Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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A few years back I had terrible pain in my left illiotibial band (ITB) which flared up whenever I went riding. I tried a thing called a PattStrap (http://pattstrap.com/pattstrap.....51550ca6ab) which seemed to stop the pain when I was riding but it never solved the issue. What did work was a foam roller.

I bought one from here (http://www.physiosupplies.com.au/) and used it every night for probably a month or so. It's bloody painful but it gets (slightly) easier over time. And eventually the pain while riding stopped. I have no ITB issues any more.

As far as I'm aware my ITB issues were caused by weak glutes. I think I still have weak glutes but a combination of the foam rolling, and being conscious of trying to activate my glutes when riding has ensured that the issue hasn't returned.

Here's some more info about the illiotibial band, in case you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....d_syndrome

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I copped this 3 weeks out from the Melbourne Marathon this year (after 5 months training) and had to pull out. It's such a frustrating injury. I'm not sure how it relates to cycling as I never had it on the bike, but for running it's all about the glutes and core strength.

I have never done any sort of strength exercises until this injury came along, but I now do 2-3 strength sessions each week in order to manage the injury, plus the foam roller before and after every run/ride and then also at least every 2nd day.

I always thought strength training was a bit of nonsense, surely the best thing for cycling (and running) training was actually running/riding. I'm now fully converted to the theory that the more time you spend cycling/running, the more you need to pay attention to the other muscle groups that get ignored, but play an integral part in the body working as a whole.

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I reckon you're right Chris. I've found that the more time you spend cycling the more time you need to spend off the bike working on your cycling. This is true at the top of the sport with riders who spend lots of time getting massages, doing stretching/strengthening exercises, in the gym etc. It can be frustrating if you just want to ride your bike, but there are real benefits in investing time off the bike too.

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Many times it can be related to bike set up.
Often the toe in/out needs to be adjusted. It is frequently the source of patellofemoral pain, which can be mistaken for ITB pain.
So my advice, relating to a possible fundamental cause, would be to get your bike set up checked.

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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A few years back I had terrible pain in my left illiotibial band (ITB) which flared up whenever I went riding. I tried a thing called a PattStrap (http://pattstrap.com/pattstrap.....51550ca6ab) which seemed to stop the pain when I was riding but it never solved the issue. What did work was a foam roller.

I bought one from here (http://www.physiosupplies.com.au/) and used it every night for probably a month or so. It's bloody painful but it gets (slightly) easier over time. And eventually the pain while riding stopped. I have no ITB issues any more.

As far as I'm aware my ITB issues were caused by weak glutes. I think I still have weak glutes but a combination of the foam rolling, and being conscious of trying to activate my glutes when riding has ensured that the issue hasn't returned.

Here's some more info about the illiotibial band, in case you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....d_syndrome

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I copped this 3 weeks out from the Melbourne Marathon this year (after 5 months training) and had to pull out. It's such a frustrating injury. I'm not sure how it relates to cycling as I never had it on the bike, but for running it's all about the glutes and core strength.

I have never done any sort of strength exercises until this injury came along, but I now do 2-3 strength sessions each week in order to manage the injury, plus the foam roller before and after every run/ride and then also at least every 2nd day.

I always thought strength training was a bit of nonsense, surely the best thing for cycling (and running) training was actually running/riding. I'm now fully converted to the theory that the more time you spend cycling/running, the more you need to pay attention to the other muscle groups that get ignored, but play an integral part in the body working as a whole.

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I reckon you're right Chris. I've found that the more time you spend cycling the more time you need to spend off the bike working on your cycling. This is true at the top of the sport with riders who spend lots of time getting massages, doing stretching/strengthening exercises, in the gym etc. It can be frustrating if you just want to ride your bike, but there are real benefits in investing time off the bike too.

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Many times it can be related to bike set up.
Often the toe in/out needs to be adjusted. It is frequently the source of patellofemoral pain, which can be mistaken for ITB pain.
So my advice, relating to a possible fundamental cause, would be to get your bike set up checked.

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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A few years back I had terrible pain in my left illiotibial band (ITB) which flared up whenever I went riding. I tried a thing called a PattStrap (http://pattstrap.com/pattstrap.....51550ca6ab) which seemed to stop the pain when I was riding but it never solved the issue. What did work was a foam roller.

I bought one from here (http://www.physiosupplies.com.au/) and used it every night for probably a month or so. It's bloody painful but it gets (slightly) easier over time. And eventually the pain while riding stopped. I have no ITB issues any more.

As far as I'm aware my ITB issues were caused by weak glutes. I think I still have weak glutes but a combination of the foam rolling, and being conscious of trying to activate my glutes when riding has ensured that the issue hasn't returned.

Here's some more info about the illiotibial band, in case you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....d_syndrome

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I copped this 3 weeks out from the Melbourne Marathon this year (after 5 months training) and had to pull out. It's such a frustrating injury. I'm not sure how it relates to cycling as I never had it on the bike, but for running it's all about the glutes and core strength.

I have never done any sort of strength exercises until this injury came along, but I now do 2-3 strength sessions each week in order to manage the injury, plus the foam roller before and after every run/ride and then also at least every 2nd day.

I always thought strength training was a bit of nonsense, surely the best thing for cycling (and running) training was actually running/riding. I'm now fully converted to the theory that the more time you spend cycling/running, the more you need to pay attention to the other muscle groups that get ignored, but play an integral part in the body working as a whole.

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I reckon you're right Chris. I've found that the more time you spend cycling the more time you need to spend off the bike working on your cycling. This is true at the top of the sport with riders who spend lots of time getting massages, doing stretching/strengthening exercises, in the gym etc. It can be frustrating if you just want to ride your bike, but there are real benefits in investing time off the bike too.

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Many times it can be related to bike set up.
Often the toe in/out needs to be adjusted. It is frequently the source of patellofemoral pain, which can be mistaken for ITB pain.
So my advice, relating to a possible fundamental cause, would be to get your bike set up checked.

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

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To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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A few years back I had terrible pain in my left illiotibial band (ITB) which flared up whenever I went riding. I tried a thing called a PattStrap (http://pattstrap.com/pattstrap.....51550ca6ab) which seemed to stop the pain when I was riding but it never solved the issue. What did work was a foam roller.

I bought one from here (http://www.physiosupplies.com.au/) and used it every night for probably a month or so. It's bloody painful but it gets (slightly) easier over time. And eventually the pain while riding stopped. I have no ITB issues any more.

As far as I'm aware my ITB issues were caused by weak glutes. I think I still have weak glutes but a combination of the foam rolling, and being conscious of trying to activate my glutes when riding has ensured that the issue hasn't returned.

Here's some more info about the illiotibial band, in case you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....d_syndrome

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I copped this 3 weeks out from the Melbourne Marathon this year (after 5 months training) and had to pull out. It's such a frustrating injury. I'm not sure how it relates to cycling as I never had it on the bike, but for running it's all about the glutes and core strength.

I have never done any sort of strength exercises until this injury came along, but I now do 2-3 strength sessions each week in order to manage the injury, plus the foam roller before and after every run/ride and then also at least every 2nd day.

I always thought strength training was a bit of nonsense, surely the best thing for cycling (and running) training was actually running/riding. I'm now fully converted to the theory that the more time you spend cycling/running, the more you need to pay attention to the other muscle groups that get ignored, but play an integral part in the body working as a whole.

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I reckon you're right Chris. I've found that the more time you spend cycling the more time you need to spend off the bike working on your cycling. This is true at the top of the sport with riders who spend lots of time getting massages, doing stretching/strengthening exercises, in the gym etc. It can be frustrating if you just want to ride your bike, but there are real benefits in investing time off the bike too.

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Many times it can be related to bike set up.
Often the toe in/out needs to be adjusted. It is frequently the source of patellofemoral pain, which can be mistaken for ITB pain.
So my advice, relating to a possible fundamental cause, would be to get your bike set up checked.

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A few years back I had terrible pain in my left illiotibial band (ITB) which flared up whenever I went riding. I tried a thing called a PattStrap (http://pattstrap.com/pattstrap.....51550ca6ab) which seemed to stop the pain when I was riding but it never solved the issue. What did work was a foam roller.

I bought one from here (http://www.physiosupplies.com.au/) and used it every night for probably a month or so. It's bloody painful but it gets (slightly) easier over time. And eventually the pain while riding stopped. I have no ITB issues any more.

As far as I'm aware my ITB issues were caused by weak glutes. I think I still have weak glutes but a combination of the foam rolling, and being conscious of trying to activate my glutes when riding has ensured that the issue hasn't returned.

Here's some more info about the illiotibial band, in case you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....d_syndrome

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I copped this 3 weeks out from the Melbourne Marathon this year (after 5 months training) and had to pull out. It's such a frustrating injury. I'm not sure how it relates to cycling as I never had it on the bike, but for running it's all about the glutes and core strength.

I have never done any sort of strength exercises until this injury came along, but I now do 2-3 strength sessions each week in order to manage the injury, plus the foam roller before and after every run/ride and then also at least every 2nd day.

I always thought strength training was a bit of nonsense, surely the best thing for cycling (and running) training was actually running/riding. I'm now fully converted to the theory that the more time you spend cycling/running, the more you need to pay attention to the other muscle groups that get ignored, but play an integral part in the body working as a whole.

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I reckon you're right Chris. I've found that the more time you spend cycling the more time you need to spend off the bike working on your cycling. This is true at the top of the sport with riders who spend lots of time getting massages, doing stretching/strengthening exercises, in the gym etc. It can be frustrating if you just want to ride your bike, but there are real benefits in investing time off the bike too.

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Many times it can be related to bike set up.
Often the toe in/out needs to be adjusted. It is frequently the source of patellofemoral pain, which can be mistaken for ITB pain.
So my advice, relating to a possible fundamental cause, would be to get your bike set up checked.

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