What this blog is about and who it serves
EZVelo aims to provide easy-to-understand, actionable cycling fitness advice that makes a real impact for beginners and for those in their first few seasons of cycling. Whether you want to finish your first 100km ride or sportive, or want to get faster at time trialing in a triathlon - my blog is here to help!
EZVelo's fitness philosophy is about doing workouts with simplicity in mind, i.e. "doing less" rather than more and working "smarter" rather than harder - specially when time pressed with work and family! Yes, even with a busy family life and work commitments, you too can feel fit, alive and well for life by riding a bike...
EZVelo aims to give back my experiences through my blog content; reach as many riders as possible and transform lives. Some of you are battling illnesses and need cycling as way to keep mentally and emotional strong, as well as physically fit. I'm here to support all of you to keep riding your bike no matter what!
EasyCycling.com rebrands to EZVelo.com
My website EasyCycling.com was deleted by my hosting company in 2014. Years of work going back to year 2000 disappeared overnight and I was never able to recover it.
In 2018, I finally faced starting from absolute scratch and built it together again under the new name: EZVelo.com. Most of those former posts found within the depths of my hard-drive, have been re-written and updated. I also include (or will include soonest) the archive comments if they've been saved on WayBackMachine. The comments were a very valuable part of Easycycling.com.
What is EZVelo.shop ?
As well as the blog, I have also built EZVelo.shop a cycling apparel online store.
Why? Because I have been hugely frustrated (as have many of you that told me over the years) NOT being able to:
1. Find a large selection of women ride gear in one place.
2. Some decent printed designs: NOT team kit; NOT club stuff; and wholly NOT men's gear (as I've been forced to wear for decades).
3. Finding all of the above at affordable prices!
So I started out with a handful of jerseys last year for myself (!)...they were so good friends started asking where I got them. Then their friends wanted to know too. Soon I realised I might as well build an online store to cater to these ladies more efficiently.
And so, EZVelo.shop was born: all kit carefully selected by me and most of them tested for quality assurance. (Absolutely includes men's kit too..no worry guys!).
Take advantage of the large selection of designer summer cycling apparel at low prices, completely free shipping PLUS a 10% discount coupon on your first order! 🙂
My cycling guides on Amazon
I have also penned a few cycling guides on Amazon . Three of them became bestsellers in the UK a few years ago. I just love to get my message out there to help you the best I can “my way” – which means not writing perfection – even though I always look to improve and give back my knowledge and experience through my blog writing content.
Here's a few posts to help get you started. I highly recommend you start here if you are new to sportives or just getting into cycling:
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My Sports Lifetime Achievements...
I’ve been in “multi-sport” since age 16.
In brief, I was a 3 x Triathlon UK National Age Group Champion (20-24 years) in Sprint and twice at Olympic Distance.
I then moved into mainstream cycling road racing where I became a professional cyclist, as well as representing GBR on a few occasions. I ended my cycling career in 2004 due to the cheating, drugs, bullying and sexist nature of the sport…need I say more…(there is a long story here, but I won’t bore you with details). Suffice to say, I was not recognised to get the financial support I desperately needed to keep competing.
My main sporting lifetime achievements:
1993 – Winner of five International competitions at Junior level as a triathlete first year.
1994 – British National Senior 20-24 Age Group Champion – Sprint Distance.
1994 – British National Senior 20-24 Age Group Champion – Olympic Distance.
1995 – British National Senior 20-24 Age Group Champion – Olympic Distance.
1996 – Elite Tri Licence given: International La Grande Motte Triathlon, senior 3rd female.
Roanne International Triathlon, 1st senior – won!
Cross Country Skiing
1995 – British Senior National Champion for 30km skating technique.
1995 – British Senior National Champion for 10km skating technique.
1996 – Holder of International ‘FIS’ Cross-Country Racing Licence.
1989: Holder of International ‘FIS’ Alpine downhill ski licence. Won many local ski races. It was here that I got into ‘fitness’, because part of the skiing programme is to be fit, eg: biking, running , some swimming, rollerskating, …
1997: advanced rapidly to National Level.
8th in the International Time Trial of the Trophée d’Or (won by J. Longo), 16th overall.
1998: Granted French Elite licence at the beginning of the season. Competed in 8 ‘UCI International Calendar’ Events, including the Giro d’Italia Donne and the UCI World Cup.
Best Results at UCI level: 5th, 19th and 22nd.
1999: Turned professional riding for Team Mazza of Switzerland.
Participated in World Cups in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
2000: Difficulties in being recognised as potential for British cycle team, so I go the pro cycling route, riding for:
- Nurnberg Versicherung Pro Racing Team.
- Mazza Pro Cycling Team.
- Luxembourg Ladies Pro Racing Team.
2001: I win 8 French national road races and place 11 times on the podium in Europe with Jeannie Longo.
This was by far my best ever season, yet still ignored with my results for British Team selection.
2002-2003: no financial support, but making my way with my French club to get to national French races. Numerous regional wins, but no easy way forward. I did cleaning jobs at ski resorts to pay my way.
6th equal in the British National Time Trial Champs won by Frances Newstead (on a rustled up time trial bike on borrowed kit).
2003 – Decided to go back to triathlon:
- Bourg En Bresse Int. Triathlon – 2nd senior female overall.
- Geneva Int. Triathlon – 1st senior female overall.
- Saleve Int. Triathlon – 2nd senior female overall.
2004 – Moved on to make a new life for myself – to Edinburgh!
Met my husband in late 2004; married in 2007; Gave birth to Isla (baby girl) in 2009 at the age of 37, and a baby boy (Angus) in 2012 at 39....never say never to having kids relatively late...all possible!
Nowadays, my time is spent doing what I love: blogging and running my store...and if I have a moment - the odd bike, swim or trail run to keep fit, even a triathlon or sportive! A busy mummy? Yes indeed.
Onwards and Upwards. Always.
Becky - enjoy the blog!
Inspired as always by my husband Euan and my two little ones: Isla and Angus.