How does Lizzie Deignan make motherhood and pro cycling work?

Lizzie Deignan won the 2015 world road championship and spent the 2018 season away from competition to have her first child with husband and former pro Phil Deignan. Deignan did what we don’t see everyday; She signed a contract with a new cycling team while in her final trimester of pregnancy. However, the fact that Trek saw Lizzie Deignan’s impending motherhood as an opportunity, rather than a risk, spoke volumes to the former world champion about exactly why joining the new women’s cycling team was the right choice for her.

Trek-Segafredo’s Lizzie Deignan is the first to admit that you don’t get to be world champion on your own. It takes a village. This doesn’t take away from the triumph, it adds to it. And so it is with all of the best things in life: they’re better when they’re shared, and they’re impossible when they’re not.

This is a story about what really matters. Not the wins, not the trophies, not even the stripes—but the relationships you forge on your way to achieving them, and how partners, friends, and teammates can become family.

How does an athlete at the top of her game manage a life so rich in love and fun? The Lizzie Deignan Story is an intimate portrait of a life in balance and the family that makes it possible.

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Bikerumor Podcast Ep #030 – The Future of Gravel Racing: Part Two

We’re back for Part Two of the Future of Gravel Racing roundtable discussion. This conversation’s between several of the biggest names in gravel races, including promoters and owners of Crusher in the Tushar, Dirty Kanza, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, The Mid South, which was formerly known as The Land Run 100, SBT Gravel in Steamboat Colorado, […]

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Bikerumor Podcast Ep #029 – The Future of Gravel Racing: Part One

Ready to get your gravel on? At this winter’s ENVE Gravel Camp, they brought out several of the biggest names in gravel races. We round tabled with the promoters and owners of Crusher in the Tushar, Dirty Kanza, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, The Mid South, which was formerly known as The Land Run 100, SBT Gravel […]

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Lizzie Deignan’s Top 7 Cycling Safety Tips

Here at Cycleplan, we want our customers to love getting out on their bikes – and feel safe while doing so. Therefore, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions. We caught up with Lizzie Deignan to get her top 7 cycling safety tips. 

Follow the rules of the road

It might have been a few years’ since you read The Highway Code, but it’s worth rereading the rules for cyclists section. 

Get some lights for your bike and use them day and night

First up, lights are a legal requirement, and worldwide studies show that daytime running lights improve safety. 

Your front lights serve a dual purpose –  to help you see when it’s dark and enable you to be seen day and night. Before you go on your next ride, it’s worth purchasing an extra battery if you don’t have one, so that your lights don’t run down on a night-ride. 

Wear bright clothing and a helmet

As well as lights, bright clothing helps increase visibility to other road users. The UK is well-known for its grey days, so wearing something fluorescent or bright ensures that you can be seen by drivers day and night. 

It’s also essential for you to wear a properly fitted helmet. If your helmet is too far back, it won’t protect your head.  

Respect other road users

This should go without saying, but as a cyclist – you’re a road user. This means keeping an eye out for pedestrians, vehicles and other cyclists. Don’t jump red lights and keep an eye out for animals on the road. 

Own the road and be confident 

Don’t hug the edges and risk falling in a drain if a car passes too close. Position yourself out from the kerb and make yourself visible. 

Protect yourself and your bike

Even if you’re the most confident cyclist, you never know when you might have an accident which winds up in court. Likewise, you never know when your bike might be stolen or damaged. That’s why you must protect yourself and other road users with specialist insurance. 

Plan your route

Depending on what you want to get out of your ride, it’s worth planning your route – especially if you’re training. Even if you feel a bit nervous of busy roads, you can ensure that your route includes plenty of open spaces or areas with limited traffic. Sustrans has a fantastic route-planning tool to help you find the right ride for you. 

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Bikerumor Podcast #014 – Apidura founder Tori Fahey unpacks her startup story

As the gravel scene explodes, more and more riders are looking for longer adventures. And Apidura is right there with a bag for that, with arguably some of the best aesthetics on the market. In this interview, founder Tori Fahey (pronounced “fay”) tells us where the inspiration to start the company came from, how they […]

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