Tips

8 tips to wash your kit and keep it looking new

Kits are expensive, and you’ll want to make sure they last as well as look and smell good. But one of the most destructive things to the technical fabric used in cycling kits is improper laundering. You should always read the care instructions on your clothing but here are some basic washing tips to limit wear, […]

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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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The best non-compliment compliments for cyclists

Christmas is meant to be about giving, or so I’ve been told. Overwhelmingly however, I think we tend to get caught up in the hype of writing our wish lists or talking about what we got from Santa (like that awesome new Garmin that measures your power, heart rate, cadence, and predicts the future!). I […]

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How to be a good riding buddy

On Sunday I rode the Giro Della Donna, which is a stunning loop out of the town of Warburton, Victoria, consisting of 105 kilometres and 2700 meters of climbing. Fair to say, it was a tough day out for me and my riding crew. We had planned to ride this for months and were super […]

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How to clean your bike for apartment dwellers

I live in an apartment with my partner and eight bikes. The most annoying thing about living in my apartment complex is that there is no communal area outside that I can use to wash my bike – no hose, no workstand, NOTHING! So I am often asked how I clean my bike. The answer is […]

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The struggle is real: five tips to get back into shape

In my previous blog I spoke about the joys of the off-season. Swapping the protein shake for a beer, and the bike for a kayak. Well, that joyful month off the bike has caught up to me, and now it’s time to get serious. I’m just about to complete week two of pre-season training, and […]

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A beginner’s guide to prepping for a cyclocross race

This is part four of a series on preparing for races of different disciplines. Previous columns  covered prepping for criteriums, time trials and road races.  Oh, the fun of cyclocross! Whilst it has been some time since I pinned a number on and lined up for a cyclocross race, the essentials for prepping for a cyclocross race […]

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What I learned about women’s cycling from staying at Hosking’s halfway house for cyclists

I started referring to my home in Canberra as a halfway house for cyclists earlier this year. Kind of like when you enter a new relationship and one sleep over a week turns into four nights a week and until someone has accidentally moved in with the other –it  happened gradually. I invited my long-term […]

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A beginner’s guide to prepping for a road race

This is part three of a series on preparing for races of different disciplines. Previous columns  covered prepping for criteriums and time trials. Road races. They can be long, short, hilly, flat, hot, cold, wet, dry, windy. But no matter what kind of race, the principles for preparing for a road race are the same. […]

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How to embrace riding in the rain

While Aussies are enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are digging out our winter riding apparel. While I have been thoroughly enjoying the fall colors, today we got a taste of what most winters in the Pacific Northwest are like: wet. Four-and-a-half hours […]

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