I started this women’s cycling blog because I genuinely love cycling and want to encourage other women (Australian and beyond) to become as obsessed as I am.
My name is Nicola and I live in Sydney, Australia. I started road cycling in 2008 simply to take part in a charity bike riding event and my interest and participation in the activity/sport has grown exponentially ever since.
In short – I love cycling. It has changed my life. Some might see it as bordering on obsession but the way I look at it, there are far worse things to be obsessed with or addicted to.
I’ve certainly never been the sporty type. In fact I’ve always believed I was so hopeless at any kind of sport it would be better for everyone if I just didn’t participate. At school my extra-curricular activity was playing the flute in the school orchestra. I avoided sport and got away with it quite successfully. No one is more surprised than me that I’m now hooked on the sport of cycling.
It all started when my partner Phillip suggested I participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 80 km Ride for a Cure in January 2009 in the Barossa Valley. To me it sounded like the most extraordinary thing I could contemplate but somehow he persuaded me and we headed for the bike shop where I bought my first road bike – a women’s alloy-framed road bike that cost me $1,400.
Since then I’ve participated in lots of community and charity rides which are an excellent goal for training. These included Around the Bay in Melbourne, the Gong ride, the Tour Down Under community ride and plenty more. I call myself the tortoise. I’m never the fastest rider even in my own age/gender category but I always finish what I set out to achieve at my own pace and within my own ability. That’s not to say I don’t push myself.
I’ve also upgraded my bike a couple of times and now ride an S-Works Tarmac road bike and enjoy riding even more.
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