riding the Shimanami Kaido

I loved riding the Shimanami Kaido

I’ve just finished riding in the most amazing cycling mecca – riding the Shimanami Kaido with a fabulous group of women led by my friend Tina McCarthy from Wheel Women in Melbourne. Tina is a self-confessed Japanophile with a love affair with all things Nippon spanning 30 years. The tour I’m on is Tina’s third or fourth tour to Japan and she’s got it down to a fine art. What a wonderful time I’ve had, and I’m sure all the others on the tour have had equal enjoyment. Japan is such a wonderful melting pot of old and new. Ancient

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Come with me on the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour

I am super excited about heading off next week for the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour which will see me riding in southern Japan. Our fabulous tour leader Tina McCarthy describes the tour as a full immersion in another world, with the boundaries of the old and the new criss-crossing at every turn. “From sublime temples to the dazzling orchestra of neon signs in the cities, our Wheel Women Japan Tour takes you on a journey across the sea, over bridges and among friends,” Tina says. Wheel Women’s Tina McCarthy, who has been travelling to Japan since 1986 when her

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Amy Gillett Foundation

Amy Gillett Foundation making roads safer for cyclists

I’ve been admiring the great work of the Amy Gillett Foundation for many years, and felt it was about time I wrote about the terrific activities they undertake to make the roads safer for all cyclists. I was lucky enough to meet CEO Phoebe Dunn at a cycling event a couple of months ago and we recently corresponded. Q: I know the AGF was founded in memory of Australian cyclist Amy Gillett. How has it evolved since Amy’s tragic death 13 years ago? Our singular focus on cycling safety remains unchanged. Over the years we have worked hard to reach

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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 It’s out of date (doesn’t even list the 2017 winner) and it has very little information.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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do you suffer from FONKU

Female cyclists: do you suffer from FONKU?

I hope I’ve got your attention with that provocative question; do you suffer from FONKU? In case you’re interested enough to read to on, FONKU is an acronym for ‘Fear Of Not Keeping Up’. I believe that there’s plenty of female bike riders that suffer from FONKU and it’s holding us back. I actually include myself in that cohort. So I made up my own term for it. I sometimes go out for group rides and decide that I won’t be able to keep up even before I leave home, and I often hear similar laments from other female riders.

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Cycling Mums Australia

Cycling Mums Australia – encouraging mums to ride their bikes

I read an article a couple of weeks ago about a group of women who are mums and have founded a group called Cycling Mums Australia to encourage mums around the country to return to riding. So I looked them up via Facebook and talked via email with one of the group’s founders Natalia de Clercq. Over to Natalia….   Q: Why did you start the group Cycling Mums Australia (CMA)? Well, what happened when  I became a mum, my priorities changed, we have so many competing priorities that the bike got pushed down the list, ignored , forgotten about. I

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2017 New Year's resolution

Women Who Cycle – Set your cycling 2017 New Year’s Resolution

I’ve recently discovered a couple of Facebook pages that have really great ‘sayings’ and while I skim past most of them, this one really resonated with me. So I’m adopting it as my 2017 New Year’s Resolution, and although I’m calling it a resolution it’s more like an ongoing guide for my life. So to make it a bit more specific and manageable I’ve isolated a couple of sections that are more applicable to cycling than others. Here’s my take on them: Don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out. This is a great one for riding

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Celebrate Christmas on your bike

How to celebrate Christmas on your bike

The Christmas season for me is a pretty busy and crazy time at work, so I don’t have a lot of time to write a long blog post but I do encourage you to celebrate Christmas on your bike. So I’ll keep in short and reflect a little on this wonderful time of year. Iconfess to being a bit of a Christmas tragic. I’m not ridiculous about it (like the people I saw on a TV Christmas special the other night) but I do love my Christmas tree covered in beautiful decorations, and a few other strategically placed Christmas mementos.

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drafting on a road bike

The art of drafting on a road bike: a great advantage

If you think that drafting on a road bike is just for the pros then think again. When I first started riding I had no idea that you could gain so much advantage by riding closely behind another rider. Drafting is an important skills that is well worth learning if you want to maximise your enjoyment of riding out on the road. It’s actually quite exhilarating to be whisked along in a group and to feel like you are part of a ‘team’. The benefit Being able to draft or closely follow another rider is one of the key differences

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Get your cycling mojo back

Seven steps to get your cycling mojo back

One of my good friends recently confided that she’d lost her cycling mojo, so I thought I’d write about the subject to help her and others, get your cycling mojo back. The word mojo always makes me think of Austin Powers, a character who makes me laugh. Although his use of the term is as you would expect – comical, it really is a serious issue when you lose it. So here’s my tips for regaining your love for the beautiful bicycle and the freedom it brings: Just do it I sometimes wake up in the early morning and want

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