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Video: Rochelle Gilmore’s roller-riding tips and tricks

Wiggle-Honda rider-manager shows off roller prowess

Rider-manager of the Wiggle-Honda team Rochelle Gilmore is rather adept on rollers as this video shows.

We’re pretty sure trying this would see most of us on the floor in a tangle of bike, limbs and spare tyre, though many YouTube commenters say it’s absolutely easy and any of them could do it blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs, if they could be bothered take a break from wrestling tigers and rescuing babies from burning buildings to do something that pointless.

On a more practical note, here's Ms Gilmore again with five top tips on how to ride rollers, covering how to get on and off them, how to stay smooth and steady while riding them, and a good beginner session for riders new to roller training.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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