Tips

Roommate rules: how to share a hotel room like a pro

As a professional cyclist, I spend a large majority of my existence on the road and, by default, hotel-hopping. I am currently in the middle of what I would call epic hotel-hopping all over the United States. I’ll stop there for a second. Are you reading this now and imagining that I’m living it up […]

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Tips for travelling with your bike

I love travelling as much as I love riding my bike. It will come as no surprise that a holiday with my bike is my idea of heaven. I enjoy exploring new roads, seeing new sights and finding new climbs. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Australia racing with Specialized Securitor and I’ve […]

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Weekly Wisdom: Mental Fitness

Please welcome Jennifer Sharp (née Triplett), an ALP Cycles coach and Weekly Wisdom contributor. Jennifer, a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach, started racing in 2004 as a means to fulfill her competitive itch. Previously a national level boxer, she grew tired of getting hit in the head and decided to pound the pedals instead. She […]

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Misadventures in mechanics: Mara Abbott’s ode to pro wrenches

My job is to make the bike go fast. My job is not to make the bike run well. Thank goodness. Thank goodness that there are mechanics in the world whose skill and instinct as “bike whisperers” far exceeds mine. Though, as you will read, I can indeed offer some good McGyver tips on how […]

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Weekly Wisdom: Race day nutrition

Please welcome Patricia Schwager, an ALP Cycles coach and Weekly Wisdom contributor. Patricia began racing as a junior in 1998. After racing on the domestic level and completing her pastry chef diploma, she got her first pro contract in 2006. Now in her tenth year of professional racing, Patricia has a lot of experience racing […]

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Boels-Dolmans: 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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Fit for the fight

Michelle Lee reached out to me on Twitter. She said she had a story from a teammate that she thought would be a good fit for the Ella audience. Could she send it my way? I have to admit, I didn’t have particularly high expectations. We’ve been pitched quite a few ideas since launch, and […]

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How To: Get your mud on with Australian cyclocross national champion Lisa Jacobs

Ask any rider about her first cyclocross race, and you’ll probably hear something like this: “It was tricky and I got filthy, but afterwards I just had this big silly grin on my face and I couldn’t wait to do it again.” It is a cycling discipline that is designed for the wet and chilly […]

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How To: Commute like a champ

Ella columnist Verita Stewart fell in love with cycling when she started to commute to work three years ago. And like many before her, Verita’s love for cycling quickly took on a life as its own. Although Verita now races at the top level of the sport in Australia, she continues the daily commute that […]

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How To: Ride your road bike on dirt and gravel

We recently shared registration details for the Ella CyclingTips Women’s Ride on April 12. Our ride includes a bit of dirt and gravel, which we know might be new terrain for some of you. To ensure you’re ride-ready for the big event, we reached out to Gracie Elvin who graciously shared her top five tips […]

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