Ontario Women’s Cycling Week Sponsored By Interpodia


While we had to postpone our annual Women’s Ride Day back in May, we are delighted to announce Ontario Women’s Cycling Week, sponsored by Interpodia, will take place from July 6th – 12th. The Ontario Cycling Association will be hosting a series of activities including videos, webinars, panel discussions and a virtual ride and social. 

This week is dedicated to getting more females on their bike and introducing them to the wonderful benefits of being part of one of the many great organized cycling clubs in Ontario, while also enhancing the experience for those already riding at the local club and team level.


Monday July 6th at 3:00 pm – Video Posted on YouTube

Stretching for Female Cyclists Video

Fitness Instructor Shari Pay will go over some off-bike stretching that will help the body to stay limber and prevent injuries. All of the exercises that will be shown can be performed in the comfort of your own home.


In addition to being a certified Fitness Instructor, Shari Pay is also a certified Yoga Instructor who runs regular fitness classes for the Town of Milton.

Tuesday July 7th at 7:00pm on Zoom

Inspirational Women in Cycling:

We will be assembling a panel of female athletes, coaches and volunteers from the world of cycling who will discuss all the different ways to stay involved in the sport. While not everyone may be cut out to be a professional cyclist, everyone can enjoy being part of the sport.


Jenny Trew: Founder of the female cycling team The Cyclery-4iiii, Jenny is also Cycling Canada’s Womens Next Gen Track Endurance Coach.

Molly Hurford: A certified Level 3 USA Cycling Coach, Molly is also a nutritionist, author and founder of the Consummate Athlete website/podcast as well as the Shred Girls (www.shred-girls.com) series.

Vicki Thomas: A Master Cyclist who is part of the female cycling team The Cyclery, Vicki was also a member of the 2010 Canadian Cyclocross Team.

Haley Smith: Haley is a professional cyclist with Norco Factory Team XC as well as a member of the Canadian National Team and has reached the podium at the 2019 World Cup and 2019 Commonwealth Games.

Anne Cobban: A former Provincial Track Chief Commissaire, Anne is also a National Elite Road Commissaire, a National MTB and CX Commissaire, and a member of the Cycling Canada Officials Committee.

To view video of the discussion CLICK HERE

Wednesday July 8th at 7:00pm on Zoom

How to Make Riding More Comfortable:

Focused on addressing issues with saddles, chamois and other tips to stay comfortable while riding, presenter Molly Hurford will focus on the of aspect of comfort specific to female cyclists.

To view video of the discussion CLICK HERE

Thursday July 9th at 7:00pm on Zoom

Diversity and Inclusion Within the Sport of Cycling

Featuring a collection of women from within the sport, the aim of this panel is to discuss the ways the cycling world can become more inclusive so we can continue to grow as a sport that is accessible to all. Each panelist brings a different perspective to cycling and inclusivity.


Rosa Philip: A Community Initiation Trained Cycling Coach, Rosa is also a Road/Track Cyclist who commutes to work via bicycle.

Christine Molnar: A Team Ontario Handcyclist, Christine is also a mother of three.

Emilee Schevers: A Visually Impaired cyclist who rides with Tandem Eyes out the Peterborough area, Emilee is a member of the CNIB’s Youth Counsel and advocator for accessibility.

Pauline Beaupre: A member of the OCA Board of Directors, Pauline is active in the cycling community and is an organizer of the BOW+ group rides that run out of Toronto. BOW+ is a dedicated space for women, female-identifying, trans & gender non-binary road cyclists.

Kathleen MacEwen: A Master cyclist, Kindergarten teacher and Youth Biathlon Coach, Kathleen is also a member of the OCA Board of Directors and a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Julia Farell: A former Canadian National Team Member and two-time Canadian National Road Championship Medalist, Julia is also mentor to young female athletes across Ontario and founder of the Dundas Valley Velo Team.

To view video of the discussion CLICK HERE

Friday July 10th at 3:00pm – Video Posted on YouTube

Basic Bike Overview and How to Change a Flat:

Hosted by OCA Events and Program Coordinator Chantal Thompson and Mackenzie Watson (Member of Team Ontario and Dundas Valley Velo), the first video will go over general bike maintenance while the second is all about how to change a flat tire.

General Overview: CLICK HERE

How to Change a Flat Tire: CLICK HERE

Saturday July 11th at 9:00am on Zwift

Zwift No-Drop Social Ride – Hosted by the Toronto Hustle Women

Join us for a social Zwift ride led by the Toronto Hustle Women from 9:00 – 9:45am.

Sunday July 12th at 3:00pm on Zoom

Social – Hosted by the Toronto Hustle Women

A chance to connect with your fellow female cyclists from the comfort of your patio.


Women in Cycling Profiles

Katherine Maine

When did you get your first bike?

I got my first bike with training wheels when I was 3. It was pink and purple with streamers 🙂

What made you get into cycling?

I got into cycling first through mountain bike, and having fun with my friends at a mountain bike camp.  I loved it and so kept riding and started racing locally just for fun. After a while I ended up transitioning into road where I started to really race.

What is one word that describes how you feel when you are riding your bike?


Nicole Lentini

When did you get your first bike?

I think I had a Strawberry Shortcake banana seat bike when I was in grade 1 and then a trusty CCM throughout elementary school but my first real road bike was 2010.

What made you get into cycling?

I got into cycling to raise awareness about paediatric oncology through the Tour for Kids Cycling Adventure, as my daughter was born with Neuroblastoma.  After 400kms in 3 days, I was completely hooked and never looked back.

What is one word that describes how you feel when you are riding your bike?


Megan Miller

When did you start Tandem Riding?

I use to ride a single bike throughout my childhood. Though when I lost most of my vision, I was forced to stop cycling. In grade 9, I was introduced to a tandem bike which I fell in love with!

What is your favourite thing about Riding and/or why do you ride?

I love riding for a couple different reasons. Firstly, I love the speed! Being blind can make you feel slow and clumsy, but not when you are riding a tandem. I also love the fact that it is a team sport since both riders need to work together to be successful.

What is one word that describes how you feel when you are riding your bike? One word?

Free. All I need to think about is pedaling, all of my stress and worries can just go away. Plus, I’m usually too tired to think negatively, or think at all for that matter!

Kelly Lawson

When did you get your first bike?

I got my first bike when I was 3! It was a pink Barbie bike! Training wheels came off when I was 4.

What made you get into cycling?

When I was 9, I started riding with my dad on the trails! That’s where it all began. I raced my first O-Cup 3 years ago.

What is one word that describes how you feel when you are riding your bike?

When I’m riding my bike I feel free!


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