We are really excited about all the amazing and inspirational speakers we have at this years festival. We have talks from a range of women with completely different experiences of cycling; from bike-packing around the world, using cargo bikes to travel across the country to raise awareness of climate change to women new to cycling and finding the joys of everyday bike journeys.
All of talks will be via Zoom Webinar and you will need to register for the talk before the event. Some speakers have pre-recorded talks especially for the festival and some of these talks will be live with a live Question and Answer session after the talk. Please check out our programme for our full line up and to Register for the talks. To find out more information about each guest speakers, see the speakers Bios below.
Lee Craigie – Cargo bikes for a fairer, healthier, greener future. And for fun!
Lee Craigie was an outdoor instructor and child therapist before turning full time mountain bike racer. She became the British Mountain Bike Champion in 2013, member of Team GB at World and European Championships and represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She holds the female record on the Highland Trail 550 and has ridden the Tour Divide, Silk Road Mountain Race and Colorado Trail Race.
Lee has made award winning films and radio programmes for the BBC, delivered a TedX talk and is the Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland. She lives in the Highlands of Scotland.
Emma Holgate – How we can all Bikepack
A chat about why, where and how we can all bikepack. Solo or social, adventures of all levels. With some photos from the Scottish Highlands and some further afield concluding with a short film of my biggest trip bikepacking so far, racing the self-supported bikepacking Colorado Trail Race in 2019 – 540miles.
Women’s Club Cycling – Not as scary as you think
The speakers will be a panel of ladies from local cycling club, Ayr Roads Cycling Club, discussing a variety of topics including a beginners take on club cycling, road cycling, cyclo-cross and a talk from a member who is now a professional rider. So from beginners right through to pro and everything in between.
Mountain Biking in Ayrshire
A look at mountain biking in Ayrshire and beyond from the perspective of some local women with many years experience on the trails. Talking about their own personal mountain biking experiences, highs and lows, favourite Ayrshire spots and top tips for other women looking to get involved.
Helen Ternent- Workplace Cycling
Helen has a life long enjoyment of cycling. She is first to admit that she does not fit the outward vision of a cyclist but that does not deter her from enjoying cycling and actively encouraging others. As a Ride Leader Helen likes to volunteer to lead ladies lunchtime cycles and Intermediate led cycle rides at the weekends and in the summer evenings. In her employment with Booth Welsh Helen has collaboratively worked with the North Ayrshire Active Travel Team over the past 4 years to implement and develop Active Travel strategies at Booth Welsh to increase awareness, promote healthy working lives and encourage the workforce and their families to cycle. Booth Welsh has recently been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer Award and The Active Travel at Work Award. Helen will talk to us about the successful implementation of cycling into the workplace and her own experience of volunteering in cycling.
Wendy Badger – Female Solo Touring
Wendy is a cycle tourer and bikepacker from Brisbane, Australia. She became hooked on cycle touring whilst flying down a hill to the beach on her first cycle tour in Vietnam. Since then she has meandered around the UK and Europe as well as exploring dirt trails closer to home and in New Zealand.
Wendy will share her story of learning to adventure solo by bicycle over the last 8 years whilst her partner has been unwell with ME/CFS.
Lindsay Johnson- Bikejor
Ayrshire based, founder and owner of the UK’s original dog fitness training company- Cani-Fit, Lindsay has a wealth of experience in sled dog sports. She has represented Team GB at European and World Championship level and is a three time British National Canicross Champion. Here she tells us about her experiences in the sport of bikejor – a type of cross country mountain biking as a team with your dog.