Christmas Gift Guide for female road cyclists

Christmas Gift Guide for female road cyclists from Women Who Cycle

Christmas Day is just three weeks away so it’s timely to share this year’s Christmas Gift Guide for female road cyclists. I always enjoy compiling this list and choose things I’d like to receive from Santa Claus. I hope it helps you find that perfect gift for the cycling-obsessed roadies in your life. S-Works Women’s Tarmac Disc This gorgeous bike is my top pick for this Christmas.  It’s an amazing machine and there’s also a more affordable version of it available from Specialized as well. S-Works Women’s Power Mimic saddle This is a new women’s saddle from Specialized that I

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things I’ve learned about road cycling

Ten things I’ve learned about road cycling in ten years

I recently celebrated my tenth anniversary of road cycling, so I thought I’d share the most important things I’ve learned about road cycling. Taking up road cycling was the second best decision I ever made. The first was when I chose my life partner, the gorgeous Phillip. Riding makes you fit The past ten years have been my fittest ever. Before I took up riding I tried various forms of exercise like gym membership, aerobics classes, jogging and power walking but it wasn’t until I started riding a road bike regularly that I could truly claim to be fit for

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changing gears on your road bike

Skills: you need to master changing gears on your road bike

For me a really fundamental part of riding is to master changing gears on your road bike. It took me a few years to really feel comfortable with all those gears on my bike, but over time I learnt about them and it really transformed my riding. And I, like so many other new riders used to ride in a ‘big’ gear when I first started riding a road bike. It seems that when we start out we expect it to be hard to turn over the pedals so we tend to use a gear that challenges our legs. What

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running as a complementary exercise to cycling

Consider running as a complementary exercise to cycling

A lot of cyclists are a bit sceptical about running as a complementary exercise to cycling, but I think they work well together. I actually took up running about 12 years ago as a time efficient form of exercise, and when I took up cycling ten years ago, I continued to run. When I say run my ‘jogging’ is fairly slow but it is aerobically intense enough for me. Here’s why it works for me: Time Efficient Running is an incredibly time efficient way of squeezing a cardiovascular workout into a busy weekday and it doesn’t require too much kit

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Gong ride

You should ride the annual Gong ride

I completed my eighth Gong Ride on Sunday after a three year absence, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time I rode it was only about a month after I’d started riding, and I thought it was really, really hard even though I did the 50 km course. Well I’m pleased to report that it gets easier and after ten constant years of road riding I was pleasantly surprised at how much easier the hills felt. For those who aren’t Sydney riders, the Gong ride is an annual mass participation ride held on the first Sunday in November. It

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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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how cycling affects the brain

The endlessly fascinating topic of how cycling affects the brain

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I have a fascination for brain science, so was intrigued to read an article recently about how cycling affects the brain. I’m not sure what fascinates me so much but I always enjoy reading about the connection between the brain and cycling. I found the article on a site called Duvine which runs cycling tours so I asked permission to republish the article written by Lindsey Hunt. How does bike riding impact our mental and emotional health on a scientific level? The Evolutionary Basis Anthropologists and psychologists suggest that

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packing your bike for air travel

Tips for packing your bike for air travel

I’m off to Japan later this week and need to get my bike ready, so I thought I should share some tips on packing your bike for air travel. If you’re not really confident about packing your own bike then make a quick call to your local bike shop and ask them to assist. They’ll probably charge you a modest fee so check that when you make the call to them, and make sure you allow plenty of time before your trip. If you want to give it a go yourself then keep reading. My partner and I have been

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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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cycling holiday in the south of France

Been looking for the ideal cycling holiday in the south of France?

Women’s cycling enthusiast Diane Best contacted me recently to tell me about her cycling tour company DBest Cycling that specialises in a cycling holiday in the south of France. I wondered how a Scottish native ends up running her own cycling tour company in France, especially when she got there via the long way – a stint in the TV industry in New York. So I asked Diane to share her story with us. Q: How did you get into cycling? I had been an avid squash player but about 10 years ago, after a series of injuries, I got

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