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5 minutes with the world's best artistic cyclist

artistic cycling interview

5 minutes with the world's best artistic cyclist

First up, let's address the obvious: what is artistic cycling? "Artistic cycling is a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks (called exercises) for points on specialized, fixed-gear bikes in a format similar to ballet or gymnastics. The exercises are performed in front of judges in five-minute rounds by singles, pairs, four- or six-man teams." Ok, that sounds a bit wacky. Let's watch a video to get a better sense of what this is all about. Alright! Now those are some serious skills. Now, who is Nicole Frýbortová? She's a Slovakian rider who has had a legendary...

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Just A Girl, Her Road Bike And Some Polar Bears

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Just A Girl, Her Road Bike And Some Polar Bears

Just in case you Northern Hemispherers were feeling a little chilly, we had a chat with Joanna who is currently keeping up her training in polar conditions. Name: Joanna Perchaluk - Mandat Lives: Usually Zakopane, presently Polish Polar Station, Spitsbergen, Norwegia Does: Meteorologist, Leader of the 42nd Polar Expedition Rides: Road Corratec Dolomiti, after the Expedition – TT bike Q1 Wow – what does a meteorologist actually do on these polar expeditions? What’s involved? There are three meteorologists at the Expedition. A couple years back there were only two. Each one has a 24-hour duty during which every 3 hours...

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Suffering in Silence: Cyclist Stories

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Suffering in Silence: Cyclist Stories

All around the world, in fact someone you know well, people suffer in silence. They battle on, day after day, with chronic pain, illnesses and diseases that strangers can't see. They have auto-immune conditions that few will ever understand. And, of course, those many suffer in silence with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Read some amazing stories of women who have some pretty serious sh*t going on in their lives... and how bikes saved them. While this blog was originally written in 2018, we feel it remains a valid issue and so worth sharing again as a reminder. After her heartfelt...

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What Happens When You're Not Allowed To Cycle Outside?

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What Happens When You're Not Allowed To Cycle Outside?

CWRB chats to cyclist Rachael Anderson about her love of cycling and the motivation to keep going when your circumstances throw challenges. Tell me a little about you - who is Rachael Anderson?? I grew up in Oklahoma and was a complete geek. I had myself convinced that sports were terrible and that there was no point to them. Then I joined the Army to help pay for college. Although I eventually realised that I did enjoy sports, my new found athleticism was hindered by a stress fracture in my hip. After I was medically discharged, I moved to Hawaii...

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There's Something About Mary

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There's Something About Mary

Being a part of CWRB has helped many women gain self confidence on their bikes and make lifelong friends at the same time. One such example in our Brisbane chapter is Mary Scott – animal lover, Placebo fan, LGBTQ+ activist, relapsed MTBer and a touching example of how it’s never too late to start again… I was born in Gloucester England in 1978 and grew up in the west country of England near Bristol until I was 12, when we moved to Brisbane, Australia. We moved because most of my Mother’s family were out in Australia, having come over during...

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