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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find friends to ride my bike with

Help… How do I find friends to ride my bike with?

One of the things I often get asked, and particularly from women, is “How do I find friends to ride my bike with?”. And you’ll be pleased to know that it’s not that hard to find like-minded riders, both women and men. When I first started riding a road bike about eight years ago, I did ride around on my own a fair bit, but over time I found like-minded riding companions who I now consider to be amongst my best friends. Over the years I’ve found lots of buddies, both women and men, some of whom have already come

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feel safe on Sydney's roads

Is it safe to ride a bike on Sydney roads?

Lots of women tell me that the reason they don’t want to ride a bike is because they don’t feel safe on Sydney’s roads. Therefore they seek out opportunities to ride on bike paths so they can avoid interacting with cars. Interestingly the more experienced I become as a cyclist, the more I prefer riding on the road, rather than bike paths. I find that most Sydney bike paths (and there aren’t that many of them) are cluttered with pedestrians listening to loud music via small bud earphones, dog walkers, slower bike riders and small children on bikes. All of

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Muslim women cycling

Sydney group gets Muslim women cycling

Like many female cyclists I’ve read stories about the barriers women in middle eastern countries have overcome to ride a bike like this all women’s cycling team in Afghanistan. But I’ve never really thought about the barriers that confront Muslim women in Australia and other western nations, and prevent them from enjoying simple joys like cycling. A couple of months ago I met a young Muslim women called Assmaah through the shop where I work and have since seen her out on her bike. She told me about a group of primarily Muslim women cyclists called Sydney Cycling Sisters and

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Women's bike ride

How to organise your own regular women’s bike ride

I’ve been riding a road bike regularly for about seven and a half years, and I’m realistic enough to know that I’m definitely in the minority. I’d guess that only about 10 per cent of regular road bike riders in my own home city of Sydney are women. But that doesn’t hold me back. In fact it only encourages me to keep riding and attempting to get more women to join me on a women’s bike ride. It would also be unrealistic for me to think I could do all my riding in the company of women or that I’d

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mass participation bike ride

Female cyclists – Don’t let MAMILs intimidate you

I must confess that this week I’m struggling a bit to write a blog post. I have a great list of potential topics I wrote last week (thanks to an online course I’m currently undertaking) but I’ve just read through it and nothing inspires me. So you’ll have to excuse this week’s rather short and not overly focused offering. One thing I’ve noticed about the many women I speak to about cycling in the bike shop where I work is that many of them feel a bit intimidated by other (particular male) cyclists. They often say ‘oh, I’m not a

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