Internation Women's day with Nicole Read
International Women's day is celebrated in many countries around the World. 8th of March is a day when Women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions. IWD is aimed at inspiring females across the World, to make a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. This years theme for IWD is #PressforProgress, so together lets all push forward in gender equality, let's all Press for Progress.
Pace have three females at the front of the business, and a recently new female ambassador Nicole, we thought we would share some insight into what its like to be us. Females in the bike World.
Who are ya?! Hi, I’m Nicole Read
What's your roll in the Pace family? Im an ambassador for Pace
What is is like to be a Woman in such a male dominated industry? I have been in male dominated environments from a young age, the hobbies I’ve chosen throughout life have always been male dominated: i was the only girl in the British team for windsurfing in my teens and Also within my job- being the only female windfarm vessel captain for many years so to be quite honest it is just normal for me to be around predominantly men!
Is there anything in-particular that you like seeing on social media/press about Women in this sport? I love to follow women in the sport whether they are racing or adventuring, showing that females are just As capable as males!
Are there any positive role models you would recommend people to follow on social media? Yes, Lee Craigie and her adventure syndicate, she’s a real inspiration and For racing, Tahnée seagrave.
As a female in the bike industry is there anything you would like to see change? More women’s specific bike clothing- not just flimsy jerseys and short shorts- it’s not a fashion show and we need some decent coverage, some of us need winter riding kit too- we don’t all hide away when it gets Cold! :0)
Are there any events that you would recommend fellow female bikers to try? Hopetech women’s rides are a great step into events without the pressure of racing or men buzzing your back tyre. They also hold women’s specific races which are more relaxed. Sportive's are also a lot of fun and a great place to meet new people.
Any words of wisdom if someone is new to riding and what tips do you have for them to gain confidence on the bike? Get out with a group, lots of women find it hard to get out without their partners but iv found a lot of riding friends from women’s Facebook groups. Riding with other people will help gain confidence and there’s always someone willing to pass on handy tips and skills towards progression.
Finally, where is your favourite place to ride your bike? The Lake District and the highlands. They both have so much to offer and I’m sure Iv only just scratched the surface!