charity bike ride

Sign up for a charity bike ride – challenge yourself and helps others

A great way to improve your cycling is to sign up for a charity bike ride. It gives you a fitness goal, and it also benefits other people who rely on the charity you assist. I started riding a road bike nine years ago to complete a charity bike ride for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). And here I am nine years later – five JDRF rides, six years as a cycling blogger, five years working in a bike shop, and a totally obsessed road cyclist. When I talk about charity bike rides, I don’t mean the big mass

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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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