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Review: The Breakaway from Olympic cyclist Nicole Cooke
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted December 4, 2014 at 3:59pm

Nicole Cooke wins Gold at Beijing PIC AP via The TelegraphDo you know Nicole Cooke? You should if you have or want to have an interest in women’s sport, but especially if you’re interested in clean sport.The Welsh cyclist retired last year w...more

Iranian female junior cycling team wins first Asian medal
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted June 1, 2014 at 4:47pm

The Iranian female junior cycling team has created history in their country for winningBronze in 2014 Asian Cycling Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan on Monday, making theirmark in Asian cyclingThis win has also marked the first Asian Championships meda...more

On your bike ladies!
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted August 11, 2013 at 9:43am

Cyclist and Olympic medallist Laura Trott had her 21st birthday party when she was 16 - to avoid a future clash with racing season. That's dedication. You can read the Observer Magazine article online here. And meanwhile as Trott says above 'so many ...more

First Afghan Women's Cycling Team Sets Sights on Rio
by Muslim Women in Sports
posted April 29, 2013 at 8:51pm

By Cristina GoyanesThere’s nothing like hopping on your bike for a sweat-drenching trek through the woods, cruise in the park, or ride around town—but would you risk your life for your two-wheeler? For women in Afghanistan, riding a bike ...more

Nicole Cooke retires from cycling with a bang
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted January 17, 2013 at 9:39am

I've just been reading British cyclist Nicole Cooke's retirement speech and well, you need to read this. It's long but a crucial look at what's wrong with modern sport's attitude to doping but also a powerful comment on why feminism really needs to look m...more

JILL OF ALL TRADES: How Being a Multi-Sport Athlete Keeps Me Balanced
by SemperSarah
posted October 30, 2012 at 6:21pm

Being active is my lifeblood. Whether I am playing soccer or snowboarding, I welcome every athletic adventure that comes my way. The variety of sports I participate in encourages balance, balance enhances health, and health breeds happiness....more

The Leper Colony: Why women's cycling can (and should) go it alone
by Felicity (Fawkes) Hawksley
posted October 27, 2012 at 9:32am

  I've been avoiding writing about Lance Armstrong for some time. Partly because my legal brain is engaged in a battle with my common sense. “He never tested properly, properly positive” whispers the lawyer in me. But there is such ...more

Armstrong Aftermath: To ‘cleanse’ cycling, but at what cost?
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted October 22, 2012 at 2:05pm

It’s official: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned for life — even though he’s retired. UCI, the international cycling union, will not challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s pun...more

Helmet Heads: New Innovations in Cycling Safety Gear
by Pretty Tough
posted September 26, 2012 at 8:45am

If you’re a cyclist, you’ll want to pay close attention to some of the latest trends  in bike helmets.  Driven by innovations in other activities, including firefighting and football,   cyclists are now safer than ever with...more

Emma Pooley: Completely Wrong
by Felicity (Fawkes) Hawksley
posted September 23, 2012 at 9:50am

The Women's Senior Elite Road Race Championships, Holland Interviewing a competitor directly after an event is a bit like interviewing a drunk person. They can be tired, emotional, even vomiting – I've seen combinations of all three. And as with...more

Training Camp - Peanut Style!
by Christine
posted August 26, 2012 at 6:51am

Just back from 11 days in the Vogezen - a very hilly, beautiful region in France - for a pre-cross-season training camp!  It was such a wonderful experience! Not only did it get to climb forever every day but the pre/post playtime was just as rewardi...more

It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again…Or Is It?
by Draft Day Suit
posted August 25, 2012 at 9:22pm

The Lance Armstrong scandal has rocked not just the cycling world but the sports world because, in short order one of the worlds greatest athletes has been given the scarlet letter of shame, simply for refusing to continue along an arbitration process tha...more

From post-Tour crits to NYC
by Christine
posted August 4, 2012 at 2:50pm

Kapellen by Luc van der MeirenWell, I (mainly) successfully completed 5 races out of 6 days. the first was 10th, the second i did a few too many time-wasting efforts in the first round and suffered for the rest so I 'm going to forget about that day, the ...more

Just finished race 1 of 5 this week
by Christine
posted July 27, 2012 at 8:40am

Wow, that was a shock. After a tough recovery process from ripping my back muscles 6 weeks ago, having to do intervals again was a fairly unpleasant experience.  Luckily, as the peloton got smaller and smaller i was able to stay with them. I may...more

13-year-old Winter Vinecki: Competing for a Cause
by Laura Landgreen
posted April 16, 2012 at 10:48am

Her name is Winter Vinecki, and on April 29th, 2012, she will embark upon her quest to be the youngest person to ever complete a full marathon on every continent. But Winter isn’t doing this just to hold a world record, which she will upon successful com...more

There is a reason why I do this sport.
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted March 4, 2012 at 8:05am

There is a reason why I do this sport.  There are moments and days that I question that, yet then there is that moment of clarity.  I am reunited with teammates, with friends, with passion. Today was a beginning at the Merco Cycling Classic.&nb...more

Riding your bicyle all day…
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted December 22, 2011 at 2:47pm

The other day I got to ride my bicycle all day. You may ask, don’t you do that all the time?  Aren’t you a professional cyclist?  Don’t worry, I am a professional, but that doesn’t mean I don’t “get” to...more

Four flats on a rainy day: the life of a cyclist
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted December 20, 2011 at 1:24pm

Call it a rite of passage.  Call it a stroke of bad luck.  Or just shrug your shoulders and say, “It happens”. And happen it did. I have ridden a bike for about 4 years.  And since I have an affinity for the number 4, I like t...more

Profile of a cyclist
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted December 5, 2011 at 9:03am

Nicola Women Who Cycle bloggerNicola from Sydney, Australia is behind the blog 'Women who Cycle'. A public relations consultant, she says she loves biking and racing for the exercise, socialising and a boost of self-confidence. We had an e- chat to find o...more

BBC Sports Personality list
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted December 1, 2011 at 1:38pm

The BBC has named its shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year. But oops, looks like they really meant Sportsman of the Year. The ten finalists, whittled down from a list which did include some women, were chosen by 27 sports editors from national and...more

Alison Starnes on her life and the palidrome 11-02-2011
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted November 3, 2011 at 4:09pm

It is time for me to come back to the land of the living.  It is now November 2011.  A rare day, actually, it is a palindrome, 11-02-2011.  That date in itself should be enough reason to come back to life. In order to clear the air, we can address a c...more

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