Name: Marta/Krokiet
Location: London/Warsaw
Discipline: I come from track bikes and courier background, but since I got into bikes with gears OFF ROAD IS KING.

What does riding mean to you?

Everything. Honestly, I do not know who would I become if not my first fixed gear. Riding my bike gives me freedom and strength, and it also brings food to my table (yet again, after 6years of being an ex-anger). It is also a bit like spending time with my best partner, friend, psychologist or whoever your bicycle is to you.

It is my daily life. It makes me want to be better and push my boundaries to the next level. Always push! SIŁA! It totally keeps me sane in these crazy times. Sounds sweet and lush, but believe me, sometimes I am grinding my teeth or even having a little cry. Although after every challenge is done, I feel like a queen of the world. Best feeling ever!

What is your favourite set up?

In the past, I would probably say that anything with two wheels is great. But after being glued to the saddle for so long, and hanging out with bike mechanics, I developed a few crushes and preferences. I love all my bikes, don’t get me wrong BUT nothing beats my two off-road bikes. Since falling in love with woods and mud, the quality of my cycling performance and my bicycle life has changed drastically.

My touring bike can take me anywhere. As I was on a small budget at the time, I decided to get a Marin Four Corners (500 quid for the whole bike? Sick! Viva Chain Reaction!). If you are a small person (150/60cm tall) this tiny frame will definitely suit you well. Trust me, it is not that easy to find a small, not super heavy and not too expensive frame. Within time, I upgraded my gear a little and, decided to swap the groupset for simple 2×9 drivetrain with vintage Ultegra cranks. Let’s face it – it is a good, reliable, worldwide known system that is also easy to fix (in comparison to complicated million speed/electronic gear). Wheels are Hope 650b, tubeless. I know there is a massive dispute about tubeless tyres, but they work for me!

My second beast is Cannondale Caadx that serves me best during fast and technical cross rides. It can be easily converted into a ‘road-bike’ kinda thing.  Shimano groupset and Hope hubs again, DTswiss rims for a change. Did I already say how much I love Hope?

I would like to thank all of the very many good people that ever helped me with my gear! Love you all my bambucinos!

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

The world is kind of male-dominated. Personally, I never felt dominated in my cycling community. To be honest, for most of my cycling life, I have been surrounded by guys, and I believe it pushed me a lot to simply become faster.  My friends would always encourage me, kick my ass when needed and patch my wounds if I crashed. Thanks to cycling, I have gained many good friendships, mostly but not only with a male.

If you ask me about the industry and racing, of course, I think it’s male-dominated. This goes down to our culture and the women’s position in society. The first cyclist ever was a male, the first racer was a male,  women weren’t even allowed cycling for quite some time. In some countries, they still are not… How can we expect that male and female cycling will be at the same level? Is this fair? It is not. Is anything fair in this world? Nope. I am happy that WTNB cycling is becoming more popular. I think things already started to change and I only hope for the best. Future is female and ***** ***!

Any riding plans for the future?

Always! Big plans on hold, waiting for Corona to piss off. Maybe my next trip is not going to be extremely long/warm/scenic, but I do plan some touring on my own. As corona is still ‘raving’ around, it will have to happen in England. Plenty of magical forests and even some hills around. By the way, I use to hate climbing uphills, and now? Can’t wait for a steep rocky path! It is most likely going to rain, but hey! Always push your limits, even in winter. Just gotta remember to check if your sleeping bag will keep you warm enough! Also, bear in mind that nothing is waterproof if its raining cats and dogs for three days consequently;)

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Name/location/discipline

I’m Jasmine Naea, I live in LA, I ride and race road and fixed gear in crits.

What does riding mean to you?

Riding my bike means everything to me, it means freedom, it means power. The bike makes me feel in control and it makes me feel like I’m flying. 

What is your favourite set up?

Currently my favourite set up is my All-City Cosmic Stallion, it’s a 1x 11 speed. I use it for fun when I’m not racing, and for commuting.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

The cycling community is totally male dominated. In some spaces or communities it’s an issue because gender equality is often overlooked. In our community we focus on inspiring new women to ride with us and become comfortable on the bike. I personally have never felt pushed out or discouraged by any men. I think that even men are aware that there is only a small amount of women and I feel they want that to change too. I believe in change, for equality, and not just in the bike scene/community. I believe as women, we have the power to control all aspects of our future if we work together. 

Any riding plans for the future?

The future seems so uncertain and I’m okay with that, I currently want to ride to my favourite mountain this weekend with a good friend. As for next year I’m praying for a full season to prove my abilities and upgrade my road category. But even if COVID prevents us from having another racing season, I’ll still commute and explore, with my favourite people.

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Name: Exe Irl (they/them, il/y)

Location: Montréal (My base is here, but just love to be on the move, obviously, now, with Covid, of course it ever changing)

Discipline: All of it. I ride pretty much all kinds of bikes, I rotate in between them. At some point this summer I had 6, now I’m down to 3 working ones, I got a Fuji track (left to me by my friend Fionn who left Canada), I got this new Bassi bikes HOGS BACK (made here in Montreal), it’s a gravel/touring beast, and last but not least I have a Trek work truck.

What does riding mean to you?

Riding quite literally got me out from a lot of toxicity in my life. It’s a way for me to expend all my energy, feel free, have meaningful solo time, heal my brain… it helps me get back into my body, it expends my awareness, it also brings me closer to a community that has similar feelings and that’s what matters the most to me. Riding is empowering. I bring myself to places. I choose where I go, and truly, I do not feel the limits of it, I could just leave with my bike and go off-grid if I wanted to. It gives me freedom. Feeling empowered in this scrappy world right now is something to feel grateful for! I could explain this for a while but it would take way too long…

I was riding a lot before being a bike messenger and some day, I was going to my previous workplace (commuting) and I had this huge realization that what I really loved doing most in my day was biking around in the city, and that’s kind of how I took the decision to quit that job and start doing bike delivery.

I now work with Chasseurs Courrier in Montréal and couldn’t be happier to have met such an incredible community and be able to work in an environment that feels right for me. 

Riding brought me to many different places, (and I wish to go way further), it brought me to meet messengers and riders from around the globe and I truly cherish the fact that I have community in many different places because of that. Biking is an extension of myself and I absolutely couldn’t live without it. In fact, if I can’t ride for a bunch of days (for any kind of reason) it makes me go absolutely mad. Riding is a need, a love, and something I couldn’t go (happily) without. 

What is your favourite set up?

Thats such a hard question for me. Theres so many sick set-ups out there, some that I would like to try in the future but haven’t brought myself to them yet…

A part of me will always have the biggest kink for the rattest bikes out there. The Fuji track that I got from my pal is definitely the most rat bike I’m riding at the moment… it’s called the FOOL, had got an insane amount of paint and stickers on it, had been welded where the seat post is… it’s a whole kind of a beast with lot’s of life to it. I think my fave bikes are the ones that got many miles to it, that big rat energy.

I also do love my new HOGS from Bassi, it’s a 42 1/11 ratio, got that SRAM Apex and NX transmission, 650b x 47 Dynamico tires,  64,5 cm wide handlebar from Crust…. It’s definitely my most fancy bike yet, and I do absolutely LOVE riding it, you can go on crazy adventures with that one, and riding big miles feels like such a smooth ride.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your thoughts about it?

That’s a tricky question for me because, as part of the queer community, and as I am trans/non binary, I feel it’s hard to talk about it by using binaries. But yeah, I do think that the environment I hugely cis-dude oriented and has been (historically) modelled mainly for them. I mean, we just need to look at the « biggest » road races, like Tour de France, and how it’s literally just for cis-dudes. There’s been femme communities out there trying to prove that YES, non cis-dudes can absolutely do the same amount of riding and should, without any doubts, have a place in all communities, in all races, in all events, in all shops, doing mechanic, having accessible knowledge, and not always feel like they have to pass by a cis-dude to get by… (that’s maybe by personal experience but I’ve felt that way before for sure, and I don’t wanna be blind to it).

In general I feel like it’s changing, more and more, and, personally, I started being a bike messenger because, amongst all, I was absolutely pissed off that most of the community was dominated by cis-dudes. I feel empowered to be a queer trans-non binary boy being absolutely able to smash as hard as other « males » out there… all in all, I feel like ALL genders should have equality to resources, knowledge, space (working with bikes, racing, going to events). We should most importantly work together to establish a safe-inclusive space for all. A bunch of collectives out there give me hope, like SHE36 in Germany, the queer polo community in Montreal (and also the huge queer biking community present here), WTF bike explorers, the all femme-messenger company Queens Bicimensajeras in Bogota, that are absolutely all killing it. There’s way more out there… But yes, there’s still work to do but I definitely think it’s happening… and will keep going towards inclusivity.

I think it’s all about encouraging queer/non-cis dudes to be part of the community that it can grow stronger, and be more diverse. Our company, Chasseurs Courrier, encourages WTNB people to work with us and that’s a really good way to create visibility and make space for empowerment. I’ll stop myself from writing a novel on the subject but there’s so much to write about… 

Any riding plans for the future?

Well I do hope that I can go bike places soon, I’ve been riding this summer inside Canada, and it has been amazing, my next goals are to go back in Europe and ride in a bunch of places while I’m there, but of course, no idea when I will be able to do that so for now I’m riding for work and doing small camping trips/rides inside Quebec.

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Name: Fatima Minor

Location: Moscow, Russia

Discipline: Fixed gear

What does riding mean to you?

Speed ​​and independence. I bought my first fix with the intention of quick moving across the city and being less in the underground, because Moscow is a constant rush for me. It takes 4 hours of commuting by train every day. Endless waiting for transport is also an issue.

But I didn’t expect the bike to completely change my life. When I realized I am addicted to the bike, it was too late. I spend the same 4 hours on commuting, but on the bike now. So the day is never wasted, whatever it is.

There was a point of time, when I forgot how to walk, because I rode my bike to work, to gym, home or just to laze around. My friends were surprised and asked how I can ride so long distances so fast. Now I want to admit that it rarely came easy for me.

Moscow is a rather hilly city and sometimes roads are not the most pleasant. But this is the whole thrill! Constant overcoming of oneself, constant struggling, constant training – these gives a feeling of freedom and independence. The more difficult the path, the more interesting and joyful it is despite you realize it only at the end of the path. So, here’s my motto “If you’re dead – keep going”.

And of course, a bicycle unites the world. I figured out this over time, when I met and got acquainted with the most interesting bike lovers around the world. In short, the person who invented a bicycle is a great person.

What is your favourite set up?

Fixed gear. My first bike was a fixed gear and it is still a fixed gear. Moreover, as a beginner, I bought a Fuji, and had been cycling on it for 4 years and only recently I’ve changed it to a less heavy Aventon. I like being tied to a bike in the truest sense of the word.

As I said, I bought it as a mean for faster and more affordable traveling around the city. I’d been cycling from 20 to 30 km per day. But when I put an end to short stops during cycling, I started to ride from 40 to 90 km per day.

My friends advise me to buy road bike for a long distance. But I am not intimidated by long distances on the fix. By now, the maximum distance I’ve ridden was 150 km on the route from St. Petersburg to Vyborg. And I’m going to ride even more. I am very inspired by people who travel on a fixed gear or go to the mountains on a fix. They’re tremendously strong and enduring!

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

My take on this matter is that men dominate cycling, as well as many kinds of sports or other areas. But that’s okay for me, I’m not a feminist lol. Perhaps this was a problem a long time ago, when women were oppressed, but in the modern world I think it is all right, at least I have not encountered it.

On the contrary, I began to notice there are more and more women cyclists. And that is great trend!

Any riding plans for the future?

I was going to go to Spain this year with my fix and have a ride from Barcelona to Valencia. This would have been the beginning of my first journey on a bike. But the virus broke everyone’s plans. So I keep the same plan for next year. 

And also I do plan to buy a road bike to ride really steep mountains.

To be honest, I never thought that I would ever think about cycling. And that a bicycle can give such intense pleasure and even can change your worldview.

A bicycle makes you strong not only physically, but also spiritually. It allows you to enjoy your path, your own strength and the beauty of surrounding environment. All that is required of you is not to give up and try hard. A bike is a marvelous invention in all respects.

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Name: Julia Ida Pantkowska 

Location: Barcelona (I’m actually originally from Poland but grew up in the in Manchester UK I’ve been living in Spain for 3 years now. Right now in Barcelona)

Discipline: I really love cyclocross and gravel, currently you might spot me in the city with a Omnium cargo though. 

What does riding mean to you?

It’s another way of expressing myself, getting all my energy out and turning it into something positive. Not only it gives me freedom and confidence but makes me want to work on myself and constantly improve. 

I use my bike to commute and also I have a bike messaging company Early Bird Courier based in Barcelona so it’s a way of living. I’m a firm believer in green living and a practitioner of zero waste. I’m also a huge fan of bikepacking and going out into the forest, being in one with nature, as the city can be a busy place… 

I believe that riding is another form of art just like a painting. 

‌Riding my bike gives me motivation and happiness and I love it when you can share this with somebody else… 

What is your favourite set up?

Actually I have a couple of different bikes, at the moment I’m using Stevens Super Prestige Ultegra di2 with DT Swiss wheel, I also love using the Omnium Cargo Shimano XT – it is just incredible, can move mountains with this bike. Thanks Omnium for creating this beast.

Do you think the environment is male dominated?

Yes, I really think it is, this is the reason why I have decided to start my own messaging company with my boyfriend as the cycling world is so male-dominated. And this is one of the main reasons why I really want to make an impact within this industry. I believe that us girls we are strong and the world needs to know about i! We got this!

Any riding plans for the future?

Well there are so many that I have planned, however, I’m now concentrating on Early Bird Courier, it is something that I have put a lot of love and effort it. So, for now, we will stick with delivering in the city and supporting a small company. And of course, more bike packing trips in the near future.

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Name/location/discipline

Amanda Bryan and I hail from Bellingham, WA (USA) but I currently live in Fayettville, WV. I enjoy many different disciplines of the sport but I mostly identify as a mountain biker. My riding preference is more on the gravity spectrum of MTB’ing but I also really enjoy multi-day bikepacking adventures  or spending an afternoon at the local pumptrack.

What does riding mean to you?

This, to me, is a really big question. Bicycles gave me a purpose and riding gave me an outlet that I didn’t know I needed. Before I discovered mountain bikes, I was pretty lost. I was living in Seattle, WA half-ass going to college and working 4 part time jobs. Burning the candle at both ends is an understatement.

Then I discovered mountain biking and it brought me back to being curious about the natural world. Riding brought me back to being a kid that spends all day in the dirt, in the woods. Bicycles made me think about mental health and its relationship to my physical health. This incredible machine introduced me to an amazing community that networks globally!

Riding my bike has given me the opportunity to travel the country and create a family that spreads across the US. My bicycle has taken me to foreign countries and has allowed me to experience other cultures all from my saddle. Riding to me means choosing freedom and mental health and community.

What is your favourite set up?

I don’t have a favourite so I’ll share a few if that’s ok!

  1. I love my full-suspension bikes with all my heart but nothing rides like a steel Kona Honzo. The geo and material of that bike is designed for pure shredding. It’s snappy and playful and wants to be in the air and feels the most at home on steep, chunky terrain. Even though Kona markets it as a all-mountain hardtail, which it is, it’s my weapon of choice for XC days and long pedals. I rock the Tenet Bodem C bar with a 25mm rise and cut at 770mm length. That’s combined with a Chromag BZA 35mm stem. I have Hope pro 4 hubs laced up to WTB rims that sport Maxxis Minions front and rear.
  2. The bikepacking rig of choice for me is a Kona Unit X. I have the 2020 model that shows off a beautiful champagne gold and might be my most favourite thing about this bike. Its current setup is a pair of Soma Osprey swept back handle bars for wrist comfort and 29X3.0 WTB ranger tires. I took this bike on the 300 mile Cape Loop route at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, at the beginning of the year and the tires were clutch for all the sand. The Unit X rocks a PackNW frame bag at all times that is a custom, handmade frame bag by a women own and lead business out of Bellingham, WA. Almost all of my bags for bike trips are made by Hilary at PackNW.
  3. I feel I have to talk about my cruiser townie bicycle. I own a 2015 Humuhumu. That’s short for the original name Humuhumu Nukunuku a Pua’a – after a Hawaiian native fish – and is one of the most cool looking cruiser bikes, ever. It has a heavy moto influence and is set up single speed. I have the teal frame and I dressed it up with custom purple glitter decals and purple cog and chainring along with purple cable and housing. It always turns heads when I’m pedaling around the city or have it parked outside the pub.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your
thoughts about it?

I do think the cycling industry is male-dominated and I believe that it hurts the cycling industry as a whole. Most companies are owned and operated by a white, cis male population and most upper level, management positions are held by cis men. The majority of bike shops are owned my cis men and the majority of folks that are employed in bike shops are cis-gendered men.

I am currently employed by a bicycle company and I am the only female on a sales team of 11 in the USA. Part of my job is to visit bike shops across the United States and I am often the only woman in the shop and on shop rides. When I get to walk in to a shop and work with a non-cis male owner or manager, I get stoked! When I get invited to a women’s ride or a FTW ride, I feel safe and that energy space fills the tank. I don’t just think it should change, I think it has to change. We need to see more non-cis men in leadership roles and more of those folks at the table, at all times.

Any riding plans for the future?

At the time of writing this, the USA is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide so most of my big riding plans are on hold but I have a MTB trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with a group of women riders that I’m really looking forward to. I’ve also got a bikepacking trip in the fall in Idaho with one of my best friends. Besides those bigger trips, I can’t wait to travel across the country and ride in new places with new people!

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Name: Siri Tolander 
Location: Stockholm/Sweden 
Discipline: Mostly fixed but putting together a road bike and I do very much enjoy touring.

What does riding mean to you?

It’s pretty much an obsession and a big part of my life. I hardly ever train but I ride every day. It has given me a job, a lot of friends, a context when I felt a bit lost. 

What is your favourite set up?

My favourite right now is prob my Cinelli with Alpina fork, Nitto bullmoose and 47/17 gear. Got 47/17 on my Panasonic as well, it’s good for touring and working. It has ridic wide bars. Might be my actual favourite, not sure, depends on the day….

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your thoughts about it?

It definitely is male dominated. Super tricky subject. In Stockholm we are quite a few WTNB people in the cycling community but still very outnumbered by men and I often feel like I need to prove myself to be included. There’s however more awareness now with for example WTNB specific spots in certain events as an attempt to be more inclusive. And I do believe in affirmative actions to make a difference, to just wait and hope people will find their way to the community is not gonna work. I know I’m not the best in actually taking action but in my opinion the larger group (as in cis male in this situation) should take the larger responsibility in being more inclusive. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the subaltern although it tends to be so.

In the international messenger scene we’re working a lot with e.g. representation and wages but in Sthlm right now there are unfortunately not many non cis male working.

Any riding plans for the future?

My plan was to do the Sverigetempot on fixed but now it’s cancelled because of the pandemic so I think there will be some socially distant solo riding instead.

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Name: Eva Rieb
Location: Berlin
Discipline: fixed gear / fixed freestyle

What does riding mean to you?

On the one hand, generally speaking, cycling through the streets is how freedom feels to me. The daily pattern is what keeps you running – somehow – but rather like a hamster in a running wheel.

And when do you make your very own decisions? When are you really free? When do you just let go and push yourself to your own limits at the same time? Cycling is more than just a sport to me. It’s drifting into another world. Or running off when everything is getting too much. When I’m cycling, I’m one with the bike. It means to be free, to let go and to let your thoughts just be, going beyond your boundaries, which are mostly created in your own mind. It’s getting to know yourself better and better.

Furthermore, I love how connective this sport is. It’s very inspiring how the cycling community is supporting and welcoming each other, which is internationally speaking a very beautiful thing too. On the other hand, cycling, especially fixed freestyle, means to me hanging out together on random spots in the streets. Enjoying life, having a good time while drinking beer and cheering on everybody when landing tricks. French cyclists taught me how to put his feeling in just one word: „Chistole“!

What is your favourite set up?

Well, I have two fixed gear bikes. One steel from „State Bicycle“ and one aluminium/carbon from „Jam“. My steel bike has a very emotional worth, as everything I experienced, started with it. I still use it from time to time, but since I got my second bike two years ago, I totally fell in love with this set up. It’s so smooth, light and easy to go fast and push yourself with, as well as doing tricks on it. For me it combines everything I want to.

Do you think the environment is male dominated? If yes what are your thoughts about it?

Simone de Beauvoir wrote a lot about doing gender. She says: “You aren’t born a woman, you become one”. If we want to know how environment is working, we should stop comparing different times and places or making surveys. It’s so simple, because we all could just ask ourselves why things are like they are: by listening, looking around and understanding. We literally have to open our eyes.

To put it all in a nutshell: As we all grew up in a patriarchate, I’d definitely say that the environment is male dominated. E.g.: there are so many great and sportive women out there, who don’t get the same attention as men do. As long as women get marginalized and don’t get the same access to different sports; as long as women don’t get paid equally; as long as they’re getting valued by everybody; as long as the people in power are mostly men and desexualize women in higher positions (such as German chancellor Angela Merkel) to let them look stupid, feel unworthy and nonserious; as long as Disney-movies, youth magazines etc keep up the picture that women are not capable of doing great things on their very own but giving 1000 tips of how to look sexy – especially for men and as long as the mentioned points don’t change, I’m convinced that the environment is male dominated and at least focused on how to get liked by men. All the movements, polarizations, sensitizations and education are and will be completely necessary until the point where is no inequality, bodyshaming or oppression.

It may sound idealistic and I’m definitely not speaking about men’s collective guilt but I’m speaking about the fact that we still haven’t burst the bonds of patriarchalism, we just learned to live with them…

Any riding plans for the future?

I really fancy buying a gravel bike as soon as possible. Three years ago I did my very first bikepacking trip through Sweden. While experiencing every imaginable emotion, I loved cycling through nature, streets and to put my tent whenever I felt to. Students lifestyle makes it hard buying my dream bike and going abroad with it, but I’m positive and looking forward already;)

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Name: Karolina Grzybowska / Principessa on the bike
Location: Barcelona / Spain
Discipline: road/ fixed gear/ track 

I’m from Warsaw, but since May 2019, I have been living in Barcelona. I mainly do road, but I also love my fixie, which I use for city rides and commuting. My track bike is for velodrome rides – I sometimes do track races. 

What does riding mean to you?

It means A LOT 😀

I don’t often think about what a bicycle means to me, but I often wonder why I ride – probably because a lot of people outside of the cycling community ask about that.

I ride because it’s a pure pleasure for me. I ride to feel the wind in my hair and the sun on my skin. I ride to breathe, to clear my mind. I ride to work to avoid traffic jams. I ride to escape from the world when it’s driving me crazy. I ride because riding gives me moments of excitement and wonder. I ride for fun, for training and scary moments. Sometimes I ride to impress somebody or to break my limits. I ride for the feeling of total control and independence. I ride to meet new people and my friends. I ride to think and to have new ideas during the ride. I ride to reduce stress. I ride to be in good shape, so I don’t need to go to a gym. I ride for all these endorphins. I ride for adventure and thousands of beautiful views. I ride because I want to be a part of the community that adores cycling. I ride because I appreciate the simple form of movement on a bike and the look of this amazing machine. Often I ride on my bike just to ride on the bike. I ride to commute or to race. I ride because I like it. I ride for myself.

What is your favourite set up?

I don’t have a favorite setup. I have different bikes which I use for different occasions – the mountains, the city, the track – but if I had to choose one, it would be my road bike – Cinelli Faster. My road bike & mountains, where I go to lose my mind and find my soul. To escape and take a breath.

Do you think the environment is male-dominated?

Yes, but this problem is not limited to cycling. We live in a world dominated by men, and because of this, there is a certain amount of gender discrimination in every sport. I think it might even be more prevalent amongst those more experienced or older, such as referees or commentators – maybe it’s some sort of old school thinking. They often treat men’s cycling as better, more spectacular, or even the only valid one.

However, I have not felt any form of discrimination or dominance from my cycling friends. They are very open and tolerant, just normal. We feel equal.

Fortunately, the world is changing, so the old school thinking is fading away. From generation to generation, women fight for their rights to have equal rights both on a competitive level or just riding in a group. 

The girls bike community is growing, so the bike races are more equal to the men’s world. I feel cool about it. Chicks ride faster and faster. Stronger and stronger! ♥

Any riding plans for the future?

Another year of exploring Spain. Still, so many mountains to climb. So many places to see yet.

Currently, it’s forbidden to leave the region due to the pandemic, but when better times come, I’m going to ride into the local mountains again.

Another event on my list is to organize the upcoming Women’s 100 this year. Thousands of women gather into groups around the world and ride 100 km on bikes. Girls from the Warsaw area come together to celebrate women’s cycling. So far, I have managed to organize six such events, each with more participants. I can’t wait for the next time!

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Name/location/discipline

Dazie Holt
Brooklyn New York
Road, Track/fixed crits, Gravel/off-road

What does riding mean to you?

Riding, to me and probably most people, is pure freedom. I come and go and do whatever I want as I please without waiting for other people or transportation schedules. I always joke that riding a bike to me is like when Regina George joined lacrosse at the end of Mean Girls. It’s an important way for me to better connect with myself and other people, and work my body into shape to try to have an overall healthier lifestyle. Plus I love going fast, I love pushing myself and I’ve found a great way to do that with cycling and racing.

What is your favourite set up?

My favourite set up is whatever I’m riding that day honestly.
I really enjoy all of my bikes, and they’re all very specifically set up to do exactly what they are supposed to do. My Surly Straggler is probably my most versatile bike, but I’m strongly attached to my road bike and fixed ones as well. I came from riding fixed bikes back in 2012/13, so they’ll always have a special place with me.

Do you think the environment is male dominated?

I totally think the Industry is male-dominated. Almost everything is. But does that mean I think women don’t have a voice, or that men control everything overall? Absolutely not. To this day, women don’t get the same national media coverage. We aren’t allowed to race in TDF [Tour the France]. We don’t get the same timeslots, the same coverage, the same pay rates. This is all globally. However, I think locally with in the community, there’s tons of super strong women who are leaders and who are trying to change this narrative. More women ride bikes than ever before, but in the race scene there’s more men. So that’s the conflict right? How do we make Cycling and Racing more accessible or appealing to the women who are already riding when the general community is so male driven.

Any riding plans for the future?

My riding plans for the future? Honestly, probably tomorrow. All racing is canceled for the foreseeable future, so it’s been up to individuals to create their own fun. I worked on my bike about four days a week before, but now I’m using this free time to do a lot more road and gravel rides which I’ve reallllyyy been enjoying. It’s been great to take a small step back and ride purely for the love of it, without feeling the pass and fail pressure of training. To just reconnect.

Mission crit could be happening in September, and same with Intellegencia in July, so those are my races for this year I’m trying to go to, obviously it’s all up in the air however. But I truly love the community of people who hold these races and make it happen for us, so I deeply appreciate you people and those who show up to make it possible.

Ride like a girl is a series of interviews with WTF (women *trans femme) riders from around the world. If you would like to be contributed drop us an email.