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Aoife Glass

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First Cycle Commute Attempt = Success!

Map showing Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare
My route goes from Weston-Super-Mare (bottom left) to Bristol (top right)

The other week I mentioned I was going to try and start cycling in to work this year. Well, on Monday I made my first attempt and yes, I made it in the whole way!

It’s around 27 miles, which is a distance I do fairly often but not yet regularly enough. However, this route is a bit hillier than my usual bimble around the Somerset levels, plus I had two laden pannier bags. I also decided to to take my time and not rush as I wasn’t sure of the route, and I didn’t want to completely knacker myself for a days work afterwards.

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New Kit for Commuting

Aoife Glass road cycling seaside
If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to get a tiny bit of seaside riding in on my commute too

From next week, I’m going to start commuting to work.

Well, that’s the plan anyway. In some ways this shouldn’t be such a big deal, as I’ve commuted to work for various jobs regularly over the last 6 years. What’s different is that I now live in Weston-Super-Mare, and I work in Bristol, so that’s going to be quite a commute. I’m estimating about 25 miles. It’s going to take some commitment.

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Fuelling my Ride – Nutrition for Cycling

More cycling posts: Megavalanche 2014 Gallery

Nutrition for cycling is big business, with millions of pounds spent on gels, powders and tablets every year, and thousands of articles written on what you should and shouldn’t eat when training, riding and racing.

The thing is, although guidelines are great start point, it’s usually a pretty personal thing. What cycling nutrition to go for depends a lot on what you are trying to achieve, and also what you like and what agrees with your body. This, by the way, is one of the reasons I’m a big fan of going for some personal training if you are preparing for a specific event.

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Pimp my Ride: Upgrading my Juliana Mountain Bike for Mountain Use

My Juliana Furtado bike in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Spain
My Juliana Furtado bike in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Spain

I love my little Juliana Furtado mountain bike. I bought her in 2013 after test riding a similar bike for Total Women’s Cycling, and completely fell in love. She’s beautiful, capable, speedy, talented – in fact pretty much perfect for most of the riding I do in the UK.

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2015 Cycling New Years Resolutions

Woman mountain biking scotland
In 2014, I went mountain biking in Torridon, Scotland. I really want to ride there again in 2015 – and you can see why.

I’ve got a lot of general New Years Resolutions (including giving blood, reading more books, you get the idea) but as a lover of lists, I’ve also got a whole separate set of Cycling New Years Resolutions.

Cycling is a pretty big part of my life, whether it’s road cycling or mountain biking, or just bimbling about here and there. I’m not particularly good, not particularly fit (working on that one), and mostly just in it for the fun. But wow, what a lot of fun it is!

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Why bib-tights are bliss for mountain biking

women's cycling bib tights
3/4 length cycling bib tights – the perfect base for autumn/winter mountain biking

Cycling bib-tights. Or, to be more accurate, women’s 3/4 bib tights. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d have a large selection of them in the MTB kit side of my wardrobe, I’d have been quite amused. For road cycling, they are very handy, but for mountain biking…?

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Recent Articles – From Pro Women’s Cycling to Pedals Via The Megavalanche.

Aoife Portfolio 1

I really enjoy the variety of styles and subjects I get to write about for Total Women’s Cycling, and this selection of some of my recent posts are a great example of the breadth of content I (and the site!) cover. Whether you like road cycling or mountain biking, inspirational stories or topical issues, or want advice on gear and bikes, there’s something for you there.

5 Issues in Professional Women’s Cycling More Important Than THAT Kit

Seen THAT Colombian women’s cycling team kit? You might have laughed. You might have been shocked. You probably shared it. But there are much bigger, more important issues facing professional women’s cycling. Want to change things? Share THIS instead.

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On Film at the Etape Suisse Road Cycling Event Launch

In April 2014 I was invited along to the launch of the Etape Suisse, a new concept in the world of cycling events. The launch took place in the Houses of Parliament, and as well as wanting to know more about the Etape Suisse itself, I have to admit to being more than a little nosy about what Westminster was like on the inside.

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Eurobike, Yeah! Pretzels, Bratwurst and New Women’s Cycling Gear for 2015.

Eurobike 2014 collage women's cycling gear

The annual Eurobike trade show is a bike lovers heaven and hell rolled into one. The huge, vast, and numerous halls of the Friedrichshafen Messe in Germany are taken over by brands, retailers, and manufacturers big and small. It’s where a lot of the larger bike shops will come to look at what to stock for the following year, where you can spot the clothing and kit trends for 2015, and where people with new ideas come to show them to the industry to gain support and backing. It’s like the ultimate bike window shopping!

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