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I have been to the mountaintop

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Fiona McGlade reflects on cycling, friendship, cancer and recovery. It was on one day early last spring, as I was training for Around the Bay, that I rode my bike from inner city Melbourne to the base of Mt Dandenong and found myself pondering the course of the road as it rose skywards before disappearing
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Commit not to quit

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Excluding any thought of quitting is the key to completing this epic feat of solo endurance. Ultra-endurance cycling events are a small, but growing, niche, with examples like the Race Across America, Tour Divide (North America), Freedom Challenge (South Africa) and Transcontinental (Belgium to Istanbul) growing in both attendance and media attention. But if there’s
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I reckon I could do it!

I reckon I could do it!

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With the 2016 edition of Around the Bay just over the horizon, here’s the not-at-all-exaggerated, true story of 16-year-old Sarah Maloney‘s words coming back to haunt her on Around the Bay 2015.  Oh great, now it’s hailing! Typical Melbourne weather is far from appreciated at this point in time, so you can stop with the hail, no more constant
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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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Rides calendar 2016

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Fast or slow, lycra or no, there should be a bike event here for you. Compiled by Simon Vincett. Browse by type here or by month in the list below. Leave your suggestions in the comments at the end. Something to train for: Around the Bay, Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, Newcrest Orange Challenge, MS
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Profile: Alison McCormack

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From pedaling primary schooler to passionate roadie and racer, Alison McCormack tells Melissa Heagney why she’s working to get more women riding. Name Alison McCormack Age 41 Member of Team Bicycle Network and St Kilda Cycling Club Job Head of Commercial and Visitor Services ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). WHEN Alison McCormack was
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Closing the gap

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Margot McGovern takes a look at the long road ahead for women in the world of professional road riding. Last year Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) made history when she defeated Kirsten Wild (Giant–Shimano) in a nail-biting sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées before a roaring crowd and millions of television viewers around the
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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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Velo chic

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Margot McGovern finds casual clothes for the discerning everyday rider. For some, bike riding is an athletic pursuit. For others it’s an opportunity to veer off the beaten track and explore undiscovered landscapes. But for many, bikes are simply a fun and easy way to get around town. For those who ride for the convenience, finding clothing to wear that’s
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Rapha city collection

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Rapha city collection Iain Treloar and Margot McGovern take an in-depth look at selections from Rapha’s new city riding collection.   Is there a more polarising cycling apparel brand than Rapha? They’re emblematic of the mystique of cycling, occupying a premium space in the market. But regardless of how you feel about their price-tag and
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