The Women

Helen Lloyd pedaled solo from her home in the UK to Cape Town, South Africa, counting beers, miles and marriage proposals along the way. Following a lengthy tour through Canada, the US and Central America, Helen is now writing a book about her adventures.

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Eleanor Moseman has been cycling Asia since May 2010. Known as Wander Cyclist, her tour focuses on documenting hidden communities, disappearing traditions, and cultures in danger of being erased.

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Rachel Hugens travelled alone for a year in New Zealand and Australia,where she met her husband Patrick. Since then the two have cycled around South America in 1999-2000, through Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in 2006-2007, across Tibet and Nepal, and then back home to Boise, Idaho from the Arctic Circle.

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Sarah Outen is currently aiming to complete a human-powered loop of the planet, using a bicycle, a kayak and a rowing boat. She’s already the youngest person to row the Indian Ocean, and is currently gathering her forces for a second attempt on the Pacific, after running into a tropical storm.

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Amie Thao couldn’t decide whether to be an artist, a librarian, a psychotherapist, or a writer—so is wandering around the world on a little blue bicycle: 18,000 kilometers and counting. She picked up co-pilot Olli in Finland, and the two are now in Japan and will cycle south to Vietnam.

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Loretta Henderson has been pedalling the planet since 2009, and has already covered much of Asia and Africa, along with Australia, New Zealand and some of the outer corners of Europe. Highly deserving of an award for services to cycling, Loretta has put together the famous WoW (Women on Wheels) page – probably the biggest collection of solo female cyclists you’ll find anywhere.

2 Comments

  1. Vanessa McKay
    Posted April 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi Emily,
    In December my sister and I took our two Surlys to India where we cycled over 3,000km from Chennai to Maharashtra in India.
    As you are more than aware, being single female cyclists in India caused a lot of hassle that we do not believe we would have received if we were men undertaking the same trip. Despite covering up completely, we faced constant challenges that were, for the most part, annoying additions to our day but, on occasion, were very scary – all of this we were fully anticipating and prepared for. We only had to endure this attitude for a couple of months, but the women that we met must live their lives dictated by this set of unfair rules.
    Therefore, perhaps rather unwisely, it is sort of our goal as cycle tourers to travel through the countries where women are deemed as second class citizens. We want to show the girls that we meet along the way that they don’t have to be constrained by their gender, can dream big and do not need to live their lives in the shadow of men. We hope that cycling through villages and demonstrating first hand that women can be independent will be an effective way of challenging the discrimination. (It is probably more likely that the sight of two sweaty blonde girls on bikes will actually encourage them to stay in the home!)
    Continuing along this thread, in September we are planning to cycle from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea in Jordan which we are very excited about.
    Both my sister and myself have been really inspired by your achievements and wanted to drop you a brief note to thank you for what you are doing. Without seeing other female cyclists venturing across the globe I am not sure we would have been brave enough to make our own trip.
    Best wishes,
    Vanessa and Pip

    • Posted April 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Vanessa and Pip – this is wonderful to hear!

      God luck on your next trip, and let me know if there’s anything I can help with.

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