HENRY YUEN


Where are you based?
I'm based in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?
I'll have to say Mt Donna Buang because my two most memorable rides this year have been there.

Once when it was covered in snow; it's fairly lush rain forest, so when it's covered it just looks magical.

The other time up Donna was when we took the gravel back roads which were almost empty - it was pretty much just me, my mates, and the lush rain forest for four hours.

 

What type of riding do you like to do the most?
I do road riding mostly - generally on roads, but have been taking to gravel a little bit more lately. 

I love doing climbs. That sustained effort and suffering for about an hour; it's almost a pleasurable sensation. Almost. 

The group almost always splits up on climbs too and everyone's hurting too much to talk, so there's this period of solitude; just you, the road, and the suffering. 

Then you're always rewarded with a stunning view at the top. 

 

How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I do a bit of research, plotting routes with Strava and then some reconnaissance work with Google StreetView to see how bad the gravel gets. But we almost always get a little lost on the way.

A lot of cyclists consider the journey, as opposed to the destination, as the enjoyable part - which I agree with, but I always like a nice destination too. I try to plan a ride with a good destination (hoping for some waterfalls and caves next) then figure out the route. 

 

What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I use a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V point and shoot. Getting a bit old, but it does the job. Considering bringing the DSLR out too, but that surely can't be good for the Strava segments!

 

What destination would be on your riding wish list?
I'd have to say the US West Coast, Salzburg and Iceland. Seeing all these photos posted on Instagram - it's bloody inspirational, that's for sure! 

I'm also planning on climbing The Peak in Hong Kong. I took the tram up it a couple of years ago and thought to myself "I'm going to ride this one day".