The wheels of the bike go round and round

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Pauline Herbst

If you’re looking for me over the coming 12 months don’t try the beach, a coffee shop or a club. I’ll be on the road, cycling.

I’ve accepted a commission from the bike-crazy and hugely knowledgeable guys in Aus (Bicycling Australia) to write the Where to Ride Auckland guide.

Just to be clear, this is not armchair cycling, or ‘watch-the-tv-from-my-windtrainer’ cycling. This is ‘get out there, map the route, ride the route, GPS the route, photograph the route’ cycling. What fun! Even with the occasional Auckland downpour.

If you are travelling to a new city and want to cycle while you’re there Bicycling Australia really does have a huge range of titles mapping both chilled out and more (ahem), challenging routes. It’s mainly covered Australia to date, but guides for the States and London are in the pipeline (and of course, Auckland – did I mention Auckland?). You can check out what they’re all about here: Where to Ride.

The guide I’ll be authoring is Auckland-wide so if you have any favourite routes you think should definitely be included, add them to this post and I’ll get right on it. Similarly, if you want to join one of the rides to make sure your feedback is considered, let me know. I have to cover the whole range from easy to difficult so there’s an experience for everyone. Happy cycling!

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Tui Allen Says:

    Pauline
    Having lived in Auckland and tried to ride there, I do not envy you this task. I think the north shore is the worst; that’s where we lived. If you live on the outskirts like Henderson or Howick there is a lot more choice. The problem is its such a narrow isthmus and its all jammed up with traffic. Are you just looking for roadie routes? Or off-road as well? I did a lot of MTB training inside the craters of the volcanoes. Mt Eden, you could go down and then practice pushing your bike up to the lip of the crater which was great training for a race like Karipoti with steep sections that are unrideable for most people. We also used to do MTB training in Onepoto basin in Northcote, (another volcanic crater) not sure if it was legal but we never got any complaints and while there were no decent hills there, there were some quite good little technical spots you could practice a few skills on and it was certainly a lovely peaceful environment, with little tracks winding through the bush surrounding it. But it must be a pretty unique Auckland thing to be able to ride so many volcanoes. That would intrigue the poor old ozzies.

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