Tips & Tales

20May
20May

Danny MacAskill has long been one of our favourite character in cycling. He definitively puts the 'skill' into MacAskill, and has never knowingly taken himself too seriously.

So when we heard about his latest video, 'Danny Daycare', our ears pricked up as only fox ears can.

16May
16May

Find your tribe

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration #CycleHappy By Jeni Sanderson

"My overwhelming emotion recently has been the feeling of belonging."

Jeni is living proof of just how cycling can become a bedrock of social interaction and happiness way beyond the bike itself.

06May
06May

For many years, ASSOS of Switzerland was one of the most respected names in cycling. The only catch, from a female cycling perspective, was their notoriously... how would you say?... 'traditional' approach to marketing their women's kit.

Then in 2016, everything changed.

02May
02May

This summer, we're supporting world record Atlantic rower Kiko Matthews woman as she takes on single-use plastic via an epic bike ride, riding 7200km around the British coastline whilst raising awareness of plastic misuse.

25Apr
25Apr

Ever find yourself falling into the trap of feeling you have to ride with certain people, to grind out particular distances? Jeni has an alternative approach that just might make you fall in love with cycling all over again.

12Apr
12Apr

We all know how good even an average ride can make you feel. But cycling can improve more about your life than you might have thought.

08Apr
08Apr

10 Great Cycling Goals for Summer

Posted in Fitness Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Juliet offers you ten inspiring, fun-filled cycling activities and goals that will make these summer months the best you’ve ever experienced.

03Apr
03Apr

Jeni Sanderson is an expert in positive psychology - and we all know how crucial that can be on your bike. Here's how to get the best out of yourself, both in cycling and beyond...

01Apr
01Apr

As organisers of a major race for the women's pro peloton announces that the dress regulations will require participants to wear 'skirts', we ask: how can this be in 2019?

14Mar
14Mar

If there's one thing we've learnt over the years, it's that nobody knows everything about cycling. And when you're first falling in love with cycling, it can feel like there's a lot to learnt!

So if you're been cycling for a bit, we want to draw on your wisdom...

11Mar
11Mar

Quick & Easy Yoga Exercises to Improve Your Cycling

Posted in Fitness Inspiration #CycleHappy By VeloVixen (Author: Lexie Williamson)

Improve your cycling with these 5 minute daily yoga exercises - designed to boost power, help prevent injury and improve bone density.

01Mar
01Mar

The London Bike Show will never have seen the like. We're joining forces with those lovely folk from Casquette to host 'Casquette LIVE with VeloVixen'. It promises to be THE big reason for coming to this year's London Bike Show (29-31st March)...

21Feb
21Feb

When we asked you for your stories about how you got the cycling bug after the age of 40, we expected a few tales. But not 100s! And such moving, inspiring ones at that.

Here are just some of our favourites - and the eventual winner...

14Feb
14Feb

How to stay positive cycling when you feel like stopping

Posted in Fitness Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Just because it’s hard, it doesn’t mean you suck. Sometimes we all need an attitude adjustment.

The power of positive thinking is real. And so is the power of negative thoughts.

30Jan
30Jan

In a recent Strava report, what stood out the most was that “cyclists in their 40s and 50s ride further and faster.” I wanted to investigate if cyclists really are fitter in middle age than in their 20s...

28Jan
28Jan

Part two of Maria David's epic Christmas Rapha 500 ride - in which she covered 500km whilst everyone else was beached on the sofa after one mince pie too many.

27Jan
27Jan

The Rapha Festive 500 is a long-established 500km ritual of countering the festive binge - and there are many ways to tackle it...

17Jan
17Jan

There's been a lot of excitement about the 2019 range of Anna's Legs. So let's hear from Anna herself what makes them so special and personal to her.

08Jan
08Jan

Setting yourself a big challenge is a great way to motivate yourself to increased fitness, becoming a better cyclist and a huge sense of euphoria and pride.

But this year I'm focusing on something more subtle. And it needs a little imagination and sparkle.

23Dec
23Dec

Reflections on these times

Posted in Opinions By VeloVixen

This is a turbulent time for cycling, for retail, for politics. Actually, for our world as a whole.

These are our year end thoughts - things are not nearly as downbeat as you might think!

21Dec
21Dec

Tips from Alice Barnes (World Team Time Trial Champion) and Coryn Rivera (Sharon Laws Rider of the Year) give their tips on getting the most out of your bike ride this winter. Plus thoughts on the 2018 season.

19Dec
19Dec

How cycling can help in the darkest hour

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration #CycleHappy By Elaine Scott - member of our VeloVixen Women's Cycling Chat group on Facebook

"Well I went for my walk with little success. I only managed 0.9 miles before I had to give up go home and build a jigsaw instead. Sorry it's not going to be a light and fluffy read today."

Read more about how Elaine rebuilt through the support that only cycling can offer.

15Dec
15Dec

Maria David is in love with Milan and Lake Como - both the chic urban living and, of course, the cycling. Let her show you around some of her favourite places and routes... 

11Dec
11Dec

They're our most popular product bar none. They're made in Latvia. People keep coming back to buy more. And they attract rave reviews. So just why do us female cyclists love them so much?

06Dec
06Dec

If you're a regular cyclist, kit colour is everything. It can reflect your mood, express your identity, keep you safe and - crucially - match your bike. What colour are you?

04Dec
04Dec

When it comes to presents, sometimes a cleverly considered combo can add so much more to the occasion - especially if you get to save as a result.

29Nov
29Nov

Juliet's Christmas Wish List

Posted in Style Guides Kit Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Presents for cyclists aren't easy at the best of times. Whether you're the giver or the lucky recipient there's just so much choice! Here are Juliet Elliott's top festive picks.

28Nov
28Nov

Some firms spend millions on expensive ad agencies for their Christmas campaign. We spend £2 on mince pies and head out into the rain to see what happens...

22Nov
22Nov

Buying gifts for female cyclists can feel like a minefield - especially if you're not one yourself! Let us give you some top tips to make sure she loves what you choose...

09Nov
09Nov

When I met Lizzie Deignan

Posted in Kit Inspiration By Maria David

It's been all change for former World Road Race Champion, and Yorkshire's finest, Lizzie Deignan. She recently became a mum to little Orla, is back on the bike already - and has even found time to design cycling kit...

02Nov
02Nov

They're the most antipated cycling leggings of the year. You can be the first to find out about them - or even WIN a pair.

25Oct
25Oct

When most people try GORE's clothing, they're won over immediately. But sometimes technically awesome gear needs some explaining. Let us guide you around...

23Oct
23Oct

What I've learned about saddle soreness

Posted in Beginner's Guides Video Fitness Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Let’s be honest, bums and bits weren’t made for saddles. If you're suffering, you're not alone. After 10 years of looking for solutions, here are Juliet's Top 10 Tips...

13Oct
13Oct

None of us have ever experienced saddle soreness... have we now?! What better people to tell you about how to improve an often unmentionable problem than GB Cycling's experts...

11Oct
11Oct

The Gabba's lightweight and wind/rain resistant design is second to none and it's fully breathable too! So why should you own one? Watch the video review to find out...

03Oct
03Oct

When it comes to the most insane adventures on a bike, cycling to the South Pole would have to be right up there. Especially to be the first human being to do it. Maria Leijerstam was that person. Let her tell you more...

02Oct
02Oct

How do you get a riveted packed house on the edge of their seats at the Cycle Show? Why, you put a microphone in the hands of two extraordinary ultracyclists, Naomi Freireich and Philippa Battye, and ask them to tell some tales...

02Oct
02Oct

There are few women who have dominated their sport like Shanaze Reade has with BMX. Anna Glowinski chats to her about how she learnt her trade on tracks lit by car headlights and by the age of 11 was travelling to the World Championships in the US on her own...

27Sep
27Sep

Improve Your Mental Health by Cycling through Winter

Posted in Inspiration Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

We all know that exercise benefits our physical health but what about our mental health? Recent research has shown that two-thirds of people spend less than an hour per day outside during autumn and winter. There's never been a better time to get out on your bike!

24Sep
24Sep

Last year when on a cycling trip to Paris I stumbled across a triathlon in the elegant town of Chantilly. It looked a pretty big event, with the town, which is normally famous for horse-racing, filled with triathletes. It was a glorious day, and in fact I enjoyed the vibe so much that I got waylaid over there and arrived in Paris quite late that evening.

I decided at that moment that I would take part in that triathlon. 

20Aug
20Aug

7 ways to fit cycling into a busy life

Posted in Beginner's Guides Lifestyle By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Managing work, family, chores and time on the bike is a fine juggling act.

When life gets busy, stress levels ramp up or time is short it can be easy for exercise and recreation to slip down our list of priorities. Juliet Elliott should know...

15Aug
15Aug

Riding with Dame Kelly

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration By Maria David

How my ride went with Dame Kelly Holmes; clue: I wasn’t first up the climb, and I didn’t win the sprint to the café!

I had the privilege of going on a women's bike ride with Kelly Holmes last month. Yes, Kelly Holmes, the double gold medallist from track and field. Recently she's got into cycling...

26Jul
26Jul

It may seem counterintuitive adding another layer into your summer kit mix, but, believe it or not, it can actually help keep you cooler. Find out how...

04Jul
04Jul

Get them right, and padded cycling shorts are the gateway to a smooth, comfortable ride. Find out how to wear and care for yours correctly to enjoy miles upon miles of pain-free, efficient cycling.

25Jun
25Jun

Let's face it, the UK's not famous for blazing heat. When the mercury passes 20c we're prone to flapping about as though we're living in the Dubai desert. Fans and paddling pools sell out, and public fountains are gridlocked. But it can, and most years it does at some point...

19Jun
19Jun

No More Hate

Posted in Inspiration Opinions By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

Like the sport itself, cyclists are a hugely diverse bunch. Much as those in the anti-bike brigade like to think it, we’re actually not all the same. We are everyone. Inciting wars between road users and slagging off everyone who likes riding a bike shouldn’t be the last acceptable form of bigotry.

13Jun
13Jun

Have faith in your padded cycling shorts and find out how ditching your knickers can lead to a comfier ride.

12Jun
12Jun

The 2018 OVO Women's Tour is on! June 13-17th sees the world's finest female road racers battle it out across the UK. Here's Maria David's exclusive insider's guide to the stages... with some surprising insights.

06Jun
06Jun

Triathlon athlete and World Champ Simone Mitchell reveals six of her key training exercises to improve strength, both on and off the bike.

01Jun
01Jun

Sunday June 3rd marks the very first official United Nations World Bicycle Day. This is a big day in the history of the bicycle. For the UN to bestow an 'International Day' tag on anything is quite a moment. In this case it's especially significant.

31May
31May

Do you Strava? The fact that we use 'Strava' as a verb proves - if proof were needed - that the most popular cycling app of all time has come of age.

We're really excited to invite you to our VeloVixen Strava Club - a great way to bring together our amazing community of female cyclists. So why should you join us?

15May
15May

So, you’ve taken the plunge and finally signed up to a cycling event. Kirsty shares her top tips on what to wear during your first organised ride.

10May
10May

On the first weekend of May, the top names in cycling - men's and women's - battled it out across Yorkshire in front of 2 million spectators. Maria David went to try some of what they did for herself...

02May
02May

What should cyclists eat? Fuelling for long rides

Posted in Fitness Problem Solver By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!
Think of your body like a car and it all makes sense. You set off for a ride with a certain amount of petrol in your tank and after a point it begins to run out, eventually emptying completely so that you can no longer ride...

10Apr
10Apr

What is it about the humble cycling cap? Surely a cap is a cap is a cap? How can a simple piece of elasticated peaked cotton stir up such emotions and evangelising amongst cyclists who claim to be 'in the know'?

When it comes to complying with how things 'should' be done in cycling, we're the first to suggest a dose of rebellion. But with caps, we can't get enough of them. Why so?

01Apr
01Apr

At VeloVixen, we like to keep a careful ear out for the latest in cycling kit technology. And sometimes the news is just too exciting to keep to ourselves.

We can't reveal the brand in question, but we can exclusively reveal that secret testing is currently taking place in the central mountains of Colombia on a hot new range of cycling kit.

And when we say it's for a hot new range, we really mean it.

27Mar
27Mar

My First Crit

Posted in Inspiration By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

There's no denying that road racing is really hard.

If you want to do yourself justice you're going to have to deal with nerves, physical pain, perhaps some fear and potentially some risk. These are all things I choose to accept.

That doesn't make me a badass, it just makes me a bike racer. I'd like to tell you about my first race.

26Mar
26Mar

Use our guide to create a versatile ensemble that will keep you cycling in comfort as we emerge from the depths of winter into the unpredictable Great British springtime.

23Mar
23Mar

Just why were we so blown away by Castelli's new chammy pad? Watch and find out - whilst witnessing Fran and Liz 'shimmy in their chammy'...

17Mar
17Mar

As partners with Women V Cancer Ride the Night, the UK's biggest women-only charity night cycle ride, we share our 8 top tips to keep you cycling safely after dark.

Read our guide on how to stay safe while cycling past the hours of daylight - we think you may be surprised by some of what's included!

15Mar
15Mar

Castelli - a Tale in the Sting

Posted in Kit By VeloVixen

Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?

A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.

Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.

02Mar
02Mar

The VeloVixen family expands...

Posted in Kit By VeloVixen

It's been the harshest of late winters, but we've taken the opportunity to welcome new faces into the warm heart of the VeloVixen den! Well, maybe not so new...

01Mar
01Mar

Endura - you see a lot of it around, don't you? Were you guilty of assuming it's a bit... generic? It's time to think again.

Turns out nothing could be further from the truth, especially with a depth of female design talent in their ranks and a massive new name on their books for 2018!

15Feb
15Feb

If you’re looking to upgrade your old bike or make the very most out of a new investment these are the best value bike upgrades that make give the biggest increase in cycling performance

24Jan
24Jan

I've been organising Spring cycling holidays in southern Spain, and speaking to a lot of potential participants. It's been really revealing. Why are so many worried about letting others down, when they're perfectly capable?

I want to see women taking ownership of their enjoyed sport, I want to see them unapologetic for wanting to be somewhere and looking for reassurance from nobody but themselves.

18Jan
18Jan

Simone Mitchell became 2017 AG World Champion in 70.3 Ironman. She's a triathlon superstar, but equally great at getting the best out of 'normal' people.

In this 2nd video, Simone shares another brilliant 6-part training circuit suitable for beginners right up to the elite. You don't even need equipment!

16Jan
16Jan

Happiness in Small Steps

Posted in Lifestyle Inspiration Opinions #CycleHappy By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Writer and Multi-Talent!

In a world in which we're bombarded by ways to compare ourselves to others, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. It's easy not to appreciate your own achievements.

All the more reason, Juliet argues, to take stock of where you are and where you’ve come from, comparing yourself against no one else but… yourself!

15Jan
15Jan

Since joining the VeloVixen range in 2014, the Urbanist padded cycling knickers have become our best selling range of all time, making their way into our top-5 favourite lists time and time again.

Learn more about the background to Urbanist in their original Kickstarter Project video...

12Dec
12Dec

If you've ever wondered what single stylish top can cover most conditions - or act as an invaluable layer on colder rides - then Rivelo's Pateley may be your answer. Fran can tell you more...

11Dec
11Dec

If you've ever wondered what single stylish top can cover most conditions - or act as an invaluable layer on colder rides - then Rivelo's Pateley may be your answer. Fran can tell you more...

06Dec
06Dec

The VeloPac RidePac is one of those really simple ideas that can genuinely make a difference to you. It's the one piece of kit you need to keep your valuables safe and dry on a ride - and they look great too.

01Dec
01Dec

Cycling role model Anna Glowinski takes no prisoners when it comes to women's cycling. This is an important 15 minutes from someone who can talk the talk - but really walk the walk too.

27Nov
27Nov

Whether we brush off the gloomy predictions of our weatherwomen and men or not, we can’t get around the fact that for the next few months we’ll need to wrap up warm if we want to continue cycling (and enjoying it) throughout December and into the new year.

21Nov
21Nov

PinarellNO

Posted in Kit Opinions Best of 2017 By VeloVixen

When news emerged earlier this week about the launch of Pinarello's new e-bike, the Nytro, at first it seemed like a solid, positive step from a major bike manufacturer to catch the growing wave of e-bike sales.

But then the Pinarello marketing department got hold of it. And that's where the trouble began.

15Nov
15Nov

We're all guilty of ignoring our stretching, even Anna G herself. Not one to let the grass grow under her feet, here Anna shows us a great sequence of cycling-specific stretches from her home beach in Spain. Where grass doesn't grow.

14Nov
14Nov

Like all MASSIVE global retailers, we've got our own blockbuster ad - here are Liz and Fran to talk you through some of the VeloVixen highlights this festive season... Hold onto your hats, folks!

08Nov
08Nov

Long cycle rides, as with any endurance sport, can wreak havoc on our digestive system if we don’t treat it right. Your body is working overtime to keep your muscles moving, blood pumping & lungs breathing and you don’t want to create more stress by giving it more work to do to digest your food. So how can you keep your tummy happy whilst on the bike?

26Oct
26Oct

There’s something magical about the century, the achievement of ticking over from tens of miles to the elusive three figures. Spending a day on the bike – spending enough time to warrant multiple coffee stops. This was Catherine's first.

23Oct
23Oct

Juliet's just finished her first season. "Racing bikes is nothing short of a high so with the season all wrapped up and no more fixed crits until next April I'm feeling something akin to withdrawal."

17Oct
17Oct

We LOVE this! Our great friend, and long time VeloVixen team member, Rose 'Ozzie' Osborne recently retired from the pro peloton after several years of stalwart service with teams WMT and Drops Cycling. Here are her reflections on women's cycling and the sacrifices in pro sport.

13Oct
13Oct

There's something nicely reassuring about heading off on a ride knowing you're adequately protected should the heavens open. Add cosy Roubaix insulation, breathability and wind resistance, and suddenly you feel like a true bad-weather-conquering-badass.

12Oct
12Oct

The shadow of sexism still hangs over cycling with some well publicised cases in recent months. However there is no doubt things are improving. VeloVision caught up with our founder, Phil, and operations manager, Fran to chat about the opportunities and challenges facing women in cycling today.

06Oct
06Oct

One of our favourite people, Anna Glowinski, was a last minute call up to join Annie Emmerson on our 2017 VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub to discuss TV presenting, designing epic leggings, and all kinds of cycling.

05Oct
05Oct

Ever wondered how to become a World Champion? In this video, filmed at our Women's Cycling Hub at the 2017 Cycle Show, Simone Dailey gives you some vital secrets and demonstrates how to 'build a base, build a champion'...

04Oct
04Oct

Nowadays it feels like we're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a jacket to get us through the winter cycling season. Is that a blessing or a curse? We think the former. With so many styles and performance features now available specifically for women, it gives you the chance to really pinpoint THE perfect jacket for your cycling needs.

02Oct
02Oct

Did you know Paralympic medals for blind athletes rattle? Nor did we. Until the extraordinary Corrine Hall enlightened us about that and so much more in her brilliant session at our 2017 VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub.

01Oct
01Oct

Three of our favourite brands came together at our 2017 VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub to for a fascinating discussion about ways they go beyond simply retailing nice kit.

30Sep
30Sep

VeloVixen's own Fran Whyte, a seasoned cyclocross fanatic, reveals how cyclocross could be your answer to year round cycling - and why it's just plain fun!

29Sep
29Sep

What course has scared her most - and what's her favourite cheese?! Diane Jeggo fields questions aplenty with mountain biking World Champion and all round cycling legend Tracy Moseley!

28Sep
28Sep

Diane Jeggo joins presenter and journalists Rebecca Charlton and Laura Winter to talk #TokenAttractiveFemale and to discuss where women are in the media's coverage of cycling. Prepare for sparks to fly!

27Sep
27Sep

Diane Jeggo discussed where mass participation women's cycling is today with two of the women most deeply embedded in it - Cycling UK's Julie Rand and Head of HSBC Breeze, Becki Morris.

26Sep
26Sep

Diane, Elle and Joanna joined Anna Glowinski on a ride out in the Peak District that aimed to blow away cobwebs. Diane, arguably the chattiest of the group (although it's a hard shout) took herself out of the driving seat for once, as a Breeze Ride leader, and let herself be led...

18Sep
18Sep

Why Cross is Really Boss

Posted in Fitness Inspiration Opinions Best of 2017 By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!
Take a glimpse at social media right now and you may well come across the hashtag #crossisboss. But exactly what is everyone talking about?

08Sep
08Sep

Anna's Legs Girls Meet Up

Posted in Kit Lifestyle Best of 2017 By Joanna Shimwell

Last week saw the much anticipated gathering and social ride for the Anna’s Legs ambassadors. Here's Joanna's write-up of what they got up to in the beautifully picturesque hills of the Peak District.

08Aug
08Aug

RideLondon 2017: 100 Miles on 2 Hours Sleep with 30,000 People

Posted in Video Clubs & Events Inspiration Best of 2017 By Juliet Elliott, Award Winning Blogger and Multi-Talent!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be a guest of ŠKODA at the epic that is RideLondon - Surrey 100. From route to food, drinks, mechanical assistance and more, the folks behind the cycling extravaganza ensured that the only thing we had to do was pedal, what luxury!

07Aug
07Aug

This summer, we're celebrating the power of two-wheeled transportation with a brilliant round-up of awesome #CycleHappy stories and kit picks. From your sunnies right down down to your socks, here are 13 kit picks that perfectly capture that fist-pump-cycling feeling.

04Aug
04Aug

Chapter 3: One Year Older, Another Coast to Coast

Posted in Inspiration By VeloVixen (Author: Cherry Sylge)

Sunsets, chickens, broken spokes and nosebleeds. It's one year since 15-year old Cherry's first coast to coast challenge, was a second attempt one try to many? Read her story.

27Jul
27Jul

You ARE Good Enough

Posted in #CycleHappy Best of 2017 By VeloVixen (Author: Polly Clark)

As a mountain bike guide I ride with a lot of different people. In any group of riders there can be a huge range of abilities and fitness. Something that I notice is how often some riders give themselves a really hard time, especially those who feel they have less technical ability or fitness.

17Jul
17Jul

As we lift our jaws from the floor, we recommend you put your hot drink down as this list is in equal parts amusing, as it is appalling.

17Jul
17Jul

If you're one of the lucky riders to be participating in this year's Ride London, questions abound as to kit, preparation and the day itself.  Fear not dear readers, here are our top tips to making your ride a success.

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