Celebrating International Women’s DayJan Heine
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we selected four Bicycle Quarterly covers that show extraordinary women cyclists. Clockwise from top left: Paulette Porthault cycled all over Europe during the 1930s, won the Poly de Chanteloup hillclimb race during the war (using the form she had gained from smuggling food into occupied Paris to support herself, her relatives and her friends). Lyli Herse was a legendary randonneuse before picking up road racing and winning eight French championships. Jacquie Phelan won the first three NORBA mountain bike championships and founded the WOMBATS (Women’s Mountain Bike and Tea Society). Our editor Natsuko Hirose has championed the cause of women cyclists breaking free of stereotypes altogether. And below is a sneak preview of our (still top secret) Spring edition, which contains more stories by inspirational women cyclists.