Women’s Specific

As a woman in cycling I have got used to being in the minority. Things are changing slowly (very slowly) but at all levels there are still more men on bikes than women. I think we need to move away from talking about ‘women’s cycling’ as if it were a subset of ‘real’ cycling. Women should be a part of all cycling and we need the media and organisations involved in cycling to reflect this in all their images.

That said, there are issues in cycling which are specific to women. I am passionate about encouraging  more women to start cycling, to ride with clubs, to race, to fix their own bikes, to take their cycling wherever they want it to take them.

For those women who already love to cycle, there are women’s specific issues which can affect how we cycle and the place cycling holds in our lives.

There are also so  many awesome women and incredible female role models within cycling. There have been women on bikes doing awesome things since bikes were invented. Women such as Annie Londonderry, Alfonsina Strada and Beryl Burton who should be household names within and beyond the cycling community.

 

Women in Club Cycling

What Is ‘Club Cycling’? To me ‘club cycling’ is about road cycling clubs, since that is what I personally do. These clubs are usually affiliated to British Cycling, usually have lycra club kit and...

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Life After 40

I find it hard to accept that I am in my 40’s…and I’m 44 so I’ve had plenty of time to get used to it. It’s not that I’m unhappy with where my life...

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What Is Women’s Cycling?

I started writing ‘What Is Women’s Cycling’ earlier this week. Then I deleted it all and started again. I wanted to write about the issues around women’s cycling, but I found that I had...

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Keep On Pedalling…Please

For many people, it takes riding a bike to realise how marvellous riding a bike can be. For years passionate bike enthusiasts have worked to encourage others to ride bikes, and this has had...

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Get Who Pedalling?

The current situation with Covid-19 is horrendous in so many ways. I am a big fan of looking on the bright side, but this has been hard to do lately. But there are glimmers...

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Awesome Women

Yesterday morning I went for a Breeze Bike Ride with some awesome women. I thought today, International Women’s Day, would be a good day to write about them. I am not sure that any...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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