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Inspiring change: a women’s event where success is measured after the finish line

Last weekend around 600 women lined up for the first edition of Bicycle Network’s The RACV Ascent, a 100 kilometre women’s only ride packed with climbing. It was an event on the winding roads of the Dandenong ranges that successfully pulled together so many disparate threads of the existing women’s riding community to support and welcome others in. For …

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Climb for Nepal wrap-up: tired legs turn into helping hands

The Climb for Nepal, where riders were asked to raise money while ascending the height of Mt Everest in June, has finished but the task is far from over. It was a great Strava challenge to spur on those climbing metres and take your riding to a higher level but it was so much bigger …

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Climbing for Nepal: Everesting cyclists on a mission to raise US$1 million for earthquake recovery

The mystique and sense of adventure surrounding the world’s highest peak has inspired hundreds to push themselves to new limits on the bike since Melbourne’s Hells 500 launched a climbing challenge called Everesting more than a year ago. Among them are the 20 women we followed on Ella who completed the largest mass Everesting ever …

8 ways to become a better climber

An ongoing leg injury might have seen domestic pro Jono Lovelock retire from racing last year, but the former national team rider still knows a thing or two about climbing. Drawing on his experience of racing around the world, often uphill, Jono penned the following piece about how you can improve your climbing and, ultimately, …

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Watch Keagan Girdlestone attempt a new record on the 1 in 20

Almost every self-respecting cycling city in the world has a climb that people use as a benchmark to see how their form is. We hear about the local legends who came up through the ranks and the times they set on these climbs in their younger days. The most popular test climb in Melbourne is …

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Climbing tips with Carlee Taylor

Voxwomen made a splash with their launch this weekend. The Cyclevox project is the world’s first dedicated women’s online cycling channel. The videos are reportedly produced by women for women to give viewers exclusive insight into the women’s international peloton. They have a handful of videos already posted on the Voxwomen YouTube channel, including this …

Tackling Mauna Kea, the world’s biggest climb?

The Hawaiian volcano of Mauna Kea (“white mountain”) is considered one of the most extreme cycling climbs in the world. From the beach in Hilo to the telescopes at the summit it’s 4,200m of altitude gain in one continuous climb of nearly 70km. In fact, so large is Mauna Kea that if you measure from …

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Everesting: climbing 8,848 metres in a single ride

Ever since surveyors pronounced it the world’s highest peak, Everest has held a kind of power over us. It is more than a mountain; it is a symbol of something so frighteningly large and monumental that it has become a yardstick, a unit of measurement for anything big in our lives. In this post CyclingTips’ …

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How to train for mountains if you don’t live near any

If you’re planning on riding a mountainous sportive or gran fondo but don’t live near any mountains how can you train for climbing? The team from GCN has some advice.

How to become a better climber

Whether you’re a flatlands specialist, a mountain goat or something in between, there’s a fair chance you’d like to be a little stronger when it comes to climbing. And while there’s no quick fix, there are certainly things you can do to make yourself that little bit more competitive when the road heads up. Helen …

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