The rise of the female Supercyclist

In the early 19th Century, the first bicycles were developed by men, for men. Until the turn of the 20th Century, bicycles were considered only suitable for men since they couldn’t be ridden effectively sidesaddle – which was felt to be the only way that delicate ladies could ride anything! I want to pay homage to some of those early female pioneers that broke the mould and went on to spectacular achievements at a time when women were still not supposed to exerting themselves, due to it being considered too dangerous to health, and also the stars of today, that still continue to inspire and break not only women’s records, but also some of those set by men. Who says women aren’t strong?

A chip off the old block – a night ride to Brighton

Shortly after my PBP ride, my daughter Abi sent me a message that took me by surprise a bit...
"Mum, I think I'd like to ride LEL in 2021"
My response, "Blimey,  you don't do things by halves, do you?  Have you any idea how hard that is?" I was so proud, and then promptly set about sending her advice about all the things she would need to consider, and ways to build up her mileage and progress to the really long miles. This 'advice' was mostly unwelcome, but that's what mums do, and it's certainly what I do.

A few days in Amsterdam – part 2

It does seems that it's possible to get around the city quickly and efficiently by public transport, today it was a tram that would take us to the Brewery.
The Heineken experience is on the site of the original Amsterdam Brewery, in what is now the centre of the city. Production has now moved elsewhere, and so the original brewing tanks and stables have been turned into an 'experience' for tourists. The moment you walk in young guides, all bubbly and full of enthusiasm, are dressed in the branded black clothes with green polka dot braces, or bow ties - they are excitable in a Disney kind of way, as if we are small children waiting to see Mickey Mouse for the first time.

The final chapter in my PBP journey

The post that follows is not anything like I thought I would write about it, but I think it's important.  It's very personal to me, and I've rarely discussed it, but I think that many others out there may be able to relate, and so this story will be told.
I want to explain why it was so important to me to complete it, ideally within time, but even out of time if necessary. The reason is not what you would expect.

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