get out of your comfort zone

Get out of your comfort zone using your magic bicycle

I believe you should regularly get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. I’m not always great at practising what I preach, but I’m happy to report that I completed my first road cycling team time trial over the weekend. For a lot of riders that would have been well within their comfort zone but for me it was a stretch. Not a huge one, but still a stretch. Apparently there’s some science behind the concept. The ‘comfort zone’ is described as the behavioural space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimises stress and

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La Course by Le Tour

Watch La Course by Le Tour on television but don’t enjoy it too much

Tonight I get to watch La Course by Le Tour on television in my living room in Australia which I’m going to enjoy but it’s a race not without its controversy. I’ve been reading a bit of media commentary over the past few days about the really lame effort the Tour de France organisers ASO have made with this event. Even the website is lame. It’s out of date (doesn’t even list the 2017 winner) and it has very little information. I really enjoy former pro rider Kathryn Bertine’s spirited commentary on the subject and I’ll let you enjoy that coverage

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encouraging women to ride bikes

Great stories from around the world encouraging women to ride bikes

I always love to hear from other female cyclists from around the world who are encouraging women to ride bikes. So when Barbara Kornbluh from New Jersey in the US contacted me a few weeks ago I was intrigued to hear her story, about her tandem cycling business, her own apparel brand and most especially about her regular bike rides with her ‘Evelyn Hill’ group. Barbara and her husband Mel, of Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, have been riding tandem for more than 44 years, logging 191,000 miles (over 300,000 km) as they get fit together. They also split up and

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2018 Giro Rosa

Is the 2018 Giro Rosa really the biggest women’s bike race of the year?

Every year at this time I write about the Women’s ‘biggest’ stage race of the year – the 2018 Giro Rosa, a race that is starting at the end of this week. This year I’m going to take a slightly different approach because I think the Giro Rosa, while it’s the women’s race with the most stages, it’s been pipped as the ‘biggest’ by some other events that are getting more attention like the Women’s Tour of Britain. The Women’s Tour of Britain which took place last month for the fifth time is getting more attention because its organisers are

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write a letter to my younger self

Write a letter to my younger self – Go ride a bike

I’ve always wanted to try this exercise – write a letter to my younger self, and because this is a women’s cycling blog I’m going to focus on cycling and things related to riding and exercise. I’m imagining that I’m 21 years old for this letter. I’ve just finished my undergraduate uni degree at Bathurst in NSW and I’ve moved backed to Sydney to pursue my public relations career. Dear Nicola I’m writing this letter from a couple of decades in the future. I hope the passing of time has made me wiser and therefore qualified to provide this advice.

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Life and Death - A Cycling Memoir

A Must read for cycling fans is Bridie O’Donnell’s Life and Death – a Cycling Memoir

The very first interview (via email) I conducted when I started this blog nearly seven years ago was with Bridie O’Donnell, so I was very interested when I read that she’d penned a book called Life and Death – a Cycling Memoir. I’ve followed her career with interest since then, and wrote a second post after she broke the Women’s UCI Hour record the year before year. In fact, just after I published the second post I was in Geelong for the Cadel Great Ocean Ride and I spotted her across the road putting money in a parking meter. I

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research into women’s cycling participation

Read the latest research into women’s cycling participation from Cycling Victoria

I’m always interested in research into women’s cycling participation so I was intrigued to see a piece of research from Cycling Victoria last month. I’m a member of the Women’s Commission of Cycling NSW (the neighbouring state and key rival for those who aren’t Australian), and within my role I often look to Cycling Victoria for their leadership on the topic of women’s participation. This piece of research conducted by a University collaboration for Cycling Victoria has some interesting conclusions. I was particularly interested in their methodology in which they used desk research, interviews of only 11 people and observation.

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dressing for road cycling in cool weather

Dressing for road cycling in cool weather is all about the layers

Dressing for road cycling in cool weather is all about the layers. I’m lucky enough to live in the lovely city of Sydney, where our weather is fairly temperate all year round, but it does get a little cool in the middle of winter. That means I’m a big fan of layers for colder temperatures, and I vary my layers depending on just how cold it gets. In the past I had a tendency to overdress, but I’ve been making a concerted effort to get it right this autumn and winter, and so far so good. A good rule to

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cyclist’s message to drivers

A cyclist’s message to drivers and other road users

I came across a great Facebook post last week that was a great cyclist’s message to drivers by fellow cyclist Brett Lambkin. So I contacted Brett and asked him if I could republish it here with some minor edits. I urge all the cyclists who read this to share it widely with all their non-cyclist network to help educate other road users, particularly car drivers. It sums up my own view perfectly….Over to Brett. I am done arguing online with other road users so I’m just going to summarise my arguments and then let it go. Cyclists are LEGALLY entitled

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High Country Women's Cycling Festival

If you build it, they will flock to the High Country Women’s Cycling Festival

I can’t wait until next year’s High Country Women’s Cycling Festival to be held in Bright Victoria in March 2019. Unfortunately I missed the inaugural last month, because the date clashed with the Blayney to Bathurst weekend. So I asked the brainchilds of the event Clare and Michelle to tell me a bit about it so I could share with you all. For those who don’t know about Bright in Victoria’s beautiful high country, it’s a cycling mecca. There’s lots of road riding options for climbers and plenty of bike paths on flatter ground. There’s also lots of mountain bike

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