Women & cycling

Women & cycling

World-class professional cycling champion and former Director of British Cycling, Dr Auriel Forrester, heads up this section for women on how to stay safe when cycling and also the health benefits/issues specific to females. With shorter arms, a shorter trunk, narrower shoulders, smaller feet and hands, different pelvic bone structure and proportionately longer legs compared to men, women need to choose their bike and saddle carefully.

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Women in cycling

Women in cycling

by Dr Auriel Forrester

The beauty of cycling is that it can be enjoyed by all and it is beneficial to the health and vitality of everyone. Of course, it helps to have the right equipment, the right advice (read on!), and good company makes it even more enjoyable but don't let your gender put you off the sport.

Personal safety for women cyclists

Personal safety for women cyclists

by Dr Auriel Forrester

Cycling is as safe, if not safer, than many other activities - after all you have the advantage of being able to pedal faster than most people can run and also to get off the road quicker than anyone in a car. However, there are always things we can do to reduce risk.

Bikes and kit for women

Bikes and kit for women

by Tracy Brunger

The significant differences between the proportions of men and women are obvious. However, it is only in recent years that manufacturers of bikes and cycling equipment have woken up to this.

Health for women cyclists - menstruation

Health for women cyclists - menstruation

by Dr Auriel Forrester

One of the biggest concerns facing women in sport is the effect of the menstrual cycle and oral contraceptives (the pill) on performance. The full article explains the issues of menstruation for female cyclists.

Health for women cyclists - menopause

Health for women cyclists - menopause

by Dr Auriel Forrester

For women over 40 (or those heading that way) there are some fundamental questions about the menopause. Dr Auriel Forrester provides some answers.

Health for women cyclists - pregnancy

Health for women cyclists - pregnancy

by Dr Auriel Forrester

There are two areas of concern with pregnancy and cycling, the well-being of the mother and the well-being of the foetus. Regular exercise and increased physical fitness will help a mother cope with pregnancy, childbirth and subsequent child care but what about the baby?

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