It may only open to the public today, but we've worked around the clock to bring you a sneak peek of what's on display at the Cycle Show 2013, Birmingham, to help you decide if you want to pop on down and get involved.
It's been a busy couple of months for the Total Women's Cycling team. Aoife covered the trends unveiled at Eurobike in Germany, then editor Kirsty drew the short straw and had to jet over to the US to report on what was hot (apart from the weather) in Las Vegas at Interbike.
A welcome change then that we can be back on terra firma in the UK, covering a show that's held in our own back yard - well, in our time zone - and that more importantly you, our readers can attend.
On top of the ticket discount we've managed to wangle for our readers - more on that later (bottom of the page) - we've created a gallery highlighting the best in show for women. You'll be champing at the bit to get down to the NEC after reading this.
We are pleased to report that there’s a hefty chunk of the expo dedicated to women – definitely worth getting some last minute tickets if you haven't already booked - be it in the form of clothing, bikes, accessories or lifestyle products, there’s something for every level of rider.
From the independent stalls, like Ginger & French showcasing among other things their unique bicycle wallpaper, Thrifty Couture with Judith and her bespoke cycling jackets and the lovely Catherine Ellis who set up Hill & Ellis to address the lack of stylish professional looking pannier bags on the market.
Right through to the behemoth brands who have spent a lot of time and effort increasing the stand space allocated to their women's ranges. Notably, Cube, Specialized, Trek and Bianchi had wonderfully helpful staff and a great display of kit on show.
There truly is something for everyone at the Cycle Show this year. Whether you're looking to get advice on buying your next bike, dragging someone else along to inspire them to cycle, getting your little ones pedalling or just wanting to see the new kit on offer - we urge you to get down to the NEC.
Don't be shy, get involved, you'll have a wonderful day - we promise!
Special Ticket Offer
Total Women’s Cycling readers are being offered a special ticket price of just £11.50** per ticket in advance by visiting the Cycle Show's booking page and entering discount code TWC when prompted.
Tickets for children aged 14 and under are £1 with a paying adult and children under five go free.
** Tickets are normally £13 in advance and £16 on the door. A £1 booking fee will be charged for all advanced booking.