Dynamo Jenny Podcast: Inspirational Female Cyclists

By Alissa Bell: pedal-powered freedom seeker, 20k+ miles of bikepacking and touring on 6 continents


Recently I had the honor of being a guest on Adventure Cycling’s Dynamo Jenny Podcast. The groundbreaking six episode series is, in ACA’s words, “a podcast about women, bikes, and taking up space in America.” I highly recommend you check it out!

My story may in fact be the least inspirational of them all! Yes, I’m a woman who travels solo on my bike, but I’m a straight, cis-gendered, white woman from an upper-middle-class background which makes me a “standard issue” cyclist in every other way.

Still, because of my gender I do know the exaggerated feeling of vulnerability that comes with showing up on a bike far from home. I whole-heartedly support and applaud those – like many of the other women featured on Dynamo Jenny – who face even bigger obstacles when they explore by bike.

If you’d like to hear some beautiful stories and very high-quality podcast production (they even made me sound good!), check out the full podcast series here.

My own segment, in which I talk about “racing” 3500 miles across the US in Bike Nonstop, is part of episode 5.

About the Author

Hi there, I’m Alissa, founder of Exploring Wild. I’ve traveled over 19,000 miles by bike and still can’t stop planning my next ride (and helping you plan yours). Pavement and panniers or singletrack and seat bag, I love it all. On my bike I feel free. Learn more about me here.

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