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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Chasing her dreams on the bike, meet Dr Kimberley Wells

The first time I remembering hearing the name Kimberley Wells was when I was watching the Bay Crits on television earlier this year. She won against many of her highly fancied rivals. The second time was when I saw her live, racing in the Women’s Cup at Unley in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under where she also won. So I wasn’t at all surprised when Kimberley made contact with me from her new base in the US. Here’s the story in her own words. Why did you start cycling? I am 27 years old now and fell into cycling

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The art of drafting: how to follow a wheel

One of the skills it took me quite a long time to master when I started road cycling was following closely behind the wheel in front of me. I was not confident about my own ability and bike skills and so I sat back and watched from afar. It was only with the encouragement of others that I practiced and slowly built my confidence. I think generally men are quicker to master these types of skills, but women have just as much ability once we know how and have the confidence. Drafting is an important skills that is well worth

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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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Trailblazing female bike racers of the 1880s

As well as being a keen cyclist, I am also a lover of social history and when I get to combine two things of interest I’m pretty content. I have a great book called Wheels of Change by Sue Macy in my home library and thought I would share a story I enjoyed. If you think that female cyclists in the past 20 or so years have been real trailblazers then think again, because the true trailblazers where the women that were racer bicycles way back in the late 1800s. An early American racer Elsa von Blumen of Rochester New

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Be brave girls – ride with clip-in pedals

A lot of women tell me that they are nervous about riding with clip-in pedals because they fear falling off and injury themselves or worse still embarrassing themselves. I’m really lucky that my partner coerced me into riding my road bike with clip-ins from day one and I never looked back. My suggestion is that you view the step-up from a flat platform pedal to a clip-in system as an important one, an indication of growing confidence in your bike-handling ability. So to make it a bit easier here’s some background information about clip-in pedals and the different types and

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Female cycling team launches in Sydney’s inner west

I’m particularly happy this week to tell you about a new women’s race team and development squad being launched by my own cycling club –  Lidcombe-Auburn Cycle Club (LACC). The new squad is under the leadership of cycling coach and LACC member Donna Meehan and I’m lucky enough to be the Team Manager. Donna who has taken on the role of Directeur Sportif (or team director) describes it as a milestone event for the cycling club. To officially launch the team, an event was held at The Quad Café at Sydney Olympic Park last Friday night. Donna said of the

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Meet Olympic medalist Annette Edmondson

Late last year I was at an event staged by Australian Cycling Executives (ACE) and Annette (Nettie) Edmondson was a special guest. I was fortunate enough to have a chat with Nettie and asked her if I could interview her for Women Who Cycle. Here’s the result: Q: How old were you when you started riding? What got you started? I was 13 years old when I was selected for cycling by the Talent Identification Program at the South Australian Institute of Sport after they tested a range of students for their physical attributes and capabilities. I had never considered

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Set a training goal and stick to it

If you going to do any physical training then you need to have a goal because without one you’ll come up with lots of excuses and never really get anywhere. A great way to set a goal is to sign up for an event. It could be anything from a short fun cycling event like Sydney’s Spring Cycle (55 km) or Melbourne’s short version of Around the Bay (50 km option), right up to a serious level race. The key is to select an event that will challenge you but won’t break you. I actually took up cycling four and a half years ago

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Should I really buy those carbon wheels?

I confess that I know very little about wheels so when my friend and fellow bike rider Tegan Cox offered to write a guest blog post I coudn’t refuse. Over to you Tegan…….. Wheels. Bikes come with them so why do they need any further consideration? I know when I started riding a bike I didn’t have an opinion on what went on beneath me. Then I started in triathlon and the bike bling in transition was clear indication that wheels are not just for turning and keeping your face off the ground. Most entry-level bikes come with solid but

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