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Cyclist Profile: Sylvia Gauthereau

Tell us about yourself - name, age, anything else you’d like to share. Let's say I am in my mid forties :), Sylvia Gauthereau, originally from a Parisian suburb, landed in London 18 years ago with big dreams of making a better life for myself. What it is about yourself that you don’t currently see represented in the cycling industry’s images/marketing material? People who oppose cycling or cycling infrastructure don't seem to realise that for many people this is not a leisure exercise or a sport, it is an inherent part of every day life's logistics. Like many, our household doesn't have a car. Our bikes are our main way to get around, do the school run, go to the...

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Diversity Campaign

I recently attended Pedalling Ideas in Leeds, where (among other speakers) Chris Garrison talked to us about diversity in cycling. She asked us to google images of various forms of cycling and make a mental note of what we saw, and what we didn’t see. What we saw was an overwhelming majority of white, young, able-bodied men in lycra. When we googled women's cycling we saw white, young, able-bodied women in lycra. The problem is that this doesn’t reflect reality as the population of people who cycle is much more diverse than that. It contains people of all ages, abilities, colours, not always wearing lycra and not always riding a bicycle. The current set of images doesn’t help to encourage those...

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Get Back On Your Bike

Riding a bike is so much fun! The beauty of it though is that it has so many other benefits too: You’ll get healthier and happier. It’s great for both physical and mental health. Many women say they ride to get some sanity time - time just for them away from the noise of everyday life and they finish the ride feeling more relaxed and more positive. It’s free transport that’s good to the environment You can ride on your own or make it a social event by riding with others You can do it on the roads or off road on trails Cycling is flippin amazing and anyone of any age or ability can do it! Odds are that...

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Get Into Racing

If you've been cycling regularly for a while now, feel pretty fit and you're a bit competitive then you might love racing. It's so much fun and you don't have to be a teenager or in your twenties. The average age in women's road races is above 30 and the average age in time trials and cyclocross is probably higher. I know women in their 60s and beyond you still get involved! It doesn't matter whether you think you can win or not either. I've done loads of races just for fun, often coming last, but I've still won prizes - once for being the smiliest rider ha ha! Other times there are handicap prizes too and prizes for first...

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Fear of a Flat Tyre

A lot of women I speak to have a bike and would love to ride it more but they don't ride because they're afraid they'll get a flat tyre and don't know how to fix it. So it's stuck in the shed getting rusty. If that's you, then read on for some useful info. What You'll Need Pump - a "hand pump" to be precise - something to pump air into your tyres while you're out on your bike. You'll need something small enough that you can attach it to your bike / put it in your jersey pocket / put it in your backpack, but big enough so that pumping up your tyre doesn't take forever. It can be tempting...

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