women’s cycling

Smiles for miles: a weekend away with Ella and Soigneur

There are endless reasons why we ride. We all have our own reasons yet the love for the bike unifies us and brings us together. This weekend 11 women from all walks of life came together on our very first Ella Soigneur Feminin riding weekend.  Starting from luxury accommodations in the woodsy Gladysdale, Victoria, the […]

Your first upgrades: here’s where to invest your money

Cycling is an expensive sport, and I often get asked what to invest in when new to cycling. What items should one prioritise? And what is a worthy investment in terms of value, comfort and performance? When I first started cycling, I had a very basic set-up. I started out with a modest $2500 budget, which […]


Roaring red smoothie

Please give a warm Ella welcome to Meg Gillmer. Better known as The Wholesome Athlete, Meg is a Sydney-based cyclist and passionate foodie. Currently a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, meg is on a mission to bring us all fresh, seasonal and simple food to get the most out of our bodies and move […]


Ella Picks: Ferrand-Prevot breaks her leg; 36-year-old makes comeback ahead of Rio, Ale-Cipollini rider tests positive for EPO and more

In this week’s internet roundup, we explore the riders with the most ‘character’. We also want you to meet Rebecca Werner, who’s currently riding from Adelaide to Brisbane in the bike tracks of her parents, and take a trip to Rio with the Dutch national team. And as always, we catch up on latest race news. […]

Five essential yoga poses for cyclists

I met Ali Watts at the TaiwanKOM Challenge in September and was immediately impressed with her physique (so ripped!), her flexibility and strength on the bike. I had to know her secret. “Are you a triathlete?” I asked.  -“Nope.” “Do you do Crossfit?” – “Nope”. Her ‘secret’ as it turned out, is yoga. And lots of […]


Watch your posture for strong, pain-free riding

While most of us do spend the time to get a proper bike fit, I’m finding that too little attention is spent on how we sit on our bikes. Do you make use of strong core muscles to provide a solid base from which to make power and ride pain free? During a session of […]


Bike fit: do I need one and what can I expect when I’m there?

Most people new to cycling tend to jump on a bike that seems about the right size and just ride it, accepting whatever niggles come along as a part of the process. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are increasingly sophisticated tools out there that to have detailed look at what size bike […]


The HoliDaze: let’s talk about holiday weight management

It’s that time of year again, the time where I have many athletes contact me and ask if they should try x.y.z diet trend to try to minimize gain weight over the holidays. For my southern-hemisphere athletes, they wonder about long rides on minimal fuel or going out training fasted as a means to mitigate […]


How to be a good riding buddy

On Sunday I rode the Giro Della Donna, which is a stunning loop out of the town of Warburton, Victoria, consisting of 105 kilometres and 2700 meters of climbing. Fair to say, it was a tough day out for me and my riding crew. We had planned to ride this for months and were super […]


Ella Picks: how do we get more women on (mountain) bikes; Afghan women’s cycling team up for humanitarian award; new women’s WorldTour team and more

In this week’s internet roundup, we explore what it takes to get more women on mountain bikes. We also want you to meet National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year honorees, the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team. And we catch up on latest team signings, new teams and more. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! […]