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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

Brendan Johnston

Brendan Johnston

Area

Canberra ACT

 

How long have you been riding

18 Years

 

Favourite ride of all time and why

Any epic Gravel loop either on the South Coast NSW (where I grew up) or around the ACT region.

 

Favourite topic of conversation

Motor Racing

 

Social media link

Trekky91

 

Anything else …

I enjoy balancing my cycling with family life, running a business as an electrician and also the occasional Go Kart race.

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

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

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

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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