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7 hours ago

Why ride 380km through the desert?

For Jonathan Mackay it's a way to help veterans with mental health struggles...

"𝐼’𝑚 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠, 𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑑𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 (𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑆ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑜 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟) 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑃𝑇𝑆𝐷 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠. 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑜𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘, ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑠."

If you'd like to support him, he's got a GoFundMe page here: bit.ly/4b6TH5f

It never ceases to astound us to the varied and noble reasons people are attracted to challenges like the Gravel Muster.

Yes, they are exciting adventures. But more than that, they are grand occasions. Occasions that can be used to celebrate a milestone birthday... occasions to mark the successful recovery from illness or injury... occasions to raise money for charity... or simply occasions to escape winter, or spend uninterrupted time with loved ones while making life-long memories together.

Whatever your occasion, you won't regret marking it with a trip through the outback on two wheels.

Get all the info here: bit.ly/3waZ3h4
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Why ride 380km through the desert? 

For Jonathan Mackay its a way to help veterans with mental health struggles...

𝐼’𝑚 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠, 𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑑𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 (𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑆ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑜 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟) 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑃𝑇𝑆𝐷 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠. 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑜𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘, ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑠.

If youd like to support him, hes got a GoFundMe page here: https://bit.ly/4b6TH5f

It never ceases to astound us to the varied and noble reasons people are attracted to challenges like the Gravel Muster. 

Yes, they are exciting adventures. But more than that, they are grand occasions. Occasions that can be used to celebrate a milestone birthday... occasions to mark the successful recovery from illness or injury...  occasions to raise money for charity... or simply occasions to escape winter, or spend uninterrupted time with  loved ones while making life-long memories together.

Whatever your occasion, you wont regret marking it with a trip through the outback on two wheels.

Get all the info here: https://bit.ly/3waZ3h4
5 days ago

"𝐼 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛’𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘. 𝐵𝑙𝑢𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑦, 𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑡, 𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦’𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑛 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠, 𝐼 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒, 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡/𝑏𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑜’𝑙𝑙 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡 – 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 𝐼 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑡, 𝑚𝑎𝑦𝑏𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑒𝑑 𝐶𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑤𝑠 𝑚𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘, 𝑡𝑜𝑜."

That's from our good friend (and wordsmith!) Imogen Smith from MarathonMTB.com

She's coming to ride/race the Shimano Gravel Muster this August and has written an awesome article explaining WHY the Red Centre keeps pulling her back in.

Well worth a read here:
bit.ly/marathon-mtb-gravel-muster

P.S. In the article, Imogen also discusses her burnout after a year of international travel/racing and why riding this "whacky" event in the outback is the perfect antidote.

More info about The Shimano Gravel Muster here: bit.ly/3waZ3h4
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𝐼 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛’𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘. 𝐵𝑙𝑢𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑦, 𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑡, 𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦’𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑛 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠, 𝐼 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒, 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡/𝑏𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑜’𝑙𝑙 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡 – 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 𝐼 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑡, 𝑚𝑎𝑦𝑏𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑒𝑑 𝐶𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑤𝑠 𝑚𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘, 𝑡𝑜𝑜.

Thats from our good friend (and wordsmith!) Imogen Smith from MarathonMTB.com 

Shes coming to ride/race the Shimano Gravel Muster this August and has written an awesome article explaining WHY the Red Centre keeps pulling her back in. 

Well worth a read here: 
https://bit.ly/marathon-mtb-gravel-muster 

P.S. In the article, Imogen also discusses her burnout after a year of international travel/racing and why riding this whacky event in the outback is the perfect antidote.

More info about The Shimano Gravel Muster here: https://bit.ly/3waZ3h4

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Daniel Gianatti you and Hannah would love this! As would anyone really. Just in case you have spare annual leave?

1 week ago

Shimano Gravel Muster Stage 4:
The Ringwood (AKA "The Red Roubaix")

When: Sunday 25th August, Starts at 8:00am
Distance: 95km (600m ascent)
Start Line: Ross River Homestead
Finish Line: Alice Springs Brewery (6km south of Mercure)
Riding surfaces: 64km gravel road, 23km asphalt road, 8km shared cycle/walk track

Racing segments:
#1: 43km segment from the Ross River Rd to Ross Hwy. Starts at 21km pt / ends at 64km pt.
#2 8km segment along Yeperente Track between Jesse Gap and Emily Gap. Starts at 76km pt/ends at 84km pt.

Stage Details:

Stage 4 provides another spectacular journey from the gorges of the East MacDonnell Ranges back to civilisation and our ultimate finish line at the Alice Springs Brewery.

We start amidst the sheer ridge lines and peaks of the Ross River Gorge and then cruise south on the narrow Binns Track as it criss-crosses the dry Ross River. This section of the course is often a bit sandy and loose but feels like an escape from the ranges as we head into the open plains below.

Stage 4’s main racing segment is a Roubaix-esque rattler that commences when we turn west onto Ringwood/Numery Rd. This long, straight section of road is the quickest way home but is probably the roughest of the whole event with enough corrugations and loose rock to keep any rider honest. This section of road can vary significantly in it’s quality and condition. It just depends when it last rained and when the grader last went past! Time to harness your inner Wout Van Aert and apply the power while threading the fastest line. Respite comes with a return to asphalt at the 64km pt before a final fling down the road to the water point at Jesse Gap.

On final segment, the course follows a new 8km double track running along the flank of the range to Emily Gap and then its an easy 10km cruise on the asphalt to commence the celebrations at the Alice Springs Brewery.

Yeeeha!

More info here: bit.ly/3waZ3h4
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The grader was working on that exact bit of road Sunday just gone 😋👏🏼

Are GPX files available

2 weeks ago

Who says the desert is flat?!

Stage 3 of the Shimano Gravel Muster rides through some very lumpy terrain.

The beautiful thing is, you ride BETWEEN the hills not over them so the riding profile is actually quite flat – about 624m over 90kms (and the scenery is EPIC).

On second thoughts, at 624m, Stage 3 could very well be THE "mountain stage" of the entire race. Climbers take note 😂

In any case, it's speccy as heck.

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We hvae signed up - will you be releasing the routes so we can upload to our Strava and onto our Garmins?

2 weeks ago

Trail running is just the canvas...

The stories of humanity are the real art.

To the untrained eye, the start line of today’s Race 1 of 2024 Trail Running Series could have been mistaken for a bunch of “crazies” in trail gear…

But when you scratch the surface, it becomes clear that it is actually one of the most resilient, gritty and well-natured communities you’re ever likely to come across.

Case in point…

🤯 One competitor, Vincent, ran in the 25km Long Course and in doing so completed his virtual circumnavigation of Australia, Ireland AND the UK! That’s a mind-boggling ~18,000km endeavor. Equally as impressive, this was his 2,137th consecutive day of running! Talk about unstoppable.

🤯 Another 25 km finisher is on his comeback from a heart attack in November last year… he’s already completed a road marathon and now he’s planning on backing up in the Long Course at Race 2 in Anglesea (7th July). Wild.

🤯 There were 2 other competitors donning the “retro” 2014 Trail Running Series t-shirt, proving they’ve been at this “new” game of trail running for 10+ years (and by the look of them, many more years to come!).

🤯 And then there were the countless runners ticking off their first ever trail runs… the warriors who stacked and finished battered and bruised… the husbands and wives crossing the finish line hand in hand… and the cheersquads of proud relatives "yahooing" from the sidelines.

You're all bloody incredible!

Whether you ran the 8 km, 16 km or 25 km today… a HUGE congratulations. Just by making it to the start line you’re already ahead of 99% of the general population in terms of fitness (and courage!). But by finishing, you’ve put yourselves in super rarified air.

THANK YOU all for making today an absolute corker of Race 1. We had a ball and we hope you did too.

Please enjoy this sample of photos courtesy of Photos4sale. There will be plenty more to come – so keep your eyes peeled on your inbox.

FULL RESULTS HERE: bit.ly/3RcfHVf

And don’t forget to ride that post-race high and enter Race 2 (and 3) here: bit.ly/trairunningseries-2024

Thanks again runners 🙏

Recover well. And we'll see you very soon at Race 2.

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Trail running is just the canvas... 

The stories of humanity are the real art. 

To the untrained eye, the start line of today’s Race 1 of 2024 Trail Running Series could have been mistaken for a bunch of “crazies” in trail gear…

But when you scratch the surface, it becomes clear that it is actually one of the most resilient, gritty and well-natured communities you’re ever likely to come across. 

Case in point…

🤯 One competitor, Vincent, ran in the 25km Long Course and in doing so completed his virtual circumnavigation of Australia, Ireland AND the UK! That’s a mind-boggling ~18,000km endeavor. Equally as impressive, this was his 2,137th consecutive day of running! Talk about unstoppable. 

🤯 Another 25 km finisher is on his comeback from a heart attack in November last year… he’s already completed a road marathon and now he’s planning on backing up in the Long Course at Race 2 in Anglesea (7th July). Wild. 

🤯 There were 2 other competitors donning the “retro” 2014 Trail Running Series t-shirt, proving they’ve been at this “new” game of trail running for 10+ years (and by the look of them, many more years to come!). 

🤯 And then there were the countless runners ticking off their first ever trail runs… the warriors who stacked and finished battered and bruised… the husbands and wives crossing the finish line hand in hand… and the cheersquads of proud relatives yahooing from the sidelines.

Youre all bloody incredible!

Whether you ran the 8 km, 16 km or 25 km today… a HUGE congratulations. Just by making it to the start line you’re already ahead of 99% of the general population in terms of fitness (and courage!). But by finishing, you’ve put yourselves in super rarified air. 

THANK YOU all for making today an absolute corker of Race 1. We had a ball and we hope you did too. 

Please enjoy this sample of photos courtesy of Photos4sale. There will be plenty more to come – so keep your eyes peeled on your inbox. 

FULL RESULTS HERE: https://bit.ly/3RcfHVf

And don’t forget to ride that post-race high and enter Race 2 (and 3) here: https://bit.ly/trairunningseries-2024

Thanks again runners 🙏

Recover well. And well see you very soon at Race 2.

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Was great seeing everyone before and after their event! Well done to all from us here at Harrington's Coffee Love

Great event! Bring on the next two

Thank you for such a great event! Super excited for the next one ❤️🏃🏽‍♀️

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