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Lessons learned in my first gran fondo

The alarm rings at the ungodly time of 4:30 a.m., less than five hours after I had put my head down on a pillow. Half an hour later, the hotel staff smiles at us courteously as the sound of ticking freehubs fill the lobby. The sunrise still casts a warm glow past the tall buildings …

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Video: Greenland by fat bike with Australian adventurer Kate Leeming

Australian adventurer Kate Leeming has taken to the icy nation of Greenland, facing blizzards and gales, as she tested her equipment and her body in preparation for a world-first cycle across Antarctica via the South Pole. Initial targets for a 400-kilometre fat bike expedition had to be wound back as the blizzard stalled the start by eight days. Then, the load of soft snow …

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What I know now that I wish I knew then…

You know that tips section on the homepage just below the featured stories and newsletter sign up? Well, that section is populated by responses to the question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?” We ask that question nearly every time we do an interview with someone for the first time. …

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Keeping bike fit when riding isn’t an option

Good fitness requires consistency, but due to travel, work, family, and other time constraints, being able to ride multiple times a week sometimes simply isn’t an option. So, the question becomes, ‘how do I stay fit, when I can’t be on my bike?”. If consistent bike riding isn’t possible, then the goal becomes consistent exercise. Being …

Emotion into execution: my path to resilience

I’m sitting here trying to study for Uni, not getting far, because all I can think about right now is how much I want to be racing instead of sitting here on my balcony staring into space (more about that later). My teammate advised me to use this time to be productive in other areas…so …

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Ridden and reviewed: Julbo glasses for the multisport woman

The French eye-wear company Julbo has been around since 1888, and while it’s been adapting its products for multisport since 2000, it’s still fairly small in cycling scene. For those us who ride across disciplines and enjoy spending time in the woods or in the snow for cross training, it’s a company worth checking out. …

“As a woman, you’d be interested in eTap?”: SRAM eTap ridden and reviewed

When I attended Interbike last fall, I was eager to play with SRAM’s eTap groupset. The much anticipated technology had been well featured since Eurobike and after seeing so many images, videos and article on it I wanted to see what all the fuss was about myself. So there I was at the SRAM booth …

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Reviewed: SKINS women’s DNAmic compression clothing

To get stronger on the bike, it is best to also spend some time training off the bike. Whether it’s yoga, weight lifting or core work, most of us (try to) adhere to some cross training programme. The industry is slowly catching on to the demand for non-cycling apparel for cyclists but in the meantime, there are plenty …

Tackle the unknown with confidence: five tips to help you prepare for a new challenge

Part of the fun of taking on a cycling event can be the discovery of new areas and new roads. It can also be the daunting part, especially when the distance or the elevation gain is out of your comfort zone.  But don’t let that be the reason to avoid cycling challenges outside your home turf, as …

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5 Reasons why I want my wife to try cycling

Once you fall in love with cycling it can very quickly become all consuming. Your money disappears into gear and apparel, your mornings and weekends revolve around riding, you lose touch with those friends who don’t ride and make heeps of new ones who do,  and you just want everyone else to experience that joy …

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