Women's cycling has sure come a long way and we're pretty chuffed to have been able to be a part of it all.

We thought we would create a timeline, going way back, looking at some of the most important and inspirational people, riders, and, events that have helped to shape what we call women's cycling today. Enjoy!

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Annie Londonderry became the first woman to cycle around the world. At the age of 23, she took a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver with her and used her bicycle and, her body as an advertising billboard to make money.


Beryl Burton became the first British woman to achieve a world cycling title, winning the world champion pursuit.


Beryl Burton beat her existing 12-hour time trial record. She set a new record of 277.25 miles, overtaking the current men’s record at the time by 0.73 miles.


The road race became the first women’s cycling event at the Olympics.

The first women’s Tour de France, named Tour Cycliste Féminin, was formed.


The year the Giro d’Italia Femminile, now known as the Giro Rosa, was first set up.


Missy Giove won her first downhill NORBA. She soon became the all-time leader in NORBA downhill wins, with 14 in total.


The individual time trial was introduced to the Olympics which was won by Zulfiya Zabirova.


Yvonne McGregor set a new World Hour record of 47.0608km at the Manchester velodrome.

Caroline Alexander became the first British woman to win a World Cup MTB event.


The first ever women’s specific mountain bike, the Santa Cruz Juliana bicycle, was released. The bike was named after former World Champion mountain biker Juliana Furtado.


Nicole Cooke won the Giro Rosa. She has been the only British female cyclist to do so.


Victoria Pendleton took Gold in the sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships becoming the third British woman to become a world champion in cycling within 40 years.

Rachel Atherton took 1st place in the British National Mountain Biking Championships, taking Great Britain’s first ever world downhill MTB title.


Shannon Galpin set up Mountain2Mountain, Afghanistan’s first and only women’s cycling team. This year they will be competing in the Asian Games, marking the first time that an Afghan woman will be competing in a worldwide sporting event in cycling.

Tracy Moseley became the first British woman to win a World Cup MTB title.

Nicole Cooke is ranked the number one rider in the world.


Rachel Atherton became the first British woman to win the Elite UCI Downhill World Championship.

Nicole Cooke took Gold in the individual road race in the Beijing Olympics.


Tracey Moseley took first place in the DH, UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.


Manon Carpenter won the Junior UCI Downhill World Championship and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.


Marianne Vos took gold in the women’s road race at the London 2012 Olympics.

The team GB pursuit track team consisting of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell took Gold in the London 2012 Olympics.

Juliana Buhring made the first world record for the Fastest World Circumnavigation by bicycle. It took her just 152 days.


Maria Leijerstam became the first person to cycle to the South Pole, beating two male rivals in a 500-mile challenge to ride across Antarctica in 10 days.


The Women’s Tour was formed.

La Course, a 90km road cycling race around the Champs Elysées was brought into the Tour de France.