Will cycling make my thighs bigger?

I’ve had a few women comment about their fear that cycling could make their thighs bigger so I thought I’d do a bit of research and clear this one up. In short, cycling will not make your thighs larger. In fact in my own case I’ve slimmed down in my thigh and bottom area since I took up cycling, even though I actually weigh more than I previously did. Here’s a few reasons why your legs are not going to expand: Muscle is leaner than fat Muscle weighs a lot more than fat. Cycling will change the shape of your

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Meet the woman behind Em’s Power Bars

Photo courtesy of Sportzhub At the recent Sydney bike show I was lucky enough to meet Emily Miazga who is the effervescent woman behind Em’s Power Cookies & Bars. Canadian-born Emily runs her own business from the south island of New Zealand and agreed to answer a few questions to help unravel the secrets of her success. When did you first start making your power bars and cookies? Back when I was a teenager, I used to make yummy cookies for myself as well as to give to friends, etc. I found people loved yummy cookies and it was fun

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Every girl’s guide to eating before a ride…

Last week we brought you Rebecca Hay’s advice on eating during a ride and this week we look at eating before you ride. Over to Rebecca once again… Should I eat before training? A very common question among cyclists. The answer depends on a few factors: what you are planning to do? what you want to get out your session? and the duration of your training session. You can apply some very simple rules based on planned intensity and duration of the activity. Even if you are exercising with weight reduction as one of your goals you will find you

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Every girl’s guide to eating on a ride…

Here’s the second guest blog post from sports dietician  Rebecca Hay from The Athlete’s Kitchen. Rebecca kindly volunteered to write a few blog posts for WWC and here’s her second contribution about what to take on board during a ride……… The length and intensity of a ride dictates how much and what you might decide to take with you on a bike ride. There is a lot of information in magazines and the internet about how to meet needs. Many cyclists choose to consume water only on their rides. For a short, moderate paced ride this may be enough. When the

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The importance of nutrition in your ride recovery

Earlier this year I attended a women’s training camp and met sports dietician  Rebecca Hay from The Athlete’s Kitchen. Rebecca kindly volunteered to write a few blog posts for WWC and here’s her first contribution about recovering from a ride……… How do you recover after a ride?  There is a lot of information around how best to recover …but how do you know if it is correct? Despite what you often read carbohydrate should make up the bulk of what you consume. It is used to fill muscles up again with glycogen – this is muscle fuel.  You will empty

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How to determine your optimal weight?

Ever since I started riding four and a half years ago my weight has been very stable but I also know that if I lost a few kilos I would be faster and go up hills better. So I read with interest an article from one of my favourite women’s online cycling magazines Women’s Cycling.ca and the editor Laurel-Lea kindly agreed that I could reproduce it here. So here it is by Diane Stibbard……. Q: How do I determine my optimal weight so I’m strong and fit on my bike? A: Everyone has a different body physiology as well as

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The amazing tale of Kacie & Dani

A month or so ago I was contacted by two inspiring American women who are training for an ‘ultra’ cycling event called Race Across America. It’s a 3,000 mile or 4,828 km ride that has to be completed in nine days. I always thought that undertaking a long ride like Melbourne’s Around the Bay which is 210 km was a pretty impressive feat. That was until I heard from Kacie & Dani. I asked them a few questions about their quest.

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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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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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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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