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How do I eat while riding? Ask Ella

The night before I go on a ride I like to assemble everything, so I can spend the minimum amount of time getting ready and therefore manage the maximum amount of sleep. When I’m doing this, I’m always trying to find a reason to ditch that extra item I grabbed so I don’t have to …

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After Shane Sutton controversy, British Cycling could appoint its first female performance director

Following a tumultuous season filled with controversy, the British governing body of cycling, British Cycling, is looking for a new head of their performance programme and, for the first time ever, it could very well be a woman. In the run-up to the Rio Olympics this year British Cycling, experienced a turbulent spring that included everything from allegations …

Camelbak, cooling vests and the dunny: how Katrin Garfoot beat the heat in Qatar

When riders readied themselves for the individual time trial event at the UCI Road World Championships yesterday morning, temperatures were already reaching a scorching 40 degrees celsius. The heat has been the number one talked about topic ever since it was first announced that the week-long pinnacle event of the 2016 road season would be …

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October 2016 Women’s Product Picks: helmets, shoes and saddles

In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at Specialized’s women’s helmets and top-end shoes, Bontrager’s Meraj shoes and race-specific saddle, as well as Prologo’s women’s endurance saddle. Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: Specialized Women’s Airnet helmet review Specialized Women’s Prevail II helmet review Prologo Kappa Dea2 …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 13: On equal prize money

As of June 2016, men and women across all disciplines and categories now benefit from equal prize money at all UCI World Championship events. But that certainly isn’t the norm at most cycling events. Take the Giro Rosa, for example. The most prestigious (and only) Grand Tour on the women’s WorldTour calendar, the Giro Rosa …

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Ask Ella: How can I make tough tyre changes easier?

Whoever came up with the saying “it’s like riding a bike” as a way to explain something as easy, never changed a flat tyre. You’d think it’d be simple, but there’s so many ways to get it wrong and have to start over. I was once watching on as a fiercely independent friend who didn’t …

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Magpie Mitigation

Spring has well and truly arrived in Australia with cyclists around the country ducking their first magpie swoops of the season. That means it’s time to start employing those bird dodging tactics again, so we’ve dug out Chloe Hosking’s article on magpie mitigation. It’s your essential refresher on how to avoid and defend, or perhaps just make …

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Ask Ella: How do I rise above getting dropped from the bunch?

I saw a woman’s face in a cycling bunch ride two weeks ago that is imprinted on my mind, because it’s a face I know so well. I had never met this woman, but what I recognised was that look. Her face wasn’t necessarily filled with determination, but fear. You could see she was riddled with nerves and …

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Ridden: the all new 2017 Specialized Ruby, a suspension road bike

It’s the end of July and we’re in a classroom setting in a small town in the south-western suburbs of Paris. Specialized’s Head of Women’s Brand Vanessa Christie is addressing the room of media folk and it’s clear she can hardly contain her excitement. Behind the door to her left awaits a small fleet of …

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Roommate Rules 2.0

Last year’s “roommate rules” blog struck a chord with pro athletes, uni students, apartment dwellers, travellers and people living in close proximity all around the globe so I thought I would re-visit this topic and add a few more “tips/insights” into ways we can all get along a bit better when living in close quarters. …

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