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Let’s make the cycling world welcoming to women

June 1 2019

Ever since the 1870s the humble bicycle has played a role in the emancipation of women and had an impact on their lives. For example, in its early days, the bicycle was used to make a statement about women’s rights and roles in the world as they were freed from whalebone corsets and long skirts.

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A first for women’s cycling in Scotland

March 16 2019

A few weeks ago in this column I lamented the absence of a woman’s version of the Tour de France. I had just finished typing the piece, and no sooner had I pressed “send” with my copy winging its way to Courier HQ than I received a press release notification of a Women’s Tour of Scotland.

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Healthy food is the ideal fuel for cycling

June 15 2019

Cycling is an activity that requires lots of good fuel to keep our bodies functioning over long rides. Although the term ‘bonk’ may induce sniggers among many, for cyclists and other endurance athletes bonking can be quite a serious situation and is the term used to describe the point where you have exhausted your body’s glycogen stores and becoming hypoglycaemic.

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12 years on: The Etape Caledonia still has international appeal

April 6 2019

It is hard to believe that it was in 2007 that the cycle sportive, the Etape Caledonia, first debuted under a cloud of controversy. It was, at that time, the first and only closed-road cycle event in the UK and that fact meant that it caused equal amounts of consternation and celebration amongst people living in the route’s vicinity.

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Gravel biking is the way to see more of Scotland

May 18 2019

Although seen as relatively new, gravel riding actually harks back to the creation of the bicycle. In those days the bicycle offered an opportunity to seek new adventures and horizons on unsurfaced roads and tracks. However, for modern-day riders their experience of cycling may only extend as far as mountain biking and road cycling – gravel bikes offer the best of both worlds.

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Don’t just cycle – recycle!

March 2 2019

The Bike Station, as its website declares, recycles donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices, and then use the proceeds to help people across Scotland get cycling. It is a commitment that suits Perth Bike Station manager, Mark Sinclair, down to the ground.

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Is cycle racing best left to the young?

February 10 2019

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ll know I’m a passionate advocate for getting young people active and involved in sporting competition. The reasons for this are obvious, but I also believe getting them involved in sport at an early age goes far beyond mere health benefits.

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Loving the working life on a bike

May 4 2019

I consider myself extremely lucky to have a job in the world of cycling. Even more so when that job allows me to travel to some of the most iconic cycling locations, work on some amazing jobs, and coach and inspire others to get involved in the sport.