Sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking that the cycling community was a bit of a boys club, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find inspiring women grafting away and doing amazing things on two wheels. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to inspire you to get on your bike and go further, whatever that means to you.

Keira McVitty

Kiera is a serious badass on two wheels. A former youth national champion, Kiera turned professional in 2017 riding for WNT cycling and alongside racing road bikes she races fixed gear criterium, high speed dangerous races taking place on a short circuit with no breaks. If you’ve not watched crit before get on Kiera’s YouTube and take it all in, these are seriously cool races! Born to ride, Kiera’s mission is getting more people to ride bikes and to promote women’s cycling, and she’s definitely inspired us to #riskitforabiskwit.

Juliet Elliott

Juliet is one of cycling’s most well-known and outspoken advocates for women in sport and is a total powerhouse who was named one of Bike Biz ‘Most Influential Women in Cycling’, something we definitely agree with! A multi-discipline cyclist competing in road, track and mountain bike races, Juliet is a woman with boundless energy, passion and creativity this is a woman who’ll inspire you to get on two wheels (no joke, it was a lunch with Juliet that got me thinking about getting back into cycling!), challenge yourself and do it all with a smile on your face.

Rachel Atherton

Professional downhill mountain bike racer Rachel spends her days “riding gnarly-ass stuff” around her home base in the Dyfi valley, an area strewn with trails that are every rider’s dream. In fact, Rachel credits her success to living in the area and we credit her success on the world stage for attracting more women to the trails, something that’s only going to continue as Rachel continues to make history as she aims to break the record for UCI Downhill World Cup wins. Watching Rachel do her thing just makes us want to hit the trails and get muddy.

Jenny Graham

Endurance cyclist Jenny wasn’t always a long-distance cyclist, but her experience teaching in the outdoors meant she had the resilience, self-reliance and physical endurance to take on the challenge. Since 2015 she’s raced The Highland Trail 550, the Cairngorm Loop, the Arizona Trail Race and a four-day winter LEJOG, events that got her wondering ‘how far could I go’. All the way around the world it turned out. Circumnavigating the globe in 125 days (smashing the existing record of 144 days), Jenny rode 18,000 miles across 16 countries, unsupported, carrying all her kit in a true test of her physical and mental ability. It just goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to something (and have two wheels).

Emily Batty

Well known for her amazing talent on her cross-country mountain bike. She’s won many medals, – bronze at the world championships, silver at the commonwealth games, gold at the Pam Am games and rides for Trek World Racing! Her posts are motivating and she’s always out and about doing something different. A true inspiration!

Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald, MBE is a British racing cyclist, who currently rides on the track for Great Britain and Scotland. A member of the Great Britain 2016 Olympic champion team in women's team pursuit, she is a champion in the same event at both the World and European championships and world record holder.

Tiffany Cromwell

Tiffany Cromwell, currently one of Australia’s top female road cyclist on the international circuit. With victories in some of the biggest races around the world and part of many team successes, Tiffany is looking to continue her upward trajectory with the German registered CANYON//SRAM Racing Team. Not only does Tiffany ride bikes, she’s also an aspiring designer working on her brand Tiffany Jane designs. From freelance cycling apparel design to collaboration projects with exciting brands, be sure to look out for her creative flair.

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