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Getting down to business

8th February 2017

I have never been so equally happy and sad to depart Australia before.

Previous times my overseas trip has either been short, or I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Last year I definitely had little idea what I was getting myself into. Mum and Dad were away, so I had my mate Edward Green drop me off at the airport to say goodbye. I didn’t have my accommodation for where I was going to be staying for the next 6 months, nor did I have a visa that would allow me to stay for my intended duration.

Nearly a year later, I have a valid Spanish visa, keys to an apartment, and I had my family and girlfriend come to say goodbye at the airport for my second season as a professional cyclist overseas.

This time, I am ready…

This year’s trip to Girona was my first long haul flight in business class, and man did I enjoy it! If you saw me in the few weeks preceding my flight, you’d have probably heard me mention I had a business class flight. This wasn’t me trying to brag, but merely a sign of my excitement. I am yet to gain gold status in my rat race to unlock lounge access when flying, so having these privileges due to a business class ticket was pretty cool. It also gave me access to extra luggage (40kg!) and I needed every last gram of it.

Instead of catching the train from the Barcelona airport to Girona, the team booked a taxi for me. This made a big difference when you have a few bags including a bike. It eliminates the need to negotiate limited storage on the train, alongside the foolhardy trip with multiple bags down narrow escalators. Have you tried to take a bike bag and full size luggage bag down escalators at the same time? It’s a difficult task, and often you’ll build up a sweat by the time you reach the platform.

Needless to say any more, after a business flight across the globe, and a taxi driving me over an hour to the door of my apartment, I am feeling rather good about the whole situation. There are a few items for the place that I still need to get sorted, including my new coffee machine which is on its way! I hope my roommates enjoy it. But which cyclists don’t drink coffee besides Mark O’Brien? Speaking of roommates, I am staying with two other cyclists from team Novo Nordisk, a Professional Continental outfit. We are sharing a four-bedroom place with three bathrooms. This means we have a bathroom each, and the fourth spare bedroom can be filled with bikes and turned into a pain cave.

I promised mum I would communicate better this year, and part of that communication promise will extend over to my social media platforms including this blog. I don’t think I did a good job of sharing the European lifestyle last year, so I am committing to doing a better job of that this year.



  1. Great post!

    Really looking forward to following your travels this year mate. Getting a glimpse of your daily life is something many of us will enjoy. It sounds like your being well looked after.
    I’m also looking forward to seeing your brewing technique on the new Rocket ????

    All the best

    1. bman11476@gmail.com

      Thanks Brad, If theres anything you want to see or know about, just ask!
      Although you do have a pretty good idea what I get up to most of the time 😀

  2. you deserve the up grade
    its very hot back here-hope its not too cool over in Spain
    i am looking forward with a little bit of excitement to see you in action.
    i still remember those first rides we did and now consider myself privileged
    good luck and as always stay safe.
    Chris & Julie

    1. bman11476@gmail.com

      Thanks Chris! The hotter it is in Melbourne, the colder is it over here I guess. The sun was shining when we landed though, so it wasn’t too cold! I won’t ever forget our first two rides together

  3. I bumped into you at the airport last year and wished you luck – so good luck again in Europe and looking forward to seeing how it goes.

    1. bman11476@gmail.com

      Haha yes I do remember, thanks for the well wishes

  4. Muchas suerte mi amigo Brendan! Looking forward to read your blog and watching you on TV.

  5. Good luck Brendan, looking forward to following your adventures.

  6. Hey Brendan, Looks like a great start to the year. By the way, loving your Instagram posts. Good luck with everything!

  7. Nice to see that in amongst the excitement you are thinking of your mum. As a mum of a son same age as you who also rides and is a long way away (although not a pro and not overseas), I have been known to send the odd “are you dead?” texts…
    It’s going to be fun watching and reading about your adventures
    Cheers, Michelle

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