book about cycling

Here’s a book about cycling to enjoy – Wild Ride

When you’re obsessed with all things cycling, like me and many of my regular readers, you definitely enjoy a book about cycling. My latest cycling read is Wild Ride by Daniel Oakman that was sent to me by his publisher for review and I’m certainly glad they thought of Women Who Cycle. Oakman’s book chronicles a bunch of intrepid cyclists who undertook amazing transcontinental rides across the vast Australian continent. The official description says “This book tells the story of cyclists who were overcome by the need to venture into the wild on two wheels; the courageous men and women

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High Country Women’s Cycling Festival

Support the 2020 High Country Women’s Cycling Festival – sign up today

It certainly has been a horror bushfire season around Australia including the Victorian High Country and sadly it’s had a very negative effect on local tourism which will have a knock-on effect on events like the High Country Women’s Cycling Festival (HCWCF) to be held in March 2020. The good people of Bright where the HCWCF is held each year have a clear message – they are definitely open for business now the bushfire threat has been brought under control. This year’s HCWCF will be held from 20 to 22 March 2020 centred on the picturesque town of Bright. It’s

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packing your bike to fly

Get ready for the Tour Down Under – tips for packing your bike to fly

In January, road cyclists all around Australia get ready to travel to Adelaide for the annual Tour Down Under and for many riders that involves packing your bike to fly. If you’re not really confident about packing your own bike then make a quick call to your local bike shop and ask them to assist. They’ll probably charge you a modest fee so check that when you make the call to them, and make sure you allow plenty of time before your trip. If you want to give it a go yourself then keep reading. My partner and I have

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Riding the Tour de France route

Women riding the Tour de France route for equality – a huge feat

I’m totally in awe of a group of female cyclists who just finished the most amazing undertaking by riding the Tour de France route a day ahead of the men’s professional race. There were two groups of these amazing women – the Donnons des Elles au Velo (a group of French women who I wrote about last year) who were tackling the route for the fifth time, and a new group call the InternationElles. This InternationElles group of ten women and their French sisters undertook the ride to highlight the lack of equality in men’s and women’s cycling. Riding each

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female cyclists doing amazing things

female cyclists doing amazing things – Monika sattler

I always enjoy reading about female cyclists doing amazing things, so the story of Monika Sattler who rode the entire three week Vuelta a España last year, just ahead of the pro peloton, caught my eye this week. That led me to find out more about this extraordinary woman who has a really interesting story so instead of rewriting it I’m sharing her story direct from her own website. Over to Monika…… The seemingly perfect career path Originally from Germany, after high school I moved to the US to play Volleyball for a university team. I graduated with a summa

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bike riding tour in Bali

You should try a bike riding tour in Bali

Last week I was on holidays in Indonesia and couldn’t resist a bike riding tour in Bali. My week long holiday was focused on rest and relaxation, but like most of my holidays I found an excuse to ride a bike. I was travelling with a group of 11 people including a few who don’t ride regularly, so we wanted to find a tour that would suit all of us. We found Happy Bike Tours via an internet search and we couldn’t have been happier. We had a slight hiccup with our booking so I’d recommend that you reconfirm a

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riding the Shimanami Kaido

I loved riding the Shimanami Kaido

I’ve just finished riding in the most amazing cycling mecca – riding the Shimanami Kaido with a fabulous group of women led by my friend Tina McCarthy from Wheel Women in Melbourne. Tina is a self-confessed Japanophile with a love affair with all things Nippon spanning 30 years. The tour I’m on is Tina’s third or fourth tour to Japan and she’s got it down to a fine art. What a wonderful time I’ve had, and I’m sure all the others on the tour have had equal enjoyment. Japan is such a wonderful melting pot of old and new. Ancient

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packing your bike for air travel

Tips for packing your bike for air travel

I’m off to Japan later this week and need to get my bike ready, so I thought I should share some tips on packing your bike for air travel. If you’re not really confident about packing your own bike then make a quick call to your local bike shop and ask them to assist. They’ll probably charge you a modest fee so check that when you make the call to them, and make sure you allow plenty of time before your trip. If you want to give it a go yourself then keep reading. My partner and I have been

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Come with me on the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour

I am super excited about heading off next week for the Wheel Women Japanese Cycling tour which will see me riding in southern Japan. Our fabulous tour leader Tina McCarthy describes the tour as a full immersion in another world, with the boundaries of the old and the new criss-crossing at every turn. “From sublime temples to the dazzling orchestra of neon signs in the cities, our Wheel Women Japan Tour takes you on a journey across the sea, over bridges and among friends,” Tina says. Wheel Women’s Tina McCarthy, who has been travelling to Japan since 1986 when her

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World Bike Girl

The amazing life of the World Bike Girl

One of the very best things about being cycling blogger is connecting with extraordinary women and their bikes, and the World Bike Girl Ishbel has an amazing story to share. She is travelling around the world by bike rescuing homeless dogs. She actually contacted me a few months ago and we’ve been corresponding by email. Here’s a few Q&As, but I encourage you to visit her website to learn more. Q: I read that you grew up in Scotland, but now travel the world by bike. Is there a country you call home? Do you still see your family? Do

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