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Ten products I loved in 2016: Anne-Marije Rook

The greatest testament any editor of a cycling publication can give to a piece of gear is what he or she uses themselves. Call this a gift guide if you like, but think of it more as insight into what the individual editors at CyclingTips value in terms of equipment and clothing for their own …

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The psychology of stepping up a race level

We all know that starting out racing can be nerve-racking. New racers describe feelings from uneasiness to intense anxiety that makes them want to throw up and ride away from the start line instead of toward it. With a race or two under the belt it gets easier and you almost feel calm on the …

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Holiday reads: women’s cycling books to enjoy by the fire or on the beach

I love a good book but I can never find time to read, and the pile of books on my nightstand continues to grow. I’m halfway through at least half a dozen books and if it weren’t for audiobooks, I doubt I would have finished any books at all. So one of things I look …

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Winter riding tips I learned from racing in sub-zero conditions

  Last week we got our first snow of the season here in the Pacific Northwest. As the puffy flakes came down from the sky that evening, I was overcome with that kid-like joy and set my alarm extra early so I could make the most of that untouched snow and those traffic-free roads. And sure enough, …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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