Only Girl In The Club

My cycling life

I purchased my first road bike in 2009, and this changed my weekends forever. I attempted things I didn’t know I could achieve; my physical health improved and coping with the ups and downs of everyday life became more manageable with cycling and the community surrounding it in my life.

I’m a surviving and thriving single parent, and I regained my fitness after pregnancy thanks to my bike. I now have an enthusiastic 8yr old cycling buddy who encouraged me to start cyclocross racing.

My stories included here are my own, very personal experiences, I live and cycle in the UK, but I’ve also put my bike in a box, and I’ve travelled to some of Europe’s other cycling hotspots.

I’m not an expert, a coach or a nutritionist, I’ve just had a go at riding my bike a few times and found out what works through trial and error.

When I joined my first cycling club in 2012, I was the only female cyclist in the club, so I went on a mission to search out and empower other women cycling in my local community. I’d love you to join in too, by contributing your own experiences and connecting with my stories.

Thank you for checking in, and I look forward to hearing from you.

7 thoughts on “

  1. Martin says:

    Nicole, best of luck for Sunday, hope you have a great day and smash your targets. Love the blog, a credit not just to the female cycling world buy cycling in general. Martin (met you on Wakefield Rapha training ride).

  2. nicole says:

    Martin thank you for your kind words and for reading my blog. It was lovely to meet you and ride with you in Wakefield, what a great day that was! Ride 100 became Ride 86, they cut the hills. It was a day of biblical weather but I battled on through and made it home in good time. I’ll write a review of the day and get it up here asap!

    1. Martin says:

      Hi Nicole, it was a good day out albeit a little damp. I only found out about shortcut 20 miles in which meant a rapid re-working of target times. Also got to ride 5 miles with Marianna Vos. She is some cyclist, averaging 28mph and she’s just casually chatting to a team mate and admiring the scenery! Glad you had a good day out- keep it up!

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  4. Sue Roberts says:

    Totally inspiring! I am just over a year into my love affair with cycling and dreaming of riding L2m next year. Your adventures are both inspiring and insightful thank you for sharing. Most helpful!

    1. nicole says:

      Hi Sue, I’m so pleased you’re in love with cycling too. Manchester to London is an amazing journey, wonderful people, helpful and encouraging staff, beautiful route, go for it and if anyone can help you get through it the RCC will. Join their rides, meet other likeminded women, get in a group, motivate and inspire each other, you will reap the rewards and make friends for life. Please stay in touch, I would love to hear how you’re doing, keep turning the pedals. Chapeau 😊

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