women’s cycling

Beyond the podium at Flanders Classics with Lien Crapoen and Maja Leye

By 8am on the morning of the Tour of Flanders, the Grote Markt in Bruges is already filled to bursting point. The sun slowly emerges above the medieval belfry, though most have already been warmed by heated discussion over who will win De Ronde. Lien Crapoen and Maja Leye survey the Markt with pride. In […]


Kirsten Wild takes third consecutive win at Ronde van Gelderland

A familiar face was first across the line at Ronde van Gelderland as Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products – UCK) took her third straight victory in Apledoorn. The Dutchwomen out-sprinted Lucy Garner (Liv Plantur) and Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) to the top step of the podium. The peloton split over the early climbs but reformed over the […]


Boels-Dolmans: What I know now that I wish I knew then

You know that tips section on the homepage just below the featured stories and newsletter sign up? Well, that section is populated by responses to the question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?” We ask that question nearly every time we do an interview with someone for the first time. […]


Mara Abbott’s raw caramel sauce

I do not even know what I was looking for on the internet when I found this recipe – whatever it was became instantly irrelevant. If you are a healthy desserts skeptic, I swear, just try this. You could put it on apples or pancakes or even ice cream or brownies – or you could […]


How To: Ride with less stress during *that time* of the month

Cycling is a great way to battle those mood swings and cramps that come with our monthly period. Yet, that bloated feeling or the thought of having to change your tampon every few hours during a heavy flow can make spending time in the saddle less than appealing. Here’s a tip to make cycling while […]


Elisa Longo Borghini reflects on the Ronde

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) was the talk of the (women’s cycling) town last Sunday. The young Italian won the Tour of Flanders with panache, class and heart. Thirty hilly, cobbled kilometres from the finish, Longo Borghini attacked the peloton and soloed to the finish line. Her teammate Jolien d’Hoore won the chase group sprint […]


Kristin Armstrong to come out of retirement for second time

Having already retired in 2009, then returning in 2011 to take a second Olympic time trial gold medal in 2012 and then retiring again, Kristin Armstrong has announced that she intends to return to competition following her second retirement, with her first event in less than one month’s time. Armstrong issued a statement saying that […]


Fit for the fight

Michelle Lee reached out to me on Twitter. She said she had a story from a teammate that she thought would be a good fit for the Ella audience. Could she send it my way? I have to admit, I didn’t have particularly high expectations. We’ve been pitched quite a few ideas since launch, and […]


The Women’s Ride: Victoria’s mass-riding event draws 2,000 women

Normally on a Sunday morning in Melbourne the roads, bike paths and single track are teaming with male cyclists. Female cyclists are overwhelmingly outnumbered. However, last Sunday in Victoria was not a normal day. It was a day for female cyclists to make their presence felt as the first ever women’s specific mass-riding event in […]


How To: Talk like a cyclist

Have you ever been sitting in a café, in a bike shop or stopped at the traffic lights and overheard a conversation between cyclists and thought to yourself… What the hell are they on about?! I have. This piece is my confusion-reduction contribution. When you’re new to riding or racing, cycling lingo can feel like […]