Christian Lloyd - Rider profile

Name - Christian Lloyd

Profession - IT Sales

Uphill or Downhill? Uphill.  Completing the challenge of a big uphill always satisfies me more than riding down it.

Most epic day on a bike? This one is actually going to be a road bike answer.  A group of us did a big ride in the Victorian Alps a few years back that was basically the route of the 3Peaks ride + Mt Buffalo.  It was 320km and 5500m of vertical.  The weather was spot-on and we timed it perfectly so we saw sunrise while climbing Mt Buffalo and saw sunset while riding across the Bogong High Plains, complete with a band of brumbies galloping past.

I'm currently riding... Good points and bad points - BMC SpeedFox.  It’s a great duallie and therefore makes me ride better than I really am, but it’s now a few years old, so the N+1 instinct of a bike rider is definitely kicking.

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand.  I’ve ridden a fair few places in Australia and OS now, and I still haven’t found a place that matches Rotorua.  It’s not just he trails and the quality of their design, but the soil and drainage, the forest, the pronunciation and everything about Whakarewarewa that makes it top spot for me.  Of course, more than happy to keep looking for something better!

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be... Skiing.  I spent a few years as a ski bum in North America before taking up the MTB in earnest.  I was on a ride on the MTB 10yrs ago with a fellow skier when I was very much more a skier than a rider.  The other skier said, “You know I’m less interested in skiing now, I prefer to get on the bike and ride”.  At the time I scoffed and almost disowned him.  These days I haven’t been on skis in almost 5 years.

One day I'll ride... A long way.  My friends know me as someone who likes long rides already, but in answering this question when I say a long way, I mean a really long way!  One of these epic multi-day/week/month rides you hear about people doing where you hit the road and/or dirt and just enjoy the journey.

When I head out for a ride I never leave without... data.  I have a recording of every ride I’ve done since 2003 when I purchased my first Polar heart rate monitor that had capabilities to download onto the computer.  I have since adopted the Garmin and I don’t leave home on a bike without it.  This is my personal passion (cycling) colliding with my professional passion (computers) to make me a data junkie.  I love services like Strava, and particularly the innovative things people can do with that data when it’s available through public APIs like raceshape.com and jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/

My race highlight – Undoubtedly the 2010 World Solo 24hr Championships in Canberra.  I got myself on a training program prior to the race and was quite disciplined in my approach to training for the first time in my life.  It paid off with a great result where I achieved my objectives.  I was really pleased to be able to ride the race continuously and still end up punching out my fastest laps for the race right at the end.  The photo above is from that race that was taken at the 22hr mark.  Still having fun!