The Cyclists’ Alliance is a huge leap forward for women’s professional cycling

I almost missed the news that slipped out just before Christmas that a fantastic new initiative for women’s professional cycling, The Cyclists’ Alliance was here. Formed and backed by some of women’s cycling’s biggest names, the new international cycling union aims to be a resource and a cohesive voice for professional cyclists in order to promote and protect athlete safety and enhance professionalism within the sport. “We will work as a partner with the UCI and the UCI-registered women’s teams to help them form the first women’s teams association in global cycling,” says founder Iris Slappendel. “The Alliance is here to

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mentally prepare for a challenging bike ride

How to mentally prepare for a challenging bike ride

When I first started doing long rides, my training and preparation was almost entirely based on my physical readiness and not on the need to mentally prepare for a challenging bike ride. I’ve always understood the big role that mental preparation plays for elite athletes, but I never thought I had anything in common with them. After more than nine years of cycling, I’ve done quite a few charity rides and a small amount of racing and I always get very nervous beforehand. But I’ve never known how to overcome it except to just accept that it happens and live

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cycling New Year’s resolutions

Set your cycling New Year’s resolutions and get out and ride your bike

I’m a great fan of the New Year’s Resolution, and although I often forget mine almost as soon I’ve set them, I keep coming up with them year after year, so here’s my cycling New Year’s resolutions. I also have a few personal ones but I don’t plan to share them here. Last year my blog post about New Year’s resolutions was a bit wishy washy and consequently I didn’t actually do any of what I preached. One of my friends did point this out to me at the time, so this year I’m going to return to the tried

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