There are some incredible women in cycling. We celebrate every single woman who gets on a bike and pedals – but there are a few we’ve spoken to in the last year who have really inspired us to ride.
Some of them are pro cyclists, others have used their bikes to smash through the barriers of what they thought was achievable, and others have worked tirelessly to drive women’s cycling in their local area and further afield.
We’ve grouped all of these incredible stories here – but to mark international women’s day, we’ve rounded up eleven (because ten just didn’t do them justice!) of our favourite interviewees from the year that’s passed…
Plus Sized Athlete Krista Henderson
How many times have you seen women’s magazines publish articles around how much you can eat now you’ve done your exercise? Or which exercises will get you a flat stomach, or ‘pins to die for’? Exercise and weight loss are so tied up in our psyche, a landing alien would be forgiven for thinking that we women only move our bodies for the sole purpose of making them look better.
Krista Henderson is attacking that idea. For her, training and racing are about getting stronger and faster, not smaller and smaller. As well as competing herself, she also coaches spin classes and writes training plans. She told us: “My advice is not to focus on the weight loss, focus on what it means to get stronger and fitter. Your goals could be how do you run 5 seconds faster or ride ten miles at a certain rpm. Those goals are more healthy and confidence building.”