Ride on! Cycling comes to GoogleMaps Australia

Reposted from: GoogleAustralia

Cycling comes to GoogleMaps Australia

We’re big fans of bicycling here at Google Australia, and based on how much we get asked, “When is cycling coming to maps in Australia?” we know most of you are cyclists too.

Good news is that today we’re launching cycling directions on Google Maps in Australia — providing you with a new way of getting around town. Our routes were made possible in part thanks to the support of councils around the country who provided us with information on bicycle-friendly streets and areas. If you want to bike to work or your local shops, or simply want to spend more time outdoors, cycling directions will help you find the best way to get where you want to go.

For example, if I commute from Liberty Grove to the Google office, biking directions can now tell me the most convenient and efficient route that makes use of dedicated bike lanes and avoids hills whenever practical.

If you decide to stop off at your favorite coffee shop, you can either add it as an extra destination in the menu on the right or simply drag the route. The directions will continue to take cycle lanes into consideration.

For those looking simply to browse the map, just click the ‘bicycling’ layer on the top right. You’ll see three types of lines appear on the map:

  • Dark green indicates a dedicated cycle path
  • Light green indicates a dedicated cycle lane along a road
  • Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for cycling, but without dedicated lanes

So for those going for a Sunday afternoon ride with the family, or training to be the next Cadel Evans, we hope that bicycle directions in Google Maps can help make it easier to safely plan your next outing.

20 Minutes of Bike Sprints Cuts Fat Fast

20 Minutes of Bike Sprints Cuts Fat Fast

A recent study from the University of New South Wales confirms what we already know- bike riding is great for cutting those unwanted kilos fast.

Remember this combo: 20 minutes of bike sprinting, three times a week. That’s the secret to losing body fat efficiently. Researchers from the University of New South Wales have found that men who follow this program lose fat at the same rate as men who jog for seven hours a week. The study found that, on average, men lost 17 per cent of visceral fat, two kilos of body fat and 3.5 centimetres off their waists at the end of a 1-week program and women lost 2.5 kilos of body fat and 3.5 centimetres off their waist after 15 weeks.

            In each session, participants sprinted for eight sessions then recovered for 12 seconds. They repeated this for 20 minutes, warmed up for an extra five minutes at the start and cooled down for another five minutes at the end.

            Associate professor Steve Boutcher, who led the study, says the fast movement of the legs boosts the body’s number of fat burning hormones, catocholamines.

Reposted from The Sunday Mail, Body+Soul July 22, 2012

Tips and Tricks from the Best

Reposted from Bicycling.com.au- Bruce Hildenbrand

Tips and Tricks from the Best

Bicycling.com asked some of the world’s savviest pro racers for the single piece of wisdom they received during their careers that made the biggest difference in their riding.
Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d’Italia Winner

“Wrap your thumbs around your bar. Even some pros just lay their thumbs next to their fingers on top of the bar when they’re not racing hard. But accidents seem to happen more often when people are relaxed than during the intense moments of a ride. Use your thumb as a hook, and you have a better chance of maintaining control during stupid accidents.”


Chris Baldwin, 2003 & 2005 U.S. National Time-Trial Champion

“When I was 13, my boss at a bike shop told me that when he was racing, his upper body was so relaxed that his lower lip would jiggle with the road vibration. To this day, when I time-trial or climb I relax my face, and my body tends to follow.”


Dave Zabriskie, 6-Time U.S. National Time-Trial Champion and 2-Time Tour de France Stage Winner

“Frank McCormack showed me how to dry my clothes. He laid out a dry towel, then he laid the wet clothes on the towel after he washed them. He rolled the towel up, then stepped on it, and finally wrung it as hard as he could. After that, you have to hang your clothes for only a little bit before they’re dry.”


Kimberly Bruckner, 4-Time U.S. National Champion and 2003 Pan American Time-Trial Gold Medalist

“Always wear gloves. I had a teammate who -never did, and her hands looked like they were 80 years old. If I forget my gloves, I can’t start a race until I find an extra pair. It’s just my thing.”

Christian Vande Velde, 2008 & 2009 Tour de France Top 10 Finisher

“Remember that all the other riders are human. They train, they suffer, they bleed, they cry. I got that advice from my dad–I had the luxury of being the son of a former professional cyclist–when I was a scared and intimidated junior racing against people from California, Florida and New York, and seeing license plates from people 2,000 miles away.”

Christine Thorburn, 2004 National Women’s Time-Trial Champion
“Plan ahead for shifting on climbs. If you put tons of pressure on the pedals when you shift, you can get stuck in a gear or drop your chain.”


Tim Johnson, 3-Time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion

“I was told by a very close friend, much older than I am, to listen to everybody and believe no one–which basically means that you have to figure things out for yourself.”


Ivan Basso, 2006 & 2009 Giro d’Italia Winner

“Eat early, go to sleep early. Don’t eat bad food.”


 Bjarne Riis, 1996 Tour de France Winner

“Suffer. Sacrifice.”

Jens Voigt, 3-Time Tour de France Stage Winner
“Eddy Merckx said, ‘Attack when it hurts you because you know you are going to get away.’ I just try to keep doing that.”


 Frankie Andreu, 9-Time Tour de France Finisher

“Take a nap every day. It’s the most important part of training. I napped every day. It made the difference on every training ride.”

Winter Riding Tips…. Brrrrrr

Here’s some great tips to help you get through your winter riding……….

  • If your shoes get soaked through – stuff them with newspaper and they’ll be in good shape for the ride home.
  • Take extra care when ploughing through puddles as they can often hide submerged potholes.
  • Don’t wait for the dark to turn your lights on – light up, be assertive and claim your space on the road.
  • Keep your body warm for those extra chilly mornings with a merino base layer.
  • Grime will wear down your brake pads and rim; if you can, rinse them clean after a ride.

Remember, the most important thing about winter riding is enjoying it. Once you’re out the door and on the bike, you’ll be thankful you chose to ride. 


citation -www.bicyclenetwork.com.au