Rider profile - Ben Bailey

Name - Ben Bailey

Profession - House Husband

Uphill or Downhill? Downhill

Most epic day on a bike? It's on a road bike, does that count? Tackled many of the cobbled climbs and farming roads of The Tour de Flanders with a couple of hard-man Belgian friends. We had beers and fries with mayonnaise post-ride in Oudenaarde. It was the perfect Belgian road cycling experience  

I'm currently riding… Giant Trance - the standard Castlemaine-issue bike. 

Ben riding his mountain bike on some twisty, treed single track
Riding Misty Twist at Mt Buller

Favourite trails (other than Castlemaine) - Hard to say... Bright, Buller, Beechworth, Red Hill, Armidale are all great. Harcourt might top them all.  

If I wasn't mountain biking I'd be... playing tennis 

One day I'll ride... Moab, Utah

When I head out for a ride I never leave without... saying bye to Melissa, Dan and Alex. 

My race highlight? The Mont 24 Hour in Canberra with Nick, Nick and Andy. The riding was nothing extraordinary but competing as part of a team was a lot of fun. 

What is in your backpack? The usual - tube, tyre-levers, pump, multi-tool, phone, cash, banana/muesli bar, bandaids/small bandages and a kitchen sink.