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of a stationary fall. However, once you ve mastered
the cleat, you won t look back.
Once you have your bike, cleats and lycra outfit
(go on, they really are comfy) there are a few pieces
of cycling etiquette you must know. Unfortunately
we two-wheeled fiends can often be unpopular
with motorists. This is sometimes unavoidable but
sometimes cyclists should just know better.
Firstly, we follow the same rules as motorists.
All the time. We don t get to go through red lights
(even at 6am) or around roundabouts the wrong
way. We don t get to cut off traffic either (death
wish, anyone?) and we need to be incredibly
vigilant about everything.
Why? Well, following the law is always a
good thing but basically, when it comes down
to bike versus car (or worse, truck), the bike will
always come off second-best.
However, to answer that age-old question of
whether cyclists have the right to ride two abreast
WHY LYCRA? According to Mickey Boulton,
comfort is king and the lycra shorts hold a large,
soft pad to protect the undercarriage from a
potentially treacherous bike seat. They're also
meant to be form-fitting for ultimate wind-
resistance and minimal chafing which can
occur with baggier clothes.
HOW MANY KILOMETRES? According to
Cycling WA's Toby Hodgson, Cadel Evans rides
in the vicinity of at least 1000km per week. WA's
elite cyclists, such as Cameron Meyer and Luke
Durbridge, are clocking up 800 to 1000km. The
more time on the bike, the better you'll become,
so aim for three rides a week for at least an hour.
WHERE CAN I RACE? If you're mad keen on
going fast and seeing yourself improve, there is
no better racing than with the Australian Time
Trial Association. ATTA has numerous events
throughout the year in various locations around
the state, all based on individual time trials where
you can race yourself and then compare your
time with the other 100 or so competitors. See
atta.asn.au for upcoming events.
PARTICIPANT RATHER THAN COMPETITOR?
Bicycling Western Australia hosts the increas-
ingly popular Cyclo Sportif events from autumn
until spring in different locations in WA, mainly
on quiet roads in country locations. Cyclo Sportif
events have a festival atmosphere where cycling
enthusiasts cycle in team peletons before enjoy-
ing lunch at the local pub. Visit Bicycling Western
Australia's website for more on Cyclo Sportif
events and further group rides at bwa.org.au.
GEAR UP: Take some style tips from the
professionals in these pictures and get
yourself a good helmet and lycra shorts
to prevent chafing.(Opposite) Cyclists
relax at Atomic Espresso in South Perth
after a Saturday morning ride.
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