Women’s cycling

Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence

When the women’s Classics get underway this weekend, Lotta Lepistö will be one of the riders to watch. The Finnish national champion had her best-ever season in 2016 and, as one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton, should be there or thereabouts if she’s in a front group approaching the line. But, as she …

Video: Marianne Vos and Alexis Ryan on why they ride

The start of the Women’s WorldTour is looming and in anticipation, the UCI is producing some neat short videos on some of the peloton’s leading women. Exploring the questions of why they race and what draws them to cycling, here are the first two spotlights: “It’s complete chaos and I relish in that chaos because anything can …

Cobbles, wind and rain: the women’s European season is here!

After a long wait it’s finally here! The European season officially kicks off in Belgium this weekend at the prestigious Omloop het Nieuwsblad. On the docket: cobbles, steep climbs,  rain and fierce competition –all the elements of a good early season race. While the women’s race may not be a WorldTour event like the men’s race, the competition is …

10 young female pros that will make their mark in 2017

With Omloop het Nieuwblad kicking off the UCI season in Europe this weekend, and a successful Summer of Cycling completed in Australia, the 2017 road season is officially here! For the young riders in the peloton this means new opportunities to take a step forward in their careers, maybe have a breakout performance, possibly even win …

The SHEcret Pro: On Australia’s Summer of Cycling

Yep, I was finally let into Australia, and got to see what all the fuss was about Down Under in the summer. For years I have been hearing from certain Australian friends how ‘awesome’ and ‘heaps good’ Australia is, and now, I realise for the first time, they weren’t lying. For non-Aussies, it’s hard to …

Not above bottle duty: Amalie Dideriksen’s year ahead in the rainbow stripes

Pulling on the world championship jersey is a moment so many cyclists dream of and it’s a title that, once earned, will stay with the rider for the rest of their lives. Many spend their entire careers working toward that iconic rainbow jersey, but only a select few get to wear one. Even rarer are …

Loren Rowney, expert fan girl, foreshadows the road season ahead

Now that I have officially retired from professional cycling, for the first time in a long time, I get to sit back and take on the role of fan girl. With plans to be in Belgium over the spring, you’ll catch me on the sidelines of Flanders, beer in hand, waving a flag most likely. …

New Kit Day: A look at 2017 women’s pro kits

A new season means #newkitday for professional and amateur athletes around the globe. While some teams are sporting a brand new design this 2017 season, other have made only subtle changes. Here are the new season’s standout kits. The Rainbow Jersey The rainbow jersey was first introduced in 1927, at the first professional UCI Road …

The good and the bad of having a partner who shares your love of cycling

Forget chocolates, flowers and cheesy cards. Here at Ella our true love is cycling and even the most beautiful bouquet of flowers cannot compare to a day on the bike. Even better is when you get to share that ride with your partner…or is it? Verita Stewart shares the good and the bad about having …

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Movers and Shakers: Jude Gerace on building wheels, a business and another crack in the glass ceiling

Our Movers and Shakers series features Q&As with women trail blazers in the sport and industry of cycling. These are women who often go unnoticed but make the world of women’s cycling go round. The women we write about in this series include team owners, key industry players, race organisers, cycling advocates, journalists, inventors, designers, …

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