Twisted Spokes' Top British Pro Women Cyclists

17th March 2016 Personal Injury

To conclude our 2016 Women and Cycling campaign we thought it fitting to take a look at some of Twisted Spokes' favourite pro women cyclists here in the UK.

Professional women's cycling has really taken off in Britain over the last few years, particularly since GB's success in the 2012 Olympics, and this success combined with the inspirational characters involved, seems to have captured the public's imagination.

We're all for anything that inspires more women (and men) to start cycling and decided to include a rundown of our favourite female British pros. This list is by no means exhaustive, but a brief look at some of those women who have impressed and inspired in the world of cycling.

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(The women's team pursuit podium and medal ceremony. Image credit: Flickr)

Lizzie Armitstead

Brit favourite, Lizzie Armitstead really pulled it out of the bag when she beat Mark Cavendish to be the first GB medal winner in the 2012 Olympics. Since then the World Champion has continued an upwards trajectory, winning a plethora of races and titles, from the UCI World Championship Gold to the Ladies Tour of Qatar stage race. More recently she has been seen dominating the UCI Women's World Tour with a win at the Strade Bianchi race in Italy.

Helen Wyman

Often seen with a bike across her back, cyclo-cross world champion, Helen is definitely not afraid of getting her hands dirty. The qualified physiotherapist chanced upon cyclo-cross as her sport of choice due to the time constraints of studying, but she's certainly made it her own. Though Helen has competed in cycling events since she was just 14, she only committed herself to cyclo-cross in later life and has relocated to Belgium to be nearer to quality racing.

Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey was a Paralympic Games swimmer before she took on the cycling world. As a cyclist she has won medals in road and track racing against both Paralympians and able-bodied competitors. With 11 gold medals across both sports, Dame Sarah is Great Britain's most decorated female Paralympian. Though she ended up competing in cycling only after ear infections forced her out of the water, Dame Sarah has proved to be an extremely adept and versatile athlete on the track.

Laura Trott

A bit of an omnipresence in major British cycling these last few years, Laura Trott has already won 2 gold medals in this year's Track World Championships. Laura has been largely known for her vital position in the women's team-pursuit where she and her teammates, including Joanna Rowsell Shand, have been consistent winners. At just 23, Laura Trott is in possession of 7 world titles and is behind only Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton in the rundown of Britain's most successful world championship track riders.

Joanna Rowsell Shand

Laura Trott's teammate, Joanna Rowsell Shand, was inducted into professional cycling via British Cycling's Talent Team after being tested at her school in 2004. She's since been a consistently strong performer, taking home gold at the 2012 Olympics in team pursuit and amassing no less than 5 World Championship titles. With the Rio Olympics coming up this year, there's a lot of expectation heaped on Joanna and her teammates to fight off the serious competition coming from the American and Australian teams.

Lucy Garner

21-year-old Lucy Garner is relatively new to professional cycling. She won her first junior world title at the 2011 Road World Championships and is now riding with the Wiggle-High5 team. Though she hails from Leicestershire, Lucy lives in the Netherlands with her professional cyclist boyfriend, Lars van der Haar, and looks to build on the success she's had in junior championships (2 gold medals in 2012) as she progresses her career in adult cycling.

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Nadia Kerr is a Bicycle Accidents & Personal Injury located in Manchesterin our Personal Injury department

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