, Jonny or Yon. 
Jon Odams

 

Area you live

South Sydney 

 

How long have you been riding 

Since early 95. I have tried most styles of bike racing.

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Finale Ligure on the Italian riviera, under the mediterranean sun. magic sun, magic trails, and a top crew with Shimano AU.

  

Favourite topic of conversation

Places to ride and adventure or training stuff. I find both are subjects that have no limits.

 

Social media link

joonyodams

 

Anything else …

Will gravel rides becomes races in other places around the globe????

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