From Intimidated Newbie To Confident Cyclist With Stacy Smith

A few years ago, Stacy Smith was brand new to cycling. As in, she literally had to learn how to ride a bike.

She had told herself all sorts of stories about why biking wasn’t for her. She was too big, she wasn’t athletic enough, biking was uncomfortable, scary, and no fun. 

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Today, she’s an avid cyclist and a Femme Cyclist website contributor.  In fact, you might remember Stacy from her article “Loving Yourself And Your Body As An Overweight Cyclist.”

In this podcast episode, Stacy and I talk about all the things that kept her (and keep other women) from entering the sport, and what she’s learned on her cycling journey.

Things We Chat About In This Episode

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  • How she got started cycling and what held her back from getting started sooner.
  • Resources that helped her get started.
  • Advice for women who are new to the sport.
  • Clothing that works better for bigger women.
  • How cycling can improve our confidence in every day life.
  • Doing a self-supported century doing COVID.

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About The Host

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Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @kristenlbonkoski

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A podcast for women who love bicycles! We we celebrate all forms of riding and all forms of women, so whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker, or bike commuter, you’ll find your community here. Each week we’ll week bring you interviews from inspiring women, and offer tips and tricks to help you thrive on the bike.

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