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Kate Palethorpe
First Women's Paris Roubaix Review

First Women's Paris Roubaix Review

This Saturday night (2nd October 2021 AEST) was a momentous date on the Women's cycling calendar - the first time women competed in the famed Paris Roubaix event.  Nicknamed the 'Hell of the North' this is a race famed for grueling muddy and dirty road, slippery cobblestones and the famed outdoor velodrome, for those lucky enough to survive to the finish! For many female cyclists this was a dream come true, an event that many involved in women's' cycling have been lobbying to be added to the calendar for many years.  For cycling fans and viewers, it is top notch entertainment, a...

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Kate Palethorpe

Exercise your Brain

                    Worked your way through Netflix's back catalogue and looking for something more satisfying to exercise your brain?? Look no further than this selection of podcasts from the team at Radiolab that explore some fascinating health and sport related topics.  Guaranteed to get you through at least another week of these lockdowns! The Unslicening Did you know that women tend to get autoimmune disease more than men? Three scientists dive back in time and into our genome to try to find out why. Gonads: Dutee In 2014, India’s Dutee Chand was a...

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Kate Palethorpe
Descending with confidence

Descending with confidence

Eyeing off that spectacular mountain climb you’ve wanted to conquer but more nervous about getting down than up?!  We get it.  Descending can be a nail biting experience and often, more difficult than grinding your way up the climb itself.  Here are our top tips to ensure you’re always descending safely AND with a smile! Position, position, position Having a low centre of gravity when you descend increases your stability and gives you better traction (and therefore control) on the road surface. So, make sure you get low on the bike including hands in the drops rather than on the...

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Kate Palethorpe

Fondo Athlete: Melissa Mackenzie

  Road and mountain biker from Melbourne, Australia Follow Mel   Tell us your cycling story? I’ve been riding for about 2.5 years now. I’d been doing a lot of running and decided I wanted to try something different so I brought a bike and signed up to do a half ironman; with absolutely no idea what I was doing. The bike leg turned out to be my favourite and after some encouragement from my local bike shop, I joined a club, got a race licence and went along to a couple of crits. At the time I had no...

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