Bicycle NSW – the cyclists’ voice

A couple of weeks ago I met with Barry Kenyon from Bicycle NSW who has the very fancy title of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Director (not dissimilar to what I do for a living). His organisation of which I’m a paid up member represents cycling in all its forms. I’ve always been a little confused about what Bicycle NSW (and its equivalent interstate counterparts) does as opposed to Cycling NSW (and its national body Cycling Australia and equivalent state counterparts) so I started our chat by asking Barry that question. In short Bicycle NSW represents cycling in all its forms –

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World Bicycle Relief – changing lives in Africa

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably read about how taking up cycling four years ago has changed my life in a number of ways. But my story seemed insignificant when I recently read about a charity called World Bicycle Relief which is changing the lives of African people by providing bicycles for them to earn their livelihood, travel to school and assist aid workers. World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2004 by SRAM President F K Day and his wife Leah Missbach Day in response to the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami. For those

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Insuring your bike and yourself while riding

I know that insurance is not exactly everyone’s favourite topic and it certainly isn’t mine and it’s also a ‘grudge’ purchase but if you’re going to spend a lot of money buying a beautiful bike, and spend lots of time riding it, then you need to think about insurance for both the bike and yourself. Thank you to Kate Bates for suggesting I write about this important subject. I’m certainly not an expert on insurance so what you’re about to read is my opinion and not a recommendation, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt to benefit both female

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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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