I’m was so excited to have been invited to speak at the VeloVixen Women’s Cycling Hub, part of the NEC Cycle Show a few weekends ago. Particularly so since I was to be joining Jools Walker, cycling super blogger and TV presenter, and Chris Garrison, women’s cycling advocate, on stage. When we get together we tend to have a lot to say about women’s cycling - all of it endlessly fascinating, deeply astute and utterly inspiring, of course.
One thing the three of us definitely have in common is a belief that cycling is for everyone regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.
I met both women via Twitter – Jools when she was working at Vulpine, and Chris when she was media maven for a cycle brand. We share a passion for cycling but have very different backgrounds – Jools is a Londoner, rides a Pashley and a road bike, and runs the highly successful Velo-City-Girl blog. Chris is from the US, a former bike mechanic and used to work on Wall Street. I was born in Stoke On Trent, became a beauty editor in London before moving to the countryside and falling in love with mountain biking (and then road cycling too!) - and writing about it! One thing the three of us definitely have in common is a belief that cycling is for everyone regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.
I first spoke on a panel with Jools and Chris at an event organised by The London Bike Kitchen at Look Mum No Hands in London earlier this year. We were joined on stage by cycling journalist Laura Laker for a talk about women and the cycling media and what followed was a lively, informed and very enjoyable debate which had a hugely positively response.
At the Cycle Show we discussed ‘women’s cycling today’ which included our thoughts on how both the media and those of us who ride can help make cycling more inclusive.
Keep your eyes peeled for the video of our stage time appearing on VeloVixen very soon, along with the other inspirational talks by athletes Jo Rowsell-Shand, Dani King, Manon Carpenter and the Drops Cycle Team, sports nutritionist Jasmine Campbell, Becki Morris from Breeze, Ultra Distance cyclists Emily Chappell and Shu Pillinger, and journalists including Kim Keay (VoxWomen) and Michelle Arthurs (Total Women’s Cycling) to name but a few!
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