There's a whole other world out there online and in amongst the hashtags, fake profiles, porn bots and the incessant need for more like and followers are the diamonds in the rough, the people you want to follow, the ones that get you inspired to go ride, to do more, to be the best you and go explore the world.
Now there's no denying that online we all tend to post the best versions of ourselves, the fun times with friends, that amazing (or every bike ride), the nights out, the adventures and travel, I mean who wants to see Barbara have her sixth breakdown of the week, Dan washing his pants, or Jen* watching paint dry (there are probably accounts full of those things and I'm not opposed to being more real) - but we want to see the fun stuff, escape the reality of the daily grind and dream of being out there riding our bikes too.
So, without further adieu, here are a small number of the many incredible women who are out there riding bikes, working in the industry and just generally being pretty awesome. You should go give them a follow if you don't already.
This list wouldn't be complete without Ms Gatto; artist, rider, occasional Pinkbike presenter, content creator - you can expect to see some really inspirational stuff on Micayla's Instagram, but there's a chance you'll get to see some of the weird and wonderful (like her in a T-rex outfit playing Jenga) but one thing's for sure, she'll be adventuring, kicking ass and doing it #FerdaGirls.
Watch Micayla's artistically brilliant riding edit, Intersection, here.
Marianne can turn her hand to almost any discipline and she continues to blow us away with her talent. Her Instagram follows her racing and training and you should definitely give her a follow if you want to follow her adventurous career.
Bikes, mountains, oceans, night owl & Owner, From the Chairlift Marketing, a sports marketing agency.
Lacy Kemp is somewhat of a creative mastermind, a storyteller in many formats and an absolute shredder. If you've never seen Dream Ride and Dream Ride 2, please do yourself a favour and go watch. You won't regret it! Aside from crafting what is essentially magic with the help of some amazing people Lacy also has her own company and posts some really uplifting and cool content on her Insta. One to follow for sure.
World, Commonwealth and nation champion, Lizzie constantly inspires us with how hard she works. She’s always trying to get young riders into the sport and it always pushing herself to achieve her goals. Some of her photos do make us a little jealous, though!
Veronique is an absolute shredder and she absolutely sends it! If she isn't riding she's off on adventures and trips but you'll mostly find her nailing down new tricks, racing and sending jumps. Vero has incredible style and so much talent on the bike and will definitely inspire you to push yourself to learn new things.
Canyon/SRAM Pro Team
Following their formation in 2016 the team has gone through many changes put continually pushed to rise through the ranks. They have big goals and an amazing attitude and we fully recommend following the team and what they get up to.
Tracy Moseley needs no introduction and is incredible to watch on the bike. She has a decorated history in the sport and now spends her time helping others to achieve their riding goals. Her Instagram follows her adventures and she is always supportive of others which is incredible to see. Following her will definitely give you a boost and she’s an incredible advocate for women on two wheels.
Lauren is one ambitious young woman, bursting with talent and enthusiasm for cycling. Not to be underestimated, Lauren is an A-Level student who spends her free time training hard to compete in National and International events around the world for Team GB U23.
Anna van der Breggen
It’s amazing to see how far Anna has come since breaking her pelvis in 2014. She won gold in the women’s road race in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and she took a number of victories in last year’s Women’s World Tour including the overall. Her Instagram follows her racing and bits from her day to day life and is great to follow along!
Valentina is incredibly talented on the bike and 2018 will see her heading into the downhill World Cup to race as a junior. Picked up by YT when she was only young, we’ve watched her progress and seen her talent blossom. We can’t wait to see what she will achieve this year so get following her on Instagram and show her your support.
Katie is a British track cyclist who had a fantastic season in both 2016 and 2017 and already looks to be taking the race scene by storm with her outstanding performance at the Track Cycling World Championships. Her Instagram is fun to follow as she has a mix of work and pleasure. We are looking forward to seeing what else this talented young lady has in store.
Instagram: @ _katiearchibald
Rachael Walker works at Hope Tech, responsible for the Hope Women’s rides and the Hope Women’s Enduro she’s always looking for ways to get more women involved in riding bikes. Plus she goes on some amazing adventures that will inspire you to ride.
Annemiek van Vleuten
Annemiek van Vleuten rides for the Mitchelton-Scott Women team and succeeded in taking home the World Championship title in the time trial last year. She placed second in the Women’s Tour in 2017 so we can’t wait to see how fired up she will be in 2018. The beach shots on her Instagram makes us want to go on a long ride and dip our toes in the sand!
Emily is a down to earth, fun loving adventurer. She can always be found doing amazing things on her bike, scaling walls or getting rad in the snow. If you’re craving adventures Emily will inspire you to make it happen. Oh! and she lives in an awesome van for true #VanLife exploration.
WiggleHigh5 Women’s Team
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling is a UCI Professional women’s team consisting of a number of incredible female riders including Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and the Garner sisters. If this Instagram doesn’t inspire you we don’t know what will. Follow this page to check out how the team get on this year.
Rebecca "Bex" Baraona
Bex rides for the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race team and is always posting great stories on her Instagram. She’s always riding her bike and is a consistent a threat on the EWS race circuit. Follow her to see how she gets on with racing this season.
New presenter for GCN, before her new role Emma is an Olympic silver medallist for her time trial performance in 2008 as well as competing in a number of events and other sports. She is a decorated sportswoman and her Instagram is definitely one to follow.
Lea Davison is a professional mountain biker for the Clif Pro Team who's competed in the Olympics and bagged herself the silver at the 2016 World Champs.
We love Lea, she’s always smiling and she makes us want to ride whenever we see her posts. She’ll bring a touch of cycling happiness to your day.
Juliet races and rides all kinds of bikes, she has awesome cats and heads out on some amazing bike trips. We’re a little jealous of how much she rides her beautiful bikes but she definitely makes us want to get out and ride!
Another great profile full of women on two wheels. This Instagram has lots of women who love to ride their mountain bikes. They also have a Facebook so you can head there to talk about anything bikes, meet new people and buy and sell kit. It’s a great resource and really inspiring to see the number of women who love to ride.
Not a profile but a hashtag, check this out if you want to be inspired by lots of women on two wheels. You’ll get the odd scantily clad lady but amongst it, all are real women who love riding their bikes!
Follow the Instagram hashtag #RideLikeAGirl
So there you have it, your social media inspiration to get you feeling pumped for riding bikes and seeking new adventures.