Who What Why


Rocky Trail Shimano GP, Stromlo, 2013Jason Brown. 30-something mountain biker, coming into my second year back on the bike after a long break.

I spent more than ten years not riding. Well, I rode very occasionally, but was out of shape, unhealthy and generally suffering from what could be termed “desk job syndrome”. Simply put, I was fat. And sloooow.

In January 2012 I decided (not without some prompting, it must be said) to get back on the bike. I dusted off my old 1992 AlpineStars hardtail and started pedaling. I’ve only really stopped for rest days. Oh, and I’ve lost about 25kg, retired the AlpineStars in favour of a BMC Speedfox SF03, broke that, replaced it with a Speedfox SF29, and augmented that with a couple of other bikes, including a hardtail and a roadie¬†on loan, followed by a Trek Domane 4.5. This collection will soon be joined by a Bianchi Methanol SL 29 hardtail, for the faster, better groomed trails of the season. I now ride almost every day, and I probably ride more kms now than when I first raced MTBs back in the 90s.

Nowadays I race the Mountain bikes, in the ‘Endurance’ sector. I mostly do 4 hour and 7 hour endurance races and the ~100km XCM format. Results vary, but can be found here. Future plans include a more structured training programme for the 2014 season, experimental participation in some solo 12 or 24 hour races, and a concerted attack on the full Shimano MTB GP series in 2014.


A look at cycling from the perspective of the aforementioned 30-something mountain biker. In keeping with my usual style, much of it will be misinformed ranting, coupled with poorly-directed sarcasm, arrogance and bile. Occasionally I might enthuse about something, especially around the time Paris-Roubaix runs.


Well, because I like writing, and frankly my other blog isn’t really about cycling, and I had the feeling the cycling posts were looking out of place. The other blog is generally for ill-considered ranting on the topics of science communication, tech, atheism, skepticism and beer. This blog may also include beer, but it will be labelled “recovery drink“.

One Thought on “Who What Why

  1. Looks good JB. Nice work.

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