Mara Abbott

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 – […]


Photo gallery: Highlights from the 2015 La Flèche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) reached the top of the Mur de Huy alone to win La Flèche Wallonne and move into the overall lead of the women’s World Cup series following its fourth round. Her Rabo Liv team rode a tactically brilliant race from start to finish, perfectly positioning van der Breggen for […]


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 […]


Hearts, minds and eyes: Mara Abbott on the equality and visibility of women’s cycling

Equality (or lack thereof) in cycling has been a widely discussed topic on Ella this past week. Visit the comments section of our news story on the plans proposed by the UCI Women’s Working group or our feature on wages in professional women’s cycling, and it becomes abundantly clear that there are many, varied views […]


Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2015 Strade Bianche

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) proudly stood on the top step of the podium in Siena on Saturday. The American winner of the inaugural women’s Strade Bianche soloed across the line. Thirty-seven seconds later Guarnier’s teammate Lizzie Armitstead bested Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) in a two-up sprint for second place. The story of the season continues […]


Homemade granola with Mara Abbott’s dad Dave

Having made this granola countless times since Mara first shared her dad’s recipe with me five years ago, I can attest to its deliciousness. I’m happy she’s chosen to pass it along to all of you. Dave Abbott’s granola kick-starts our weekly recipe series. Why recipes? Because cyclists like to eat – and because our […]


Women’s Cycling Round-Up

Like the Daily News Digest hosted over on our brother site CyclingTips, the Women’s Cycling Round-Up will be a collection of content we curate twice weekly to share with our readers. The pieces we select will occasionally include articles we’ve produced and want to highlight but more often than not will be women’s cycling content […]


Eat your dinner: Tips and tricks with Mara Abbott

I read Mara Abbott’s first Daily Boulder column shortly after landing the women’s cycling editor position at Ella. I’m pretty sure I emailed her to ask her if she wanted to write for us before I reached the end. Mara’s talent with words rivals her talent on the bike, and we’re lucky she so graciously […]