I’m not ‘anti-men’ - but here are 5 reasons I prefer cycling with other women

Women’s only events continue to be popular - but why? Louise Vardeman, who will be leading rides at a host of upcoming women’s only breaks, explains the appeal

Louise Vardeman rides solo
(Image credit: Louise Vardeman)

Cycling is wonderful, and I want as many people as possible to discover its joy. Whilst I’m all for breaking down the barriers that stop anyone from riding, as cycling continues to be a male dominated sport - in 2022, men made almost three times more cycling trips than women - I especially want to encourage more women into the fold. 

I’m not, by any means, anti-men. I love men, I’m surrounded by them. I’m lucky enough to have an extremely supportive husband (second time lucky) and two permanently hungry, lanky teenage sons. I do like to be surrounded by women too, though, and I find I get more from myself on the bike in a same sex group.

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Lou Vardeman

Lou Vardeman is team manager and one of the InternationElles riders - the group of 10 women who rode the full route of the Tour de France in 2019 to campaign for a women’s race. She has represented Great Britain at the Gran Fondo World Championships thee times and has qualified to race again later this year. Lou has two sons, travels a lot, loves getting more people on bikes, especially women, and battles hard for equality. She posts on YouTube here and Instagram here.