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Just a quick post today. I was kicked into gear yesterday morning after reading the post from another rider blogger – RevRider – “Finding Motivation Early in the Morning“. My knee had been playing up on me over the Christmas break (I had a knee reconstruction at the age of 20) and was causing me all sorts of trouble with my quadricep muscles. Dehydration from both the Summer heat and a few festive drinks over the break probably didn’t help either. For yesterday’s ride I needed all the motivation I could get, because the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting heatwave temperatures – 43 degrees Celsius (or 109 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sydney!

I planned the ride to be super early, and set my alarm clock for 4:30am. My bidons had big blocks of ice in them, and summer riding kit was donned . At 5am it was already 22 degrees and climbing, and the sun was about to present itself. As I took off on my warm up loop, which is probably one of the best in the world – along the edges of Sydney Harbour – I was awestruck by the sight that greeted me. At the end of the street it looked like what appeared to be a wall of cruise ship. It seems like everywhere I turn in Sydney now there is a cruise ship, and this is not the first time I have published a blog with cruise ships in them (Sunrise at Middle Harbour, Riding in the Silly Season in Sydney). Still it is pretty awesome to see the big ships bringing visitors keen to see my home town.

Riding - Cruise ships greeting me

Of course I was also greeted to another glorious Cycling Sunrise, this time overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a beautiful silhouette against the dawn light.

Riding - Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunrise

I took all these shots with a little Christmas present I received – a Canon Powershot G15. This is an awesome prosumer compact that I will be writing up an “amateur” review of in a later post. It is small enough for me to carry in my back pocket while I go for a ride too!

I am glad I got out, because not only was I greeted to a glorious Cycling Sunrise, but also I was able to smash out a few PBs against a couple of segments on a regular route around Glebe, Annandale, and Canada Bay. Quite chuffed that I was able to get a PB up the Lilyfield Road pinch too (12% maximum gradient over 300m climb). I got back home before 7am with the mercury pushing 25 degrees by this point. By 2pm that day it had hit the stifling 43 degrees as predicted and the last time I felt heat like that was on a stopover in Dubai.

Looking forward to some more riding later on in the week and I now how have a camera that can do the shots justice on me all the time. Although there are more heat wave temperatures on the way in the coming week… better that than rain.

Cycling in the morning is offering me a few absolutely spectacular sunrises – awesome way to kick off the day. It is quite hard to capture some of these unless I stop and shoot the photo. So I have decided to now take along my little point and shoot on my rides just in case. Here are a couple captures from two dawn rides I did last week, and I am hoping to see a few more over the Christmas break. Enjoy!

Cycling Sunrise - #1

Cycling Sunrise - #2

It was an early start to the day for this photoshoot. I caught the first train from Town Hall to North Sydney crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge before sunrise. Very quiet ride, and I can tell you I was missing the zzzz’s. My partner in photo shooting crime, Grumpy Burton, picked me up in his jeep to head to the target spot at Middle Harbour. We got there just as pre-dawn hit, and what looked like some interesting cloud formations turned out to be a messy wash of sky. We were greeted to one of the many cruise ships visiting Sydney. The results were a bit disappointing, but I have washed a few of the shots through Photoshop to bring out some of the colour in the clouds. Middle Harbour Sunrise - Cruise Ship entering Sydney Harbour Middle Harbour Sunrise - Sun Peaking through the Clouds  Middle Harbour Sunrise - Sun struggling after its riseAnd it looks like we weren’t the only ones out and about. Middle Harbour Sunrise - PaddlersEven though it was not as striking a morning as we hoped, Grumpy pulled out a handy little camera carrier. Middle Harbour Sunrise - Quadcopter launchingGrumpy built this quadcopter himself, and it is a cool not-so-little flyer. It has four carbon fibre rotors with brushless electric motors and electronic controllers. It even has a GPS to hold its position. But the best mod that Grumpy has installed has to be the Go-Pro HD camera that he has pinged to the front and that you can see in the photo above. He has uploaded the video from this morning on the YouTube, check it out below. You can see me plenty of times in the video on the edge of the cliff at Middle Harbour.

Super cool! Grumpy is a pretty sharp shooter himself, check out his Flickr page – Grumpy Burton Flickr. His blog site is Fotonic Exposure and it is over on Blogger.

If anyone is interested to know where the location for this shoot was, have a look at the map below. The green arrow is the point where we were shoot and Grumpy was flying.

Middle Harbour Sunrise Shoot Map

Next clue for my header photo – the building is located in a large European city. Time to giddy up and plan the next shooting excursion.

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