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Aoife Glass

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La Course with Specialized

One part of my job that I absolutely love, and that I know I’m lucky I get to experience, is the chance to attend amazing events. This summer, I was invited to attend La Course in Paris with bicycle company Specialized along with a group of other female journalists.

La Course is a significant event in the world of women’s road cycling. The one day event, which takes place on the iconic Champs Elysées on the same day as the finale stage of the Tour de France, came about by the dedicated campaigning of a group of female cyclists.

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Learning from the Experts: What I’ve Learned from Coaching

I don't have a picture of a course - sorry! It's probably because I was busy being on them ;) Here's a picture of riding in La Thuile instead.
I don’t have a picture of a course – sorry! It’s probably because I was busy being on them 😉 Here’s a picture of riding in La Thuile instead.

I’ve had a lot of coaching sessions over the years as I’ve learned to ride. I’m not someone for whom mountain biking came particularly naturally. I’m cautious, nervous about injuring myself, and find it hard to push myself too far out of my comfort zone.

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Peebles: Mountain Biking Heaven in Scotland

The view from the top of the XC loop at Innerleithen. There's a whole lotta climbing but the view and the descent are totally worth it!
The view from the top of the XC loop at Innerleithen. There’s a whole lotta climbing but the view and the descent are totally worth it!

Easter weekend. Four blissful days off, and the perfect time to head off for a mountain biking adventure. And of course eat a whole lot of chocolate!

Bank holiday weekends are also always a gamble; it’s probably going to rain in the UK at some point over the weekend everywhere, so can you get a lucky break and find a part of the UK with less rain than the rest? Some careful consideration of the long range weather forecast later, and we decided to head to Peebles.

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Image Gallery: Flare Clothing Co. Cloudburst Jacket Review

Flare Clothing Cloudburst Jacket 2

Over the last few weeks I’ve been testing the new Cloudburst Women’s Cycling Jacket by Flare for Total Women’s Cycling. Do I like it? In short – YES! The cut and fit is among the best I’ve encountered when it comes to cycling jackets for women, and I it manages to look different and distinctive without looking too lairy. I’ve been happily wearing it about town walking and cycling as well as on the trail.

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Women’s Cycling Goodies at The London Bike Show

VeloVixen Stand at the London Bike Show - packed full of women's cycling goodies! And a very excited Kirsty :)

I popped along to The London Bike Show on Thursday (opening day) to scope out the goodies, meet up with my friends in the cycling world, and attend the Total Women’s Cycling Awards. I’ll pop something up on the TWC Awards later (suffice it to say it drew a huge crowd and was a roaring success) but I thought if you were wavering on the edge of popping along to the London Bike Show, you might wanna know what’s there, especially from a women’s cycling perspective.

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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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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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