I’m not going to lie. Last week was a hard one for me. At the end of last year I made a promise to myself to use VCG and all of my other social media hangouts as positive and honest platforms. Using them to make my own and other voices heard is something quite important to me. I’ve been doing a fair bit of that in 2017, but last week certainly felt like the most with the two panel talks I took part in. The first one was last Tuesday at Look Mum No Hands, and the theme was cycling & mental health. I’d known this talk was coming since […]
UPDATE: Missed the event? The full conversation with Ayesha was filmed! Watch the full video RIGHT HERE thanks to LDN Bike Kitchen! 🎥 Representation is important. If I’d seen another black person in cycling when I was a kid, maybe I would have been inspired to get into it sooner. Ayesha McGowan – a.k.a A Quick Brown Fox. Statements like this hit home hard with me… as do women like Ayesha McGowan. If you’re up on your cycling game you’ll know that Ayesha is on a mission to become the first female African American professional road cyclist. She’s also spent the last five years working her way up the ranks […]
Earlier this month, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking at the Women and Cycling Conference (WACC). Bradford Council won the bid to host this years event, and heading it up was Healthy Life Cycles; a charity originally set up by just four youth and community workers with the aim of improving the health, resilience and well being of people across the Bradford district, and helping those who wouldn’t normally have access to certain physical activities to get involved. When large ‘conferences’ like this happen, two of the big topics that often get discussed are gender inequality in cycling and building (or improving) high(er) quality infrastructure when it comes to […]
Can you believe its been two years since I broke-out my finest tweed ensemble (where has that time gone?), so last weekend VCG made a slight return to the event. I say ‘slight’ as me and The Boy didn’t actually ride it, but we were intrigued by the new twist on the Tweed Run… the Cycle Revolution Festival. While nothing about the actual ride has changed under its new umbrella of Bourne and Hollingsworth (these are the people who host events such as The Chap Olympiad and Blitz Party – so not much danger of the traditional vibe being lost), this year they introduced the festival to run as a satellite to […]
There is PLENTY going on in Yorkshire when it comes to cycling over the next few days. Not only has the Tour de Yorkshire kicked off today, the Women and Cycling Conference is coming to Bradford next week. With the aim of “inspiring more women to cycle more often to more places”, the conference will be filled with plenty of conversations and encouragement… and I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be the Keynote Speaker, alongside hosting workshops through the day! It won’t just be me on my cycling soapbox at the event – Olympic medallist and Commonwealth and World road race Champion, Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead) will also be taking to […]
About Lady Vélo
I started Vélo-City-Girl when I got my Pashley Princess in March 2010, after a ten year absence from the saddle. VCG is all about cycling and the many different forms it comes in, there is something for everyone.