Texas women fostering cycling

Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling I was lucky enough to spend the month of July in beautiful France and part of that trip was following the Tour de France from Stage 6 until the end. One of the great things about the Tour de France is the camaraderie that exists amongst all the cycling fans waiting by the side of the road each day. That’s how I found out about the Austin Flyers which is a women’s only cycling club based in Austin, Texas in the USA. Jessica who is a member of the club came up to me and asked if

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Women specific road bikes – a popular topic

  As a keen blogger one thing I do on a regular basis, usually daily, is check my web stats and look at things like how many people are visiting my site, where they are located, and what search terms they use to find me. One of the most popular search strings that appears at least once on most days is – ‘do I need a women specific road bike?’. The searchers find me because I wrote a blog post on this topic about a year ago so I thought it would be good to revisit it. I’m sorry to

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How to handle a road bike crash

I had a minor accident on my bike over the weekend and it made me think about how we should all know more about how to handle unexpected situations like bicycle crashes. I think it’s only fitting that I should share my own story first. The accident I had on Sunday was not the first time I’d fallen or crashed off my road bike but it’s certainly the hardest I’ve hit the ground. I’ve been riding for nearly four years and in that time have had about six ‘crashes’, all of them at low speed, some were ‘unclipping incidents’ where I

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How to do intervals: a beginner’s guide

One of the aims of this blog is to provide tips and ‘how to’ articles to help women improve their cycling but I’m not an expert on many topics so from time to time I borrow from others. This week’s post is courtesy of a great website called womenscycling.ca. It’s a Canadian site and has some great content for women cyclists. Thanks to Laurel-Lea and Sarah for allowing me to reproduce it here. Written by Sarah Bonner If you want to cycle faster, climb stronger, go farther, or burn more calories, intervals are the way to go. Intervals are timed

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Women who cycle – one year on

Today is the first birthday of womenwhocycle.com. It’s exactly one year today since I launched the blog. So this week’s blog post is entirely self-indulgent, laced with nostalgia and reflection. Not that blogging itself isn’t a self-indulgent pastime. But I guess I try most of the time to impart something useful for women cyclists. I started the blog last year on a whim because I really wanted to share what I’ve learnt about cycling with other women. At the time I had about half a dozen blog post ideas and didn’t really know if I’d be able to sustain it.

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Join me for a women’s cycle training camp

The venue for the weekend I’m really excited about attending a women’s training camp in October to be held over four days and three nights in one of my favourite country towns of Bathurst, NSW. I hold a little soft spot for Bathurst because it’s where I attended three years of Uni to study communication back in the 80s. Wonderful town and I’m really looking forward to returning there in October. Cycle coach Donna Meehan and a group of female coaches have got together to organise a four day training camp to be held from Friday, 26 to Monday, 29 October

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Following the Tour de France – a women’s perspective

My partner and I have just finished our second trip to the world’s most famous bike race, Le Tour de France and I thought I’d share a few insights with you. So rather than give you yet another commentary about the actual bike race I will describe what it’s like to follow it. You might wonder what interest a woman who writes a blog about women’s cycling would have in watching a men’s bike race and the answer is simple, I love all aspects of road biking which includes a keen interest in the men’s pro peleton all year round.

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Women cyclists need to pay attention to calcium and iron in their diets

I’ve not written about the subject of nutrition before because it’s not something I really know a lot about. The information for this post was supplied by Tanya Bosch who contacted me a couple of months ago to offer her assistance. Women cyclists and any endurance athletes will have problems sometime in their riding life because of their menstrual cycle or lack of it, because of the desire to perform and their sensitivity of body image. According to Tanya, there are two elements  that are particularly important to women athletes – calcium and iron.

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Do I need a cycling coach?

A question I’ve pondered a few times over the past few years since I took up cycling is whether I would benefit from some help from a coach. I remember discussing it with a few fellow cyclists a year or two ago and we concluded that it might spoil our fun. This is because other people we know who have been ‘coached’, always seem to be off doing serious training sessions, rather than enjoying the company of their mates on social rides followed by the mandatory cafe visit. Well I’m pleased to say that I’ve changed my mind on that

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Biking around Holland

Sorry for the late blog post this week. I generally try and post on Monday but I’m away on holidays and have not had time to get to this until now. All you cycling fans will be a bit jealous when I tell you that I’m currently travelling around France following the ultimate cycling race in a campervan with my partner. We’re having a ball and I plan to write a wrap-up blog post in a couple of weeks. This week I’m going to share with you a little about what we did during the first week of our holiday

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