Mara Abbott

How to make money riding a bike

How can you make money with a bike? Certainly not by racing one. I have a different plot in mind today. Let’s talk about bike commuting. How often, when you are filling up your tank with gas, paying insurance bills or changing your oil, do you consider that the money exiting your bank account is […]


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 […]


Anna van der Breggen wins the Giro Rosa as Mara Abbott solos to stage victory atop San Domenico

Two-time Giro Rosa overall winner Mara Abbott (Wiggle Honda) soloed to victory up to San Domenico di Varzo on Sunday on the final stage of the 2015 Giro Rosa. Abbott last won on the San Domenico climb two years ago – en route to her second overall win at the Italian Grand Tour. Abbott’s stage […]


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 […]

Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins stage four of the Tour de Suisse; Gilbert out of Tour de France due to discovery of leg fracture; News of Gilbert’s Tour absence followed voiced frustration about BMC Racing Team’s selection delay; Contador still tired from Giro, says he has only done three days […]


Mara Abbott’s nut butter

The fun thing about making nut butters is that they are endlessly versatile. You can hone your favourite recipe or go for the “kitchen sink” approach and just toss in whatever you have on hand. The essential thing to have to make nut-buttering enjoyable is a food processor. When I say a food processor, I […]


Weather got you down? Embrace the freedom!

I’ll  start with a confession: I love bad weather. This is not a common bike racer statement, but allow me to elaborate. This is about freedom. You see, it isn’t only physical ability that predicts an elite competitor’s success. To sustain excellence year after year, a bit of mental command and control is required as well. […]


Ella Picks

Ready to start your week right with Ella Picks? We’ve rounded up links to the best and most important content we’ve come across this week to share with you here. Find anything we miss? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section. Lucy Martin speaks out against lost wages. We spoke with Lucy […]

Misadventures in mechanics: Mara Abbott’s ode to pro wrenches

My job is to make the bike go fast. My job is not to make the bike run well. Thank goodness. Thank goodness that there are mechanics in the world whose skill and instinct as “bike whisperers” far exceeds mine. Though, as you will read, I can indeed offer some good McGyver tips on how […]


Racing Round-Up: Gila, Gracia Orlova, Elsy Jacobs, Ronde van Overijssel and Tour de Yorkshire

It’s not uncommon for those who follow men’s cycling to have multiple races competing for their attention. Women cycling fans joined the overcrowded calendar party this past week with four (yes, FOUR!) UCI-ranked women’s races in the last five days. In this women’s racing round-up, we bring you updates and results from all four – […]