women’s cycling

A ‘stay sane’ packing guide for the Giro Rosa

It’s that time of year again. Pink fever! The new national champions have been crowned around Europe and the Americas, which can only mean one thing -the Giro Rosa is fast approaching. It feels like the Aviva’s Women’s Tour ended only a couple days ago, but it’s possible I feel this way because I have […]


Your guide to the 2015 Giro Rosa

We’re slightly more than 24 hours from the start of the Giro Rosa. Remember how excited we were about the Aviva Women’s Tour? The Giro Rosa inspires that same sort of excitement for entirely different reasons. While the Aviva Women’s Tour is all about the social agenda and the ‘feel good’ moments and the professionalization […]


Q&A with two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott

Only two women have won the Giro Rosa in the last five years – Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) and Mara Abbott (Wiggle Honda). With Vos sidelined because of an injury, Abbott starts the Giro Rosa on Friday as a pre-race favourite and one of two returning champions. Abbott’s excelled in Italy since her Giro Rosa […]


Treating and preventing saddle sores

Whether you only ride to work or 400km weekly, chances are you will experience saddle sores at some point. While there are many theories out there on what saddle sores actually are –infected hair follicles, cysts or boils –one thing is for certain: they’re a total nuisance and can be quite painful. Luckily, they are […]


New team, new challenge: Carmen Small’s road to Rio continues with Bigla

This is a big week for Pan-Am gold medalist, Carmen Small. She flew to Europe on Tuesday where a new bike, new team and new adventure awaits her. Small signed with Bigla Pro Cycling Team less than 10 days ago, and on Friday she’ll line up in the blue-and-white kit for the Giro Rosa, her […]


How is a race route designed? Aviva Women’s Tour race controller Guy Elliott explains

In the build-up to the Aviva Women’s Tour, we explained all the reasons we love the British race – and why you would, too. Well, Aviva Women’s Tour race controller Guy Elliott recently gave us one more reason to love this race when he reached out to us on Twitter following the publication of our […]


Lizzie Armitstead: best in the world

Women’s professional cycling has a new leader. The recently updated UCI Individual Rankings shows that Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is the best ranked rider in the world, taking the number one spot from The Netherland’s Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) who’s been sidelined with injuries all season. Armitstead has been enjoying a very successful season. In the […]


Mel Hoskins’ pasties

If you follow Mel Hoskins on social media, chances are likely that you’ll see some of the delectable dishes she whips up on the regular. She claims that she’s most comfortable when it comes to baked goods, but I’ve found nearly anything that comes out of her kitchen to be dependably delicious. A few months […]


Climbing tips for non-climbers

Not long ago I received an email from a magazine asking if I wouldn’t mind providing an expert opinion on a question one of their readers had asked. The question: “Should you apologise if you get dropped on a climb during your bunch ride?” Being a sprinter and not a climber, I thought it both […]


Ella Picks: Women’s cycling content we loved this week

It’s that time of the week again. Ella Picks Monday is our attempt to bring you the best, most important or most interesting content we stumbled upon over the past week –and oh man was this week jam-packed with good finds. Our picks for the week include various video clips out of National Road Championships […]