The cold weather and short days are no excuse to pass over the bike for a comfy couch. These women inspire us all year round, through all elements and across all disciplines.

Katy Curd

Katy Curd muddy ride

British 4X World Champion, and Elite downhill athlete, Katy Curd, isn't afraid to get a little dirty on the trails this winter. Covered from head-to-toe in wet mud, this girl still has a smile on her face.

Hannah Barnes

MTB Hannah Barnes getting hosed down

This great photo of the Scottish MTB rider, Hannah Barnes, shows us the pro way to carry out a post-ride clean up operation after a very messy ride. Having to be hosed down after a riding session displays a high level of commitment- we bet that water isn't warm!

Helen Wyman

helen wyman cyclocross mud

Not just an inspiring athlete, but a brilliant human being all round, Helen Wyman is a multi-winning British National Champion in cyclocross. In addition to this, she sits on the UCI Cyclocross board to help equal the gender field in her discipline, and introduce new women's junior categories.

We love this photo of Helen, determined and focused... and totally caked in mud.

Manon Carpenter

World Champion Manon Carpenter getting muddy in cyclocross Photo: Short & Round

Elite downhill athlete, and 2014 World Champion, Manon Carpenter, trains in all disciplines of cycling. All mountain, BMX, dirt and even cyclocross.

Here's a snap of her racing earlier this month at the Caerphilly Cyclocross event.

Jo Rowsell Shand

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Olympic track cyclist and Podium Ambition - Sports Tours International rider Jo proves to us that professional roadies do have to layer up and pound out the miles in the cold, wet months of winter - just like the rest of us.

Tiffany Cromwell

Tiffany Cromwell training running

Ok - so she's not riding.. but Australian professional road cyclist, Tiffany Cromwell of the new Canyon/SRAM pro-women's team shows us there are other ways to keep fit. Here we see her getting stuck into her winter training season with some cardio.

Rachel Atherton

Rachel Atherton waterproof feet

It's great to see that even the professionals have to improvise sometimes. Who hasn't worn bags on their feet for riding?

Rachel Atherton shows us that everyone can ride, even in the wettest of conditions, and there's nothing wrong with making your feet waterproof when you've left your SealSkinz at home!

Canyon/SRAM Pro-Team

Canyon SRAM pro team spain

Of course it's alright for some athletes who spend their winter breaks on the sunny side of the world.

Here's the new Canyon/SRAM pro-cycling women's team in Spain, soaking up the sun and getting some training in before the Christmas holidays.

The right kit makes all the difference - check out our road and mountain bike winter clothing guides.