Lydia Gurley racing for Ireland at the 2019/20 Track Cycling World Cup on a track bike.

Lydia Gurley

Features Writer at BikeTips

During her cycling career, Lydia represented her country at the highest level. On the track, she won medals at UCI World Cups and European Championships and made history by helping Team Ireland qualify for the Madison and Omnium at the Tokyo Olympics for the first time. In road cycling, she achieved multiple medals in the Irish National Championships in both the Road Race and Individual Time Trial.

Lydia’s cycling journey was never straightforward. She initially took up mountain biking while living in Canada aged 25, but after a close encounter with a bear on the trail she traded in the mountain bike for the road and later the track and never looked back.

After retiring from elite competition, Lydia’s passion for the bike remains as strong as ever. She loves a bikepacking adventure and has undertaken multiple trips including a ride from Canada to Mexico and many throughout Europe. She has also worked extensively as a cycling guide in bucket-list biking destinations such as Mallorca and Tuscany.

While cycling for Lydia now is all about camaraderie, coffee, and adventure, she’s still competitive at heart – and likely to race others up hills on group rides!

Lydia’s latest articles:

Lydia Gurley racing for Ireland at the 2019/20 Track Cycling World Cup on a track bike.

What Is A Track Bike? The Full Lowdown On Track Bike Tech – Explained By A Pro

As the name suggests, a track bike is a bicycle designed specifically for use on a velodrome (a dedicated cycling track). Track bikes are fixed-gear bicycles with just a single gear ratio, no freewheel, and no brakes.

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Learn From A Pro: How To Climb Uphill Faster On A Bike

Whether you’re a casual social rider or a serious racer, I want to share my experience and guidance as an ex-professional cyclist to help you understand the factors that affect how fast you climb hills on a bike – and outline how you can improve them to boost your climbing performance.

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What Is A Good Cadence For Cycling – And Why Is Cycling Cadence So Important?

As an ex-professional cyclist with years of experience in competitive cycling, I’ve come to understand that success on the bike isn’t just about raw power and endurance. Whether you’re a novice cyclist looking to improve your efficiency or a seasoned rider aiming to optimize your training, understanding the importance of cycling cadence and its relationship with your cycling performance is essential.