Words: David Evans | Date:
“I have blown myself away by doing this. I can barely stand up now, but I’m ecstatic”
– Lisa Winther, who didn’t own a bike until two months before the challenge.
With more than 11,000 #womens100 posts on Instagram and Twitter, we’ve heard an enormous number of stories from all corners of the world. For some riders it’s a typical Sunday out on the road, for some it’s a fresh challenge and introduction to endurance riding. No matter what your story is, we hope you’ve found new fellow riders to help keep you out on the road this summer and to brave the colder months with — the Festive 500 is not too far off, and there are the Rapha Super Cross races to keep you on the bike until then. Our Rapha Cycle Clubs will be hosting regular rides throughout the coming seasons to help motivate and encourage you to love the winter.
Aside from the review in our infographic, we’d like to call out some stories from around the world. There’s the group of women in Dubai who rode their 100km at night on a race track in order to avoid the desert’s 40°C heat, the group of women from Guernsey who decided to form their own club off the back of their Women’s 100 ride, the ride across New Zealand’s Waikato region in near-freezing conditions that included a couple of fence-hoppings, and a ride in the UK that included an impromptu cyclocross skills clinic from Claire Beaumont when the route took an unexpected turn across Epsom race course. Hats off to those who completed the challenge during Ramadan, adding a further level of difficulty to their challenge.
We’ve received an overwhelming number of stories from participants and hope to be sharing some of these in the next few weeks.