Back in 2010 we were cycling along the magnificent Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada, when we bumped into two French cycle tourists – a lovely couple whose bike tour had taken them all over the world. They were absolutely loving cycling along the Icefields, and who wouldn't – it's stunning! Unfortunately, their memories of cycling Australia weren't as great; they didn't like the roads.
These were two very experienced tourers with a legitimate gripe, but it left me feeling a little empty and embarrassed that they didn't enjoy their time cycling in my home country, especially since I knew there were so many rides in Australia they would love. The unfortunate thing was they had chosen some horrible main roads to ride along; roads I would aim to avoid myself. But how were they to know? There was no central resource for helping a cyclist plan a bicycle tour in Australia.
A new bicycle touring hub
Pedal forward to September 2012 and Cycle Traveller was born. By early 2013, word had spread that Australia had it's own online cycle touring portal and riders began to share their own experiences, helping to inspire more and more people to get out and see Australia by bike. Australia is a country like no other on earth; its ancient landscape, unique flora and fauna, and its ocean border tell a story, a story born of The Dreaming. There are so many wondrous places to explore and there are quiet, beautiful and enjoyable roads on which to let your adventure unfold. Our aim is to help you find those roads and experience the joy of cycle touring. Find out more in our growing Bike Routes section and read the experiences of those on the road in Riding Now, or if you want to know something specific, jump in our Forum.
Cycle Traveller is continuing to grow the resources on this site to help you love your adventure. If you think you've got something to add, drop us a line! We always love to hear from other cyclists or cyclists-to-be.
About Alia Parker
Alia is the Publisher and Editor of Cycle Traveller and is the person behind the scenes pushing the buttons and interacting with you on social media. A journalist by trade with an itch in the foot for travel, Alia has worked as a sub-editor at China Daily in Beijing, a finance reporter at Australian Associated Press, the economics reporter at The National Post in Canada during the Global Financial Crisis and the founding editor of the Switzer Super Report.
A passion for outdoor adventure led Alia and Simon to go beyond remote backcountry hiking and mountain scrambling to cycle touring in 2010, riding through British Columbia and Alberta in Canada and then mountain biking from Canada to Mexico along the Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Trail before returning to the road to head east through the United States. The experience was not only one of the best things they ever did, but they even paused en-route to get married. The cycle travel continues, with the two having cycled extensively through parts of Australia. Immersing herself even deeper into the cycling world, Alia is now the resident tourer at the famous Clarence Street Cyclery in Sydney.
About Simon Parker
Simon is not only Cycle Traveller's most famous model, but the key bicycle route researcher as well. With a love for travel planning and organisation, Simon is always working on preparing a blueprint for the next adventure.
When off the bike, Simon is a senior manager at a Sydney-based publishing company with extensive experience spanning Australia and North America. He has a love of all sports and will happily watch anything that moves.
Stay riding my friends!
Publisher & Editor | Cycle Traveller
Image: 1. Alia and Simon Parker riding along the coast of Alabama, US. 2. Alia Parker. 3. Simon Parker. Copyright Cycle Traveller.