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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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Learning to embrace lycra

I’m an elite level racer and spend a lot of hours in the saddle. I’m healthy. I’m strong. And I’m confident on the bike. Yet every time I see a picture of myself in lycra (or spandex as we say in the US), I cringe. Even in a podium shot –hands in the air, a big …

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Anti-doping tests: Even in retirement the early knock on the door doesn’t stop

Peeing in front of strangers and having to account for your whereabouts at all times is a necessary part of the anti-doping testing regime that comes with being a top-level athlete. All you have to do is look at the situation world champion Lizzie Armitstead recently found herself in to know that missing tests can bring serious consequences. So what is …

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Ask Ella: Why are my lady bits hurting after cycling?

Who doesn’t love the banter at the post-ride park-up? Talk of the ride, other adventures, equipment and then there are those tidbits that usually fall under the class of  TMI (too much information). Something I love about the ladies I ride with, is there is never such a thing as TMI. So true to form …

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Ridden and reviewed: The 2017 Diamondback Airén, a women’s endurance bike

The US-based Diamondback Bicycles is an interesting brand. It was founded as a BMX brand in 1970s, but is mostly known for being a more ubiquitous bike brand with large entry-level kids and mountain bike product lines. Diamondback, nowadays owned by Accell North America, adopted the consumer direct sales model early on and has been …

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Ask Ella: What is the best women’s saddle?

Why shouldn’t I wear underwear under my bike shorts? What is the best women’s bike seat? Do I really need a women’s specific bike? How the heck do I manage a middle of nowhere pee break and, even worse, how do I deal with my period when I’ve got an epic ride planned? Cycling can have …

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Endless baguettes, blanketless beds and bedbugs: Tips on surviving the French tours

That part of the season is upon us…the beginning of the French tours. Yep, the Tour de France isn’t the only tour happening in France! There’s La route de France, Trophee d’Or and the infamous Tour of Ardeche which will include Mont Ventoux. And so whilst the Olympians are off frolicking in Rio, the racing …

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The 12 ways to spot a female cyclist

Male cyclists tend to stand out pretty easily in a crowd, even when there is no lycra in sight as hair-free legs and cyclists tan are a dead giveaway. But it’s not always so easy with female cyclists … or is it? Perhaps it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for. With the tendency of most …

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