Search for 100 Women in Cycling launched on International Women’s Day

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Search for 100 Women in Cycling launched on International Women’s Day

Cycling UK has today launched its annual search for 100 Women in Cycling to help inspire more women to cycle and close the gender gap.

Latest figures suggest that in England, men made 2.5 times as many cycle trips as women and men cycled 3.6 times as many miles.

Cycling UK Programme Manager, Lucy Watherston said, “Cycling UK is striving for equality in the world of cycling. Despite being an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, women are still hugely underrepresented.

“The 100 Women in Cycling celebrates women who encourage others to get out on their bikes and break barriers.”

The 100 Women in Cycling celebrates women who encourage others to get out on their bikes and break barriers.

Lucy Watherston

Launched on International Women’s Day, the ‘100 Women in Cycling’ annual list celebrates inspirational women from across the UK’s cycling scene, and forms part of Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling.

“We’re looking for women who act as community champions teaching cycle confidence, maintenance and repair or how to ride,” said Lucy.

“The list also celebrates sporting heroes who inspire others, influencers who are shaping the conversation to include issues affecting female cyclists and industry moguls who are breaking the mould in a male dominated field.”

Previous women on the 100 Women in Cycling list have included; TV and radio presenter, Angellica Bell who learnt to cycle as an adult, 10-year-old race reporter and social media star Ruby Isaac and Anna Glowinski, former Cyclo-cross under 11’s National champion and television presenter.

Anna Glowinski said: “I have worked in the world of cycling for a long time, but I’ve never come across such an extensive and inclusive celebration of all aspects of women’s cycling, and the people within it!

“There are so many exceptional women in the world of cycling and it’s great that this list helps to empower even more women to get on their bikes.”

There are so many exceptional women in the world of cycling and it’s great that this list helps to empower even more women to get on their bikes.

Anna Glowinski

Nominations are now open for 2020s ‘100 Women in Cycling’, with the final list due to be published when the Women’s Festival of Cycling begins on 11 July.

The festival is a three-week celebration of women’s cycling with female-friendly rides taking place around the country.

To nominate someone you think should be celebrated as one of Cycling UK's ‘100 Women in Cycling’, visit the website: www.cyclinguk.org/100women2020.

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Contact information

For more information contact the national Cycling UK Press Office on 01483 238 315, 07786 320 713 or email publicity@cyclinguk.org

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.cyclinguk.org
  2. For information on the Women’s Festival of Cycling see www.cyclinguk.org/womensfestival
  3. For our full list of our 100 Women in Cycling 2019 see - www.cyclinguk.org/100Women
  4. England statistics from National Travel Survey
  5. Latest figures suggest that in Wales women are less than half as likely to cycle once or twice a week than males. [National Survey for Wales]
  6. Latest figures suggest that in Scotland 4.1% of men and 1.6% women cycled 1-2 days a week as a means of transport; and 5% of men and 2.6% of women cycled 1-2 days a week just for pleasure or to keep fit. [Transport and Travel in Scotland 2018]
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