When we won the 2017 BikeBiz Award for Best Online Store in February, we were a bit taken aback. We'd beaten the biggest names in the business. And then we thought about it and realised - there are 17 reasons why we won...
Tips & Tales
Is there a better feeling than spinning along the lanes feeling the warmth of the sun and breeze against your legs? For me, this brings back memories of childhood, long days spent playing down at the BMX track, always in shorts (I remember this well due to the amount of times my mother smothered my scraped knees with iodine).
This got me thinking, when is it time to get the legs out? Surely simply because the sun is shining isn’t enough.
How can more women be encouraged to cycle? What's your view on women's cycling at the moment? Are more women cycling than ever before? We asked five of our faces from the VV Hub Stage these very questions. Watch now to hear their responses.
We all know that eating properly can make you go better on your bike. But how many of us have devoted a career to studying it? Nutritionist Jasmine Campbell has - and she's especially good on female specific tips.
Listen to her speak at our 2016 VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub...
(A blog for our overseas friends!)
It may not have escaped your notice that in June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Whilst this prompted unprecedented levels of political, economic and social tumoil in the UK, it does have one undeniable upside if you're a cyclist living outside the UK.
What's that, you ask? Buying cycling gear from VeloVixen got a whole lot cheaper, that's what!
Here are the main reasons why...
Downhill mountain biking isn't for the faint hearted. And as if to prove a point, British double world champion Manon Carpenter bounced along to speak to an enthralled audience at the VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub with a freshly broken collarbone in a sling.
Jools Walker asked the searching questions and Manon charmed and disarmed in equal measure...
"There is a malaise among people who follow sport that women's sport isn't exciting."
There's a lot of discussion about so much in women's cycling - the good, the bad and the downright ugly. But you'll have to go a long way to find 3 better informed and more entertaining commentators than Adele Mitchell, Chris Garrison and Jools Walker.
The 2016 Total Women's Cycling Awards are looming, and we're lucky enough to have been nominated once again - this time in the Best Cycling Retailer category. We're very much the minnow up against the big fish in cycling, and it would mean the world to us to win! Here's how you can vote...
Are you coming, are you coming?!?!
September 2016 marks our biggest contribution yet to the momentum within women's cycling, as we host our star-studded VeloVixen Women's Cycling Hub - it promises to be one of the highlights of the NEC Cycling Show, running from September 22nd-25th...
Women's mountain biking is thriving like never before. Inspirational names like Manon Carpenter and the incomparable Rachel Atherton are combining with the simple joy of a country full of glorious places to ride your mountain bike and luring more and more female cyclists onto bikes with suspension and fat tyres.
It's no surprise that suddenly female specific MTB clothing brands are emerging.
Correction: not 'suddenly' - the good ones have been creating a name for themselves for some years...
It's been a blur of elite GB success and medals, all set against the impossibly glamorous backdrop of Rio de Janeiro. We've never seen elite success like it. Faster, higher, stronger has never rung truer than in 2016.
But are technical achievements of sublime prowess what we'll remember it for. Are they really? The reality is that, whilst we sit slack-jawed watching trampolining skills and cycling power we can't begin to relate to, that's not what moves us. That's not what we will reflect on with lumps in our throats watching montages years from now.
It's the humanity.
In April, we spent three memorable days in Bristol shooting for our next catalogue. The sun shone on us - in every sense - and we laughed a lot. We hope you get the idea from our behind-the-scenes video...
For most professional sports people, retirement can be a thorny issue. When do you do it and - far more troubling - what do you do once you've hung up your boots/skis/cleats/racket (delete as appropriate)? Surely the only way is down?
So just imagine if you're Britain's most decorated Olympian and a household name. How do you top that?
You design cycling kit, of course.
We're delighted to announce that VeloVixen is to sponsor a major men's UCI cycling team for the remainder of this season. After examining a number of ways to maximise the impact of our recent investment, we have decided to expand our reach by putting the VeloVixen name to an established men's squad.
We are unable to reveal either the names of the riders involved or the event calendar for the new team before later this month, but rest assured the new VeloVixen team will be looking to compete with the very best.
We're delighted to announce that, for the first time since we launched in August 2012, we have agreed a deal to bring in external investment. On March 21st, Bath-based Chelverton Asset Management, through a syndicate of private investors, agreed to invest £500,000 of growth capital into VeloVixen.
It's that time of year, isn't it? Yes, people are still wearing down jackets and anyone in their right mind on a bike is still layering up. But there's the scent of summer promised in the air. Buds are surreptitiously appearing on trees. The daffodils are strutting their stuff more confidently than those cheeky ones that popped up in January. You can even catch an occasional waft of cut grass as you ride.
We're feeling especially perky at VeloVixen.
Why's that, you ask? We have plans... and big news. And they're likely to have repercussions for women's cycling beyond VeloVixen itself. Here's what lies ahead for the months to come (it's worth reading to the end with this one...).
Let’s face it: this time of year isn’t exactly peak season for cycling.
It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s dank. Daylight hours are almost non-existent. And frequently there’s ice on the ground. To say nothing of that residual Christmas pudding clogging up both arteries and will-power.
It’s hardly a recipe for joyful times on your bike. Or is it?
2015 was the year our blog came of age. We now get so many regular visitors that we've had to increase what our site can handle more than once this year!
And with good reason - with big name regular guest bloggers like Adele Mitchell, Juliet Elliott, Lara Dunn and Cathy Bussey, plus VeloVixen's unique insight into women's cycling kit, it's a recipe for a good read. Here are the blogs that have created the most stir in 2015...
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