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Vélochef review

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Vélochef by Henrik Orre $39.99 Though this cookbook is subtitled “Food for training and competition”, it offers delicious and interesting recipes, perfect for any long ride. Forget packing revolting gels, spend half an hour the night before to make a rice bar (p76) or mix yourself a date and lemon drink (p72). Henrik Orre is
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5 rehab tips to get back in the saddle

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When an injury keeps you sidelined from the hobbies you love, it’s hard not to get impatient and frustrated. Michael Hobbs chats with Cabrini Allied Health Centre’s Kirby Young for his top five rehab tips to get you back on the bike, quicker. In a fast-paced world, a sudden injury can put your life into
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Leg strength workout

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Personal trainer and enthusiastic cyclist Tammy Curtis knows precisely how to power up your legs for maximum performance. If you want to gain an advantage over the peloton, set some new PBs on Strava or pass your mates up a climb like they’re standing still, then listen up! There is one approach that I believe
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Alarm over health care costs

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Lack of physical activity is estimated to be now costing the US health budget $117 billion dollars a year, or about 10 per cent of health care costs. According to the latest US household travel survey data, only 11 per cent of all trips are taken by foot, one per cent by bicycle, and two
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Neck relief

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Don’t let cycling be a pain in the neck. Danielle Halvorsen explains some simple ways to help take care of this part of the body. Photography by Karl Hilzinger.  Whether you are a diehard cyclist or someone who just likes a social ride, at some point in time, you’re likely to experience discomfort in the
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Towards 50/50

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Bicycle Network has moved on equalising participation in bike riding with an initiative specifically for women. Sarah Down reports. At present, only one-in-three of Australia’s bike riders are women. This proportion is even less across Australia’s major mass participation bike riding events like Around the Bay, where women make up only 21% of riders. It’s
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Muscle up for brain power

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People with fit, strong legs have been found to also retain more brain power as they age, a further indication that riding a bike for exercise has benefits for brain function as well as physical health. In a remarkable, decade-long study of 300 female twins, researchers at Kings College, London, have demonstrated that leg power
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Bike Futures Conference 2015 wrap up

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Over 150 experts in urban planning, active travel and bike advocacy met at the annual Bike Futures Conference this week to discuss and dissect the challenges of becoming a nation of bike riders. Michael Hobbs reports. The three day conference themed on ‘overcoming barriers to bike riding’ had delegates pedalling through Melbourne on Monday, before
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Cross training benefits

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When someone says “cross­training”, people usually reply “What for?” Danielle Halvorsen explains the benefits for bike riders. If bike riding is all you do for fitness, you need to start thinking of other ways to benefit your overall physical health. Cross training changes your regular patterns and movements and shows up underperforming and inflexible muscles.
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Back on the bike

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After a life changing injury there can be many roads to recovery, and pedalling a bike can be one important part. Senior Exercise Physiologist Chris Byrne explains. The  Epworth  Hospital’s  Cycle  Re­training  started  20  years  ago  –  the  brainchild  of  sports physiologists including Chris Byrne who realised people suffering from traumatic injuries wanted to get
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