Paralympian's saddle sore surgery highlights lack of research for female cyclists

Hannah Dines' chronic inflammation led to surgery and she says more needs to be done to protect women's health in cycling

Hannah Dines in the WT2 time trial at the Paracycling World Championships in Switzerland (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for British Cycling)

(Image credit: Getty Images for British Cycling)

Paralympian Hannah Dines has revealed the five years of pain she endured before seeking surgery for chronic swelling caused by her saddle.

The 26-year-old has said that the way female bike racing is not 'taken seriously' has a huge impact on health and research, in a comment piece written for the Guardian.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.