‘More than lilac and butterflies’

‘Women’s cycling is so much more than lilac and butterflies.’ That thinking is part of the reason we’re fans of The Climbing Cyclist/Hells 500 crew and their Domestique climbs in the Victorian Alps.

TCC/Hells 500

Andy van Bergen of Hells 500 (left) and The Climbing Cyclist Matt de Neef – hoping for 100 women at Lake Mountain.

We’re delighted that the Domestique team has saddled up for a second summer, helping riders conquer our biggest climbs as part of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge.

The idea is that if you commit to the climb, the TCC/Hells 500 crew will chat, coax and cajole you to the top. And it’s free!

And while we claim it’s all for a stamp in our 7 Peaks passport, we also love the camaraderie, quiet roads, stunning views and long descents through the Aussie bush. Life doesn’t get much better.

There’s a special goal for the first climb of the series though and it’s one we endorse – seeing 100 women tackle Lake Mountain on Saturday 16 November.

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