VO2 Max Testing

Way back in May last year undertook a pre-trip VO2 Max test at Brunel University a few weeks before I departed London. This Tuesday I will complete a follow up test at the University of Queensland to see if the last year on the road has made much of a difference to my fitness levels.

What do you think?

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Last Days

As I enter my final week on the road it’s time to savour the last few solitary hours on the bike and reflect on just how awesome this past year has been.

In the last month my body (and my bank balance) have been telling me that the end of such a wonderful adventure has come at just the right time. My mind has been busy recalling what seems like an endless collection of funny stories and strange experiences whilst at the same time looking forward to making a whole lot of new and lasting memories with my family & friends in the months ahead.

Wish me luck!

Today i set off from Esperance, WA on no doubt the toughest leg of the journey so far.

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be crossing some very remote parts of Australia as I battle headwinds and mind numbingly long straight roads across the Nullarbor Plain (Latin for no trees) on the 2200km journey to Adelaide, SA.

With no sign of civilisation for most of the way I’ll be camping every night and carrying as much food and water as I can to see me across safely. Wish me luck!

On the Road – Part 7: Montenegro – Zabljak to Rozaje

Late last summer I cycled over the endless mountains in the north of Montenegro. There were large concentrations of thunderstorms across the Balkans at this time which caused a few hairy moments on the road. Luckily mother nature was on my side and I managed to make it into Kosovo without being struck by lightning.

Interview with CycleTraveller.com.au

When Aaron Austin-Glen pedalled out of London bound for Australia in July 2014, he set out to see the world in a different light – to explore more – not only for himself, but to record and share his experiences with his friends and family.

The 34-year-old from Brisbane wanted to see the world the slow way, by bike, and spend time in the places he visited, interviewing the locals along the way for a series of short documentary films.

“A lot of my friends are quite inspired by what I’ve done in the past nine months and that’s really nice to see,” he says, adding that it challenges the idea that we must stay bound to stressful desk jobs.

“We all need to do that every now and again, but that seems like the normal; it’s not actually a normal way of living when you think about it. I’m so much fitter, so much healthier, so much happier than I’ve ever been.”

He says he would happily continue with his current lifestyle, but admits he’s pretty strapped for cash after nine months on the road.

When I spoke to him this week, he was in the coastal town of Albany, Western Australia; having cycled almost 9,000km on his Tout Terrain Silkroad since the start of his journey, passing through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the UAE, Oman and India.

Back in the country of his birth after having spent 10 years living in London working as a music events manager, he has returned to cycle across Australia, tackling the challenging conditions of the Nullarbor and the Outback on his way to Brisbane. Aaron says over that time he has spent about 93 days cycling, and the rest meeting people.

“The cycling, I still love it, but it’s where it gets you, isn’t it; the bits in between that are real special,” he says.

And he has met some interesting people, from local river surfers in Munich, Germany, to traditional Slovenian cobblers, to a newspaper journalists in Macedonia who had earned herself the title of enemy-of-the-state, to name a few.

And then there were the people in general, which he says got progressively friendlier as he cycled from Bosnia to Iran, which has been his favourite country to visit, closely followed by Georgia.

“It’s the kind of hospitality that you don’t get in any other place,” he says of Iran. “It’s just so innocent in a way. And it’s also a really beautiful country as well.”

Aaron is now riding his final 5,000km through Australia and preparing to head east across The Nullarbor Plain then up through Broken Hill toward Brisbane. You can follow his video posts on his Explore More Facebook Page or check out a little more on his website where he has posted two of his short films, with more to come.

Interview by Alia Parker

You can read the interview at Cycle Traveller online

On the Road – Part 6: Montenegro – Tjentiste to Zabljak

On the Road – Part 6 is now ready for your viewing pleasure. This is the first half of my journey across Montenegro in early September. If you’ve never been to Montenegro then you really need to do yourself a favour and check this magical place out. It’s really beautiful, really cheap and you’ll have the whole place to yourself… just don’t drink the salty sheep’s milk!