Gear Up Girl

Cycle your way to a healthy heart with Gear Up Girl

Gear Up Girl is an annual ride held in my hometown of Sydney, to encourage women of all ages and abilities to enjoy the freedom of riding. Its key supporter is The Heart Foundation which I think is a fantastic sponsorship arrangement because heart disease is such a big killer of women. But the best part of the relationship is that cycling is so good for heart health. Here’s why…. When you exercise, your heart needs to beat faster and more powerfully to pump more blood around your body in order to supply enough oxygen to your muscles so that

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amazing female endurance cyclists

I love sharing the stories of amazing female endurance cyclists like Alaina Beacall

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I love sharing stories from amazing female endurance cyclists like Alaina Beacall from the UK. Alaina contacted me last year to ask me to help spread the word. She’s a 28 year old doctor from Merseyside. She started cycling in 2016 when a friend suggested she try the ride from Lands End to John O’Groats. She loved the combination of challenging herself physically whilst riding through wild and beautiful places. We’ve since traded a few emails and here’s some more of her story: Q: What got you started in

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do you suffer from FONKU

Female cyclists: do you suffer from FONKU?

I hope I’ve got your attention with that provocative question; do you suffer from FONKU? In case you’re interested enough to read to on, FONKU is an acronym for ‘Fear Of Not Keeping Up’. I believe that there’s plenty of female bike riders that suffer from FONKU and it’s holding us back. I actually include myself in that cohort. So I made up my own term for it. I sometimes go out for group rides and decide that I won’t be able to keep up even before I leave home, and I often hear similar laments from other female riders.

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Great movie scenes with women riding bikes

Great movie scenes with women riding bikes

I thought I’d go with something a little lighthearted this week, so here’s my pick for some great movie scenes with women riding bikes. I’m sure there are some other great ones, but here are my top choices: The Wizard of Oz This is one of my favourite movies. My sister and I have loved it since we were little girls and still enjoy watching every now and then. In the early part of the film there is a scene where the evil Miss Almira Gulch played by Margaret Hamilton rides her classic step-through roadster away from the farm with

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