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Opinion: Using podium boys for women’s races isn’t cute, it’s patronizing

A three-day beard, at least 1.85m tall and broad shoulders – those are the requirements for the ideal “Ronde Mister” according to Amstel’s latest advert, which is hoping to find two suitable men to serve as podium boys at this weekend’s women’s edition of the Amstel Gold Race. This is the first time in 14 …

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Bespoke and self-designed: a look at Emma Pooley’s new bikes

As a former world time trial champion – and qualified engineer – Emma Pooley knows what she wants in a bike. So much so that Pooley, who’s currently focused on her triathlon and duathlon career, designed her 2017 bikes from the ground up, determining everything from the reach to the headtube length and 650 wheelsize. Bespoke …

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Swipe right: Tinder tips for cyclists

“What do you want your bio to read?” my friend asked me at bar a few months ago. I nervously entrusted him with my phone and he was setting up my first Tinder profile, tisking away as he was scrolling through my photo library looking for a photo in which I’m not wearing a helmet, …

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Supplements for cyclists: What to take, what not to take

As endurance athletes we tend to be very aware of what we put into our bodies. To keep up with the taxing rides, workouts and competitions, the body demands very specific fuel. Hang around a group of elite athletes long enough and you’ll see all sorts of dietary habits. However, nutrition from food alone often isn’t enough …

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Opinion: Time to be bold for change in women’s cycling

Every year, International Women’s Day brings us a new theme to be inspired. This year the theme was around being bold for change (#BeBoldForChange). A worthy aim, so as International Women’s Day slips off into the sunset around the world, let’s not also let the drive to make a difference fade after this one day. …

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“I was officially burnt out”: Time to stop and look at the bigger picture

Watching on as an elated Kate Perry charged across the line to step onto the podium at the Australian Road Nationals time trial it was hard not to smile. It was an impressive performance from the regular top level performer in Australia’s National Road Series (NRS), to become the only amateur alongside two professional specialists in the discipline …

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Colouring books, yoga and other relaxation techniques for everyday athletes

It’s that time of year again, in the Northern Hemisphere the road season is starting up and while many are giddy with excitement, others are losing sleep from the nerves. Did I train enough? Will I be able to hang? I’m not ready! For us everyday athletes, performance anxiety is the last thing we need …

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“Ah crap, I forgot to charge my sunglasses!” The Oakley Radar Pace reviewed

“Ah crap, I forgot to charge my sunglasses!” This is not a sentence I ever thought I’d be uttering but then I started training with Oakley Radar Pace. Just a few years ago, we weren’t charging our groupsets either, so I guess its not all that strange really. Over two years in the making, Oakley’s …

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Four things roadies can learn from mountain bikers

I recently joined a group of highly skilled mountain bikers on a trip to Sedona –a mountain biking paradise in the Arizona dessert. From pro Enduro racers to mountain bike instructors, these women were a great bunch to shred with and learn from. As the only rider in the bunch who hasn’t (yet) fully switched …

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The good and the bad of having a partner who shares your love of cycling

Forget chocolates, flowers and cheesy cards. Here at Ella our true love is cycling and even the most beautiful bouquet of flowers cannot compare to a day on the bike. Even better is when you get to share that ride with your partner…or is it? Verita Stewart shares the good and the bad about having …

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