bike riding tour in Bali

You should try a bike riding tour in Bali

Last week I was on holidays in Indonesia and couldn’t resist a bike riding tour in Bali. My week long holiday was focused on rest and relaxation, but like most of my holidays I found an excuse to ride a bike. I was travelling with a group of 11 people including a few who don’t ride regularly, so we wanted to find a tour that would suit all of us. We found Happy Bike Tours via an internet search and we couldn’t have been happier. We had a slight hiccup with our booking so I’d recommend that you reconfirm a

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PEDAL TECHNIQUE ON A ROAD BIKE

there’s far more to pedal technique on a road bike than you’d think

When I first took up road cycling a bit over 10 years ago I thought that there wasn’t a great deal to learn about pedal technique on a road bike, but I was wrong. There are plenty of skills to learn and central amongst them is the art of pedalling. I’m no authority on this subject so I’ve borrowed some expert words that appear below. The key principle behind the technique is to pedal in nice smooth circles. Sounds easy, but there’s a little more to it. This article was originally published on the now defunct women’s cycling website Women’s

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Cycling give my life meaning

Cycling gives my life meaning – what gives you a sense of purpose?

Whenever I hear stories of people who’ve lost their way in life I wonder if it’s because they don’t know their purpose – for me cycling gives my life meaning. But I’m not so one-eyed that I believe cycling is the purpose for everyone. I didn’t actually set out to find meaning or purpose when I took up road cycling. In fact I wasn’t consciously looking for my higher purpose. I was a relatively happy person who was fairly content in most of my aspects of my life. It wasn’t until I found cycling that I realised that something had

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anxiety before a bike ride

How to handle anxiety before a bike ride

I was on a longish women’s only bike ride a couple of weeks ago and the conversation between me and the rider beside me led to our common experiences with anxiety before a bike ride. She had had a poor night’s sleep before the ride because she was worrying that she’d struggle to keep up. I had also had a poor night’s sleep, not because I worried I would keep up but because I had the responsibility of ride leadership. As we talked, others joined in the conversation and shared their own experiences of pre-ride anxiety which got me thinking

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cycling adventure in New Zealand

enjoy a cycling adventure in new zealand

When Rachel from Adventurers Travel Company made contact with me a couple of weeks ago I must admit I thought why would a road cyclist be interested in a cycling adventure in New Zealand, especially a mountain bike adventure. But then I read a bit more and realised that Rachel’s tours are a great adventure for anyone who likes riding. So I asked Rachel to share her very own adventure with us…. Adventurer – A person who seeks or enjoys adventure. How my Biking Adventures started My biking journey started when I moved from Wales to New Zealand to live

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facilities for bike commuters

all businesses should have these facilities for bike commuters

Last year I attended a cycling summit at the Lend Lease building at Barangaroo on the edge of the Sydney CBD and I was very impressed by the great facilities for bike commuters. I think all businesses should be incorporating this type of amenity to encourage more people to ride to work. I interviewed Paul Morgan from Lend Lease via email. Q: How many bikes can you accommodate in your bike parking area? We have 1,100 bike racks. Q: Whose brilliant idea was the facility? The Barangaroo development has received Green Building Council of Australia 6 Star Green Star awards

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Cyclocross in Australia

FEMALE ROADIES – YOU SHOULD TRY CYCLOCROSS IN AUSTRALIA

The sport of Cyclocross in Australia is relatively new to the local cycling scene. I first wrote about it in 2014 and have my interest reinvigorated by my friend Niki (who I met on a cycling tour in Japan last year) because she’s very enthusiastic about cyclocross and its potential to grow in Sydney and Australia. So what is cyclocross, I hear you ask. Some describe it as a combination of mountain biking, road cycling and criterium racing into one challenging event. Most races last for 30 minutes to an hour on a closed, twisty circuit of 2.5 to 3.5

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Women’s Tour Down Under

The final word on the women’s tour down under – an interview with race director Kimberley Conte

If you’ve read my last few blog posts you’ll know how enthusiastically I embraced the Women’s Tour Down Under earlier this month and you’ll also know that I’ve been trying to catch up with the Race Director Kimberley Conte. The good news is that I spoke with her late last week and got some insights into the future of the race and the exciting plans ahead. By speaking with Kimberley I could tell how passionate she is about the race and women’s cycle racing in general. She revealed that lots and lots of planning went into the race. She and

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Chloe Hosking

Chloe hosking gearing up for the spring classics

When I was in Adelaide for the Women’s Tour Down Under, I was lucky enough to catch-up one-on-one with Australian female pro cyclist Chloe Hosking. I’ve written about Chloe before and have followed her career with interest, so it was really great to sit down with her for a chat after Stage 2 of the Women’s Tour Down Under. Chloe had a great start last year – the best in her career, but after winning Stage 4 of the Women’s TDU, the Cadel Evans road race and then the coveted Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. After those three great

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women's tour down under

What a race! – Women Who Cycle follows the Women’s Tour Down Under

Wow, what a fantastic women’s road cycling race the Women’s Tour Down Under was in Adelaide last week. Women Who Cycle was lucky enough to attend all four stages of the Women’s Tour Down Under race last week in the towns surrounding the South Australian city of Adelaide. I’ve not attended the Tour Down Under for four years and during that time the Women’s version of the race has grown from strength to strength. And while many of my riding mates chose to arrive after the women’s race just in time to see the men’s more high profile race, I

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