Inspiring women in cycling 2014

2014 was a great year for women's cycling, and these are just some of the women which inspired us, showing how hard work and determination pay off.

Not only are these women incredible riders, they have been great ambassadors for the sport, demonstrating how thrilling women's racing can be, and inspiring more of us to get out on our bikes, whether on the road, track, or a muddy field or forest.

Here's to another great year in 2015!

Sarah Storey

We all know Sarah Storey for her four London 2012 Paralympic gold medals. With a total of 11 Olympic golds to her name, the former international swimmer is one of Great Britain's most decorated athletes.

Dame Sarah Storey to Take on UCI Hour Record

In 2014 Storey won para-cycling cycling titles at the UCI Track World Championships, with first in the 3km pursuit and scratch race and third place in the 500m time trial.

Meanwhile the cycling Dame has been training hard for her hour record attempt on Sunday 28 February during the Revolution Series at the Lee Valley Velodrome.

In March she will race in the Individual Pursuit, 500m Time Trial and Scratch Race at the Para-cycling Track World Championships.

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Laura Trott

For crowd favourite and double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott, 2014 was another great year, with wins at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, European Track Championships, Track Cycling World Cup, British National Road Race Championships and British National Track Championships, as well as the Revolution Series.

After helping Wiggle Honda win the team pursuit with Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker in the National Track Championships, in September Trott left the team to join Matrix Fitness Vulpine.

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Trott also caused some controversy when she said of the Commonwealth Games in the summer:"A lot of people don't even take it seriously," comments she later clarified, adding it would be an "amazing experience".

The year ended on a happy note romantically for Laura Trott with the announcement of her engagement to fellow track star, Jason Kenny.

Laura Trott tweet
Girorosa 2014

Dutchwoman Marianne Vos, with titles in road, track and cyclo-cross disciplines, has been called "the finest cyclist of her generation".

Also known as "The Cannibal", Vos continued on fine form in 2014 to win first overall in the Women's Tour, La Course and the Giro Rosa, as well as first in the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, among others.

Marianne Vos wins the Women's Tour

Vos now holds six World Championship gold medals in cyclo-cross and two track World Championship golds in addition to an Olympic gold medal which she won on the road at London 2012.

Check out the view from Vos' bike during the last 3.5km of La Course:

Manon Carpenter Cairns muddy

Pro mountain biker Manon Carpenter had a great 2014, winning first place overall at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the downhill division as well as the 2014 World Cup, earning the rainbow jersey.

In what was also a great year for downhill mountain biking Carpenter also won third place in the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year, and was also nominated for British Cycling's Ride of the year, for her MTB World Championships win.

60 Seconds with Manon Carpenter, Pro MTB Racer

In December Carpenter talked to TWC about the challenges of being a woman in pro cycling.

She said: "I love seeing more women getting into the sport. There does also need to be more support and opportunities for female racers and younger athletes coming through, hopefully soon companies will realise what a good investment we can be. I know Madison Saracen, for example, are more than happy that they got me on board!"

Watch a day in the life of Manon Carpenter:

We know we at TWC are all inspired by Carpenter's achievements and wish her all the best for 2015.

Dani King

Three times world champion in the women's team pursuit, Dani King had a tough 2014 following a collision with a pothole that broke five ribs and left her in hospital for 12 days.

Dani King Leave Hospital 12 Days After Crash

Pre-crash King was in the winning Wiggle-Honda team pursuit quartet at the British National Track Championships, and competed in the inaugural Women's Tour.

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The reigning world and European champion in the women's team pursuit, Katie Archibald is a great inspiration for younger riders.

In 2014 the Scot won first place in the Milk Race in Nottingham, as well as first in the points race in the Commonwealth Games, with 4th in the individual pursuit, and fifth in the scratch race and road time trial.

Katie Archibald Wins Milk Race 2014

It is also Archibald's quirky personality we love, illustrated brilliantly in her blog and Instagram feed.

Cycling fact: drying your socks on your bed knobs keeps away bad cycling spirits.

A photo posted by Katie Archibald (@_katiearchibald) on

Though she does refer to Destiny's Child as "classic music" in her blog, making some of us feel rather old.

Archibald was recruited by British Cycling's Olympic Development Academy in 2013 after moving to cycling from swimming in 2011. She has since graduated to BC's Olympic Performance Pathway, and is set to represent Britain in Rio 2016. We can't wait to see her out there.