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A beginner’s guide to prepping for a criterium

It is spring in the Southern Hemisphere and even if the weather in the southern states of Australia may at times seem to have forgotten this, the race calendars haven’t. Spring heralds the beginning of our criterium (or ‘crit’) season and at this early stage many riders will be entering their first crit ever and perhaps even pinning a number on for …

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How to mentally recover after a bike crash

During the women’s road race at the Rio Olympic Games in August, we all watch in horror as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed hard, laying in the gutter motionless and unconscious until aid came. Yet remarkably, Van Vleuten returned to the pro peloton just weeks later, winning the Lotto Belgium Tour in convincing manner. …

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Thoughts every rider has during her first cyclocross event

We are well into the cyclocross season here in the US, and after missing most of last season (because I was frolicking in the sunshine in the Southern Hemisphere) I am falling in love with ‘cross all over again. All those friendly familiar faces, the hand-ups and shenanigans, the different terrain, the sloppy mudfests that make …

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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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