Bants, Bikes and Being Female

Packed to the rafters with information, top tips, and plenty of laughs, Cycling UK's women's chat show is back with a bang for a second series.
Anna Glowinski
Cycling UK's women's chat show is back!

Anna Glowinski welcomes a host of experienced guests to help bridge the gender gap in cycling, and encourage you to keep cycling through winter. Join the conversation! Past shows are archived on YouTube and available below.

Show schedule:

  • Friday 13 November, 1-2pm GMT - Everything you need to know about cycling through the winter
  • Friday 20 November, 1-2pm GMT - Are you scared of (cycling in) the dark?
  • Friday 27 November, 1-2pm GMT - Looking after your bike in winter
  • Friday 4 December, 1-2pm GMT - Motivation to ride in the miserable months
  • Friday 11 December, 1-2pm GMT - How to plan a route for cycling
  • Friday 18 December, 1-2pm GMT - Bants, Bikes and Being Female Christmas Special!
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Our guest panel

Our guests are hand picked as cycling experts with years of experience in their fields. They are well-known individually for championing the cause of women's cycling, with plenty of passion and personality to boot. 

Fran Whyte

Operations manager and kit tester at VeloVixen, one of the biggest names in women's cycling, Fran Whyte is a cyclist through and through. Having raced for many years, she also moderates the VeloVixen Women's Cycling Chat page.

VeloVixen have been hand-picking the best cycling kit for women on their online shop for eight years, from massive market dominators to small, one-man bands. They've even recently started creating their own kit, putting into practice everything they know about what women really want and need for every type of bike ride.

You can find out more about VeloVixen on their Twitter and Instagram pages. 

charline jones
Charline Jones

Charline has over ten years' experience training as a professional cyclist, and has been a coach in sport for seventeen years.

With a Commonwealth silver medal under her belt, a Sports and Exercise Science degree, yoga teacher training and functional range conditioning qualifications as part of her knowledge, if there’s one thing Charline knows how to do, that’s get results. She knows the easiest way to do this is to surround yourself with people who support you in your fitness journey.

Her training sessions include exercises that promote strength, fat loss, stamina and mobility, and she joins us as one of our fitness experts. Find out more about Charline on ​Twitter and Instagram.

silvi vargas
Silvi Vargas

Silvi Vargas is a BMX racer and coach. She runs BMX-ercise classes for women and has worked as a mechanic for Evans Cycles. 

She has fixed everything on a bike, hit massive jumps, and created fun and welcoming environments in which women are able to push their comfort zones and thrive.

You can find out more about Silvi on her website.

Lorraine Dixon

Qualified bike mechanic and DJ, Lorraine Dixon is that person who can turn even the most dry of bike related topics into a barrel of laughs.

Representing the Joyful Bellas and Fellas, Lorraine is known for encouraging beginners of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to join her cycling group in the Midlands.

vicky balfour
Vicky Balfour

Vicky Balfour is a mountain biking coach, mindset coach and bike mechanic. She is also mum to a disabled child who needs special support to be able to enjoy cycling like everyone else.

The voice of adaptive and non-standard cycles, she aims to educate audiences about the various options out there enabling everyone to enjoy cycling.

Check out Vicky's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Jenny box
Jenny Box

Jenny Box is head of behaviour change and development at Cycling UK. She is also a leisure cyclist with a particular enthusiasm for cycling on holiday, exploring new areas on two wheels.

Closer to home, Jenny cycles to work, and around London with friends. Jenny joined the charity nearly two years ago after many years’ experience in roles focusing on increasing sports participation and engagement with volunteers. 

She now leads a team of cycling development officers working to help achieve Cycling UK’s mission of enabling a million more people to cycle through community programmes.

With lots of debate online and in real life surrounding social distancing measures and what this means for cycling, Jenny is here to help answer the questions and provide advice on how cycling can keep going in 2020.

rebecca charlton
Rebecca Charlton

Rebecca Charlton is a TV presenter, journalist and author. She has written two books on cycling with Bloomsbury, and presents and commentates on channels including Eurosport, ITV and the BBC. 

Having raced in several disciplines of competitive cycling from a young age, Rebecca brings a particular wealth of knowledge on the sport, from grassroots entry-level, to the pro ranks where she regularly interviews the stars of the sport. 

Rebecca is the lead presenter on ITV's coverage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour of Britain and is particularly passionate about seeing more women start riding.

In addition, she can be found regularly hosting rounds of the HSBC UK National Road and women's series on Eurosport and says: “There are no stupid questions when it comes to cycling, so ask away!” 

You can follow what Rebecca's up to on Instagram and Twitter.

rachael walker
Rachael Walker

Rachael Walker is an award-winning women's cycling events organiser and has been racing bikes for over fifteen years, competing at a global level in Downhill and Enduro mountain biking.

She also loves a long-distance bikepacking adventures, which is what makes her the perfect Komoot ambassador. Komoot is a route planning app that helps you find on and off-road paths for cycling. 


Earlier shows this season
Season One