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‘It’s the process that makes you a champion’: A Q&A with two-time world time trial champion Amber Neben

  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, …

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Going against the tide: A European chasing the cycling dream in America

In a sport where Europe is usually still considered the ultimate goal, the decision by the British Claire Rose’s to hop the pond and come to America to chase her cycling dream might seem like an unconventional one. But after getting a taste of American racing during last year’s Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Tour of …

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Cycling was the force that kept me alive

“How much time will I have to stay away from my bike?!” I swear that question was the first one to cross my mind when my doctor said the most terrifying words I had ever heard: “Yes, it is cancer”. Only after that I thought about chemo, mastectomy, baldness, and nausea. “Do you think I …

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Three things we have learned from covering women’s cycling

Here at Ella, every day is centred around giving voice to and celebrating women on bikes. As money continues to be hard to come by, we are run mostly on passion, which is a common theme in the sport of women’s cycling as a whole. And while I could write a dozen articles on the …

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‘Remember to enjoy it, Amalie’: Dideriksen, on kicking off new season in rainbow stripes

We are so pleased to welcome world road champion Amalie Dideriksen to our team of Ella contributors. The 20-year-old Dane surprised the world and herself last fall when she outsprinted race favourite Kirsten Wild to take her biggest win of her career yet and wrote herself into the cycling history books as the second youngest …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 27: Makeup, style and does the way you look on the bike matter?

Following her mother’s motto of ‘be tough but still be a lady’, pro cyclist Breanne Nalder won’t leave the house until she’s properly put together, even if she’s going out for a training ride. So much so that she has permanent eyeliner tattooed on her. Her teammate Jen Luebcke meanwhile matches her earrings to her …

From indoor superstar to cobbled spring races: Talking to Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson

It’s a cycling fairytale. A woman who only started riding less than two years ago wins a professional contract with one of the world’s top cycling teams, all because she entered a competition on her indoor trainer. But in real life, fairytales don’t simply end with an unexplained “and they lived happily ever after.” So …

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 …

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 …

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