Tips

Riding etiquette: How to avoid being the annoying tag-along

I ride alone a lot. A combination of not wanting to be bound by a tight schedule, specific training sessions and a love for blasting hip hop in my ears while I ride are probably to blame. Although my Dad would probably just say it’s because I’m unpopular. Regardless of the reason, I find that […]

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Climbing tips for non-climbers

Not long ago I received an email from a magazine asking if I wouldn’t mind providing an expert opinion on a question one of their readers had asked. The question: “Should you apologise if you get dropped on a climb during your bunch ride?” Being a sprinter and not a climber, I thought it both […]

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Host housing do’s and don’ts

Today’s the last day of Tour of America’s Dairylands (TOAD). I can’t believe it’s over already. We’ve had an awesome time racing together, scoring one podium and several top-tens. Personally, I’ve been proud of my performances at TOAD. I’ve had a handful of finishes in the top-twenty. I spent some time off front at Schlitz […]

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Ban leave passes and bin brownie points: The nice girls’ guide to negotiating ride time

Want to rack up brownie points, score a leave pass or find out a sly way to trick your partner into letting you go riding? You could always sneak out very quietly at 5.30 a.m. when your partner is still happily snoring away and when you arrive back at 10 a.m. say you woke up […]

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From pre-race coffees to gear checks, Specialized Securitor shares their pre-race routines

At the end of May, my Specialized Securitor teammates and I raced the fifth stage race on the Australian National Road Series Calendar – Battle on the Border. For most of us racing is our second job, and we live all over the country, from Cairns to Wagga to Melbourne. We generally don’t come together until the day […]

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Women Bike PHL Devo Team: What I know now that I wish I knew then

I’m just going to come out and admit it because my gushing is probably going to give me away anyway. I adore this group. They embody everything I love about women’s cycling and remind me why I fell so hard for this sport in the first place. When I called into their team practice last […]

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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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