Women Who Cycle

Happy 8th birthday to women who cycle

Today marks eight years since I started this blog – Women Who Cycle. What an extraordinary journey I’ve been on in those years. It all began on a bit of a whim when I decided that I wanted to share my love of road cycling with other women around the world. I could never have imagined that I would sustain it for eight years. During those years I’ve posted nearly every week which means I’ve now amassed over 400 posts! And while I do repeat some topics and reuse my own material, the majority of my posts are new subjects.

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Pay it forward and cycling

Pay IT Forward and Cycling are a perfect match

The wonderful concept of ‘paying it forward’ has got me thinking about how Pay It Forward and cycling go nicely together. The idea of paying it forward is a concept that’s been around forever but was popularised by the movie Pay It Forward, which had a lasting impact on me. In the movie and the book on which it is based, the idea is described as an obligation to do three good deeds for others in response to a good deed that one receives. The good deeds should accomplish things that the other person can’t accomplish on their own. The

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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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women’s cycling blog

Will there be a seven year itch for women’s cycling blog Women Who Cycle?

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever expect to write a women’s cycling blog for seven years, week on week. I started Women Who Cycle in August 2011 because I was so keen to share my love of road cycling with other women, and my enthusiasm for the subject has not waned. I’ve racked up a total of more than 360 posts over those seven years with weekly entries on loads of great topics. And contrary to the illustration, my head has not grown bigger. In fact I still feel incredibly grounded. Cycling has given me much greater confidence

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What to pack for a cycling tour

What to pack for a cycling tour in Europe

I’ve always been intrigued about bike touring, and can’t say I have any experience of what to pack for a cycling tour. So when I read a recent post from fellow blogger Laura Rigby on her great blog Follow My Wheel, I asked Laura if I could reproduce it here. Laura and her husband Phil undertook an ambitious four week cycling tour that started in Nice and ended in Milan. They cycled 1,377 kms and climbed 26,900 vertical metres over 21 ride days carrying all of their luggage in panniers on touring bikes. Laura was good enough to share, and explain

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women's cycling resources and websites

Great women’s cycling resources and websites

I’m away on holidays this week in the mega cycling town of Bright in Victoria, so I’ll keep it short and sweet, and share some of my favourite women’s cycling resources and websites with you. And next week I’ll share some of what I learn about Bright. These are in no particular order: The UCI has a women’s section of its website which is focused mainly on the women’s pro peloton. UK based Total Women’s Cycling offers the best alround women’s cycling coverage with stories about pro racing, big events, product reviews and stuff that every day riders want to

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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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