First off, I must apologise for my radio silence on the blog. I know the golden rule of blogging is update the site regularly, but it’s also true that sometimes life just gets in the way. And I have had rather a lot of stuff going on! What have I been doing? In summary:
This morning I arrived into Edinburgh on the Caledonian Sleeper train. I came out of the station, in search of breakfast, and the the first thing I noticed was imposing rocks of Arthurs Seat, silhouetted in the morning sunshine, visible from my vantage point in the centre of town.
I really enjoy the variety of styles and subjects I get to write about for Total Women’s Cycling, and this selection of some of my recent posts are a great example of the breadth of content I (and the site!) cover. Whether you like road cycling or mountain biking, inspirational stories or topical issues, or want advice on gear and bikes, there’s something for you there.
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Experienced freelance writer, editor, content and program developer specialising in cycling and science. Previously Deputy Editor of the highly successful Total Women’s Cycling website, and project manager on the Total Women’s Cycling Awards 2015. Extensive experience within the heritage sector, working at the Natural History Museum, London, as a presenter, event developer and science communicator as part of the Nature Live science communication team. Generates engaging content, innovative and award-winning events for a wide range of audiences, and cultivates lasting relationships and partnerships with internal stakeholders, external organisations and industry representatives.
In April 2014 I was invited along to the launch of the Etape Suisse, a new concept in the world of cycling events. The launch took place in the Houses of Parliament, and as well as wanting to know more about the Etape Suisse itself, I have to admit to being more than a little nosy about what Westminster was like on the inside.
The annual Eurobike trade show is a bike lovers heaven and hell rolled into one. The huge, vast, and numerous halls of the Friedrichshafen Messe in Germany are taken over by brands, retailers, and manufacturers big and small. It’s where a lot of the larger bike shops will come to look at what to stock for the following year, where you can spot the clothing and kit trends for 2015, and where people with new ideas come to show them to the industry to gain support and backing. It’s like the ultimate bike window shopping!
I’m currently Women’s Cycling Editor on BikeRadar.com, where I’m developing its women’s cycling content strategy, including organising and delivering the new Women’s Bike of the Year Awards as well as commissioning content and writing plenty of content myself. I cover a wide range of content including news, reviews, guides, advice, opinion and product launches.
In January 2014 I thought ‘Hey, I really need a challenge this year. Something to push me to develop my mountain biking skills, to make me work on my fitness, something to aspire to.” Although I’ve been mountain biking a few years, what with living in London, being in a long-distance relationship, and having a hectic job I was at best a weekend rider. Every time I went riding, it took me a good few hours if not days to get back into the swing of things. I wanted to improve.