Improve yourself, your health and your cycling.
How many km’s do you ride a week? Before the March camp it was around 150. Now it’s more like 200-250. How long have you been riding? I started cycling about 6 months before the Camp. Do you do any other type of cycling, have you had any professional coaching, do you race, do you do Gran Fondo’s or other mass participation rides, do you ride by yourself or in organised groups? I have a MTB but don’t ride it often. I’ve never had any coaching and I’m not a member of a cycling club. I don’t race but do participate in organised rides (Tour DeCure, Around The Bay etc). I ride mainly by myself. Why do you ride? Mental and physical health and as a social outlet.
Why did you decide to go to the cycleWELL Camp? After talking to Ash I really liked the sound of what he was trying to achieve around the wellness and mental health side of things. The fact that I could combine that with riding was a bonus! What were you most anxious about before the Camp? My cycling ability and fitness level! But after the first group ride on day one there was no need to worry. All of the camp attendees were at different fitness and experience levels but Darren (the cycling coach) and his ride leaders did a great job of keeping everyone together. NO ONE WAS DROPPED. We were taught to ride as a team. When we did the hill climbs we went at our own pace and had support the whole way.
How did you feel after the Camp? I came home with the ability to hit the pause button and re-set my life and goals. The guest coaches Paul O’Brien and Craig Harper played a huge role in this! I got more out of the camp than I ever thought possible. I’m still getting ongoing support and mateship from Ash and the other camp attendees via the Facebook Group that we started after the Camp. Why would you recommend a cycle:well Camp to your mates? They give you a chance to get one-on-one support with planning your life. You don’t have to be having troubles with your mental or physical health to get your value for money from these Camps. They are great for everyone! You are truly looked after like a rock star! The Bike stuff with Darren was a huge bonus for me. There was plenty of time with all the coach’s and the other camp attendees. It was a great team atmosphere. They are very well run Camps. I loved every moment I was there. It was laid back but also on-point. We could have a beer in the arvo and chill and chat. We also hit some big issues in blokes health and the atmosphere made what are usually really hard discussions easy and comfortable to engage in. I was so impressed I'm going to the Camp in October!
How many km’s do you ride a week? 150 - 200. How long have you been riding? For as long as I can remember. I’ve always had a bike in my life and lifestyle. Do you do any other type of cycling, have you had any professional coaching, do you race, do you do Gran Fondo’s or other mass participation rides, do you ride by yourself or in organised groups? I have a MTB for a commuter bike mainly. I’ve never had any coaching but have received plenty of very useful advice from experienced riders over the years. I don’t race but do participate in organised rides (The Cadel Ride is my favourite). I ride by myself mainly. Why do you ride? I ride to stay active, its good for my mental health, and I enjoy being connected to my environment. When its hot, you get hot, when its cold, you get cold!
Why did you decide to go to the cycleWELL Camp? Although I was cycling to work in an ad hock manner, my road cycling had dropped off. I had a few close calls with cars out riding on my own and had slowly fallen out of love with my road bike. I would do a month of training for the Cadel ride, then the bike was put away. I was putting on weight, my diet was out the window, and I was telling myself all was good as I slowly slipped into a depressive state. I needed to get back on my bike! I felt shit, looked shit, and didn't have any focus around my mental health or my cycling. I was letting myself down. I was letting my family down, simply, what I was doing wasn't working. cycle:well ticked all the right box's for me at the perfect time. I could use the Cadel ride as a lead up, and start to focus on a diet and training plan. I had spent a lot of energy in looking after others I love but I needed to spend some time and energy on me. What were you most anxious about before the Camp? I had a "Coronary incident" in 2014. It scared the hell out of me. I was cycling, but avoiding any big climbs as I wasn't sure how my heart was going to respond. I had done group riding in the past, but had spent so much time on my own that getting back in a bunch caused me some apprehension. As I was riding by myself, I had no reference as to how I was performing. I didn’t want to be that bloke that is way out the back.. I was worried how my new found anxiety's were going to manifest in a group of unknown blokes.
How did you feel after the Camp? Post camp I was on a high. I went to bed Monday night and my mind was quiet, still, blissful.. My body had performed well above my expatiation. Climbing Mt Buffalo was a very big moment - cathartic would be the word I use. cycle:well has become a focal point for me to stay in the here and now. It has provided a gateway to ‘Mens Toolbox’, which has been very beneficial to me in gaining access to professional help which I still require, but at a time and place of my choosing. I had stopped seeking help because shift work is a killer for finding time around other peoples schedules. Having taken part in Camp #1 in March, I feel I have a responsibility to help it grow, I want to see it grow because it works.. I now have a place I am accountable to, for me to sell it, I have to believe it, live it, and employ the learning.. Why would you recommend a cycleWELL Camp to your mates? I would recommend cycleWELL because its a unique concept that has the ability to provide short, medium, and long term benefits. Any bloke like me - someone who has kids coming to the end of their schooling and may find themselves with a bit more time on their hands - they should go. They have most likely spent the last 20 years looking after everyone else, climbing the career ladder. They can use cycle:well to re-set and help figure out who they have become.
How many km’s do you ride a week? 90. How long have you been riding? 12 months. Do you do any other type of cycling, have you had any professional coaching, do you race, do you do Gran Fondo’s or other mass participation rides, do you ride by yourself or in organised groups? I have a MTB and ride that once a week with my 12 yo son or brother-in-law. I don’t race, I’m not a member of cycling club and I haven’t had any coaching. I do participate in organised rides - I’ve signed up for the Bowral Classic this year. Why do you ride? For the coffee and chasing PB’s on Strava..…and it’s great for my mental health and provides a social outlet. Riding fast makes me feel like I am 10 years old on my BMX.
Why did you decide to go to the cycleWELL Camp? Because I wanted to make cycling ‘My Thing’. I wasn’t confident in challenging myself to ride further, stronger and faster. So I wanted to challenge all of that thinking without feeling like I was being judged. What were you most anxious about before the Camp? Having to come home after the Camp and sell my bike because I felt I wasn’t ever going to be a strong rider!
How did you feel after the Camp? I came home with a very strong passion to ride more, further and take on the hills. Being with other riders that cycle for the same reasons as me has inspired me to get stronger fitter and more committed to getting rid of my Dad bod in black kit! Why would you recommend a cycleWELL Camp to your mates? I would recommend it to any bloke that rides even if you’re just starting out or are a very experienced rider. If you’re experienced others will gain so much just from getting out there with you, like I did. It’s a great format that allows you to connect with people you may have never thought might be on a bike.
How many km’s do you ride a week? It varies a lot. I don’t have a consistent routine. It could be as few as 50 or as many as 200+. How long have you been riding? 3 years. Do you do any other type of cycling, have you had any professional coaching, do you race, do you do Gran Fondo’s or other mass participation rides, do you ride by yourself or in organised groups? I have a MTB and gravel bike but don’t ride them often - maybe once a month. I do participate in organised charity rides etc. but I don’t race. I have had some professional cycling coaching. I prefer to ride in groups but am also happy to ride solo. Why do you ride? For me the two main reasons, in order of priority are as a social outlet and then health & fitness.
Why did you decide to go to the cycleWELL Camp? A mate asked me to come with him. What were you most anxious about before the Camp? My fitness level and ability to keep up on the group rides. I didn’t know what to expect at the Camp really.
How did you feel after the Camp? I was really chuffed that I made it up Mt Buffalo! Why would you recommend a cycle:well Camp to your mates? If you want to be stretched and explore the boundary between real and perceived limits both on and off the bike, in a supportive environment - JFDI!
How many km’s do you ride a week? In the past it was very sporadic - it could be 200km one week and then no riding at all for a month! This year has been much more consistent. I get out twice a week and do a minimum of 75km. How long have you been riding? 4 years and I wish I’d discovered riding sooner!. Do you do any other type of cycling, have you had any professional coaching, do you race, do you do Gran Fondo’s or other mass participation rides, do you ride by yourself or in organised groups? I bought an MTB earlier this year and I ride it once a week on a combination of trails and single track. I recently had some professional MTB coaching. I do participate in organised charity rides. I’ve done Amy’s Gran Fondo, L’Etape, Around The Bay etc. I have not had any professional cycling coaching (other than at the cycle:well Camp in March). I am a member of the Warragul Cycling Club but I am not racing at the moment…. Why do you ride? It’s my main form of exercise. I also like riding different roads and routes and exploring new places. Riding lets me zone out for a few hours and is really quite therapeutic for me. Cycling is also a great way to catch up with friends, meet new people and enjoy coffee all in one pastime!
Why did you decide to go to the cycleWELL Camp? My mate (Az) asked me to come along. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I figured that if it was in Bright and involved cycling it couldn’t have been too bad. What were you most anxious about before the Camp? Given that it was the first Camp that the guys had run, I was worried that it could have been a bit disorganised and that it may have ended up being an ego competition on bikes. I’m happy to say it was neither! The Camp Itinerary was excellent. There was a great structure in place and yet it allowed the flexibility to work around the weather and provide an encore workshop with Dave due to popular demand from the group. Ash brought together an impressive team that were 100% behind his vision for the Camp.
How did you feel after the Camp and why would you recommend a cycleWELL Camp to your mates? The cycling around Bright is fantastic; however it’s all the ‘off-the-bike’ aspects of the Camp that were so useful and will stick with me going forward. I believe in the vision that Ash has for cycle:well and think it has huge potential to make a difference in the Health & Well-being space for men. I wold recommend a cycleWELL camp to anyone who has an open mind and likes riding bikes!