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Train home from the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

I rode from the finish of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge to the train station, about 11 km according to my GPS. Fortunately the strong headwind in the last 20 km of the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge was a tail wind to the train station, so it was a pretty easy ride. I would recommend trying to hook on the back of a bunch though because there are 70 km/h and 80 km/h zones to ride though, and it helps visibility if there are several of you on the road.

My Cell Bikes singlespeed at the train station

My Cell Bikes singlespeed at the train station

Train was jam packed with bicycles, so there was no hope of the inspectors moving through the train to check tickets

Train was jam packed with bicycles, so there was no hope of the inspectors moving through the train to check tickets

Train was jam packed with bicycles, so there was no hope of the inspectors moving through the train to check tickets

Train was jam packed with bicycles, so there was no hope of the inspectors moving through the train to check tickets

Fixie dude

This guy rode the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge 100 km on his fixie, in thongs. Apparently he has several bikes in the shed, including a carbon fibre Specialized road bike. What you can’t see, is the back of his shirt was custom printed with something along the lines of, “Gears are for queers”. Apparently he got lots of comments as he rode past geared road bikes!

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If this is you, send me some more details about your bike and I will post them here.

First rest stop on the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

I only stopped at the first rest stop (40 km mark) on the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge because I needed to go to the bathroom. I took the opportunity to fill up my water bottles.

There was a pretty decent line up for the toilets, but there was ample water available from multiple taps attached to a hose. I did not explore the food tents. Everything seemed well organised and flowing smoothly.

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Cannondale tandem bike at the start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

While 99% of the bikes in the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge were drop bar road bikes, I saw probably half a dozen tandem road bikes, mostly with couples on them. They all seemed to be Cannondale bikes.

Cannondale tandem bike at the start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Cannondale tandem bike at the start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Other bikes I spotted included a handful of fixies, a recliner bike, flat bar road bikes and mountain bikes. And there were also a couple of lunatics riding Brisbane City Council City Bikes. I bet they had a blast.

Start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

I rode my Cell Bikes custom fixie (set up as a singlespeed) in the 100 km Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge. My total distance in the saddle for the day was 125 km, including riding to and from the ride. I averaged 30.9 km/h for the 100 km Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge part of the ride.

This particular Cell Bikes custom fixie was purchased in 2011 and has 4130 cromoly frame and forks. I have fitted my Cell Bikes singlespeed with Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL pedals, Halo Aerorage track wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres, a Selle Italia SLS Kit Carbonio Flow saddle, and an extra water bottle cage on the down tube using Elite VIP bottle cage clamps. I also carry a Top Peak saddle bag and a Maxxis Compressor micro pump mounted under the bottle cage. Otherwise, the bike is pretty standard including 46/16 gearing.

Cell Bikes singlespeed just before leaving home for a 125 km day in the saddle

Cell Bikes singlespeed just before leaving home for a 125 km day in the saddle

Waiting for the start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Waiting for the start of the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Cell Bikes singlespeed just before starting the 100 km Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Cell Bikes singlespeed just before starting the 100 km Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

Mostly road bikes as far as the eye can see before the start

Mostly road bikes as far as the eye can see before the start

Mostly road bikes as far as the eye can see before the start

Mostly road bikes as far as the eye can see before the start