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Predisposition or Persistence?

22nd July 2018

She actually said it 20 years too late, but still amazed me beyond comprehension, “you know that you don’t need to be a preacher Robert, don’t you?”. Aged 99 years, my Grandmother Thomasina Crowe still spoke very clearly while very old and frail with transparent skin and only weeks left in her life here, she […]

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How to Train Your Cycling Strength

29th May 2018

Load your muscles. The answer to getting stronger is actually as simple as that, load your muscle up on bigger gears, do more headwind riding, add hills and reap the benefits of gravity as the loading resistance effect. Hell, even some eccentric techniques will add strength not recommended for problematic side-effects but you could ride around […]

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A Merida Moment…

8th March 2018

You will not be forgiven for thinking the MERIDA Bahrain TEAM REACTO is just another bike. It is outstanding to look at, and sleek in design with interesting shapes, colours and lines, and then there is its pure speed capabilites.   Given the competitive line-up of high-end fast-looking new road bikes on the cycling scene nowadays, this […]

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Ridewiser Rider of the Year 2017

28th February 2018

“I was struck from behind by a car that lost control, ended up under the car severely injured and screaming.”   Congratulations to Michelle who was awarded: Ridewiser Rider of the Year 2017.  Michelle originally participated in Ridewiser Ergo training sessions over 10 years ago and has recently returned to Tuesday night classes. She has […]

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Kelly tough.

19th February 2018

In the race finishes, no matter how scary and fast the field was going, there would be this firmly set jaw-line and an uncanny, razor-sharp look in his eyes that appeared when he was presented with a challenge. It was the same for a chequered flag, a puzzling party-trick or a confronting social situation; I was […]

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Why Get on the Blue Endurance Train…?

15th December 2017

Christmas Training Tip 2017 on Why You Should Add Endurance Training Now by Rob Crowe O.A.M. ‘The Wiser Rider’ There’s an old saying in my sport, that’s proven by personal experience plus a lot of other top riders over the years telling me it is so, and it’s fool-proof, so I live my cycling life […]

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Road ride safety, rain, hail or shine.

3rd November 2017

We will not be cancelling this weekend’s challenging 77km Ridewiser 3SideRide over the Dandenongs because of rain, but this doesn’t actually mean it’s all ‘safe’ riding out there for all 20 St Kilda Cycling Club members on Saturday morning… it just means that one of the ‘cycling event deal-breakers’ from the Ridewiser Road Ride book […]

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These passing riders do it safely because they don’t swerve back into the gutter edge too suddenly and delay their drift until the whole pack is past the slower group. As a multi-decade experienced cyclist, these are very interesting mornings out on Beach Rd at 600-700am witnessing fast dynamic bunches passing many smaller slower bunches […]

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Accumulative Loading Fatigue (a.k.a. over-training)

17th July 2017

­Suddenly, after a few weeks going really well, I’ve just lost all my good cycling form!?   Exhausted, tight, depleted, sore and feeling slow with deep muscle fatigue. Just when i thought my cycling form was aligning for some top outputs, instead its actually time to rest and re-condition my motor. I’ve spent my best form […]

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How to Train for a Gran Fondo… Step 1

5th July 2017

Step 1 of 5 training series by Rob Crowe O.A.M. ‘The Wiser Rider’   Tip-top cycling form takes me over each climb like a tail-wind whilst the bitumen races underneath because my competence outweighs the demands of the day. With a further 80kms of mountain course time-trialing to go, my engine is still cool and […]

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