The end

It is with great sadness that I announce that I am unable to continue with this blog.

I had the most amazing experience running the Dandenong Ranges, and in order to continually come up with new and unique content, I needed to challenge myself. To push myself to find new challenges, and to ride new roads, and did some of the most incredible rides, and along the way met some truly amazing and wonderful people.

It was never easy, and at times a thankless task. I was the writer, photographer, editor, marketing guru and everything in-between. The Dandenong Ranges easily cost me tens of thousands of dollars to run once you added up camera equipment, domain costs, petrol costs to get to and from remote locations, and all of the other associated costs involved with running a site like this, but I always felt that it was worth it, as I loved how I was able to share my love and passion for cycling.

Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. I work 50 hours/six days a week, and on top of this I was spending some very late nights. Usually spending between 20-30 hours a week running the Dandenong Ranges on a $0 budget.

It was worth it, and I can look back with a sense of pride at all that I have achieved within the local cycling community, and would like to extend a big thankyou to all of the wonderful people who have followed this blog over the years. I can only hope that I’ve been able to open your eyes to some of the truly amazing places out there to ride.

I cannot begin to thank you enough for all of the warm support that has been offered to me over the years, and to all of those who have helped in any way with putting together the Dandenong Ranges.  You guy’s are legends! I’ve never been able to thank you all enough.

All good things must come to an end. Alas, I must bid you all a fond adieu.  Those that know me, know that I love a good climb. The next time you pit yourself against a formidable climb. Remember the Dandenong Ranges and what it stood for, and get out there to ride.

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” – Gone with the wind





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4 thoughts on “The end

    Michael said:
    December 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi Brendan, There is another nasty little dirt road climb to add to your cardinia climbing list. The Thewlis Road Climb (Backside) on Strava has a 32.6% section with a total average of 12% from bottom to top. I have ridden this a few times and it is quite difficult.

    Brendan responded:
    December 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Michael, didn’t know about that one & definitely head up there. Liking the sound of 30%. Is it similar to Berglund? Hoping to do one’s for Guy’s Hill & Gordon Road as well at some stage, & working on one on Bessie Creek Road at the moment 🙂

      Michael said:
      December 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

      The strava segment is only 0.8 km in length but in can be linked up with Bathe road to get to the top of Leppitt road. The road gravel is quite loose on the steep parts as well. I guess that aside form the length it is similar to Berglund.

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    June 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

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