Meet Australia’s Olympic women’s track team

One aim of this blog is to educate people about the upper echelons of women’s cycling. Men’s cycling gets so much focus and so much airplay that I feel duty bound to help correct this in some small way. One of the great things about the Olympic Games is that we all get exposed to a myriad of sports we’d never usually pay any attention to, and that includes women’s sport. I personally love to watch track cycling both live and on TV so I thought I’d give a little preview of the Australian women’s track team so when you’re

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So you want to do an ITT

Time trial master Cadel Evans I must confess up front that I’m no time trial expert. In fact I’ve only ever done one individual time trial and that was with absolutely no special preparation or specific training. However, my Club Championship ITT is coming up and I thought I’d give it another go and in the process educate myself about how to prepare for one. My first and only ‘race of truth’ was last year for the LACC Club Championship. I literally decided the day before that I would go along to Penrith Regatta Centre and give it a crack.

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Come and learn racing skills with me

Race like a pro Last year I was lucky enough to attend a race/ride skills weekend organised under the auspices of Cycling NSW with coaches Donna Meehan & Jenny Triggs. Both women are accredited coaches but more importantly both are passionate about encouraging women to improve their cycling skills. They acknowledge that women learn in a different way to men and therefore the workshop is just for women. This year they are running a similar one day workshop on Saturday, 16 June at the cirterium track at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill aimed at giving women the skills and

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Trailblazing mountain bike women

Belinda (foreground) & Monique in action As you would know if you read this blog regularly, I’m a road bike rider so don’t know a great deal about mountain biking. However I’m always keen to learn so jumped at the chance to speak to two great women who are competing in Rockey trail and Chocolate Foot series in NSW. Meet Belinda Diprose and Monique Clark who are sponsored by Specialized and Ashfield Cycles enabling them to compete this year on Specialized mountain bikes. Three of guys who work at Ashfield Cycles  – Kane, Ben & Jordan – also compete in

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Cycling Australia – covering all levels of cycling

I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought of Cycling Australia as being in existence to support elite level cyclists. So it was a pleasant surprise to meet two great women who work there, and to hear about the plans to provide a greater reach. Emma Rickards is the National Coaching & Development Coordinator and Alexandra Bright, the National Participation Coordinator. I spent an hour and a half with them yesterday to hear about a fundamental change happening not only in their organisation but in others as well. Alex explained to me that Cycling Australia has adopted the slogan

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NSW Criterium racing for women cyclists

It’s great to see the state of NSW getting behind women’s only grades at club level crit racing. For those who don’t already know a criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course often held on closed streets. The course is short, usually less than 5 km, and is a closed circuit, where riders complete multiple laps. Riders typically race for a given length of time, then complete a specified number of laps. Last week I had a chat with Donna Meehan of Domestique who is the driving force behind the initiative. Donna is working with

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Two helpful books for female cyclists

Living in the ‘information age’ means we have access to a vast amount of information on so many topics. If we want to know anything about any subject we all head straight for Google and usually find out the answer within seconds. However, there’s nothing like a book to really properly explore a topic and I’ve found two great books about women’s cycling that you might find useful. The first one I actually read in Kindle format on my newly acquired Ipad in January this year but the second one is a fully fledged printed book that I picked up

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How do I get my wife/partner to ride with me?

Me on my first Gong ride in 2008. I was really nervous but really loved it. I’ve been asked this question by quite a few of the men who I ride with. They, like me, love cycling so much that they want to share its many benefits with those closest to them. So here’s a few tips that might help. Please excuse the stereotyping and generalising. Be patient and understanding Women generally approach activities like cycling differently than men. It starts early in life and patterns are set. If you cast your mind back to your childhood you’ll recall that

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Dressing for cool weather for women cyclists

I’m very lucky that I live in a place with a temperate climate which affords me warm summers and cool (not really cold) winters. In researching for this blog post I read about dressing for sub-zero temperatures which thankfully I’ve never experienced on my bike so I won’t be covering that here. I thought it would be useful to share with you how I cope with my cool winters and the autumn and spring temperatures in between. Firstly, it’s important to still look good and colour coordinated. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to lose all sense of

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Bike commuting tips for women

Former Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally regularly commuted on her bike Now I have to confess up front that I don’t commute to work so I’m not an expert on the subject but I know many other cyclists, both men and women who do and I thought it would be valuable to put a few tips together. However I do think that commuting to work by bike is an option that many women should consider. Women tend to approach cycling differently to men (please excuse the stereotyping) and that includes bike commuting. A lot of men treat commuting like a

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