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 …

The Inequalities of Winter

I cycle all year round, whatever the weather. Winter cycling is not for everyone – it’s cold, frequently dark and occasionally icy. But for me, cycling is still the best way to get to where I need to be. This winter I invested in some 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 …

Counting the Cost

Last October I was forced to look again at how I transport my two children. In three years of travelling by my beloved bakfiets cargo bike, both children had got to be awful big…and awful heavy. My poor knees were suffering and a diagnosis of Read More …

Running the School-Run Gauntlet

I have been doing the ‘school-run’ by cargo bike for around four years now. Actually, it started as the playgroup run, then became the nursery run, then the playgroup and nursery run, then the school and nursery run. I am looking forward to next year 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 …

You Should Know That…

I had a confrontation with a taxi driver the other day. Those of you who regularly ride bikes may well think that this is nothing new. But it was.This was a confrontation that wasn’t a confrontation. I was cycling along a cycle route, back towards Read More …