riding in a bunch

You really should try riding in a bunch – you might even like it

I must admit that when I first started riding I found the idea of riding in a bunch to be particularly intimidating. Over time my confidence increased on the bike and I took the plunge and joined a local bunch ride. It was then that I learnt the great benefits of riding in a bunch, like drafting, safety in numbers and the social aspects. So here’s a few tips from me on riding in a bunch: Communicate One of the great benefits of riding in a group is that you’ve got a collective of people all with two eyes keeping

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Australian war hero Nancy Wake riding a bike

Australian war hero Nancy Wake riding a bike across france in world war ii

Today is Anzac Day in Australia so I thought it fitting that I find a story about an Australian woman riding a bicycle during a war, and I found such a story with Australian war hero Nancy Wake riding a bike through France during World War II. Nancy Wake is relatively unknown by most Australians. So today I’d like to change that. Nancy was an extraordinary woman and was one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II, playing a significant role in the Allied resistance to German occupation. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, espionage, sabotage, and able to drink

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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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National Junior Track Championships

Success at the National Junior Track Championships for Keira

One of the areas I really love to cover in my blogs is female professional cyclists and this week I’m profiling a young rider who just finished a very successful National Junior Track Championships and aspires to greater things. Her name is Keira Will and she’s just 13 years old, but to meet her you’d think she was older. At the recent Championships, where she competed in the Under 15 girls category she won five medals – three gold and two bronze. Plus she took home the coveted Champion of Champions jersey for being the Under 15 girl with the

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riding from Sydney to Melbourne

let’s commemorate the first woman to ride from Sydney to Melbourne

When Sarah Maddock searched the Internet for her name back in the early 2000s, she had no idea that nearly 20 years later she’d be commemorating a ride from Sydney to Melbourne by her namesake Sarah Maddock 125 years earlier. A woman named Sarah Maddock was a trailblazer of women’s cycling and rode with her husband from Sydney to Melbourne in 1894, the first woman to complete such a feat. The ride was planned as a cure for her husband’s ill health and Sarah who apparently was quite shy about her achievement, was surprised when many people along the way

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try track cycling

Five reasons why you should try track cycling

A couple of weeks ago I was involved in a women’s track cycling camp that gave female riders a chance to try track cycling on the velodrome that was used for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Many of the riders were there to polish their skills, but there were three brand new trackies who hit the boards for the first time. Here’s five reasons why you should consider it: 1. You’ll get better at riding in a bunch If you’re a dedicated road rider like me, track riding can improve your bunch riding skills because track training forces you

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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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PEDAL TECHNIQUE ON A ROAD BIKE

there’s far more to pedal technique on a road bike than you’d think

When I first took up road cycling a bit over 10 years ago I thought that there wasn’t a great deal to learn about pedal technique on a road bike, but I was wrong. There are plenty of skills to learn and central amongst them is the art of pedalling. I’m no authority on this subject so I’ve borrowed some expert words that appear below. The key principle behind the technique is to pedal in nice smooth circles. Sounds easy, but there’s a little more to it. This article was originally published on the now defunct women’s cycling website Women’s

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Cycling give my life meaning

Cycling gives my life meaning – what gives you a sense of purpose?

Whenever I hear stories of people who’ve lost their way in life I wonder if it’s because they don’t know their purpose – for me cycling gives my life meaning. But I’m not so one-eyed that I believe cycling is the purpose for everyone. I didn’t actually set out to find meaning or purpose when I took up road cycling. In fact I wasn’t consciously looking for my higher purpose. I was a relatively happy person who was fairly content in most of my aspects of my life. It wasn’t until I found cycling that I realised that something had

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anxiety before a bike ride

How to handle anxiety before a bike ride

I was on a longish women’s only bike ride a couple of weeks ago and the conversation between me and the rider beside me led to our common experiences with anxiety before a bike ride. She had had a poor night’s sleep before the ride because she was worrying that she’d struggle to keep up. I had also had a poor night’s sleep, not because I worried I would keep up but because I had the responsibility of ride leadership. As we talked, others joined in the conversation and shared their own experiences of pre-ride anxiety which got me thinking

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