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Fri
15
Aug
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Cristiano Werneck leads a Trans-Oceania adventure

Cyclist Cristiano Werneck will lead a group of riders from Indonesia to Australia. Cycle Traveller

Brazilian Cristiano Werneck has a job many would envy: he travels the world designing epic bicycle routes and leading groups of touring cyclists. This month he sets out on a Trans-Oceanic adventure for Tour d'Afrique – a bicycle tour from Medan, down through Indonesia and through the Australian Outback from Darwin, down to the Great Ocean Road and finishing up in Sydney. He has come a long way since he bought his first bike from the supermarket at the age of 18. As he prepares to hit the road, Cristiano tells us how there's a lot more to the adventure than just cycling.

Sat
29
Mar
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Rolling on the river: the Murray from source to sea

Mark Carrington cycling the entire Murray River. Cycle Traveller

Mark Carrington grew up riding his bike everywhere on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, where he says he felt “totally free”. Now, having almost cycled his way around Australia, we catch up with Mark as he pedals his way along the entire length of the Murray River.

Tue
25
Feb
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Meat pies and BBQs: Jaeseon Kim meets the locals

Jaeseon Kim hangs with the locals holidaying at Woodside Beach. Cycle Taveller

When Jaeseon Kim from South Korea first decided to cycle along the coast from Melbourne to Sydney, he spoke very little English. But he wasn't about to let that hold him back. Now, 1,550km later, we sit down with Jaeseon as he confidently tells us about his first ever bike trip. “My English was terrible. I just walked into a bike shop and said, 'I want go to Sydney',” he says laughing over an 'Aussie burger' at the Woolpack Hotel in Redfern.

 
Tue
11
Feb
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Tandem touring: enduring a Victorian heatwave

Sunrise in Victoria during an Australian summer heatwave. Cycle Traveller

Alan and Wendy Baird have cycled much of the world on their tandem bicycle. Since selling their dental practice in 1997, the Scottish couple who now call south east England home, have toured through the likes of Morocco and Europe, New Zealand, Asia, the United States, Canada, Central America, Colombia and Cuba. They have cycled in Australia numerous times, including a tandem crossing of the challenging Nullarbor Plain in 2011.

Thu
23
Jan
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From fatbiking Moreton Island to the wilds of Alaska

Wayne and Troy fatbiking on Queensland's Moreton Island. Cycle Traveller

Troy Szczurkowski is currently in training for a fatbike adventure like no other – the Iditarod Trail – a bike race of nearly 1,000km through the wilds of Alaska, in winter! Having completed his prequalification in Alaska in 2013, the Queensland bicycle mechanic continued his winter riding, travelling down the snowy backroads of Oregon. Now back in Australia, his training for the 2015 event continues, with plans to cycle the 1,100km Kiwi Brevet. Cycle Traveller caught up with Troy to tap his fatbike knowledge and hear about one of his favourite fatbiking destinations – Queensland's Moreton Island.

Tue
12
Nov
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Olivier and Nadège: the world by bike, kite and sail

Bicycle touring in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Cycle Traveller

When friends Olivier Peyre and Nadège Perrot decided to take an eco-friendly trip around the world, they weren't about to do things by halves. Not only have they pedalled their way from France to Australia via Africa, South America, Polonesia and New Zealand but they have sailed the oceans in between. And when they're not riding their bikes or skimming the water, they're up in the air – not in an aeroplane, but paragliding, making it a 100% carbon neutral way of travelling. So far they have cycled more than 32,500km, sailed 17,500km and paraglided in 160 spots, and the journey continues. Cycle Traveller caught up with the nomadic French pair as they rolled through the highlands of Bright, Victoria.

Thu
03
Oct
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Cycle touring the world on a recumbent bike honeymoon

Zita and Apri reach 20,000km in Australia cycling the world on recumbents. Cycle Traveller

When Apri Harkanyi met Zita Zarug while he was cycling to the most northern point of continental Europe in 2009, he felt like the luckiest guy in the world that she was keen to date him on a bicycle, riding alongside him for a part of the journey. On June 11, 2011 they were married, departing on an around-the-world bike trip just one week later. That was more than two years ago and with 20,000km down and more to go, the honeymoon continues. The two Hungarians have reached Australian shores and are making their way down the east coast on their recumbent bicycles and are keen to catch up with any interested cyclists along the way.

Mon
19
Aug
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Chris Rishworth fuses solar and pedal power to bike Oz

Cycle touring past Uluru. Cycle Traveller

Chris Rishworth's ride around Australia is a little different to your average bicycle tour: he's doing it completely off the grid, that is, generating all his own power through a bicycle hub dynamo and a solar panel. And to suck up all this electricity, he is filming it all! The challenge ups the ante for someone who has been bicycle touring since he was 10. Back in June this year, Chris cycled out of Albury, NSW, where he had been living since cycling in from Cairns in North Queensland five years before. Cycle Traveller caught up with Chris in Alice Springs to find out how his Co2Friendly adventure is travelling.

Thu
11
Jul
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Dorothee Fleck: around the world on a bike, again

Dorothee Fleck in New Zealand, cycling around the world a second time. Cycle Traveller. Photo: Dorothee Fleck

You know you have stumbled upon a seasoned and determined cycle traveller when they start their tour in the middle of a German winter at -15°C and with snow tyres on. And indeed, Dorothee Fleck is a natural born wanderer. She is cycling around the world for a second time, the latest trip having started in February 2012. Upon reaching Turkey, Dorothee removed her snow tyres and continued on her way, so far passing through 20 countries: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, China, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Philippines, Switzerland, Slovenia, and of course, Australia, which has has cycled around once before. Cycle Traveller touched base with the wanderlust German in Cooktown, Queensland, where she had just returned after cycling to the northern most tip of the Australian mainland.

Fri
31
May
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Bryan Thorp: ups and downs of cycling Australia's coast

Cycling on the Great Ocean Road. Bryan Thorp. Cycle Traveller

For a country that is the flattest continent on earth, it sure has a lot of hills, as Canadian Bryan Thorp has discovered as he circumnavigates the Australian coast on his bicycle. Far from the rocky mountain peaks of British Columbia, the Australian coastline from Adelaide around to Sydney may not rate much in the elevation stakes, but its undulating nature, coastal winds and, at times, steep grades – all while lugging packed panniers – ensure a degree challenge. “The road from Orbost to Cann River was a roller coaster ALL the way with some long pulls of at least a kilometre long. There were practically no flat parts,” Bryan says in his journal.

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