Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Perth Integrated Health Clinic

Perth Integrated Health Clinic (PIHC) is involved in cycling from two different aspects 1) treat neuro-muscular conditions in cyclists and 2) run a cycling course:

neuro-muscular conditions in cyclists
  • PIHC is involved in the neuro-muscular treatment and biomechanical preparation of cyclists. We have treated many cyclists both in our clinic and on-site at various cycling events
  • Treatment might be provided for such issues as joint injuries, low back pain, neck pain, knee problems, feet problems, calf or quadriceps muscle injury or muscle stiffness
  • Bike set-up and positioning on the bike can be explored
  • Assistance can be provided for cyclists in regard to their strength, endurance and stamina during training and competitions
  • PIHC treatment for cyclists has been endorsed by Cycling WA whereby we have established a Screening Programme for Cycling WA members

Cycling Course

  • PIHC also has its’ own cycling course which caters for the needs of ALL cyclists. We have cyclists in our training group of all ages, clinical conditions, fitness and occupations as well as levels of cycling experience – from novice to commuters who wish to learn the basic cycling skills
  • This cycling course has been endorsed by Cycling WA whom encourages its members to use this course in its weekly newsletters

More information can be found on the pihc website: www.pihc.com.au/cycling

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ok its not cycling but its important... Climate Change Survey

A copy of an email from the Department of Environment and Conservation

Hi there fellow West Australian.

We are the Department of Environment and Conservation and would like to work with you to tackle climate change.

To do this we are proposing to coordinate a 2-3 month long community wide climate change initiative in late 2008 that aims to reduce household climate change emissions across the community.

To help get as many West Australians opinions as possible we would appreciate your input into this our second community survey that aims to find out what actions you are most likely to adopt in your household and how we can assist you in adopting them.

It should only require 6 minutes of your time and is located at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5iwjIZduCTBV1UqrgFz21w_3d_3d This survey is only being distributed by email so could you please forward it to 5 or more of your friends from as broad background and age as possible.

The first survey received nearly 2000 responses in two weeks – this time we would like to reach at least 10 000 before the survey closes on the 9th of May. To show our appreciation for your efforts we are again offering 10 double movie passes to be drawn in mid May from those who successfully complete the survey.

Thank you in advance for your help completing and distributing this survey.

Kind Regards Julian Ilich
Program Manager – 2009 ‘ACT NOW’ Climate Change Initiative(for the Office of Climate Change) Department of Environment and Conservation

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Looking for a cycling/training holiday over east?

The following is an email Caroline recieved from Cycling-Inform and thought others might be interested in. Caroline particpated in of these camps in 07.

The Cycling Camp that Your Partner will want you to Attend,

A brand new first; the RaceRight Cycling Camp - The cycling camp that yourpartner will want you to attend:

We have been planning this camp for months and are very excited to bereleasing the details. This camp is for cyclists who want to learn how to race right.

The camp date is set for the 23-25 May 2008. It will be held within one hours drive from Melbourne and based in Warburton.

The RaceRight Cycling Camp is run by coaches who are passionate about helping you optimise your performance and achieving your racing goals. The weekend camp delivers informative lectures from leading practitioners inour sport. It covers nutrition, strength training, race strategy, cyclingskills and time efficient high performance training techniques. We will teach you how to harness the power of high intensity training that will give you more time to spend with your partner or family and enable youto ease the stress between your cycling and work/life balance.

You will learn riding skills that will help you reduce the chance of you having an accident while out racing or training and give you and your partner more peace of mind.

The interactive lectures underpin actual on the road tuition to reinforceand practice the skills discussed and will be tailored to your level offitness and experience. The camp is designed to suit any club level cyclist that has an interest in understanding how to really improve upon their training and racing performance.

One such skill you will learn is the correct way to initiate a breakaway that guarantees your success almost every time. Stop wasting your energyand learn how form a breakaway group knowing that you have the highestchance of success. You'll also learn how to identify the breaks thataren't going to make it so you don't waste your time chasing them down orgoing with them.

There are strictly limited places available! To find out more about this camp use this link: http://www.cycling-inform.com/sendstudio/link.php?M=2106&N=108&L=936&F=T

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Masters women need you!

An open letter from Fran - Women's Masters 8

Women's Cycling needs You to help make the 2008 UCI World Track Cycling Masters Championships a World class event.

It will be held from the 14th to the 19th of October at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney.
While womens cycling in Australia is growing at an elite level so is Masters (over 30). What we we need to is to get all ladies who have a Cycling Australia licence who compete in road masters, games,cyclo-sportif, triathlon, etc. to come to the World Track Cycling Championsips in Sydney in October.

You may laugh and think "I've never ridden on a track" or "I'd be too scared to do that".
Well don't be, not all events are bunch events. Two events are individual, the 500metre Time trial (2 laps of the track) and the Individual Pursuit (8 laps of the track) with one person starting on either side.

Next you may say "Well I've never ridden on a track (which are mostly 250 metres around – some outdoor tracks are larger and not so banked). In most states in Australia we have wooden indoor tracks, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide,Tasmania and Queensland.

Most of these tracks should have coaching sessions for our masters age group to to "Have a try" where you can hire a bike for that session at a very nominal cost. Here in Perth for instance we have track at Midland where there are several people who coach "womens only" groups and another on a Tuesday where you can be coached on at a beginners introductory level. I'm sure all other states have similar sessions. Ring your local Cycling Federation office to find out more.
Believe me this is an exhilarating experience, and not to be feared if you are given the right coaching.

Now back to the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Track Cycling Masters World Championships in Sydney in October. This is a very prestigious event, that we are lucky enough to be able to hold it in Australia for 3years in 2007, 2008 & 2009.

We will be unlikely to see it being held again in Australia for a long time. We have a small population base, and competitor numbers would be higher if held else where, so we need to capitalise on this unique opportunity.

In the 2007 Womens events, competitor numbers were below the UCI regulation numbers for a lot of the events, which meant combining of age groups which was not ideal.

This year we would like every Masters Woman Cycling Australia licence holder to PLEASE consider coming to to this event to make it world class event it is, but with increased womens numbers.

1. The event is run under UCI regulation and rules.
2. As a Master who wins an event you receive a blue "Rainbow jersey", a UCI gold medal, and are able to wear the rainbow colours on all your cycling jerseys for the rest of your life. These are the most prestigious Masters track events in the world.
3. Age groups are in 5yrs. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+, providing there are the required numbers for each event. (6 for individual events, and 12 for scratch and points race).

• 500metre Time Trial. (2 laps of the track from a standing start out of a gate. Electronically timed)
• 2000metre Individual Pursuit (for most age groups) 8 laps of the track from a standing start out of the gates. Again electronically timed.
• Scratch Race – Distances depends on age- Mostly 5 & 10km ( 20 or 40 laps)
• Points Race- Distances again depend on age. Sprint every 10 laps to gain points. Most points wins.
• Sprint - A 200metre individual flying lap to qualify for ride offs. Series of ride off qualifiers, till the fastest two ride off for the gold and silver medal. Third and 4th ride off for bronze.

In 2007 we had some spectacular performances among our women competitors, even though we didn't have a huge amount women riders. We had women up to the age of 69, and are hoping for the 60+ women to come out of the woodwork.

Saying all this most of us were there to purely to compete because we love it. Most like myself are not spectacular, but are doing it, and we all started somewhere, so contact your local Cycling Federation office in your state and give it a go and see what a buzz it is, and please come to the 2008 Track Cycling Masters World Championships.

Lastly in 2009 we also have the World Masters 'Games' which is held in a different country every 4yrs. If you haven't heard of them it is a multi sport event (30 different sports) which will attract 25 to 30,000 people to Sydney in October 2009. Cycling will be one of the events both road and Track, and it is being held the 2 weeks before the UCI 2009 Track Masters, so you may consider both of the events. So get started this on the track this year.

Come on Masters Women We Need You!. Please become involved in Cycling Australia events. Consider going to the Australian Road and Track Championships in Sydney in April, which will prepare you for the "World Tracks" in October.
Fran Watson
Womens Masters 8

This is an open letter that I have asked the Australian Cycling Federation to send to all Masters Licence holders. It is not an official Australian Cycling Federation document.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Road Races for beginners & novices. Women only

The West Coast Masters Cycling Club would like to invite women to participate in two “Try out” road races to be held on the 20th & 27th of April. As it is a “Masters” club you need to be over 30.

The Herne Hill race to be held on the 20th will be 36kms. This is 4 laps starting at the corner of Argyle & Lefroy Rds , into Oakover rd, Campersic rd, Williams rd & finishing in Lefroy rd.

The Wandi race is a 9km circuit starting in Wandi Dve left into Lyon rd, left into de Haar rd, and finishing in Wandi Dve. This will also be 4 laps.

Nominations will be $10 taken on the day. There will 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes awarded.
Lorraine Shutz and myself Fran Watson will ride with the group for 1 or 2 neutral laps, then you can“Go for it”.

Most of you will have ridden in your training groups, and your cyclo sportif events, or done tri training, so racing is not really that different. Safety is paramount, and we aim to show you that racing can be safe and good fun, and you will be riding with women only doing their first race with our club.

The West Coast Masters Club is a racing club. We road race in the winter & do criterium racing in the summer. Races are graded from A grade to D grade. We are a well organised sociable club, that boasts many world champions. We have photo finishes at the end of all races, and prize presentations follow. To be a master, men must be 35, and women 30.

All riders are insured, and we are able to offer you ladies 2 races without being a paid up member.

The insurance proviso is that you must be "new to racing” and that you have "not ridden any other races with our club”

Please come and “Have a Go”, and perhaps dispel some of the anecdotal myths that you may have heard about “racing”. It is nice short race, and it will entirely belong to you women.


-Both races start at 9am, registration starts at 8am.
-Registration for Herne Hill is at the Herne Hill primary school in Argyle Rd where we have use of their undercover area and toilets plus plenty of parking.
-Registration for Wandi are in Brooks Pl (side rd off Wandi dve). Parking is roadside, and we have mobile toilets.

Lorraine and I will help with all info on the day, plus tips about racing and safe riding. Most of you will recognise Lorraine (World Champion Time Trialer, and silver medallist in world track championships in Sydney 2007. And me…. Fran the “Old” girl of cycling. You’ll recognise me by my bright red hair.

Come and be our guest, & have some fun !!!
Email me
allanjw@arach.net.au with expressions of interest or any queries.

Happy Cycling

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A quick update

I am pleased to say that this informal blog has generated a bit of interest, which is great. Perhaps the next step is an informal coffee and ride?

I’ve just created a generic email for this blog:
- So people can make non public comments
- So people can ask questions about cycling
- So we can share the load of keeping this blog up to date and responding to emails etc

Please email chickscyclingwa (at) gmail.com if you are willing to help out and let us know how you would like to contribute. It would also be helpfull if those who have already been in email contact about this topic to re email chickscyclingwa (at) gmail.com that way this email's address book will have you in it!

Tour de Perth is on this weekend and I’ll endeavour to put up a bit of a women’s race report early next week. If you are not racing its worth a look. More info at
www.tourdeperth.com.au just head to the cycle village and take it from there.

Happy riding/ racing in the rain this weekend!