In celebration of International Women’s Day tomorrow, the Women’s Cycle Forum has been compiling interviews with various cycling women around Scotland (and a few beyond). This has been a fun, interesting and slightly frustrating exercise. Fun, because it’s always fun to talk to fellow cyclists, especially if you ask them about their bikes; interesting, because some of these women are doing pretty cool stuff I didn’t really know about; and frustrating because when you ask (most) women to peer out, ever so briefly, from under that bushel where they have been hiding themselves, they claim they are not really interesting enough (this from a woman who learned to ride a bike when she was 40 and is now inspiring others to ride in a community where it has traditionally been frowned upon), fail to mention some pretty significant achievements (from someone who went from being annoyed about her commute to work to running a major cycle campaign, but didn’t really think that worth mentioning), and – almost universally – apologise because their answers might be a bit long.
As I was prompted to remark, my next venture might have to be a fund to buy all the women in the UK a trumpet of their own so they can practise blowing it.*
Be that as it may, we have bulldozed aside all demurrals, modesty, and suggestions that we not bother using any of it in case it’s too dull, you can find the results here.
Happy International Women’s Day …
* Suggestions that we could do with a job lot of mutes to keep some of the chaps’ trumpet playing down, would be entirely unworthy.