Shanaze Reade sets a new Guinness World Record

For those of you who have not heard of Shanaze Reade check her out – this girl is awesome! Starting aged 10 on the BMX track, by the time she was 17 Shanaze was Britain’s number one women’s rider, having competed in the elite men’s category throughout the British series to improve her skills. Soon world titles followed alongside track cycling to keep fit for BMX racing.

As it turned out Shanaze was pretty damn good at this too and found that her power and strength worked well in the velodrome. In 2007 she was chosen to be the lead-out rider in the women’s team sprint with Victoria Pendleton which lead to the pair winning world titles in 2007 and 2008.

I could easily go on to list a whole host of further achievement Shanaze has achieved but I wanted to point you in the direction of her latest feat – setting a new Guinness World Record! A few weeks ago Shanaze became the fastest person ever to cycle around a ‘Wall of Death’ on a pedal powered bike.

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A ‘Wall of Death’ is a silo or barrel shaped wooden cylinder, typically ranging from 20 to 36 feet in diameter and made of wooden planks, inside which motorcyclists, (or a cyclist in this case!) travels along the vertical wall and perform stunts, held in place by friction and centrifugal force.

For more on this badass woman check out the full article by Road.cc. or follow Shanaze on Twitter.

Image main credit to Bristol BMX Club.

 

Staying active during pregnancy: Beth Rodden Climbing Pregnant study

Pregnancy and childbirth is a natural process, and many active women want to stay active as mums-to-be and new mothers.

How long to carry on climbing or running, how to adapt, and how to get active again after childbirth are personal choices, but when professional climber Beth Rodden became pregnant she felt there wasn’t enough information to support her to make those choices.

So Beth worked with two doctors to create a medical survey on climbing pregnant and post partum experiences to create the information she wished she had (the study also includes comparison notes from female runners).

I love Beth’s approach to enabling and supporting other women, you can read more about her experiences and the Climbing Pregnant study in her blog…

Climbing Pregnant: Medical Study Results

Fernanda Maciel runs up and down the highest peak in America in under 24 hours!

Yesterday I came across this awesome article on Redbull written by Ben Johnson about Fernanda Maciel the first woman to run up and down the highest peak in America in under 24 hours.

At 6,691m high, Aconcagua is incredibly steep covered in snow and ice, as well as that, at that hight Fernanda was also having to battle far thinner air and altitude sickness – no easy task! What makes this story amazing for me is Maciel’s determination and perseverance – her first two attempts failed (read more about that here) but she kept going and set record on what was her third attempt.

For the full story and more pictures click here!

Strong is the New Pretty, Kate T Parker Photography

Kate T Parker has produced a powerful set of photos of her daughters, titled ‘Strong is the New Pretty.’

“I wanted this series of images to show their boldness, their strength, and the beauty in them, as they are…”

Strong is the new pretty, the book, will be published by Workman Publishing spring 2017. Meanwhile you can see more photos from the series at Kate’s blog, and follow her on Twitter @ktparkerphoto.