My Tour Down Under experience

I’ve just returned home after a great holiday to watch the Tour Down Under (TDU) in South Australia and I thought I’d share some of my experiences with you. The TDU has become a bit of an annual pilgrimage for Phillip and I because we were visiting for the fifth time in 2012. But like most cycling activities our interest and time spent has grown exponentially in the TDU. Our first in 2008 centred around Phillip’s participation in his first charity ride – the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. We probably watched a stage or two of the TDU but

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Working together will help raise the profile of women’s cycling

The low profile of women’s cycling has come to fore again in recent days following some rather controversial comments by Chloe Hosking at the start of the Bay Crits racing inVictoria. Calling the head of the UCI ‘a dick’ is probably not the right way to go but I do agree with her sentiment. To her credit she has come out and said her choice of words was not great but she stands by the comments. I’m at outsider to this situation and have only recently started following the women’s professional cycling scene so I’m in a unique position to

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Kate Bates – the next phase begins

One thing I’m beginning to learn as I dabble in the world of professional sport which is something I haven’t really done before is that things can change quickly. A sponsor pulls out unexpectedly, an injury occurs or in Kate Bate’s case an injury reoccurs. I originally spoke to Kate a couple of weeks ago and she told me all about how her focus was on the London Olympics. So I wrote my blog post and as I sometimes do I sent it to Kate to fact check to make sure I’d got all the details right. I got a

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Greenedge women’s team announcement at last

It was great to see the Greenedge women’s team unveiled today. It will certainly help raise the profile of women’s cycling in Australia and help tell the world that we have many talented women cyclists in Australia. The team announcement lists Cycling Australia (CA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) as joint venture partners and in fact the team will be called Greenedge AIS. I can’t help but feel that it’s a bit strange that a government body is involved with a privately owned team. I also think it’s odd that a certain caravan company is so heavily intertwined with both

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Rebecca Domange – making a contribution to women’s cycling

I recently met (at least by phone) yet another women who is passionate about cycling – Rebecca Domange. Bec has been racing for just a few years and now wants to pass on what she’s learnt by mentoring other women and even starting her own team in the future. Melbourne-based Bec Domange took up cycling about five years ago after injuries from running and basketball forced her to find a new sport and form of exercise and in her own words soon became addicted. She joined her local club – Caulfield-Carnegie and started racing E grade against the 10 and

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Great idea for increasing races & exposure of women’s pro cycling

Once again Gerard Vroomen is on the money with his commentary on his blog. In his latest post he talks about the idea of including a professional women’s race as part of all the high profile professional men’s races. He also suggests that every men’s pro team should have a women’s team. A number of them already do including Australia’s new team Greenedge, but there’s always room for more. Read his whole post here. In this vein I was pleased to see that the men’s Herald Sun Tour currently running in Victoria has a women’s race running alongside it. Well done.

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Maybe you should give club cycle racing a go

If I think back to my pre-cycling me I would have been amazed at my devotion to cycling and I would have thought it was extraordinary that I’d tried racing. I’ve spent my whole life being the ‘non-sporty’ type. I remember being reasonably involved in little athletics and other sport when I was at primary school but once I reached high school I tried my hardest to get out of any sporting endeavour and particularly any competitive one!!! At my school the sporty girls were encouraged to be involved but if you weren’t any good at sport like me you

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