Cycling Mums Australia

Cycling Mums Australia – encouraging mums to ride their bikes

I read an article a couple of weeks ago about a group of women who are mums and have founded a group called Cycling Mums Australia to encourage mums around the country to return to riding. So I looked them up via Facebook and talked via email with one of the group’s founders Natalia de Clercq. Over to Natalia….   Q: Why did you start the group Cycling Mums Australia (CMA)? Well, what happened when  I became a mum, my priorities changed, we have so many competing priorities that the bike got pushed down the list, ignored , forgotten about. I

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What to pack for a cycling tour

What to pack for a cycling tour in Europe

I’ve always been intrigued about bike touring, and can’t say I have any experience of what to pack for a cycling tour. So when I read a recent post from fellow blogger Laura Rigby on her great blog Follow My Wheel, I asked Laura if I could reproduce it here. Laura and her husband Phil undertook an ambitious four week cycling tour that started in Nice and ended in Milan. They cycled 1,377 kms and climbed 26,900 vertical metres over 21 ride days carrying all of their luggage in panniers on touring bikes. Laura was good enough to share, and explain

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benefits of yoga for cyclists

The benefits of yoga for cyclists are numerous

Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to include a weekly yoga class in my life and it’s reiterated to me, the benefits of yoga for cyclists. A couple of years ago I attended an interesting workshop with a guy called Angelo, who has developed his own variation of hatha yoga called Pedal Stroke Yoga. A few interesting points I learnt from Angelo in the workshop include: Yoga helps you create a body that is pain free Cycling keeps your body in a linear motion whereas yoga is about twisting In cycling you use your big muscles & sympathetic

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African Women’s Cycling

African Women’s Cycling on the rise

I’ve just returned from my first trip to the amazing continent of Africa, and one of the countries I visited was Rwanda. During my visit, which was focused on seeing the mountain gorillas made famous by American Dian Fossey, I also enjoyed hearing about the rebirth of a nation that had been so deeply affected by the genocide, which occurred during the 1990s. On my return home I was interested to read a story about female cyclists in Rwanda and other African countries so I sought permission from fellow blogger Kenyan Patrick Tindi to republish his interesting post, and here

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Wollongong Women's Cycling Club

Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club getting more women on bikes

I love hearing about female cyclists encouraging other women to join them, and Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club is a great example of just that. I first heard about them from some of my colleagues on the Cycling NSW Women’s Commission and made contact with them via fellow Commission member Kym who is the secretary of the club. Here’s the result of our email chat: Q: Why did you start Wollongong Women’s Cycling Club as a subgroup of an existing Club? Who are the women behind it? Jules Verheyen founded the club in late 2015 after running She Rides cycle coaching

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Keep safe while commuting by bike

Keep safe while commuting by bike: 5 useful tips for new bike commuters

It’s really important to keep safe while commuting by bike so when fellow rider/writer Amanda Wilks of Mountain Bike Reviewed contacted me and asked if she could contribute an article I was keen to publish it. Over to Amanda….. If you love to cycle and care about the environment, choosing to ride to work can help you both improve your fitness level and reduce harmful emissions. However, for the uninitiated, commuting to work can present some problems – maybe you aren’t sure how to make sure you’re seen by vehicles, or maybe you want to avoid showing up to work

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Come 'n' Try racing

Give Club Cycle racing a go with Women’s Come ‘n’ Try racing

If I think back to my pre-cycling me, I would have been amazed at my devotion to cycling, and I would have thought it was extraordinary that I’d given racing a go through the Come ‘n ‘ Try racing program. I’ve spent my whole life being the ‘non-sporty’ type. I remember being reasonably involved in little athletics and other sport when I was at primary school but once I reached high school I tried my hardest to get out of any sporting endeavour, particularly any competitive one!!! At my school the sporty girls were encouraged to be involved but if

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Women's Health Week

Focus on yourself, it’s Women’s Health Week

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading about a great initiative of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health called Women’s Health Week. So this week there are plenty of activities including cycling related events, to encourage women to focus on their health, both physical and mental. Most women are not good at focusing on themselves and making their health a priority, so put a few hours aside this week to do just that. And there’s no better way to undertake physical activity than cycling. And note that I used the term physical health rather than sport. Sport always makes us

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Magpies attack cyclists in Spring – they’re back early

It’s nearly Spring in my home town of Sydney, and while it’s an awesome time of the year to ride a bike, it also means that there’ll be lots of angry birds swooping cyclists in the next couple of months because magpies attack cyclists in Spring. I usually wait until mid September to talk about bird attacks but they seem to have started earlier this year so here’s my advice. Magpies seem to get most of the mentions, but in my local area there are a couple of very vicious butcherbirds that re-emerge at this time of year to protect

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Mindfulness and cycling

Mindfulness and Cycling go together

I really love the concept of mindfulness, and as my regular readers know, I really love cycling, so to me, mindfulness and cycling go together beautifully. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, instead of dwelling on the past, or fixating on future events. It’s about being present, even if it’s not something that brings you pleasure. And as much as I love the concept of mindfulness, I’m not always good at it. So here’s why mindfulness and cycling go hand-in-hand, and this is why you should practice it while riding: You’ll enjoy the things around you I love

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