Women’s History Month – How Females Have Impacted the Cycling Industry

Now that we are well into Women’s History Month, let us take a moment to recognize, honor and celebrate a few of the most influential female cyclists. The following articles highlight the all-time greats, cycling equality and female authors. Happy reading! 

The All-Time Greatest Female Cyclists

Source: VeloNews 

Overview: Women have raced on bicycles since the 1800s, just like men, and each new generation has produced a fresh crop of legends. We asked various captains of the sport — great women’s cyclists current and retired, as well as two authors — to name and vote for the women’s cyclists they considered history’s top five. From those lists, and a raft of interviews, we have assembled brief profiles of eight all-time greats. We surveyed more than a dozen women (and one man), including every female cyclist quoted in this story. 

It’s Time for Pro Cycling to Treat Women Equally

Source: Outside

Overview: In 2019, the Colorado Classic kicked off for the third consecutive year. But for the first time, it’s a women’s-only event, the sole Union Cycliste Internationale–sanctioned professional stage race of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. This is a significant shift for the race, which began in 2017 as a replacement for the U.S. Pro Challenge, with a four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race. It’s also a step toward equality in the highly patriarchal, often criticized sport of road cycling, which is known for fostering a deep tradition of sexism and inequity. And as more of cycling’s athletes and activists call for progress, it seems that sponsors and race directors are finally listening.

Women’s History Month: Female Authors 

Source: USA Cycling

Overview: Female cyclists and bike enthusiasts have pushed boundaries, affected change, redefined roles, and have complicated our understanding of what it means to be powerful. Be sure to check out these female authors and their novels to your library. Whether you’re looking for an Autobiography, a History book, even a thrilling tale of bike adventure around the world!