10 must-follow Instagram accounts for cyclists
Inspirational, motivational, funny and cool, here is our annual round-up of the Instagram accounts you need in your life, as curated by Jess Strange
Let’s face it: there’s a lot of old tut being pumped down our social media feeds these days. But there are also some amazing accounts of incredible women doing valuable things on bikes, and you can never get enough of that. Here are a few of our firm favourites.
Lizzie Deignan - @l_deignan
Who: British World Champion road and track cyclist, currently riding for Trek-Segafredo Racing Team.
In a nutshell: Lizzie Deignan is a total legend both on and off the bike, and since the birth of her baby girl, Orla, has given us a glimpse into both her training and family life.
Why follow: If you love pro peloton and track action, behind-the-scenes shenanigans and adorable baby pics, give Lizzie Deignan a follow.
Favourite post: This photo says it all; training hard on the Wattbike, followed by quality family time.
Laura Villiger - @la2rad
Who: Laura is a badass adventurer from Switzerland who explores the world by bike. She’s been on the road full-time since 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
In a nutshell: As a solo world explorer, Laura’s feed is packed full of incredible photos of the thousands of miles she travels on her infamous yellow bike.
Why follow: If you love the outdoors and want to feel inspired for adventure, give this girl a follow. Beware, you’ll probably want to quit life and ride around the world, though.
Favourite post: After riding in a heatwave in Finland, Laura stopped off to cool down in this epic snap. Talk about living the dream!
The Adventure Syndicate - @adventuresynd
Who: The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of female endurance cyclists who aim to inspire, encourage and enable others by sharing their experiences and stories through projects, events and workshops.
In a nutshell: These guys make you believe you can do anything if you set your mind to it, have some great friends and have a hunger for adventure.
Why follow: Their inspiring feed has created a supportive community by sharing other people's cycling adventures while sending out positive vibes.
Favourite post: Sunshine, snow-capped mountains and friends on an open road. What more could you want in a post?
Look Mum No Hands - @1ookmumnohands
Who: Established in 2010, this London-based café / bar / workshop / event space / hangout showcases the wonderful world of cycling in all its glory.
In a nutshell: A feed that captures all the famous faces, great food, events and feel-good times you can expect if you step through their doors.
Why follow: These guys are funny and they do cycling-cafe-culture that little bit differently.
Favourite post: This post is great and captures the essence of Look Mum! A busy café covered in bicycle decorations and merch. Love!
Ella Harris - @elllaharrris
Who: At just 20-years old, Ella is the winner of the Zwift Academy 2018, which means she has a very exciting year in the pro peloton ahead of her.
In a nutshell: Making waves in the road and triathlon circuits in the Southern Hemisphere (Ella hails from New Zealand), Ella earned her spot on the Canyon//SRAM 2019 women's team after a gruelling 3-month Zwift academy process.
Why follow: This is Ella's first year riding as a professional athlete, so she’ll no doubt have a brilliant new perspective on life inside the peloton.
Favourite post: It has to be this post from January 1st where Ella is proudly wearing her new team kit.
Juliet Elliott - @julietelliott
Who: Juliet Elliott, the journo, blogger, vlogger and multi-disciplined cyclist who boasts a cheeky charm and a love of cats.
In a nutshell: Juliet's feed is packed full of training goodness, crit-racing guts and glory and candid videos about her cycling lifestyle. You can also enjoy regular cameos from her cats.
Why follow: Juliet tells it how it is, treating us to the true highs and lows of training and racing, and using her platform to set people straight on the things that get her goat.
Favourite post: This post just proves that Juliet has the indoor set-up of dreams from where she trains on Zwift and hosts some of her videos.
Katie Archibald - @_katiearchibald
Who: Katie Archibald is an Olympic gold medallist, World and European champion and general British-track-cycling machine.
In a nutshell: A feed that captures her ever-changing hair colour, track domination and frank and feisty funniness.
Why follow: Katie means business when it comes to cycling, but the rest of the time she’s fricking funny. And because she isn't afraid to be herself online, she’s the cyclist you definitely want to go for a pint / gin / pinor noir with.
Favourite post: Blue hair, don’t care!
Athlete Food - @athletefood
Who: Rebeccah and Laurel Wassner are professional triathlete twins, having competed in some of the hardest events and Ironmans around the world. They're also massive foodies who love experimenting with ways to fuel the body.
In a nutshell: Mouth-watering food posts that will have you heading to the kitchen.
Why follow: If you love food and you're looking for ways to mix up your nutrition, check these women out for dishes that not only look delicious, but are truly healthy, too.
Favourite post: It’s hard to pick just one, but this blueberry chia pudding looks delicious. It’s also totally gluten-free and vegan.
Cyclephotos - @cyclephotos
Who: Balint Hamvas is the man behind the camera of Cyclephotos, and his passion for cyclocross has taken him all over the world.
Best for: Photographing races that capture the true grit, mud-splatter and grime of the sport from a unique and raw perspective.
Why follow: Perfect for anyone who enjoys exceptional photography, cyclocross and mud.
Favourite post: This photo from last year, which shows what a challenge cyclocross can be.
Preferred Mode - @preferredmode
Who: Sam Polcer is a New York-based photographer and cyclist who chases down stylish looking riders and takes their photo.
In a nutshell: Glamorous and authentic portrait photography showcasing a diverse range of New York cyclists.
Why follow: It's great to see what cycling means to people from all over the world and how they kit themselves out, leopard-print wedges and all.
Favourite post: This photo of Marion commuting to work is fun and sassy, and as far as we’re concerned you can NEVER wear enough animal print.
Bonus: Casquette - @casquettecc
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