So much of Gippsland was devastated by the bushfires earlier this year. You've known for many years how amazing the region is for cycling and outdoor recreation; when some restrictions start to ease, any recommendations for riding holidays when people are able to return?
I couldn’t have been in a better sport to continue my training during this time. With no competition in sight, my training has been more relaxed and endurance based and East Gippsland has great access to location ideal for that style of training. One of my favourite rides in the world is riding the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost which is 90kms of mostly flat, easy riding on a mixture of gravel and sealed path through many towns in the region, including some severely affected by the recent bushfires. I usually use my Liv Brava CX for this but often take my Liv Pique and stop off Colquhoun Mountain Bike park and hit some of the mountain bike trails on the way to break it up.
I’ve really enjoyed having the opportunity to spend some time on my mountain bike again and practice my off road skills. We have 3 large mountain bike parks within East Gippsland with my ‘local’ only a 15 minute ride away from my parents house in Mount Taylor. There is also Colquhoun Mountain Bike Park in Lakes Entrance, Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park and they are currently building a new one in Omeo. All of the parks cater to a mix of levels - from beginner trails to downhill tracks.
With all the varied cycling I’ve been doing I’m also lucky to have access to the local bike shop, Riviera Cycles in Bairnsdale, to keep my different machines well serviced.