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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 …

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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How do I deal with helmet hair? Fast and stylish solutions with Ask Ella

Hair can be a bit of a drag when it comes to cycling. I mean we’ve already discussed the havoc it can play down there if you don’t get your hair removal procedures right and now it is time to move onto the joys of helmet hair and aerodynamics, or perhaps that should be hair-o-dynamics. …

What you should know about nighttime training and eating

Tell me if these scenarios sounds familiar: – you ran some errands after work and walk through the door at 8 o’clock. After putting away the groceries, greeting the pets and getting set up, it’s nearing 9 by the time you get on the trainer. – the kids are finally in bed. Their homework is …

Five tips for riding your road bike on dirt and gravel

It’s nearly time for the CyclingTips Giro Della Donna, which means tackling a bit of dirt and gravel on our road bikes. In case you need a few pointers to help you feel ride ready, we thought it might be a good time to revisit this article from last year in which Gracie Elvin graciously shares her top five …

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A cyclist’s guide to happy lady parts

Women’s saddles, saddle sores, chamois tips…we cannot seem to talk about these topics often enough. It’s the most sensitive of our bike-body contact points, and nothing ruins a ride like discomfort “down there.” While the industry spends a good amount of research on saddles and chamois, the quest to a pain-free ride is a personal one and …

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