So, you’ve taken the plunge and finally signed up to a cycling event. Kirsty shares her top tips on what to wear during your first organised ride.
Tips & Tales
Let's face it, the UK's not famous for blazing heat. When the mercury passes 20c we're prone to flapping about as though we're living in the Dubai desert. Fans and paddling pools sell out, and public fountains are gridlocked. But it can, and most years it does at some point...
At VeloVixen, we like to keep a careful ear out for the latest in cycling kit technology. And sometimes the news is just too exciting to keep to ourselves.
We can't reveal the brand in question, but we can exclusively reveal that secret testing is currently taking place in the central mountains of Colombia on a hot new range of cycling kit.
And when we say it's for a hot new range, we really mean it.
There's no denying that road racing is really hard.
If you want to do yourself justice you're going to have to deal with nerves, physical pain, perhaps some fear and potentially some risk. These are all things I choose to accept.
That doesn't make me a badass, it just makes me a bike racer. I'd like to tell you about my first race.
Just why were we so blown away by Castelli's new chammy pad? Watch and find out - whilst witnessing Fran and Liz 'shimmy in their chammy'...
Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?
A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.
Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.
As partners with Women V Cancer Ride the Night, the UK's exclusive women-only charity night cycle ride, we share our 8 top tips to keep you cycling safely after dark.
Read our guide on how to stay safe while cycling past the hours of daylight - we think you may be surprised by some of what's included!
Endura - you see a lot of it around, don't you? Were you guilty of assuming it's a bit... generic? It's time to think again.
Turns out nothing could be further from the truth, especially with a depth of female design talent in their ranks and a massive new name on their books for 2018!
For many years, ASSOS of Switzerland was one of the most respected names in cycling. The only catch, from a female cycling perspective, was their notoriously... how would you say?... 'traditional' approach to marketing their women's kit.
Then in 2016, everything changed.
I've been organising Spring cycling holidays in southern Spain, and speaking to a lot of potential participants. It's been really revealing. Why are so many worried about letting others down, when they're perfectly capable?
I want to see women taking ownership of their enjoyed sport, I want to see them unapologetic for wanting to be somewhere and looking for reassurance from nobody but themselves.
Simone Mitchell became 2017 AG World Champion in 70.3 Ironman. She's a triathlon superstar, but equally great at getting the best out of 'normal' people.
In this 2nd video, Simone shares another brilliant 6-part training circuit suitable for beginners right up to the elite. You don't even need equipment!
In a world in which we're bombarded by ways to compare ourselves to others, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. It's easy not to appreciate your own achievements.
All the more reason, Juliet argues, to take stock of where you are and where you’ve come from, comparing yourself against no one else but… yourself!
Since joining the VeloVixen range in 2014, the Urbanist padded cycling knickers have become our best selling range of all time, making their way into our top-5 favourite lists time and time again.
Learn more about the background to Urbanist in their original Kickstarter Project video...
Simone Mitchell became 2017 AG World Champion in 70.3 Ironman. That's some achievement. And even moreso when you learn she only completed her first triathlon in 2012. Here are the 6 brilliantly simple strength exercises at the core of her training regime.
If you've ever wondered what single stylish top can cover most conditions - or act as an invaluable layer on colder rides - then Rivelo's Pateley may be your answer. Fran can tell you more...