5. Rebecca Charlton
Journalist, Presenter and Sponsored Rider
Charlton is one of the most prominent females currently working in the cycle industry.
Steeped in the bike world, Charlton has written for both Road Cycling UK and Bike Magic before she moving into a presenting role with Cycling.tv, where she got many an industry insider to take part in a turbo trainer challenge.
Then, three years on, Charlton stepped back into cycle print and online with publisher IPC Media, where she currently works across the publisher’s cycle portfolio, holding writing and assistant editor roles.
Also racing with Mule Bar – Sigma, where she is involved with grass roots initiatives and has been raising the profile of women in cycling, the busy Charlton has kept up presenting on cycling with the likes of ITV4 and BT Sport. Recently she became an author too. Little wonder, then, why Charlton is one of the best known faces in the biz.
6. Kirsty Medlock (Ho Fat)
Editor, Total Women’s Cycling
In the main, cycling has notoriously been seen as a largely male pastime. Consequently, the media, bike industry and the related product offerings have, to a great extent, reflected that assumption and in an embarrassingly large number of cases products have been guilty of ‘pinking and shrinking’.
Thankfully there is a chink of light in the shape of increasing numbers of female cyclists and growing numbers of women in the cycle industry.
Reflecting that change have been media launches like Total Women’s Cycling, among those to begin to redress the balance.
Long distance cycle enthusiast Medlock (Ho Fat) heads up that title and has a drive to make cycling more accessible to women at all levels. Expected to become more influential as Total Women’s Cycling establishes itself further in the market, Medlock (Ho Fat) is one to watch.