Why can’t I ride any faster on my bike?

Why can’t I ride any faster on my bike? A question I’ve often pondered. Why are some people able to ride so much faster than me, even when they are relatively new to cycling. After doing a bit of reading it seems the answers are fairly obvious – genetics, attitude and environment. If you’ve read my story you’d know that I’m a non-sporty person who has spent most of her life believing she couldn’t be involved in physical activities without being embarrassed. That was until I found cycling, which has changed my life and my attitude. But that hasn’t stopped

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What I’ve learnt about blogging

What I’ve learnt about blogging after five plus years of Women Who Cycle

Most of my blog posts are about the subject of my blog – women’s cycling, but this week I’ve decided to reflect on what I’ve learnt about blogging in the past five and a half years. It’s an amazing thing to be able to reach and influence so many people. Blogging is about building communities and tribes, and before the Internet existed this occurred via clubs and community groups, so the advent of blogging has been a life changing experience for me and many others. Here’s a few tips for any budding bloggers: Choose a niche that you’re passionate about

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Connecting with female cyclists

Connecting with female cyclists around the world – meet Josie from Iowa

One of the many privileges that comes with writing a women’s cycling blog is connecting with female cyclists all around the world. This week I’m highlighting a fantastic woman called Josie who lives in a town called Decorah in Iowa in the US, and like me she writes a cycling blog, she works in a bike shop and riding a bike has changed her life. I was enchanted by her story which I’ve included here. Over to you Josie…… June of 2012, I woke up on a Monday morning and had a dialogue with myself probably similar to this. “Hey,

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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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Cycling in the sun

Hot tips for cycling in the sun

When you live in a country like Australia it is pretty difficult to avoid sun exposure while you’re riding your road bike, so here’s some tips for cycling in the sun. Ride early and late I do most of my riding early in the morning. There are a number of reasons for riding early but one of them is definitely sun exposure and heat. You’ll also avoid traffic if you ride early in the day. But if you can’t ride early in the morning then try a twilight ride to avoid sun exposure. Wear sunscreen I personally only worry about

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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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Women’s pro cycling needs

Women’s pro cycling needs its own ‘knight in shining armour’

I’ve been following the progress of professional women’s cycling since I started writing this blog a bit over five years ago. Before then I was fairly oblivious to the sport, and only watched the men’s racing. In some ways I still only watch the men’s pro peloton because it’s the only cycling shown on Australian TV, but I do try and keep up with the women via social media. I think that women’s pro cycling needs a ‘knight in shining armour’ like the AFL to show its support. I don’t mean that women can’t look after themselves just fine, but

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Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists

Great Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists

Every year I put together a list of great Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists, and when I first started my list there weren’t many others around. Now it seems everyone is getting on the band wagon. Check out other gift lists at Total Women’s Cycling, Bike Radar and Bicycling. Here’s my 2016 ideas: Bianchi cup & saucer set This lovely limited edition, espresso cup and saucer is made by German porcelain manufacturer Villeroy & Boch. It even comes in a gorgeous celeste-coloured presentation box.     Wheel Women bicycle scarf My great friend Tina McCarthy of Wheel Women

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buying a bike for a woman

Tips for buying a bike for a woman

Thinking about buying a bike for a woman as a Christmas present? Buying a bike for another person is always a bit tricky, so if you’re buying a bike for your partner, sister, mum, auntie, niece or friend here’s a few tips to keep you on the right track. Riding desires Only consider buying a bike for a woman if you know that she has some interest in riding. Just because you would like her to ride alongside you, doesn’t mean she’ll be keen if you buy her a bike as a surprise gift. Even if you think you know

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Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry

Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry

Women can find fulfilling jobs in the cycling industry and Laura Wilson, Business Development Manager with US bike company Specialized is proof of that. I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with Laura in her various roles at Specialized in Australia, over a number of years. She’s always impressed me with her professionalism, her warmth, and her willingness to help. I caught up with her via email recently. Q: How do you come to be working in such a male dominated industry like cycling?  What industries did you previously work in? My career path has followed quite an interesting

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