Self Improvement

Lisa’s Mum on mechanical doping and a whole new level of committing to the rut

Lisa Jacobs is a three-time Australian cyclocross champion, a lawyer and an all round nice person that helps set the tone for a welcoming women’s scene in the fledgling world of Australian cyclocross. However, sometimes in her blogs on ridehappy.com.au she lets out her alter ego, Lisa’s Mum, who steers clear of conventional wisdom and most […]

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Get ready for CX Worlds: Heckling 101 with Georgia Gould

The cyclocross season is wrapping up at the Cyclocross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium this weekend. Whether you’re one of the 65,000 anticipated live spectators or among the thousands who will tune in from their TVs and computers, here are some heckling tips to sharpen your sideline jeering skills and get in the ‘cross spirit. […]

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Race photographers: Bike racing’s unsung heroes

We often talk about the awesome jobs that swannies, mechanics, directors, volunteers and race organisers do at bike races, but what about the photographers? Photographers are some of the unsung heroes of bike races. They stand around in all weather conditions, often start work at the crack of dawn, hussle with spectators, climb atop of […]

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Photo gallery: Bridie O’Donnell’s world record breaking hour

Bridie O’Donnell set a new UCI world hour record of 46.882 kilometres on Friday night in front of a crowd of thousands at Adelaide’s Super-Drome. The weather was a warm 29°C and the pressure favourably low for the attempt, which took place in a city swarming with cyclists in the midst of the Santos Tour Down Under. The […]

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The path to a professional cycling contract may be in your living room: Canyon-SRAM and Zwift launch talent competition

UCI Women’s World Tour team Canyon-SRAM is taking a novel approach to talent identification, on Thursday announcing it will partner with Zwift and use the social fitness platform to help pick a member of its squad in 2017. The search for a rider, labelled ‘The Canyon-SRAM Racing and Zwift Academy Project’, is set to start in March […]

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Riding faux pas: you’ve been warned

Your development as a rider isn’t limited to fitness and bike handling skills. A lot has to do with cycling etiquette as well.  No one wants to be that person that people are looking at and judging at the cafe, in the bunch or on the side of the road as they’re fixing a flat tyre. In the […]

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When to get a massage

Long, hard hours in the saddle can leave your muscles knotted and your body aching. That’s why massages and post-ride rub downs are as integral to a professional cyclist’s routine as their training is. Massages flush the body from toxins, loosen tight spots, accelerate recovery and help prevent injury.  But most of us aren’t professional […]

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Bike shop etiquette part 2: what not to do

Last week, we asked a bike shop manager for some tips on what you, as a customer, can do to get the best possible bike shop experience. Today, she’s following up with what not to do when visiting a bike shop.  | Related: Bike shop etiquette – part 1 On the whole, bike shops are owned […]

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What does it take to win a stage of the Bay Crits?

Since 1989 the Bay Crits have had a reputation of being some of the toughest and most competitive criteriums in the World. Past winners include Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Mark Renshaw, Matt Goss, Caleb Ewen, Robbie McEwen, Baden Cooke and many others. This year’s stage 3 was won by local semi-pro rider Pat Shaw (Avanti […]

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Your 2016 Cycling Horoscope

2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year. You worked hard on logging your K’s on Strava in 2015 and every effort you made over the last 12 months will be rewarded in due time. It didn’t pay off for you at your local races last year, but as you kept telling people, “you were just […]

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