Buying a road bike: A women’s guide

Women are told many things when they go to buy a road bike. Advice comes from all angles. There is Bike Riding Friend, Triathlete Colleague and Bike Shop Guru to name a few. Advice can overlap, but it can also greatly vary. Bikes are often purchased on impulse anyway, at the shop with the best …


Twenty women cycle the height of Everest on Mt Donna Buang

At midnight 22 women stood at the bottom of Mt Donna Buang near Melbourne in the light of the moon, steeling themselves for the many hours of pain ahead. They were about to spend nearly all of Saturday in an 8,848 metre high battle with their legs, lungs and minds. The aim for each one …


Roadtripping Cairns – Part I

I know the sound of adventure. It’s the distinct sound of cleats clicking into pedals. Ready to roll. We came together in Cairns as strangers or casual acquaintances to share in this adventure together. We quickly moved beyond the introductory chatter to discuss our hopes and our dreams and our fears. We shared our stories, …


Eat your dinner: Tips and tricks with Mara Abbott

I read Mara Abbott’s first Daily Boulder column shortly after landing the women’s cycling editor position at Ella. I’m pretty sure I emailed her to ask her if she wanted to write for us before I reached the end. Mara’s talent with words rivals her talent on the bike, and we’re lucky she so graciously …


High Performance program cut is a symptom of a bigger problem

If there were a manual on how to become a professional cyclist, “don’t be female” would be an apt opener. The scale of the women’s professional cycling industry means there are precious few opportunities for talented riders to progress to the top level of the sport. The Australian women’s European Development Program that had been …


Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Ella

I’m incredibly grateful to share the labour of love that is Ella with all you today. It’s both a beginning and an end – as the behind-the-scenes work that we’ve been tirelessly plugging away at to prepare for launch begins to die down and the demands of running a live website with a real audience …


Ella Explained

The website was nameless. We had been referring to it for well over a month as the ‘sister site’ and despite tossing around lots of ideas as to what we would call our women’s cycling website, we had yet to land on a winner. We crowd-sourced the site name in the comments section of my …


Trek Silque SLX review

The Silque is the latest addition to Trek’s women’s-specific road bike range and in this review Caz Whitehead puts the Silque SLX through its paces.


Best of Adelaide: helpful hints from the local pros

In Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under and looking for things to do and places to ride when you’re not standing sideline cheering on the world’s best? We’ve got you covered. We asked Adelaide locals Tiffany Cromwell, Stuart O’Grady, Nettie Edmondson, Rohan Dennis, Carlee Taylor, Gene Bates, Mel Hoskins, Tim Roe and Amber Halliday …


Gracie Elvin Q&A: The vulnerability of the pre-race favourite

It was inevitable that Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) would line up for the women’s road race at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships as a marked rider. The defending champion had taken back-to-back titles (2013-2014) and the possibility of a record-equalling three-peat was a favourite discussion point amongst media and fans alike. Elvin projected a …


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