Search for 100 Women in Cycling 2021 launched on International Women’s Day

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Cycling UK is today calling on the cycling community to share their nominations for 2021’s 100 Women in Cycling

Launched on International Women’s Day, the search for this year's ‘100 Women in Cycling’ seeks to celebrate inspirational women from across the UK’s cycling scene, and forms part of Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling.

Last year’s 100 Women included household names such as Enduro World Series champion mountain biker Isabeau Courdurier, the first woman to win the Transcontinental race across Europe Fiona Kolbinger, and Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny.

The list also includes those whose presence, work and efforts have helped the women’s cycling community develop in ways not always reported in the media.

Cycling UK chief executive Sarah Mitchell said: “We’re inviting people to nominate their female sporting heroes, influencers who are highlighting issues affecting female cyclists, and industry moguls who are breaking through in a male-dominated field.

“Particularly important for this year’s list are our community champions. Women who teach cycle confidence, maintenance and repair, and who are inspiring and encouraging others to ride.”

Particularly important for this year’s list are our community champions. Women who teach cycle confidence, maintenance and repair, and who are inspiring and encouraging others to ride

Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK chief executive

Women like 21-year-old student nurse Lucy Wilcox, who last year was among those who graduated early to join the NHS teams on the wards supporting the Covid-19 response, and who began travelling to and from the hospital by bike to keep herself fit, healthy and always on time to look after her patients.

Cycle leader and intensive care nurse Narinder Kaur has enjoyed cycling for her own mental wellbeing and as a means to travel to work. She has also helped others battle social isolation during the pandemic through her inspiring volunteer work.

The coronavirus bike boom of 2020 saw bike sales soar and the number of women like Lucy and Narinder getting out on their bikes to travel safely and boost their wellbeing increase. But there is more we need to do to address the gender differences in the activity.

Sarah Mitchell said: “The number of men cycling still far exceeds the number of women and we need to do more to ensure that women also get to experience the great benefits of cycling.

“Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling list celebrates women who help to empower others to get out on their bikes.”

Nominations are now open for 2021’s ‘100 Women in Cycling’, with the final list due to be published when the Women’s Festival of Cycling begins on Saturday 17 July.

The festival is a celebration of women’s cycling with female-friendly rides and digital events taking place around the country and online until Sunday 1 August. We urge all women to get involved and celebrate how wonderful cycling can be.

Nominate a woman you think should be celebrated as one of Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling.

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often.
  2. For information on the Women’s Festival of Cycling, see
  3. For our full list of our 100 Women in Cycling 2020, see

Press contact information

For more information, please contact the national Cycling UK press office. Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, currently the main press office number (01483 238 315) is not being monitored. If you would like to speak to a member of the press office during working hours (0900-1700) please call Sam Jones on 07967 193 051 or email Out of hours, call 07786 320 713.