In recent years, we have witnessed a remarkable surge in the popularity and participation of women in cycling. What was once considered a male-dominated sport has gradually transformed into a thriving community where female cyclists are making their mark.
The history of women’s involvement in cycling dates back to the late 19th century, driven by rising enthusiasm for the bicycle as a means of transportation, recreation, and sport. Despite initially facing societal restrictions, passionate women eventually surpassed barriers and started competing professionally.
The early pioneers, such as Annie Cohen Kopchovsky and Alfonsina Strada, paved the way for future generations of female cyclists. One of the primary achievements of female cyclists has been challenging and dismantling long-standing stereotypes.
In the face of outdated beliefs that portrayed cycling as a predominantly male domain, female riders emerged as powerful symbols of strength, resilience, and determination. From road and track cycling to mountain biking and BMX, they have shown that gender is not a limiting factor in pursuing their passion.
The skill and competitive prowess of female cyclists have earned them well-deserved recognition. In both amateur and professional competitions, women’s professional cycling has witnessed a substantial increase in both participation and spectatorship. Disciplines like road cycling have seen notable figures like Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten, and Chloé Dygert-Owen rise to the top, captivating audiences with their extraordinary performances. Fatmata Deborah Conteh is one of Sierra Leone’s finest Female cyclists her ambition is to inspire more women to take up cycling, break new grounds, and constantly challenge themselves in a competitive field. Her vision is to make women’s cycling exciting, encourage more women to reach for the stars, and compete at the highest level.
She has won numerous medals for Sierra Leone, winning the second edition of the RideAfrique Accra Criterium in Ghana 2022 and has now set another new record by riding from Masiaka to Guinea in the Sierra Leone – Guinea Friendship ride. Emerging as the first to arrive the ride took Five day on the road and distance believed to have been covered is 477.68 kilometers.
While speaking to African Young Voice Media Empire Deborah Conteh says Beyond the realm of sports and female cyclists she serve as powerful role models, inspiring women of all ages to embrace physical activity, explore their potentials, and break free from societal constraints. By showcasing determination, resilience, and a passion for their sport.