Women's Cycling Advocate Monique Trammell

Women's Cycling Advocate Monique Trammell

Monique Trammell has a mission: to see more women riding bicycles, and more women riding bicycles together. To achieve this aim, Monique has founded the American Women’s Cycling Network, a nationwide network of women’s cycling clubs. The AWCN website offers both a database of cycling clubs as well as a step-by-step custom program designed to help women start and run their own cycling clubs.

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Mary Zider, Powerhouse in a Pizza Van

Mary Zider, Powerhouse in a Pizza Van

Former pro rider and Director Sportif for Colavita Bianchi, Mary Zider spends her time these days traveling the US in Colavita’s brick-oven-equipped pizza van. She and mechanic Ande Smith bring experiential marketing to retail outlets to share information about nutritious eating, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. As part of the charitable mission of Colavita, they support grass roots initiatives like the Bittersweet Women’s Weekend in Vermont. Thumbnail photo credit: Scott Kingsley.

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Oh-Hiiiii Ladies!

Oh-Hiiiii Ladies!

Women’s cycling trips foster camaraderie and friendships that last beyond the limits of the event. Guest contributor Alix Norris didn’t expect the transformative experience that her women’s cycling training trip to Ojai, California turned out to be. Over the course of one week, the group of some dozen women who started out as strangers coalesced into a cohesive unit that supported and challenged one another to strive toward their goals.

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Melissa Tabas: Eclectic style. Creative drive. A little weird.

Melissa Tabas: Eclectic style. Creative drive. A little weird.

There’s not a wide spectrum of design choice in women’s cycling apparel. “It’s either pink with swirlies or it’s black. Or red,” says Melissa. “I wanted something fun that I would want to wear, so I started designing.” That desire combined with her creative drive and talent led her to create Laser Cats and Such.

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Presenting: Kayla Brannen

Presenting: Kayla Brannen

There are a lot of amazing women cyclists in the Upper Valley, so it was hard to choose someone to start with. But this woman stands out. She’s a local business owner who races and rides road, gravel, and mountain bikes. She’s a powerhouse and an inspiration, the kind of woman who strives and succeeds (and sometimes fails), and supports and encourages other women to strive to be their own best self.

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