Biking around Holland

Sorry for the late blog post this week. I generally try and post on Monday but I’m away on holidays and have not had time to get to this until now. All you cycling fans will be a bit jealous when I tell you that I’m currently travelling around France following the ultimate cycling race in a campervan with my partner. We’re having a ball and I plan to write a wrap-up blog post in a couple of weeks. This week I’m going to share with you a little about what we did during the first week of our holiday

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Australia’s Olympic women’s cycling team – Road, BMX and MTB

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Australia’s Olympic women’s track cycling team and this time I’m covering the rest of the women’s cycling disciplines – Road, BMX & Mountain Bike (MTB). All of these events will be shown on TV (perhaps in some cases only on pay TV) so make sure you check your TV guides and tune in to see an awesome spectacle. The road events – road race and individual time trial are on 29 July and 1 August respectively, the BMX is on from 8 to 10 August, and mountain biking (MTB) on 12 August.

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How to descend on a road bike

When I first started riding I thought the only thing you really needed to know about descending was to grip the brakes tight and pray it was over soon. As I’ve developed more riding skills I’ve learnt to enjoy descending and although I’m far from mastering it, I feel a lot more confident and am going a lot faster than before. My fastest speed I’ve ever clocked up on my trusty Garmin 500 is 61 km per hour which was in a recent charity ride which has some excellent downhill sections (and of course the matching uphills). The following article

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Specialized lululemon – winning races around the world

Earlier this year I met up with Kristy Scrymgeour, the owner and manager of the women’s European pro cycling team Specialized lululemon and wrote a post about the formation of the new team. Over the weekend I caught up with Kristy from her Paris base via Skype to get an update on the team. I’ve been following the team’s progress via social media and their great website, and from my perspective they seem to be going well. It seems that Kristy is also very happy with the team and says they’ve surpassed all her expectations already, and it’s only June!!

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So you want to do an ITT

Time trial master Cadel Evans I must confess up front that I’m no time trial expert. In fact I’ve only ever done one individual time trial and that was with absolutely no special preparation or specific training. However, my Club Championship ITT is coming up and I thought I’d give it another go and in the process educate myself about how to prepare for one. My first and only ‘race of truth’ was last year for the LACC Club Championship. I literally decided the day before that I would go along to Penrith Regatta Centre and give it a crack.

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Come and learn racing skills with me

Race like a pro Last year I was lucky enough to attend a race/ride skills weekend organised under the auspices of Cycling NSW with coaches Donna Meehan & Jenny Triggs. Both women are accredited coaches but more importantly both are passionate about encouraging women to improve their cycling skills. They acknowledge that women learn in a different way to men and therefore the workshop is just for women. This year they are running a similar one day workshop on Saturday, 16 June at the cirterium track at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill aimed at giving women the skills and

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Trailblazing mountain bike women

Belinda (foreground) & Monique in action As you would know if you read this blog regularly, I’m a road bike rider so don’t know a great deal about mountain biking. However I’m always keen to learn so jumped at the chance to speak to two great women who are competing in Rockey trail and Chocolate Foot series in NSW. Meet Belinda Diprose and Monique Clark who are sponsored by Specialized and Ashfield Cycles enabling them to compete this year on Specialized mountain bikes. Three of guys who work at Ashfield Cycles  – Kane, Ben & Jordan – also compete in

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Cycling Australia – covering all levels of cycling

I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought of Cycling Australia as being in existence to support elite level cyclists. So it was a pleasant surprise to meet two great women who work there, and to hear about the plans to provide a greater reach. Emma Rickards is the National Coaching & Development Coordinator and Alexandra Bright, the National Participation Coordinator. I spent an hour and a half with them yesterday to hear about a fundamental change happening not only in their organisation but in others as well. Alex explained to me that Cycling Australia has adopted the slogan

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NSW Criterium racing for women cyclists

It’s great to see the state of NSW getting behind women’s only grades at club level crit racing. For those who don’t already know a criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course often held on closed streets. The course is short, usually less than 5 km, and is a closed circuit, where riders complete multiple laps. Riders typically race for a given length of time, then complete a specified number of laps. Last week I had a chat with Donna Meehan of Domestique who is the driving force behind the initiative. Donna is working with

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Two helpful books for female cyclists

Living in the ‘information age’ means we have access to a vast amount of information on so many topics. If we want to know anything about any subject we all head straight for Google and usually find out the answer within seconds. However, there’s nothing like a book to really properly explore a topic and I’ve found two great books about women’s cycling that you might find useful. The first one I actually read in Kindle format on my newly acquired Ipad in January this year but the second one is a fully fledged printed book that I picked up

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