world female cyclists

Interviews - Solo Female Cyclists

There are many other solo female cyclists out there, exploring our beautiful planet. 
Read about them in my interviews and enjoy their stories.T

Phoebe Tan     Norway to Singapore 
Malaysian - born 1983 
22 countries  -  21,595km  -  25months ...still on the road

Loves travelling, adventure, the great outdoors and always knew someday I'll go on a bigger trip. Left home 12yrs ago for England and decided to quit my job in 2014 to travel home ''slowly''. I left with little knowledge of what cycle touring is all about, starting in Finland with a friend who was on a short cycle tour holiday and went solo from Norway. The plan is to cycle home to Malaysia but I will finish in Singapore.

Click here to read my interview about Phoebe
Barbara Graf (Bärbel) - Vienna to Vienna
Austrian - born 1987

3 years and 8 months on the road - maybe about 22.000 km by bicycle and another 19.000 by sailing boat - 29 countries.

Riding my bicycle it was not important “where to” but “how to” - I never much cared about the destination – but about how to be living this life on the road, travel sustainably, use my own power, be autonomous. It’s about cooking “one-pot-meals” on my campfire, stuffing myself with wild mulberries, being invited for tea, making friendship with people I meet, finding funny shelters, recycling and reusing things, fixing my bike on my own and feeling comfortable in the darkness of the forest.

Click here to read my interview about Bärbel 

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Martina Gees 

Born nearly 40 years ago in the Swiss mountains. 

5 years on the road - 36,000 kilometers accompanied, about 17,000 kilometers alone. 

25 countries in the Americas and Europe 

I never dreamed of cycling the world, but somehow I ended up quite spontaneously on the road in the Americas. Cycling has always been a part of my life and it has become for me the best way to discover and experience things, to see the world how it is at exactly the right speed. It has widened my horizons, it has opened my heart, and it has pushed my limits. It’s a simple yet rewarding life on the road, which has become more than just a lifestyle – it’s become my home. With the most beautiful garden, the world. I’ve got only one life, I try to enjoy it. 

Click here to read my interview about Martina Gees
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Jin - on her way around the world

Born in South Korea 

41.800 km - 55 countries - 4 years and still pedalling....

A bicycle is the best way to see the huge earth because it is not too slow and not too fast. I am taking a small step just before going to the super huge Universe.

Click here to read my interview about Jin

Genevieve Fortin  

French Canadian Genevieve made her first experiences with her ex partner and cycled more than 26 000 km as a couple, before setting off on her own. 

She has now spent 10 months and 11000 km solo in her saddle and cycled across 16 countries.

This is me:
Feeling sometimes lost at home, feeling home on unknown paths. The unknown path is dicting my way. Feeling lost without it. Feeling strange in a bar but feeling natural in the woods. Nature is home. Watching at the horizon few tears dropping on my cheek. I'm not a tourist but a traveler and adventurer. Leave no trace is my motto. The happiness is at the end of my handle bar. The road will never be too far.

Hope one day, I will say: this is us...

Click here to read my interview about Genevieve Fortin

Ewa Świderska - Ewcyna

born on a sunny August summer day in the 70-ies somewhere in Poland

Ewa, called Ewcyna (hence the webpage name) by her closest friends. Ewa is a cycling freak and has covered  about 70.000 km in 30 countries while touring the world.

I am happily “infected by cyclosis” for many years now. I represent the species individual bike wanderer of the feminine gender.

Travelling has always been my passion, but travelling by bike has become an addiction. Under the wheels many roads here and there, but addiction is an addiction – holds tight and still wants more. 

Click here to read my interview about  Ewa Świderska 

Rubina Soorty - London to London 

Rubina was born in England - 30 years ago

She cycled across 21 countries so far, pedalled 38.000km and is already 2 years on the road.

England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan,Iran, UAE, Oman, India, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia, New Zealand

I was working in London as a physiotherapist but although I loved the job I found I was getting a little tired of the fast pace and monotony of city life. So I am cycling around the globe, as by cycling the pace of the world seems much slower and it gives me more time to enjoy the special moments and appreciate the nature and the beauty of the world again.

Click here to read my interview about Rubina Soorty

Leah Manning - cycling California to Patagonia

Leah was born in the USA - 36 years ago.

She cycled through 13 countries, covered 20.000 km and spent 1 year and 9 months on the road so far...still pedaling.

California USA, Mexico, Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina

I have vowed to myself to ride as long as I love it. My heart, my thighs and my gratitude for life have grown tremendously traveling by bike.

Traveling by bike has been a lifelong dream of mine. I knew it would never be the "right" time so I just took a leap of faith. Riding solo has exceeded my expectations, what a magnificient journey sparked by other adventurous women.

Click here to read my interview about Leah Manning

Emma Vaanemo - cycled Sweden to Cape Town

Emma was born 1986 in Sweden 

359 days - 20.700km - 27 countries 

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco, West Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I was different. I dreamed about places elsewhere. I dreamed about escaping. But back then, I didn´t know what to escape to. I just knew that I was born to search beyond the seas. I love challenges and training myself mentally. My cycling trip from Sweden to South Africa was my first major one. But this trip wasn't focused on interesting choices of roads and scenery. The most important thing was to reach my main goal – Cape Town. By not giving up and overcoming mentally difficult obstacles, sometimes suffering mentally as well as physically, you become stronger, appreciate life more and complain a lot less you become humble. This trip was more of a mental journey for me.

Click here to read my interview about Emma Vaanemo

Dorothee Fleck - cycled twice around the world 

Dorothee was born in Germany on a wonderful day in November.

She cycled through 60 countries so far, estimating the total distance to be over 150.000km.

I started cycling when I was about 5 years old. I did my first cycling tour at 15. Until 2008 I did one or two longer trips every year, and then I quit my job. Since then I have been more or less on my bike and cycled twice around the world. The 1st time took 2 years and 5 months, the 2nd time 2 years and 3 months. 

Of course I like cycling, the physical exercise. But this is only a minor reason why I am touring. The bike is just the best vehicle to allow me to fulfill all my other interests, the freedom you have on a bike, getting to the best places in the world, meeting people...

Click here to read my interview about Dorothee Fleck

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Minka Hsieh - Biking 14.000 km back home 

Minka was born in Taiwan in December 1983. 

"Until five years ago I used to be the kind of person, who seemingly only lives to work. Then I left my home on the little Island of Taiwan for the first time and spent some time in Australia. I realized that this world has so many more beautiful places, and that I needed to travel more to experience and understand it. So during my one-year-stay in Germany, I decided to go back to Taiwan on a bicycle. A long slow, intense trip back home was what I wanted – home being Taiwan – but also the world as a whole."

"So far I have cycled through 10 countries (Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China). Around 11.000 kms until now. I left Germany 9 months ago, in November 2013." 

Click here to read my interview about Minka Hsieh

Cinderella Servranckx - Cyclingcindy

Born in March 1972 in the Netherlands, Cindy is a curious active contemporary nomad who needs nature to connect with, people to interact with and animals to make the world a complete pallet of beauty.

" I have cycled about 23,000 kilometer so far. This is my first cycle trip and I started in the Netherlands in May 2012."

" So far I have cycled through 26 countries including Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iraq Kurdistan, Iran, The United Arab Emirates, Oman and I am in India at the moment (June 2014).

Click here to read my interview about the cyclingcindy 


Mirjam Wouters - cyclingdutchgirl

Born somewhere in the Netherlands on a sunny Sunday in December, a few decades ago. 
She has spent 13 long years on the road and cycled close to 60 countries so far.
Mirjam doesn’t really count km’s but if she had to guess, it will be about 70.000 km. 

" I like beer and coffee. I have rolled into a life on the road. It wasn't a consious decision I made back then. But it is now to keep going."

"I like being self-sufficient and move along on my own power. 
That it is on a bicycle is not because I'm crazy about's all about transport." 

Click here to read my interview about the  cyclingdutchgirl