Manon Lloyd among Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling list for 2023

The initiative celebrates women across the cycling community to inspire others to ride bikes

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GCN's Manon Lloyd is celebrated amongst 100 women on Cycling UK's list

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GCN's Manon Lloyd is celebrated amongst 100 women on Cycling UK's list

Cycling UK have released their annual 100 Women in Cycling list for 2023, with Thursday’s instalment marking the seventh edition of the initiative to celebrate women across the British cycling community and those who inspire others to cycle.

The list features a diverse range of women, from fundraisers and community leaders to pro riders and industry figureheads, with 100 different women named each year. The list is split into the categories of Community Champion, Cycle Influencer, Industry Mogul and Sporting Hero, and is part of Cycling UK's aim to get more women on bikes.

“A great way to encourage more women to cycle is to share the stories of these amazing women – whether they’re chronicling their adventures on social media, advocating for better infrastructure in their neighbourhoods, inspiring their communities to join them for a ride or winning medals around the world,” said Cycling UK’s chief executive Sarah Mitchell.

“Choosing the top one hundred winners involves some really tough choices – there are so many brilliant women out there who we’d want to celebrate.”

Among the 100 influential women is GCN’s very own Manon Lloyd. Prior to joining GCN, Manon raced both road and track, representing Great Britain and picking up many accolades along the way. These days, she’s a member of the GCN team and heads up the women’s-specific content on our YouTube channels.

“I feel honoured to have been selected in the top 100 Women in Cycling list alongside some incredible women, from the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift winner, Breeze champions, female mechanics and world record holders,” Manon said. “We often don't realise how many incredible women are involved in the cycling world and the 100 Women in Cycling list is a great way to highlight some of them.

“Reading the stories of the other 99 women involved gives me so much inspiration, each and every one of them are amazing. The future of women’s cycling is looking brighter than ever.”

Other names in the ‘influencer’ category include mental health advocate Amy Hudson and Ottilie Quince, the subject of GCN+ documentary Cycling Changed My Life.

The youngest person on the list is nine-year-old Heidi Barker, who is riding the distance of Paris to London to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and MacMillan after raising £16k walking the equivalent of Land’s End to John o’Groats.

She is featured alongside women who are working hard to make cycling in the UK more inclusive and welcoming to all, like Humira Shahzad, Sabeha Miah and Nahida Hussain from Cycle Sisters, a Muslim women’s cycling group and charity, and Bridie Barnett, a campaigner with Kidical Mass getting more children riding.

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The list also highlights women working within the cycling industry, such as Lynne Bye who co-founded size-inclusive kit brand Fat Lad at the Back, and Sophie Bujdoso, the CEO of cycling training company B-Buddies.

Riders from the racing world were also celebrated, with Demi Vollering making the list as the 2023 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift winner, as well as Paralympic cyclists Kadeena Cox OBE and Aileen McGlynn.

This year, two guest judges helped judge the selection, Cycling Weekly digital editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan and managing editor of Singletrack World Hannah Dobson, who were both included in the list in 2019. They judged from a list of open nominations from around the cycling community.

"Judging Cycling UK's 100 women in cycling has been a challenge - there were just so many incredible and inspiring nominees,” Arthurs-Brennan said. “It's been eye-opening to read the stories of so many wonderful characters, doing so much to drive the women's cycling community forwards, growing numbers and confidence levels across such a broad range of cycling styles, from sports enthusiasts to commuters, and those using bikes to cross cultural barriers and enact meaningful change. The future is bright, and riding a bike."

Head over to the full list on Cycling UK's website to find out more about the 100 women selected in 2023.

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