Who are we and what’s it all about? Why this site? And why NOW?
In 1894 Annie Londonderry set out from Boston on a journey which the New York Times heralded as ‘the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.’ She was on a bicycle and she circumnavigated the globe, ditching her skirts for bloomers along the way and allowing women to catch a whiff of freedom, strength and courage.
Crank it up a gear and race through the centuries and we now have women who tear through world records, take gnarly rock gardens in their stride, pedal to work with nonchalance and embrace, with style, grit and determination, a world on two wheels.
It seemed only right to create a website which not only celebrates the achievements of female cyclists but which also provides inspiration, knowledge, expertise and a fair amount of mud, sweat and tears for all of us to whom the first crank of the pedals means the start of a good day.
Welcome to Total Women’s Cycling.
We’re all cyclists here – you, me, the writers, the photographers, the nutritionists, sports scientists and mechanics – and we’ve all got one goal: to produce intelligent female-directed bike content across the fields of road, mountain bike and urban cycling which raises the bar.
Because it’s about time.
We don’t have an ‘us vs them’ culture here and it’s not about saying ‘well stick you we’ll have our own scene.’ It’s about providing a forum where women’s cycling can grow, expand, shine and develop. And it’s about acknowledging that you don’t have to actually have balls in order to ride like you do. Anyway, when it comes to hitting the cross bar during a bail, we all know who comes out better.
Whether you prefer to ride a hybrid to the office or slick asphalt in the Alps, like your tyres fat or bright pink, prefer a lycra all-in-one to a billowing skirt or baggies there’s a space for you on TWC and we actively encourage you to join in.
Because we’re all in this together.