A complete sense of freedom

For those of you who read this blog regularly you’ll know that I’m a Specialized fan. So for this week’s blog post I’m going to share a really short video that for me sums up what cycling is all about. The video was made by Specialized but it features some regular female cyclists talking about what riding a bike means to them. One woman describes the complete sense of freedom she gets from bike riding. Their words really resonate with me. I hope you enjoy it. I am Specialized women

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Stretching for female cyclists

At the recent Camp de Femme women’s training  camp I attended there were a number of great sessions and one of the ones I’d like to share was a talk by coach Jenny Triggs on stretching for female cyclists. I think that stretching is really important for everyone to include after exercise. Some people advocate stretching both before and after exercise but I prefer to stretch when my muscles are warm so I always make it an after exercise discipline. If I don’t stretch I find that when I get out of bed in the morning I have tight calf

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Eleven great reasons for a woman to take up cycling

I found a great article on bikeradar.com entitled 30 reasons to take up cycling so I’ve edited them down and adapated my favourite 11. If you want to read the full article you’ll find it here. 1. Look younger I’ve been blessed with good genes and many people tell me I look younger than I am but I’m glad to hear that cycling is also playing a part. Scientists at Stanford University have found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. UK Dermatologist Dr Christopher Rowland Payne

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Women’s events at Specialized dealers in November

Specialized dealers around Australia are participating in women’s ride month. Tonight I’m attending a ‘Performance women’s night’ at Jet Cycles in the Sydney CBD and next week I’m helping to organise an event at Ashfield Cycles. I actually started working at Ashfield Cycles a couple of weeks ago as a casual shop assistant and I’m loving it. Here’s the details of the event next week.

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The right nutrition can make all the difference

Protein shakes are great just after a ride Nutrition for cyclists is a pretty big topic. Firstly, there’s general nutrition that encompasses what you should eat and when in your daily life. Then there’s specific pre-event and post-event requirements and there’s even during the event. I wouldn’t even attempt to cover everything in one brief blog post. I do find the topic pretty interesting and it’s something all cyclists who are serious about their pursuit should focus on more. When I attended the Camp de Femme in Bathurst a couple of weeks ago we were treated to an interesting presentation by

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Road rules for cyclists and drivers

A couple of weeks ago I was enjoying my usual Saturday morning ride with a bunch of friends and a car came up behind me and beeped aggressively to indicate that she thought I should get out of the way and let her pass. Legally I was in the right, but I decided to move across so that she could get past and leave me alone. Many cyclists, and particularly women are not keen about riding on roads because they are quite legitimately worried they’ll be hit by a car. So as a consequence I thought I’d share my thoughts

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Camp de Femme – Bathurst 2012

  Our surprise visitor I’ve just returned from an awesome long weekend in country NSW where I learned so much about bike riding in a short space of time. The four day event, organised by Donna Meehan under the auspices of Cycling NSW was held in the central western NSW town of Bathurst and was attended by about 30 women who all have one thing in common – a love for cycling. It was informative, fun, exhilarating and exhausting and ran from Friday morning to Monday mid-morning. As you would expect with 30 women we all came from different backgrounds

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How to improve your pedal stroke

I was riding recently with coach Donna riding behind and she gave me a tip about my pedal stroke. She suggested that I concentrate on one leg at a time and focus on pedalling in circles to make my pedal stroke smoother. So since then I’ve been practicing and have also done a bit of research on pedal stroke. I came across an article on one of my favourite women’s cycling websites – womenscycling.ca and asked permission to share it with you. The original article was written by Clair Cafaro…….. Focusing on a smooth, round stroke will actually help to produce more

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Ausbike Expo 2012 – my highlights

Last Friday I headed to Melbourne to visit the Ausbike Expo which is the annual bike industry trade show which this year featured hundreds of new products and services for the Australian bike industry. I spent all day working my way from stand to stand asking the eager participants if they had any products specifically designed for female cyclists or products they believed would appeal to women. Quite a few people steered me towards anything pink but I quickly explained that while pink is popular with some women cyclists it doesn’t appeal to me and I know many of my

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Bike fit – Do you need it?

Specialized-lululemon’s Evelyn Stevens undergoing the BG fit I need to say up front that I’ve never undergone a comprehensive bike fit, other than the “not so comprehensive” fit most of us receive before we wheel our shiny new road bike out of the local bike shop. Tom Petty who runs his own bike fitting business called BT Cycle Solutions contacted me a few months ago to ask if I’d be interested in hearing about what he offers and  we met up a couple of weeks ago over coffee. Young Tom (I’m allowed to call him that because he’s half my

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