• Caitlin Kennedy

Women on Wheels

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

Back in 2015, a team of French women decided to cycle the Tour de France a day ahead of the men to demonstrate why they should be included in the Tour. They called themselves Donnons Des Elles Au Vélo (roughly, “give it to the girls on bikes”). We spoke to this year’s recently chosen team.

Photo credit: Marie Istil and Mickael Gagne

How did Donnons Des Elles Au Vélo J-1 begin?

Most cycling clubs in France and throughout the world are organised around men’s cycling. In France, women’s cycling represents just 10% of cycling run under FFC rules (Fédération Française Cyclisme). Because of this, ‘Donnons des Elles au vélo’ was born in 2014: a cycling Club completely dedicated to women’s cycling. Claire Floret and Mathieu Istil are the Club’s founders.


The Club’s board is 100% female and each member is a cyclist. These women are ta