The Road Book will always place women’s cycling at the forefront of its analysis of road racing. The representation of half of the world’s population in its greatest sport is non-negotiable on its pages. Over and above that, womens’ racing has often eclipsed mens’ in intrigue, excitement and unpredictability over recent years, despite the glaring inequalities of opportunity.
Many female writers and journalists have contributed to the Road Book over the years, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, we have compiled their journal contributions here for your enjoyment.
The thoughts of the greatest female rider of all time, writing for The Road Book in conversation with the Guardian’s Helen Pidd, detailing the lowest ebb in her career and her climb back to the top.
A summary in Anna’s own words of her ‘best season ever’ as she won her 3rd Giro Rosa and became a double world champion in the road race and the time trial for the first time in her career.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio speaks out, not only on the struggles of competing at the highest level during an unprecedented international lockdown; but also the difficulties faced by female cyclists in overcoming the prejudice of an imbalanced world.
Rose Manley eloquently dissects Annemiek van Vleuten’s struggles during an otherwise imperious year as world champion.
Bram Berkin breaks down his photographic coverage of one of the most historic moments in cycling history, the inaugural women’s edition of Paris Roubaix.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, one of the most talented and engaging riders in the women’s peloton, breaks down her intense journey to winning her first WorldTour race.
An excerpt from the retired professional road racer and elemental force for women’s equality’s book: ‘STAND: A Memoir on Activism. A Manual for Progress’.
If these fascinating tales of endurance, passion and sheer cycling skill have left you wanting more, pick up the Complete Road Book Collection Today.