Women’s cycling

For female cyclists, street harassment is a real concern

We have all been there. We’re riding along the road and a car passes just a little too close, honking obnoxiously or hurling insults. “Get off the road you, insert choice word here!” In the US, 65 percent of women reportedly have experienced street harassment in one form or another. In Australia, that number is …

Mud, strippers and Sven Nys: Portland’s wild singlespeed CX world championships

When I woke up on Saturday morning in Portland, Oregon, I listened to the pouring rain outside and felt the familiar dull pounding of my head. The 2016 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXPDX16) hadn’t even officially started yet and I was already slightly hungover. SSCXPDX16: 1 – Me: 0 I had been training (read: drinking …

Video: gymnastics meets fixed-gear bicycles at the UCI indoor cycling world championships

The UCI indoor cycling world championships wrapped up in Stuttgart, Germany this weekend where cycling’s niche disciplines of artistic cycling and cycle-ball were on display. Most popular in Germany, where there are an impressive 10,000 licence holders, artistic cycling is a form of competitive cycling in which athletes perform routines set to music on fixed …

Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month

Rabo-Liv today announced that seven-time former world cyclocross champion Marianne Vos will be making her return to the dirt on December 17th at Scheldecross in Belgium. Vos has been absent from the cyclocross scene since December 2014 due to a series of injuries. She made her return to the road this March and rode a …

Keeping your cool in the heat: Tips from a desert rider

It is that time of the year when the temperature is all about extremes. Depending on which hemisphere you are in it’s either heading into the heat of summer or toward the depths of winter. Some of us are looking for extra gloves  for warmth and rain jackets while others are tipping bottles of water over their …

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No more podium girls at Tour Down Under

When the men’s UCI WorldTour kicks off in Australia in January, there’s one thing we won’t see: race winners flanked by podium girls. In the interest of creating a more positive image of women in sport, the South Australian Government withdrew its support of the use of podium girls at the Santos Tour Down Under, …

Spurcycle vs. Knog Oi: Battle of the Bells

Bicycle bells are required in some countries as well as many local municipalities, but the exact rules and levels of enforcement vary widely – and even then, they’re rarely found on high-performance bikes that focus more on speed. So when I rolled up to a group road ride one morning in Seattle, Washington – an …

Surviving the women’s professional peloton: Big dreams, harsh realities

At the start of the year I signed my first professional road cycling contract for the 2016 European racing season – an Australian competing in Europe on an Italian team whilst residing in Spain. To prepare for the big journey I reached out to fellow Australian cyclists, who before my time had also found their …

How to embrace riding in the rain

While summer is about to start in Australia,  those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are digging out our warmest winter riding apparel. Daylight is short and the days are grey, gloomy and wet. Trainer rides are common but most of our base miles are gained during four or five hours in the saddle, swimming through …

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Video: Testing the friendship with a ride of the Great Divide

At 2768.4 miles (4455.3 km) long, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is one of the longest off-pavement routes in the world. It’s also a an extremely challenging route, that takes riders up and down 200,000 feet (60,960 meters) of elevation and includes plenty of other geographical and natural obstacles. Former neighbors and good friends Katie …

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