More women are working in the bike industry

I’ve just returned from Melbourne where I attended a training course with US bike company Specialized. I attended the course because I recently took on a full-time role at Ashfield Cycles. The course was excellent and run by a great team at Specialized and I found it particularly encouraging that there were six women (out of 13 total attendees) sharing the three days. According to Emma Mackie who coordinates the courses for Specialized, this was the most number of women that have ever attended this training course. Typically there are usually one or two on each course. I took this

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A quick chat with Anna Meares

I was lucky enough to catch up with the amazing Anna Meares via email for an interview. I find Anna very inspiring and have been lucky enough to see her race a couple of times at the velodrome in Sydney. Q: My Sydney Cycling Club, Lidcombe Auburn Cycle Club (LACC) has a girls’ development squad called the Pixies. They ride and race both track and road and range in age from about six to 13. What words of wisdom could you offer them? A: I have heard of the Pixies (very cute little group and cute name). My advice would

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Why cycling is the best sport according to 8 year old Ava

Eight year old, Ava Giramondo is a member of the youth development squad of my cycling club Lidcombe-Auburn Cycle Club (LACC) and she recently presented to her Year 2 class at PLC Sydney, her reasons for selecting cycling as the best sport. When I read it, it seemed to me that Ava’s reasons were not dissimilar to many female cyclists. I particuarly like the bit about how she and her friends don’t have to hang out with the boys! Enjoy…. Here’s Ava’s presentation: Good morning/afternoon 2c. In my opinion cycling is the best sport. The type of cycling I’m going

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Women on a Roll – interesting research report

One of the things I’ve always admired about the United States is the sheer scale of the country. With a population of nearly 14 times that of Australia, at almost 314 million, there is always a group of people (like women cyclists) who have a real voice because there’s so many more of them. I suppose proportionally there no difference to other groups but they seem to get cut-through. In the US there’s a group called the League of American Bicyclists which has its own Women Bike program and a few weeks ago they released a really interested research report

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Two years and still going strong

It seems like only yesterday I was writing a blog post about Women Who Cycle reaching its first anniversary and here I am telling you about the second year milestone. What an amazing two years they have been in my life. My fervent hope is that I’ve inspired many women (and maybe a few men too) to take up cycling or to take their riding to the next level. Writing this blog has given me the opportunity to focus on women’s cycling and led me to uncover some wonderful stories like the incredible journey undertaken by Dani & Kacie in

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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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The life of a female pro cyclist in Europe

I’ve always wondered what it would be like spending part of the year living in Europe. My fantasies have centred more around hanging out in Tuscany for six months and learning to speak Italian but I’m also interested in what it would be like to live the life of a female pro cyclist (not that I have the talent). You may remember I interviewed Aussie cyclist Jo Hogan in January before she headed for the cycling season in Spain. Jo is now part the way through a great season in Europe and she reflects on her own website The Healthy

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What does a girl need to get started in road cycling?

Obviously the most important thing to get into road cycling is a bike but there’s also a few other items that will enhance the experience for any budding roadie, both women and men. A road bike You can spend any where from about $800 to $20,000 on a road bike, even cheaper if you opt for a second hand or low quality one. However, like all manufactured items in our modern world, you do tend to get what you pay for, so stretch your budget just a little and you’ll enjoy the riding experience much more. I suggest you consider

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Resistance training for female cyclists

Whether you’re a competitive or recreational cyclist you can benefit from regular resistance/strength training sessions at the gym. Cycling is an endurance activity, while resistance training is an anaerobic activity, that is, periods of work interspersed with periods of rest. But regular resistance training can improve your strength, help you maintain bone mass and aid in injury prevention. I’ve been doing a weekly resistance training session for about seven years which is longer than I’ve been cycling. I believe it plays an important part in my exercise program which also includes jogging. My focus has always been on general resistance

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Success – Kacie & Dani race across America

A couple of months ago I wrote about the amazing Kacie & Dani who were in heavy training to complete the 3,000 mile Race Across America. I’m pleased to say that the pair made it, and I was lucky enough to catch up with them again post race. Q: Were you both nervous in the days leading up to big race? And did you feel like you’d trained enough? Dani: I wasn’t nervous. I tend to not get overly anxious before big races or nervous. I did feel overwhelmed in the days before we left Atlanta, I felt like I

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