Casquette Live - Friday 29th March programme

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Want that full-on Friday feeling with a great-big serving of women’s cycling inspiration? Then get yourself a Casquette Live ticket for the London Bike Show on Friday 29th March and enjoy all this and more…

Casquette has teamed up with the London Bike Show to create an incredible new show-within-show concept called ‘Casquette Live’ – all in partnership with VeloVixen, the home of women’s cycling kit. That means that if you buy a Casquette Live ticket, you get entry to the London Bike and Triathlon Show (and all the great speakers and exhibitors featured), plus your Casquette Live ticket will give you access to loads of great women’s-specific-cycling goodness. 

That means amazing interviews and Q&As with your favourite track, road, cyclo-cross and endurance heroes; talks and tutorials to help you get more from your cycling and our amazing saddle library (in association with London Bike Kitchen), featuring all the saddles you could possibly shake a bottom at and the chance to test drive one. 

PLUS! ALL Casquette Live ticket holders will get a FREE 52 page Motivational Manual, which features inspirational women, bucket list rides and game-changing resolutions you need to know about. Here’s what’s happening on the Friday 29th March

Masterclass: Yoga for Cyclists
11:00 - 11:45

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We all know that stretching and yoga is good for our cycling, but how many of us actually do it? In this practical session, we reveal the real reasons why yoga will transform your cycling life, plus we will provide a practical demonstration so you can feel the benefits first-hand. We’ll provide the mats and an amazing yoga teacher. All you need to do is get involved.

Our expert in residence: Sam Edwards, yoga teacher and personal trainer.


Q&A: How to succeed in cycling, with Fran Miller, Head of Winning Behaviours at Team Sky
12:00 - 12:45

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Fran Millar is one of the coolest women working behind the scenes in cycling and is responsible for transforming Team Sky into the cycling-success machine that it is. 

With a job title as cool as ‘Head of Winning Behaviours’, we chat to her about how to keep striving for marginal gains at every level of life and cycling; we discover how she’s navigated a male-dominated environment and made a difference, plus we find out what’s next on the list for the woman responsible for continuous improvement.

Our expert panellist: Fran Millar, Head of Winning Behaviours at Team Sky

Masterclass: How Bikes and Bloomers emancipated women with Kat Jungnickel
13:00 - 13:45

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In her fascinating book, ‘Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian Women and their Extraordinary Cycle Wear’, Kat tells the story of the women who went against the norms of society to invent clothing that would give them the freedom to ride. In this fascinating Casquette Live masterclass, she takes her findings one step further, providing practical demonstrations of the convertible Victorian garments that transformed cycling for women - and invites our audience to try these brilliant inventions on for themselves. You can even pick up a sewing pattern to make your own!

Our expert in residence: Kat Jungnickel, cycling sewing sociologist and author.

Pro panel: Female first – the women shaping the future of women’s cycling
14:00 - 14:45

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What: Women’s cycling has seen an incredible explosion over the last few years, with 44 million Strava rides logged by women riders last year. But it’s not just on the bike that things are getting interesting. We talk to the women behind the scenes of women’s cycling to find out how new brands, community groups and media companies are helping to make it all happen - plus we find out what business and leaderships skills are needed to really cut through in this traditionally male dominated industry.

Expert panellists: Belinda Scott (founder of Bella Velo, London’s biggest cycling group); Emily Childs (MD of Attacus Cycling); Danielle Welton (co-founder of women’s cycling media brand, Casquette); Iris Slappendall (former pro cyclist, founder of the Cyclists’ Alliance and founder of I Ride In Style; Jenni Gwiazdowski, Director and founder of the London Bike Kitchen, a do-it-together bike workshop in Hoxton.

Pro panel: Why can’t women ride the Tour de France
15:00 - 15:45

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Women cyclists were given a one-day race at this year’s Tour De France versus the men’s three week event. So, what’s the reason for that? The main lines of argument are that there is no public interest; it’s boring; political correctness gone mad; women aren’t strong enough and, quite simply “because the girls are still sitting around waiting for the men to organise one for them…”  Our panel take each argument, thrashing it out to discover the real story…

Our expert panellists: Iris Slappendall (founder of the Cyclist’s Alliance and I Ride In Style,); Molly Weaver (former pro Road Captain for Trek-Drops and cycling commentator); commentator and Casquette Live host, Rebecca Charlton.

Pro panel: The women’s cycling calendar - who to watch, what to watch and why it’s important
16:00 - 16:45

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We’ve got some of the best pundits, commentators and racers in the business to wax lyrical about the most exciting riders of our generation. Who should we all be keeping an eye on? Why is women’s racing so exciting right now? What are the big rivalries making things extra interesting? Which races really showcase the energy and excitement of the women’s pro scene and how can we catch it all? Get all these questions answered and pose your own questions to our panel.

Expert panellists: Molly Weaver (former pro Road Captain for Trek-Drops and cycling commentator); Laura Winter (Vox Women Cycling presenter); Rose Manley (documentary maker and rent-a-gob on Cycling Podcast Féminin)

Tickets are £16 for a single ticket. If you want to come with your Club mates, book 4 and get 2 free. If you want to bring your partner along for the ride, it’s 2 for £22. Find out more here.

For the Saturday programme
click here

For the Sunday programme click here

Big thanks to our headline sponsor, VeloVixen - the home of women’s cycling kit

Please note: This is the programme as we know it right now, but could be subject to changes based on punctures, pannier-loading laws and drafting politics

Danielle Welton