International Women’s Day Interview – Laura Scott
“I started signing up for sportive events on my own. I saw them as a safe way to get my confidence up, meet other cyclists, and improve my cycling.”
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have interviewed endurance cyclist and journalist Laura Scott. Starting out by gaining confidence through sportive events, Laura has fallen in love with cycling and has gone on to make it the focus of her career.
Laura will be riding the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival this summer, and we hope to encourage more women to do the same!
For International Women’s Day we’re encouraging women to sign up to take part in the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival with friends! For 48 hours only (closes midnight 9th March) sign up in a group of 2 or more and you’ll receive a 25% discount which will be applied at checkout. Enter now!
You must have started somewhere! How did you get into cycling?
One evening I was in the pub, and a friend invited me to join a charity ride called Tech Bikers from Paris to London. I bought a cheap road bike and set off. I had no idea what I was doing but by the time I got back to London I was hooked.
Keen to keep up this new-found love for road cycling, I asked around and found out about cycling clubs. I went on my first ride and was dropped. So I started signing up for sportive events on my own. I saw them as a safe way to get my confidence up, meet other cyclists, and improve my cycling.
What tips do you have for women who have some experience of cycling but are looking to progress into bigger distances?
Anyone can extend their endurance and achieve 100 miles or more; it is just about teaching your body to go longer. I have always found it useful to set goals/milestones to hit in your training. As you become used to riding certain distances, it is important to adjust your goals every few weeks.
For example, if your initial goal is 100 miles start adding on 10-20 miles each week till you hit your goal. Physically and mentally this will help you reach your target.
You’ve tackled some of the toughest endurance events out there! Do you think women are better set up than men for endurance cycling?
Yes – males tend to have more fast-twitch fibres, more haemoglobin and therefore higher V02 max — all of which may help with sprint efforts, but ultimately their muscles can also fatigue quicker. Women have great mental strength, plus they can keep going for longer on less fuel.
You’re riding the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival this summer. What three things would you do to prepare for a long day ride, and what three things would you not be without?
- Train – don’t skip your training as it will only help you enjoy your event more
- Recruit friends – it’s always great to have friends to share a challenge with
- Check bike – Make sure your bike is in good working order before the event to avoid mechanical issues on the day
- Oreos, Garmin, spare inner tube
What have you gained / what positive benefits have come with getting more into cycling?
Through cycling, I have met so many wonderful people and been able to explore and visit places I would have never been able to access otherwise.
For International Women’s Day we’re encouraging women to sign up to take part in the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival with friends! For 48 hours only, sign up in a group of 2 or more and you’ll receive a 25% discount which will be applied at checkout. Enter now!