Strongman Miyakojima, Japan

April 19 2014


An Ironman Abroad…from Bairnsdale to Miyakojima

Australian Triathlete Ryan Cross is unsure how he ended up in the spotlight of the Japanese media. Invited to compete in this weekend’s Strongman Japan in Miyakojima, Cross and his young family from Bairnsdale in regional Victoria have become darlings of the Japanese press in the far-east. For the quiet but engaging Cross, it seems a world away from the sleeping fishing village of Mallacoota where he first fell in love with the sport of triathlon.

Cross first made local headlines in a town nestled deep in Victoria’s far east, when he won the Mallacoota triathlon as a promising junior athlete. After winning the event for the 3rd year in a row, and presented with a beautifully mounted vintage clothing Iron on Teak, Cross earned the local moniker of ‘Ryanman’.

As a boy from the bush Ryanman’s introduction to triathlons was through country racing. This small, very friendly racing scene was not only where his passion for the sport born, but is also something that to this day remains an integral part of his career as a triathlete.

In 2000, Ryanman moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT and gain exposure to the highly competitive local triathlon racing circuit. He raced in the junior elite field before graduating to Melbourne's elite. Cross’ first Olympic distance world championship experienced came in 2003 where he went to race with his wife to be in Queenstown, New Zealand. He finished 9th.

In 2004 he raced in the open age division at Noosa. He finished 2nd on the heels of Craig Mottram. Other highlights in his career include two more Olympic distance world championship events with a notable 4th at Hamburg in 2007; a season as a sponsored athlete racing for a club in Belgium; 5 Ironman finishers, two of which were at the World Championships in Hawaii; and becoming a recognised competitor in the world of adventure racing.

Ryanman has represented his country twice at the IM World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, first in 2007 (9:31) and in 2013 (9:01).

Today, Cross’ passion extends beyond his own pursuits giving back to the local community and sport that supported him and inspired him to achieve his dreams. His extensive knowledge has allowed him to volunteer his wealth of experience to coach local junior athletes and organise regional races.

His 2013 performance in Hawaii was such that he received an invitation to compete in Japan’s 2014 Strongman triathlon.  

From a small fishing village to the glow of neon city lights in Japan, Cross is proud of his past achievements and optimistic of the path that awaits.


Career Highlights

2013 Ironman World Championships, Kona - 9:01 (14th, 30-34 Male)

2013 Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 8:26, (2nd, 30-34 Male)

2007 Ironman World Championships, Kona – 9:31

2007 Olympic Distance World Championships, Hamburg, 4th overall

2004 Noosa Olympic Distance Triathlon, 1:56:33 (2nd, Open Male)

2003 Queenstown ITU Triathlon World Championships - (4th 20-24 Male)




Good luck tomorrow bro!




uluwatu, bali

March 23 2014


la vie en rose

March 22 2014

A New Year, Thank you's & New Beginnings

January 08 2014
We're super excited about the year ahead.
We had loads of fun camping, riding the Rapha Festive & running trails along the Great Ocean Rd over the Summer break.
Since the end of last year we've settled into a new workshop in Melbourne & are having heaps of fun decorating the new space.
We're also excited at designing our own custom cufflinks for when we get hitched in 2 months time in Bali. 
To everyone who has supported and worked with us over the last two years we wanted to say a big thank you. We look forward to introducing a new line up of rad products and more customised options for weddings & special events.




The Hannmaid Crew's Christmas List Favourites

November 29 2013

We've been super good this year and have a list for Santa including some pretty rad gift ideas from our favourite labels.

Vulpine was launched in 2012 by James, Nick & Jools in London and create a range of fine tailored cycling gear for both men & woman.

Our favourites include the Long Sleeve Merino Polo made from Tasmanian Merino & The Harrington Rain Jacket which we think looks equally as good off the bike as it does on two wheels


Cafe du Cycliste clothing was born in a traditional French café - a perfect mid-ride coffee stop - nestled in the hills above the Côte d'Azur on France's Mediterranean coast. It was founded by two friends who shared a love of cycling and wanted technically excellent cycling clothing of high quality with a twist of classic French style.

We love the Polka dot cycling caps that come uniquely packaged in a French style cheese wrapper...

Shutter Lens

November 23 2013

A recent visit to the home town of The Athletic in Portland, Oregon. Matt Lingo knows how to capture a moment. More here....

The Athletic, Portland Oregon

November 16 2013

Summer. Bicycles. Sundaes. LAX inspired socks. We love what Jeremy Dunn and the team at The Athletic have been working on recently. We've been keeping dibs on JD and his side projects after Mick rode up Mont Ventoux on a Charge Plug Track Bike & was invited to meet JD's pal Joe at Rapha HQ in London. 

We think the new PDX & LAX inspired socks are pretty rad & will match a new team kit to the tee. Swoop yourself a pair here.


childhood is fleeting, dinovember

November 15 2013

We're inspired by the creative concept of Dinovember that Refe Tuma & his partner dreamt of to nurture & ensure their kid's sense of intrigue and wonder remains in tact.

"Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep.

Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.

flowers by dolly

November 06 2013

We are loving the floral creations by Kirsty & Dolly at flowers by dolly.

In particular the beautifully wrapped quirky arrangements using Australian natives.

We think they'd make a perfect gift for a special someone or for a stellar occasion....Swoop yourself a bouquet here. 


Ironman World Championships, Kona Hawaii

October 20 2013