January has to be my favourite month. Our city is effectively deserted for two weeks which makes it the perfect time to stay home, and with the hustle and expectation of Christmas over, you’re just left with long, hot days to while away the hours and enjoy the abundance of good food that summer has to offer.

With this well earned rest now over, it’s time to start thinking about what’s in store for 2016 and what’s on my #Bikebucketlist for this year.

1. TDU
This will be my first year heading across to Adelaide to follow the TDU. Only a few days remain before we’ll be catching up with the Swisswellness Cycling Team guys to deliver their new kit, roll around a few of their favourite roads, have a couple of frosty cold Coopers and watch the pro’s do their thing.

2. My Version of 3 Peaks.
For a little while now I have wanted to ride a loop out of Melbourne, heading to Sale, then up to Omeo, across to Falls Creek, stop in Milawa for some cheese and then head south for home. I may be biting off a bit too much but we’ll see.
If anyone is interested in coming along, drop us an email.

3. Bici e Gusti, Going to Italy.
Italy, the home of good food and great riding and that’s what Bici e Gusti is all about.
We are heading back to Italy again this year and this time we are taking a group to the iconic L’Eroica and Chianti region in September. 

I’m already looking forward to exploring more of what the Tuscan hills have to offer and sharing a few of the amazing things we have found over the last few years.

If you’re interested in joining us, click here for some more information. There’s a few spots left but it’s filling fast.

4. A New, Old Bicycle
I think it’s time to start the search for a new vintage machine for my next L’Eroica Odyssey. Something quintessentially Italian, a little obscure and from the early 70’s. It’s always good to have a project and the search to find the right bike is half of the enjoyment.

5. RideWest – 2016
Ridewest is a charity ride that I have been involved with since 2010 and they again will be riding from Brisbane to Longreach in May, raising money for the Royal Flying Doctors and specifically their mental health program for the outback.

A great cause for people often overlooked, this ride meanders over some 1200k’s to the centre of Queensland through some very interesting country.

6. The Iconic Beach Road
We are launching our weekly ride for customers and friends of A’QTO. If you’re in Melbourne, feel free to join us every Wednesday morning for a roll down Beach Road at 5:45am. 

We’d love to have you join us. For more details click here to send me an email with a request for more information.

What’s on your bike bucket list this year?