Women's Cycling

This section features articles which we hope will be of particular interest to our female readers.

Women off the leash

Women off the leash

MARTINA SCHWAGER reviews Dörte Blechmann’s book‚ Wehe wenn sie losgelassen (Once you let them off the leash…), which charts the early days of women’s cycling in Germany.

 
Rover’s Return

Rover’s Return

How do world travellers settle down again to their own beds? Or do they ever? LYNNE CURRY went to meet Anne Mustoe

 
Interview:  Beryl Burton

Interview: Beryl Burton

Englishwoman Beryl Burton dominated women's cycling for twenty-five years from 1958, and was world champion repeatedly in many disciplines. JIM MCGURN interviewed her in 1984 when she was 47. This is an edited text of the original interview.

 
Touring into trouble

Touring into trouble

JOSIE DEW is a keen cycle tourist. Here she explains how she deals with the kind of harassment and problems experienced by many women cyclists

 
Canada: "What d'ya wanna drive a bike for?"

Canada: "What d'ya wanna drive a bike for?"

Intrepid pedaller JOSIE DEW enjoyed the car-(and cyclist-) free roads of Nova Scotia. The scenery was stunning and the locals incredulous but welcoming

 

Avoiding the Pregnant Pause.

Can you cycle when pregnant, and is it a good idea? ANNA SEMLYEN (pictured) discusses the issues with mothers who did it.

 
 

Cycling for Women

Right body, wrong bike. For too long the choice for women was heavy 'ladies' bikes or ill-fitting and uncomfortable 'gents' bikes. Thankfully provision for women has moved on in leaps and bounds in recent years.

 

Hello, Sweetie!

Trudi Edmunds was inspired to start her bicycle basket business by a gift from a friend. By STEVEN RUSSELL from an interview originally published in the East Anglian Daily Times

 

The Fundamentals of Fit

By far the most important thing to get right when purchasing a bike is the fit. You might have all the finest carbon fiber or titanium frame and components but you’ll be going nowhere fast if your bike doesn’t fit you properly. By MICK ALLAN