TLDR: I trawled the internet following the spread of my recent Cycling Weekly article, and read everything everyone had to say about it and why they thought I was wrong. Here's why I think I'm (mostly) not wrong. As a prelude to this, I would ask anyone reading it who disagrees with equal prizes for … Continue reading Equal Prize Money – the FAQs
The 2019 Belmont Hill Climb with my (very fast) teamie Kate Mactear The blog has been a little quiet, and that's mainly because I've been writing in more mainstream places about issues close to my heart. ICYMI - here's a piece I wrote for Cycling News in the lead up to the National Hill Climb … Continue reading A couple of things I’ve written lately
At 1.30pm on Sunday, the first woman will set off on Streatley Hill, competing in the national hill climb championships. She will be followed, at thirty second intervals, by 109 others, and preceded (earlier in the day) by 31 junior women. This edition of the national hill climb championships is a landmark event for women’s … Continue reading At the pointy end: A preview of the women contesting the National Hill Climb title
Length: Oh boy it's a long'un. But, it's so important. Get your cuppa and your snack and take a seat. Set aside some time to think about it after. Audience: Everyone. Cyclists, clubs, prospective cyclists, other sports clubs. Sentence summary: Cycling is an unequal sport, dominated by the white male. Cycling clubs can do more … Continue reading From the bottom up: Cycling’s lack of diversity and what clubs can do about it.
Length: Probably a pot of tea… Audience: Those tempted to give similar, multi day events a go. Sentence Summary: Lessons I learnt from a 75 hour lap of the North All points north rider applications open on Monday for 2020... Just saying. See previous blog for an explanation of what it is, or the APN … Continue reading All Points North – Lessons from a Newbie
All Points North. A self-supported cycling event from Sheffield, starting this Friday (tomorrow!) at 8pm. The event looks to give riders a taste of the self-supported 'race' scene, on a smaller scale. Covering around a quarter of the distance of the Trans Continental and neatly timed over a bank holiday weekend, (UK) riders won't need … Continue reading All Points Where?
Length: No beverages required Audience: Those who read this blog, anyone with an interest in gender equality in cycling Sentence summary: I asked a few big brands to change their behaviour, and they did (*/have told me they will). A while back, I posted this article about gender inequality and hill climbs, highlighting issues from … Continue reading Hill Climb Season: This Year will be Different
Audience: Future Everesters Length: One cup of tea, more for the planning that may come afterwards... Sentence Summary: What Alice learnt from spending twelve and a half hours climbing one hill The best thing about Everesting is that it's open to anyone. No fancy kit needed, no travelling required. You need a hill, a bike … Continue reading How to do an Everesting
Length: One sizeable cup of tea, and a good dunking biscuit (+ additional time after for mulling it over). Audience: Hill climbers, hill climb organisers, female cyclists Summary: Unequal prizes are a problem, why, and how we might fix it. Before I start, I'd like to express that nothing I have written undermines my gratitude … Continue reading Prize money matters: Brown envelopes and hill climb season
Audience: Anyone with an interest in ridiculous cycling challenges Length: Two cups of tea, at least one biscuit Sentence Summary: Alice completes an Everesting (8848m of climbing) on Naish hill, it's very hard. Figure 1: Rep 0 - thoroughly questioning what I'm doing. To avoid disappointment, this post is not about climbing the mountain in … Continue reading Everesting Naish: >8848m later