Women & Bicycles is a two-day festival to inspire, enable and showcase women in cycling with speakers, panel discussions, practical workshops and guided rides. Check out the incredible programme! More info on our main event and speakers pages.
For ticket holders: to sign up for rides and workshops, click on the relevant section below and follow the links provided. Online sign ups will close on Thursday, March 2nd at 5pm.
|10:00||10:10||Intro and welcome|
Panel 1: Making space for women in cycling
|11:30||11:45||Break: tea, coffee and cake|
Panel 2: Going places by bike
The bicycle is a mode of transport for the women on this panel – not only literally, but also socially, educationally, professionally and emotionally. Four women discuss the places that cycling has taken them, and role bikes continue to play in their lives: Lee Craigie, Kimberley Tew, Laura Moss, Naomi Mahendran. The panel is chaired by the fabulous Hannah Reynolds.
After lunch there’s a chance to get hands-on with a variety of workshops, all designed to boost your confidence and capability, and overcome the barriers stopping you from cycling more, whether it’s two miles to work or 20,000km round the world.
Places on some of these workshops are limited, ticket holders will be able to register for these two weeks before the event. Note that all the below workshops are happening simultaneously, so choose one.
|15:30||16:00||Break: tea, coffee and cake|
Keynote: Rickie Cotter
Our keynote speaker is the “utterly gobsmackingly infectiously hilarious” Rickie Cotter: endurance junkie and former UK 24-hour mountain bike champion, whose races and adventures have taken her all over the world, and who is out to prove that we can all achieve more than we think we can.
|18:00||21:00||Dinner and social|
Rides and workshops
Bring your bike – on Sunday morning there’ll be guided rides for cyclists of all abilities, some heading out to Oxfordshire’s lanes and trails; others exploring one of the UK’s most cycle-friendly cities. For those who don’t fancy a ride, there’s a chance to attend yoga classes, or drink coffee and chill out with some of the speakers.
Places on some of these workshops are limited, ticket holders will be able to register for these two weeks before the event. Note that all the below workshops and rides are happening simultaneously, so choose one.
Panel 3: Cycling as a Family
Having children around needn’t spell the end of your cycling career – in fact, for some people it’s only the beginning! These four women will share the many rewards and pitfalls of getting kids on bikes, and discuss the solutions they’ve found – or created – to the challenges of family cycling: Josie Dew, Maryam Amatullah, Karen Gee, Isla Rowntree.
|14:15||14:30||Break: tea, coffee and snacks|
Film: Adventure Syndicate North Coast 500
Panel 4: Making the North Coast 500 Happen
Following the film, a look behind the scenes of the North Coast 500. We’ll hear from some of the riders and their supporters, as well as the Bafta-winning editor who put the film together, and some of the women who rode their own North Coast 500, a few months later: Emily Chappell, Anna Kubik, Rickie Cotter, Laura Moss.
|16:15||17:30||Closing social: tea and cake|