training

The journey, not the destination: Loren Rowney on her start in sports and missing the big Australian Summer races

I have been a cyclist now for essentially half of my life. It first started back in 2002 when I was a scrappy, gangly young teenager based on the Gold Coast, and one of the only girls racing. My very first race was a club race in E grade against all the ‘old codgers’ as […]

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Back to basics: work on your skills and weaknesses

Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison responds to your training, riding or racing questions.  Got a question for Alison and her team? Simply post […]

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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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New year’s resolutions and how to stick to them

Some people believe in setting new year’s resolution, others think it isn’t a very good idea because after just a few weeks things often go back to the same old pattern. I believe that it’s never too late so set new goals and if done right, I do believe new year’s resolutions can work. The trick is […]

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Plan to succeed in 2016

Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison will respond to your training, riding or racing questions.  Got a question for Alison and her team? Simply […]

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The dos and don’ts of helping a struggling rider

I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when I’ve been struggling on the bike. This has happened during racing as well as training. It may be that you are fatigued, it’s hot or cold, you’re bonking, a little unfit, not prepared for the ride, not used to the gradient or just having […]

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5 tips to avoid getting dropped

Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison responds to your training, riding or racing questions.  Got a question for Alison and her team? Simply post […]

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Keeping on track during the festive season

The festive time of year can be challenging when you still have training and racing goals to meet. As everyone around you is winding down and enjoying year-end celebrations, staying on track with your fitness and training can be a challenge. Christmas parties, late nights and indulging food and alcohol can quickly impact the time and energy […]

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Winter season is flu season, and cyclists are not immune

Winter  season is also flu season, and getting sick is always a setback in training. It takes time and energy to recover from a cold or flu so the best thing we can do is to avoid the flu season or getting sick all together. However, we are not living in a bubble and this […]

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Watch your posture for strong, pain-free riding

While most of us do spend the time to get a proper bike fit, I’m finding that too little attention is spent on how we sit on our bikes. Do you make use of strong core muscles to provide a solid base from which to make power and ride pain free? During a session of […]

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