Racing for last place

Last month I entered a race with no doubt that the final position had my name written all over it, no matter how hard I tried. So why did I even bother when a last place was inevitable? Because there are so many good reasons to race, and pushing yourself to beat someone else is […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin takes Vuelta lead after summit victory on stage 9; Lizzie Armitstead wins GP de Plouay-Bretagne World Cup; Alexander Kristoff wins GP Ouest France – Plouay; Marc Soler wins the Tour de l’Avenir, Jack Haig second overall; Tony Martin secures overall victory in the […]


UCI reveals details of new women’s U23 cyclocross category

Back in January, the UCI announced it would debut a Women Under 23 category at the 2016 World Cyclocross Championships, and today is followed up on that promise, sharing details of the added category. The Women’s U23 race will be the first new addition to the World Cyclocross Championships since 2000, when a women’s elite […]


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

Ella Picks returns to its regularly scheduled Monday time slot – and we’ve got loads of links for you. Catch up on all the race action from the last 10 days out of Norway, Sweden, Colorado and France — including lots of videos! Read up on the latest news stories about the end of Velocio-SRAM […]


My first cyclocross race: Tales from a spectator, a teenager, a mum, and a national champion

It can be nerve-wracking to try something new, and taking on an unfamiliar challenge on the bike is no exception. At the start line, experienced racers can look so confident and focussed that it is difficult to imagine they ever felt that queasiness in the pit of their stomach when lining up for their first […]


Cycling wear designed by female pros for bike-loving women

With women’s products being the largest growing segment of the cycling industry, more and more brands are paying close attention to what women actually want. Gone are the days of “pink it and shrink it.” Women are no longer an afterthought and many design teams now include female designers. And there are few women that […]


Behind the lens with Balint Hamvas: “The biggest revelation for me is how awesome women’s road racing is.”

We have had the privilege of using Balint Hamvas’ beautiful photography to help us tell the stories of various women’s races this year. From the Ronde van Drenthe to the Giro Rosa to La Course, his photos tell a story our words never could. When an injury sidelined him from a mountain race in 2001, […]


Lisa Jacobs takes a third Australian cyclocross title, Paul van der Ploeg wins a tussle-tainted men’s race

A tight and controversial battle in the Australian National Cyclocross Championships has seen the men’s title shift again, this time to Paul van der Ploeg (Giant), while reigning women’s champion Lisa Jacobs (Rapha-Focus) managed to overcome injury to keep a firm hold of the jersey for a third time. Van der Ploeg, a former world […]


Australian Cyclocross Championships: Defending champion Lisa Jacobs will need to leap an extra barrier

Australia is holding its third National Cyclocross Championships in Melbourne this weekend. The mud-loving cycling discipline has only recently taken hold in the country, but its popularity is rapidly expanding and the competition throughout the fields is heating up. However, in the women’s elite field one rider stands head and shoulders above her competitors. Lisa […]


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

It’s back! Ella Picks Monday is our effort to share with you the best, most important or most interesting content we stumbled upon over the past week. We’re the first to admit that our attention over the last few days has been squarely on the all-exciting Giro Rosa (more on that below); yet, we’ve still […]