Riding in cool and cold weather for female road cyclists

I wrote about the subject of dressing for riding in cooler weather in April last year and while this post is not dissimilar, I’ve changed a few items and habits in my cycling wardrobe and I’m happy to share my updated preferences. Firstly, I need to stress that I live in Sydney, Australia and we enjoy a temperate climate which affords me warm summers, and cool (not really cold) winters. I know many of you live in climates where you frequently experience sub-zero temperatures which thankfully I’ve never experienced on my bike so I won’t be covering that subject here. I thought it would be useful to share with you

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Watch out for the 2013 Giro Rosa

One of the things I said I would do when I started this blog nearly two years ago was to provide regular updates about women’s professional cycling, and while I’ve done a few cyclist profiles, I haven’t done nearly enough to inform my readers about women’s pro cycling. So here’s an attempt at least to get you all on board with an update about one of the biggest women’s pro races of the year – the Giro Rosa, which was formerly known as the Giro Donne. Firstly, I have to say that I can’t fathom why the Giro Rosa and

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How to stay safe riding on the road

Too often  I read about cyclists being killed or injured on our roads and each time I read with great sadness. But recently when I read about a female cyclist being killed on a Sydney road it seemed all too close. It reminded me how vulnerable we all are when we ride on the roads, so I thought it was timely to share a few tips I’ve picked up about riding safely on roads. Be clear and assertive Make sure you signal your intentions to other road users by signalling with your arms when you are turning left or right.

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Finding the right saddle for female cyclists

Finding the right saddle should be a high priority for all female cyclists. I’m a strong advocate of women-specific saddles, like I am of women specific bikes, because women have very different anatomy to men and therefore have very different needs. The good news is that if you buy a women- specific bike then it will already be fitted with a women’s saddle so you’re already part the way there. I was really lucky that my Specialized road bike came with a saddle (pictured) that suited me and I’m still using it, two and a half years later. One potential

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10 great cycle routes for women

Women Who Cycle was contacted by a guy called Aaron who offered to write a blog post about great bike routes around the world for women (and men of course too). I couldn’t turn him down. So here’s Aaron’s top 10 around the globe…….. Not all of us are like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome – as cyclists we don’t all aspire to conquer the biggest, greatest races the world has to offer, and we’re not all enamoured by the Tour De France. Although many of us do cycle for fitness, many of us also cycle for pleasure, and would

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Cycling during pregnancy – an individual choice

A couple of my cycling buddies have recently told me of their pregnancies so I thought it would be a good topic to cover on Women Who Cycle. In fact, one of them told me while we were riding along on a regular weekend ride. This is not a topic that I’m an expert on, because I have not completed any formal training in healthcare or fitness, and I’ve never been pregnant, but I’ve done some research and compiled some expert opinion from others. The most important thing to note is that every women is different and so everyone needs to

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Why you should ride to work – and how to get started

I subscribe to a great daily e-newsletter called Women’s Agenda which has great articles about women in business. Usually it’s stuff like how women juggle their busy lives, how female leaders differ from men, and so on. A month or so ago I came across a great article by devoted commuter Annabel Hodges about commuting to work on a bike and asked permission to replublish it here. So here’s Annabel’s thoughts on the subject… I’ve been a bona fide pedal pusher for the better part of a decade now, across different cities and countries, and I now couldn’t imagine ever

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Other great websites for women cyclists

This week I thought I’d share a few other women’s websites and blogs that I visit regularly for inspiration and information about women’s cycling. I’ve even been known to republish some of their material, with permission of course. This is a fairly short list and I’m sure there are loads of other great ones. Please let me know via the comments if there are other sites you’ve come across. Total Women’s Cycling This is a relatively new women’s online magazine that is UK-based and launched early in 2013. It’s really hit the ground running and regularly publishes great tips, product

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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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