There are many women I admire, in particular for their courage, creativity, strength, audacity, determination, tenacity. March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate this day on Bicycle365, I have singled out just a few outstanding women whose achievements are in the field of sports.
I loved Cycling to the South Pole: A World First by Maria Leijerstam. A must read for all cyclists. Her picture is in the header.
Here is the blurb from Amazon:
“It had been proved impossible, but on December 27, 2013, Maria Leijerstam from Great Britain became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole. For four years, Maria fought against every obstacle. How was she going to fund this mission? What was the best cycle for the job? Would this ordinary woman be fit and strong enough to fulfil her dream, especially with strong male competition from around the world? Maria writes from her heart and reveals a world of adventure that is accessible to everyone who has a dream. “
Here are some more women authors and athletes who come to mind:
- Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage. Written in the days before long-distance cycling in Asia was considered possible. I imagine most of you have read this classic.
- Wheels within Wheels by Dervla Murphy. I think her book Full Tilt is better known, but this book, an autobiography, is my favorite. I have read almost everything she has ever written.
- Find a Way by long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. Utterly amazing and riveting!
- Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
- Jessie’s Journey: Autobiography of a Traveller Girl by Jess Smith. This is the story of some of the last traditional travelling folk in Scotland. Life on the road has a special appeal to many of us cyclists so I have included it. I loved the books by Jess Smith (she wrote a trilogy) and wanted to share this title, too, although it’s not strictly about athletic achievements or cycling.
I’m glad I finallly found an occasion to share some of my favorite reading about cycling and beyond. I have been wanting to do this for a while – also in the hope that some of you have some favorite titles and authors you would like to share!