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Profile: Steve van Ruyven

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An MS diagnosis hasn’t stopped Steve van Ruyven from reaching some lofty heights on a bike. He tells Melissa Heagney how getting back on two wheels has given him a new life. Name Steve van Ruyven Age 50 Lives Mount Eliza Job Managing himself WHEN he was in Grade 6 at St Joseph’s Primary School
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Australia’s top 25 scenic bike rides

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From the coast to the mountains, Margot McGovern seeks the nation’s top routes for picturesque pedalling.  Australia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse landscapes: sunbaked ochre desert, lush tropical rainforest, snowcapped alpine ranges and pristine coastline. Our diverse native flora and fauna makes Australia unlike any other place in the
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Roll model

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Taking a less experienced rider for a pedal is a great way to encourage their riding—providing you don’t overdo it—finds Margot McGovern. Do you remember your early days of bike riding—legs burning, bum aching and appetite insatiable as your body adjusted to life on two wheels—when a spin down the local bike path was an
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First Peaks

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Team Bicycle Network’s Stefan Magat explores his firsts as he heads into this year’s Peaks Challenge. 2015 is a year filled with a number of firsts for me as an official “ elite roadie” – though I must admit, my career has been a very average one up until now. This weekend, I’ll be taking
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The Hard Road

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It took just a moment for cyclist Kerryn Harvey’s life to change forever. She tells Melissa Heagney her amazing story of survival and about her passion for riding. It was a warm January afternoon in 2013 when keen cyclist Kerryn Harvey and her partner Renee decided to head back to their hotel after a day
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Night rider

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A nocturnal trundle is a great way to escape the heat and discover a whole new side to the city in summer, finds Margot McGovern.  There’s a lot to enjoy about riding at any time of day—especially when the sun is out—but when the light disappears, the traffic thins and night owls begin their hooting, it
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RACV Great Vic Day 2: Albury to Yackandandah

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There was a mood of jubilation as the riders rolled out of camp at Albury this morning, commencing the first riding day of the 2014 RACV Great Vic Bike Ride. Today’s route – a 67km roll down to pretty Yackandandah – wasn’t the toughest day on paper, but the warm temperatures, humidity and a few
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Out-riding bad habits

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A passion for cycling can lead to big changes both on and off the track. Richard England tells Melissa Heagney how riding a bike has changed his (and others) lives for the better. Name: Richard England Age: 33 Occupation: Day Program Team Leader with YSAS Bikes: Scott mountain bike, Bianchi FG Lite road bike There are many life-changing moments
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Commuter to competitor

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Margot McGovern speaks with Liz Joiner to find out how a keen commuter becomes a competitive racer. The first flush of warm weather often brings a surge of motivation. Many of us dream of riding further and faster. We set ambitious fitness goals for the end of summer and plan for early morning rides and
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Commit to commuting

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Riding to work is a great way to get active, save money and put some extra time up your sleeve, finds Margot McGovern. Many thousands of Australians ride to work every day. I’m one of them. Even when it’s cold I’m brave enough to weather the storms for my rush of endorphins in the morning,
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