Alfonsina Strada

In 1924, Alfonsina Strada became the first and only woman to ever ride a ‘Grand Tour’ when she completed the Giro d’Italia. An article on bikeraceinfo.com claims that she, ‘might well be the very greatest athlete you never heard of.’ She is a worthy role Read More …

Annie Londonderry

In 1895 Annie Londonderry became the first woman to cycle around the world. She was a truly incredible woman for many reasons: She was fiercely independent and self reliant. She went against just about every ‘social norm’ for women in the times in which she Read More …

Whose Role Models?

Cycling has enjoyed a massive growth in popularity in the UK and beyond over the past few years. More and more people are getting on their bikes. More and more people are watching cycling on TV and more and more people are following their favourite Read More …

Racing Reflections

January doesn’t seem that long ago. That was when I made a commitment to try road bike racing in 2018. In April, I did my first criterium (crit) race, Crit On The Campus. Since then, I have made it to the start and finish lines of Read More …

Developing A Nation Of Women Cyclists

This blog post was actually meant to be a talk at the Women’s Cycle Forum Pecha Caka event this year. I was gutted to not be able to make it. I blame the kids for passing on their lurgies at inopportune moments.  People sometimes talk Read More …

Championing The Cause of Women’s Cycling

I became a ‘Breeze Champion’ last October. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of British Cycling’s HSBC Breeze initiative before I went on the course. My motivation to attend was that I had recently qualified as a Level 2 Cycle Coach and was starting Read More …

Is Confidence a Gender Issue?

I ran a coaching session with my club, Hervelo Cycling this morning. The road cycling side of the club (known as ‘the skinnies’) is largely made up of ladies like myself who got a road bike and just rode it. The majority of us have Read More …

Racing Realities

Back in January this year I made my racing resolutions. I decided that 2018 was going to be the year I gave criterium and road racing a go. Yesterday, my cycle racing resolutions turned into cycle racing realities as I did my first race of Read More …

An Image(s) Problem

After deciding that 2018 will be the year in which I get into road racing, I have been making use of the British Cycling online training plans. These are great. They are free to download. The include lots of detail. They have links to all Read More …

Racing Resolutions

I have been thinking about my aims for 2018. It’s not that I am particularly into New Years Resolutions, but I do like to have an aim or two for the year, and New Year seems as good a time as any to think about Read More …