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Perth rider becomes first woman to complete Gibb River Challenge solo

Perth rider becomes first woman to complete Gibb River Challenge solo

Perth cyclist Vilma FitzGerald became the first woman to complete the gruelling 700 km Gibb River Mountain bike challenge as a soloist this week. Vilma had previously completed the challenge in a team in 2011 and 2010. The event grows in popularity each year, with registrations filling in a matter of minutes. Organised by Simon Rimmer of Karunjie Event Management, is one of the most effective fundraising events on the cycling calendar, as well as having … Read entire article »

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Timing of caffeine intake the key for athletes

Timing of caffeine intake the key for athletes

Whether you are an elite athlete trying to gain a competitive edge, or a regular bike commuter, consuming caffeine one hour prior to exercise has the potential to improve your performance. Lecturer and exercise physiologist with The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies, Dr Tina Skinner, has recently published the results of her work on the links between caffeine consumption and athletic performance. “Caffeine’s performance-enhancing effect was thought to be related to the levels of … Read entire article »

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Peddling during Bikeweek? I think not!

Peddling during Bikeweek? I think not!

Actually, we will be doing a little peddling here at Velo-city:Perth because as a Bikeweek special we are offering our book about cycling culture in WA. The Bikeweek special price is calculated as: {[your postcode – 6008] x [0.1x distance you will ride during Bikeweek]} so send us your specs. Back to the issue at hand: peddling vs pedalling. As someone who can’t leave the house without a paintpen in case I’m confronted by the misuse … Read entire article »

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Cyclist killed by hit and run

Cyclist killed by hit and run

The Perth cycling community is in shock over the hit and run death of a male cyclist at about 8pm last night. A 28 year old Watermans Bay man has been charged with a string of offences including aggravated dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop after an accident, failing to render assistance and driving under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear in court on April 3. It is alleged that the … Read entire article »

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Hill Climbing for Busy People

Hill Climbing for Busy People

by Ian Wee * Introduction Let’s face it, the majority of us are not blessed with infinite time to ride and train yet our mortal bodies try and achieve endurances that elite or professional cyclists do! I have been treating the Genesys Pro Team during their stay in Perth for the Perth Criterium (and what a great job they accomplished to) and with other elite and professional cyclists that we see, I often gain further insight to their … Read entire article »

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Bikes and burgers provide theme of community event

Bikes and burgers provide theme of community event

The Perth Integrated Health Cycling Group hosted its inaugural Burger Edge Community Grand Fondo on Sunday 26 February and raised more than $2000 for community radio station Sonshine FM. More than 80 riders signed up for the innovative event, the brainchild of PIHCG director Ian Wee who said the teaming up with a burger café made sense. “These aren’t your average burgers,” said Ian. “Burger Edge are providers of gourmet healthy burgers which are endorsed by the … Read entire article »

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Call for Lycra ban – legal action may follow

Call for Lycra ban – legal action may follow

Ok, so perhaps I am stretching the fabric of the truth a little, but there are moves afoot to control the uses of Lycra in reporting. Years ago when I first started writing about cycling I was very put out when a subeditor with The Age destroyed the rhythm of a carefully crafted sentence by red-penning my use of the word. Somehow “stretch-fabric clad cyclists” didn’t have the same ring to it. The argument was … Read entire article »

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West Aussie wins gold in London

West Aussie wins gold in London

West Australian Melissa Hoskins has won gold in the Women’s Scratch race at the World Cup, held in London over the weekend. The meet was the first chance for riders to try out the Olympic velodrome, which is reputed to be a fast track and likely to produce plenty of world records in the Games. Hoskins was part of the team which won the women’s team pursuit at the national championships only a couple of … Read entire article »

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Pedal Power – rolling with the times

Pedal Power – rolling with the times

With 3500 members and more than 40 years’ experience in advocacy, you would think that Canberra’s Pedal Power might think it had all the answers, but instead it is an organisation in the process of reinventing itself. John Armstrong, Executive Officer of PP since October 2010, says one of its main strengths is its openness to critical self-reflection. “Pedal Power has had a very traditional image: conservative, with the typical member being a bearded man wearing a … Read entire article »

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Video of the week – why bikes are bad

Hitler bicycle rant from www.theweeklycycle.com on Vimeo. thanks Dino … Read entire article »

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