22 Pro Women Cyclists to Follow on Strava in 2021

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Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM)

Alexis Ryan was a part of the dominant Orica-Scott team in the late-90s and early 2000s. Her career breakthrough came in the 2012 World Championships when she won the Silver medal in the individual time trial and a Bronze medal in the team time trial. This propelled Ryan into the limelight, and she has since gone on to cement herself as one of the most successful riders of her era.

Alexis Ryan is the best time trial rider of her generation, and she proved it on a number of occasions throughout 2017. Her Ironwoman time trial victory at the Giro Rosa, an 18km course that featured three climbs, is the stuff of legend.

At the 2018 Worlds, Ryan won the Bronze medal in the individual time trial, once again, behind successful Dutch competitor Annemiek van Vleuten.

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott)

Leading the Womens WorldTour team, Spratty has continuously been top ten finisher at most the WorldTour races. In the absence of Megan Guarnier, she has consistently delivered the results in top 10.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)

Annemiek van Vleuten is a Dutch cyclist who will be 40 in 2021 and is currently in her 13th season as a professional (she joined the pro ranks in 2008). She’s already been an impressive competitor for most of her career, but she really shined this year after she broke her neck a few weeks before the Rio Olympics (see below). Not only did she compete, she won the gold medal in the team time trial. Not bad for a person who was just supposed to recover from surgery.

Speaking of being injured, van Vleuten has had a number of high profile injuries over the years, including two crashes in Rio where she broke ribs and was concussed, shoulder surgery, and, of course, a broken neck.

Mark your calendars!

September 14-16, 2019.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5)

Audrey Cordon-Ragot came to prominence as a mountain biker and earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics before turning pro in road cycling.

Regularly ranking as the top female rider in races including La Course and the Tour de Yorkshire, Cordon-Ragot has been a strong performer over the past four years, despite not being a hugely well-known face in the UK.

Last year she competed in her first Tour de France and will be looking to build on her three Top 15 finishes. While Cordon-Ragot doesn’t have the profile in the UK of the likes of Anna van der Breggen and the British duo of Lizzie Deignan and Katie Archibald, she’s just as effective against the clock.

There’s no way you’re not going to notice her racing or training on Strava in 2018.

Brodie Chapman (Team TIBCO-SVB)

Chapman already has more than 2000 followers on her Strava account. Her consistency over all seasons has been hard to match. She has a good probability to end up in a top 10 overall WorldTour ranking again this year, and she also has the chance to lead a team campain. Her heavy racing schedule started after winning the overall Ronde van Drenthe at the beginning of April. That month alone she clocked up more than 2000 km.

Chapman was selected to represent Australia at the Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. The team took fifth in the team time trial, which was the highlight of their race.

Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini)

2018 has been an up and down one for the Australian National Team Captain.

A string of top ten stage placings have highlighted the season.

Top fives in before Dusseldorf and again in a bunch sprint in the World Championships saw her eighth in the UCI World Rankings.

She is also now one of only two sprinters to break 30 barriers.

Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb)

Coryn Rivera is perhaps most famous for winning the 2019 USA Cycling National Road Championships in Knoxville. The American rider clinched the title by finishing in 3:27:44, ahead of US National Champions Chloe Dygert-Owen and Megan Guarnier.

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)

With the 2018 women's cycling season almost over, it's time to look forward to the 2021 Strava data. World Champion Elisa Longo Borghini will fill the void left by Annemiek Van Vleuten and the next generation of riders will eagerly follow one of the most experienced riders in the peloton.

Though the Italian has top 5 results in 8 of the 13 races she's competed in this year, she has not been a regular feature on the podium; since finishing in 2nd place in Trofeo Alfredo Binda and a 2nd place at Tour of Flanders it's been six races without a top 5 for Elisa.

Still, that's better than most and with the Giro Rosa coming up in August there will be ample opportunity for the on-form champion.

Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb)

Ellen van Dijk is “a powerful all-round cyclist who has incredible climbing capabilities. Ellen is a great sprinter and time trialist and is also known for her ability to handle time trials with a tailwind.

Ellen van Dijk has 1166 followers on Strava, that is more than any other women on the list. Ellen weighs roughly 65kg and is 184cm tall. Her Most Efficient Athletes Rankings (M.E.A.R) score is 512.2. Her VO2Max estimate is over 90ml.min-1 and she got a score of 80+. Ellen van Dijk lives in Arnhem and represented Team Sunweb in 2018.

Eri Yonamine (Wiggle High5)

Yonamine won the first General Classification of the UCI Women’s World Tour, a tour for which she was also the series winner in 2016. She also won the Giro Rosa in 2017, which made her the first woman in history to win both the Giro Rosa and the Tour de Yorkshire in the same year.

Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott)

Gracie Elvin is in win everything mode in 2019. She’s already won the Ronde van Drenthe and Strade Bianche this year, but at only 28 years of age, she has many good years ahead of her.

Elvin loves to take photos of the monuments when she can find the time and post them to Strava.

This Australian star cyclist loves to look good, and she likes to ride bikes. There are no signs of an end to her wins. The days of Elvin are coming.

Jessica Allen (Mitchelton-Scott)

Coming off second in the 2018 Trofeo Alfredo Binda behind Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), Jessica Allen has proven herself to be one of the world’s best riders in the spring classics. If you like watching the women’s peloton power through the finishing stretch to the finish line of a race, Allen is the one to watch, and you’re likely to catch her name on the podium before the race is over.

She loves the classics, which includes the Tour of Flanders and the women’s edition of the Giro d’Italia, and she’s a regular for the national Australian team. Fans are hoping she’ll get plenty of attention from the race organizers at the women’s Tour Down Under where she can race with her Mitchelton-Scott teammates in perfect conditions.

Her favorite part about racing is the moments when she’s racing with her Mitchelton-Scott teammates. They’re like family, and she loves having the opportunity to spend time with them. She also craves the feeling of success and the cheers of the crowds at the finish line.

Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco-SVB)

Though still a young racer … and yes, she’s only 21 … Kendall Ryan is already well established in the world of women’s cycling.

Ryan has dominated several races over the past few years, and she’s won a few prestigious events, including the Cascade Cycling Classic (Chicagoland) in 2018.

Yet, she is perhaps most famous for her comeback after getting hit by a car while training during the 2016 season. After the accident, which happened just as she was about to start racing in Europe, Ryan suffered injuries to her ribs, shoulder, and muscles.

To recover, she flew to visit her father in Hawaii and used the opportunity to train for the first time on an outdoor track prior to launching her comeback for the 2017/18 season.

By the end of 2018, she was ranked among the best young Olympians in the world and was ready to make herself a force for the following year.

In 2019, she became the first rider to represent the U.S. in the women’s elite time trial event for both the UCI Road World Championships and the UCI Track World Championships, the first time this type of double had been performed at a single competition.

Specializing in the TT, Ryan is known for her steely determination and consistency.

Leah Thorvilson (Canyon-SRAM)

She is currently riding for Canyon-SRAM in 2019.

Leah is 30 years old and completed her first Ironman in 2014.

She has suffered neck surgery, elbow surgery, and hip surgery.

She is a staff writer for The Women’s Road Cycling Course.

She is engaged to Melissa Ward.

She was first in the Tour of the Gila, Tour of Elk Grove, and Redlands Bicycle Classic.

She was third at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

Total distance she has ridden is 1,373.89 miles.

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott)

She is just 22 years old, but Kennedy has already raced on the elite World Cup circuit and won the 2017 women’s Herald Sun Tour. The Irish rider won stage 4 of the Women’s Tour last year…it was the first time an Irishwoman had achieved that feat in the British race. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do on this year’s Women’s Tour.

Peta Mullens (Hagens Berman-Supermint)

This Aussie is building quite the following on Strava. She has 5540 followers and that number is steadily growing. At the Grand Tour, she set some pretty impressive personal best times on the climbs by averaging 25 mph. Her times were so good that they were bested by only one other rider in the race, and she took 5th on the final mountain stage.

Other notable achievements:

  • First African-American professional cyclist to win a UCI Road World Cup
  • First African-American Professional Cyclist at the Giro Rosa
  • First African-American Professional Cyclist at the Women’s Tour

Puck Moonen (Lotto-Soudal)

Puck Moonen, also known as “the dark horse of the group” started cycling only at the age of 15 and currently counts her age at 25. Since she started, Puck has developed a strong love for long distance cycling.

Now a professional cyclist, Puck Moonen has won almost all categories she counted among her career.

Her most satisfying victories include the KOM GVA in 2016, the second place in the Flanders Diamond Tour in 2018 and the third place in the general ranking of the Belgium Tour in 2018. She also won the Energiewacht Tour in 2017.

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Rebecca Wiasak

Pro Cyclist Profile, Strava.

Rebecca Wiasak, Australia and Bicycle Superstore-Verge s. Wiasak is an experienced cyclist. We’ve seen her develop from the young kid trying out at the local BMX comp to the elite level cyclist we see doing stunts like the waterfall 720.

Wiasak is a professional in her eyes and in her status within the cycling community. This combined with her extensive work in the industry ensures Wiasak is a dedicated rider. And that is reflected in her 78 km average ride, one of the highest on this list.

With many of her segments with the Australian club showing MTB trails, Wiasak is one of the most active cyclists amongst the women on this list. Her segments also prove to supporters that she pushes herself further and harder than many of her fellow competitors.

Her array of data model her passionate and healthy relationship with cycling. With a consistent cadence between 150 and 200 and a max cadence of 220, Wiasak is reliable and consistent.

Add this to her consistent heart rate and Wiasak is a solid rider. Her average heart rate between 133 to 149 with a max heart rate of 186, Wiasak is a comfortable rider with a good level of passion.

Riejanne Markus (WaowDeals Pro Cycling)

Riejanne Markus comes from the Netherlands but was born in Arnhem. Her first UCI races were road races in her home country. She rode well enough to secure a spot in the national team selection in 2013 and raced the Junior Road World Championships in Florence. Her results in the Netherlands and abroad improved over the last three years which led to her Pro Tour debut in 2018.

In 2019, Markus became a team captain of the Readynez Cycling Project which had been created to help promising young riders develop.

Having ambitiously set a new PB (17.39) at the Tour de San Luis, Markus then crashed at the Teams Together prolog. Markus recovered from minor injuries and made her comeback bike race at the Boels Ladies Tour, again getting roughed up in the final stage.

Markus is expected to be in the mix at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in February. She tends to be a consistent finisher come the final week, and even pulled off a surprising podium finish in the wet at the Middelburg.

Riejanne Markus recently gained a prestigious number 93 next to her name on the UCI World Ranking. Having graduated from racing in the B-class for juniors to the A-class for elite women, Markus could become one of the top cyclists in the Netherlands.

Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott)

As one of the world’s best climbers and Grand Tour riders, Sarah Roy is one of the most respected cyclists in the peloton. Her nickname in the Aussie peloton is the “Queen of the Mountains.” She has shown her climbing prowess at many races, including the Tour of Flanders, Tour of California, Giro Rosa, and several other UCI World Cup races.

Roy has five podium placings in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of the Herald Sun Tour, and although she has yet to win a major race, we’re sure she’ll get that win in 2021.

Her Strava profile is filled with 5K times between 6:53 and 8:04. Watch her on Strava.

Vita Heine (Hitec Products-Birk Sport)

At the end of the 2018 season, Vita Heine announced that she will retire from the sport after her 18th season. She will be remembered for her long career, winning Strava segments, and being a top ten female cyclist longer than anyone with over 1,000 citations. During her career she rode for the Rabo Lepisto, Specialized Women’s Racing Team, Lensworld-Kuota, Hitec Products-Birk Sport, and CC Boels-Dolmans. Bike or run, she’s an inspiration for anyone that aims to challenge the status quo and go beyond the norm.

Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM)

Tiffany Cromwell is one of the most travelled members of the pro peloton, and the 2019 season will not be any different for the popular Australian. Her 2019 schedule will make stops in Australia, South America, Asia, the United States, and Europe, and will include a few new challenge races, included in the mix. Cromwell is a versatile rider with a fast finish and a solid sprint, but she was forced to take the 2018 season off to recover from a crash at the UCI 3-Line Asian Championships in 2017. She performed poorly compared to her 2017 performances, but is back to provide the team with another strong leadout for teammate Katrin Garfoot. The team should be well prepared for the Spring Classics with Cromwell and strong rider Lisa Brennauer.