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Emily Chappell on changing the world

Podcast interview logo2016 has been tough for a lot of people, and what with politics, the economy, Daylight Savings Times in the northern hemisphere, and so on, a lot of people are feeling bleak right now.  So when Emily Chappell suggested we podcast on how the women’s cycling world is changing for the better, and how we can all have positive impacts on that, I jumped at the chance.

We talked about Emily’s own year – winning the women’s TransContinental race (read her blog about that!), and her other successes (including having her book published) and also about the Adventure Syndicate.  I can’t quote believe it hasn’t been around for even a year, but wow, those women have done so many great things.  All this, and more – including Emily’s and my pledges for our own 2017 cycling challenges (Emily says she’ll try cyclocross, if someone will show her how, so if that’s you, get in touch with her!).  Listen to it all – and scroll down for the usual tons of links.

You can find Emily on her website, her twitter and her instagram – and of course, please buy her (first) book – What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story(If you’re not sure, Feargal McKay reviewed the book on Podium Café, and I interviewed Emily about it which you can listen to or read some of).

The Adventure Syndicate has a fantastic website, and a great twitter you should be following, an instagram and facebook too, of course.  I talked to Emily and Lee Craigie about their hopes for the Syndicate back in May, which you can listen to if you want to see how it compares to now!

Posts about the Adventure Syndicate’s North Coast 500 record-breaking ride, and the trip with (extra)ordinary women later on.

The Syndicate is running a Winter Training Camp for female endurance cyclists in Girona, in January 2017 – find out more and book places here.

You can support the Syndicate’s Crowdfunder for that gorgeous-looking book about Lee and other riders’ adventures at the Highland Trail 550it closes on Friday 22nd November 2016, but it’ll also be for sale afterwards through the Adventure Syndicate website.  Check out the blogpost about how the initial crowd-funder reached it’s goal in 24 hours, so they’ve added stretch goals, to help support the Syndicate’s work inspiring and enabling women and girls to have their own cycling adventures.

You can get a little taster in this interview with Lee Craigie on BikePacking.com.  And because I love this project so much, I’ll buy a basic crowdfunder copy of this for one blog reader – leave me a comment below, or tweet me by 21st November 2016 telling me you want this, and I’ll pull a name out of a hat.

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If you want to read more books by Adventure Syndicate members’ cycling feats, check out Juliana Buhring‘s book This Road I Ride: My incredible journey from novice to fastest woman to cycle the globe (and read Feargal McKay‘s review on Podium Café) and Sarah Outen’s second book about her quest to kayak and cycle across the globe despite illness and crazy conditions, Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat.

Emily is on the cover of the first edition of the new women’s cycling magazine, Casquette (her and Nicole Cooke!)  You can pick up that mag for free from lots of mostly London-based places, or get it posted to you for shipping costs, with your choice of covers, via this page, and the article about Emily is on the website.

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VeloVixen, the online store for women’s cycling clothing, were the people behind the Women’s Cycling Hub at the Birmingham Cycle Show – if you want to watch (or re-live) any of the talks from that, watch the videos.

Emily wrote a great piece for Total Women’s Cycling about women who are beating the men in cycling – something she predicted would happen, back on this 2012 blog.

Linked to that, we mentioned Sarah Hammond‘s fantastic Ultra-Endurance riding – you can listen to an interview with her after she finished the TransAm and watch her videos from Race to the Rock on Ella Cycling Tips.

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Emily and I talked about our own cycling pledges for 2017 – and if you have an idea of one that you need helping out with, but don’t know where to start, please do leave a question in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll find you someone who can help.

I’m funded to do this kind of women’s cycling work thanks to my super-generous Patreon supporters, who pay from £/€/$ 2 a month – thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  1. November 17, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Sarah – i love your podcast! I have a women focused bike shop in Chicago IL. We do tons of clinics on all kinds of things, from Changing a Flat to Positive Self Talk. Listening to your podcast inspired a thought that we should do a clinic about HOW to follow women’s pro cycling. Since it’s not just as easy as watching American Football, especially over here in the states. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you be our presenter, over Skype or Google Chat or some other video conferencing app of course. What do you think? thanks!

    • Sarah Connolly
      November 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

      I would absolutely do that! I do annual posts about just this thing on the site (for road and for CX), and I’d love to talk about it too, and especially answer any questions.

      I’ve just been talking to my local bike cafe about maybe doing talks for them – one doing a “5 best races of 2016”, like the podcast, but doing it with videos, and then a season preview for 2017 too. I don’t know if that could work over the internet too, but if you’re up for things like that, I’d love it too!

    • Sarah Connolly
      November 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      ps, I saw Emily Chappell & 2 more of the Adventure Syndicate talk last night – a Long Distance Ladies talk, about how to get into ultra-endurance/bikepacking – they seem to have Syndicate members riding around the USA, I bet they’d love to come and talk!

      • November 17, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        Wow! Yeah. I have met Ayesha McGowan from racing. We have done a couple of Bike Camping/Touring Clinics and they are ALWAYS some of our best attended events. I’d love to set something up for that too in the new year.

        As for a clinic with you, that is so awesome! my email address is vanessa at BFFbikes dot com. I think covering how to watch and who to watch FOR in the 5 (likely) best races of 2017 would be great. We can work out details on time and what is covered.

        Also, I think you might like the baby mobile I made for my son’s nursery. (Scroll to the bottom for the mobile). http://bffbikes.com/2015/07/06/vanessas-tour-de-france-themed-nursery-with-a-side-of-michael-jordan-and-dachshunds/

        It’s so cool you want to do this. yay!

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