Sat 22 Aug, 12 - 6pm, Oakley Exmouth Market
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You're Invited! 

This is our very first festival, how exciting is that?

Monika Zamojska, one of our WAG volunteers, came up with this brilliant idea back in the spring to have a lil indie bike fest. We put our brains together and bikes into gear, rounded up a righteous bunch of bicycle peeps to inspire y'all, and now here we are! Come on down and join us for some serious fun. 

When: Saturday 22 August
Time: 12 - 6pm
Where: Oakley #InResidence Workshop, 37-39 Exmouth Market, EC1R
Open to all, entry by donation on the door (all proceeds go towards keeping WAG nights free)

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12:00 - doors open
12:30 - 1:30 Panel 1 - Urban riding/Commuting: How to get more under-represented groups cycling
Break (Brake) time - visit our stallholders, get your bike checked
2:00 - 3:00 Panel 2 - Racing/Competitive Cycling: how to get involved and what to expect
Break time - how about get a piece of cake?
3:30 - 4:30 Panel 3 - Bikes + Activism: the role of the bike in activism, and activism in the bike world
Break time - it's time for tea
5:00 Adventures with Emily Chappell: Emily shares with us stories of her ultra-cycling escapades 
6pm thank you & goodnight

Panel 1 

urban riding/commuting

Monika has worked in the cycling industry since 2009. She volunteers at LBK's WAG Nights, co-founded a feminist reflective clothing brand House of Astbury, and as a day job works for Pearson Cycles as an Online Operations Manager. She also rides for the Velociposse. Never used to be sporty and then she discovered cyclocross... 
Twitter: @monmon_zet
Instagram: @monmon_zet
Hello! I live in Brighton and work for local brand Morvélo Bicycle Apparel. We're a small company so I do a bit of everything here, from product development to customer services. I also work with London based women's brand Velocity Cycle Wear. I've been riding a bike for less than 4 years - now I have 5 of them in the garage (oops.) I use a bike as transport, but love riding all day for the hell of it too. The only cycling competition I've ever won (or ever will) is beer fuelled roller racing. You can find me on twitter: @claudandi & instagram: @_claudandi_
Chris Garrison moved from the roundabout capital of the US, New Jersey, to the roundabout capital of the UK, Milton Keynes, to take up a post as ‘Trek Media Maven’ (or Media Relations to you and me). She was Keith Bontrager’s 24-hour race mechanic before, through a series of interesting and life-altering events, winding up in the UK after quitting her job on Wall Street. Chris hosts ‘Ladies Night’ events designed to help women get more out of cycling and is a contributor to various publications.
Twitter: @punkassCG
Photo by Huw Williams
Jools Walker, aka Lady Velo, is a main stay on the bike scene. She started Vélo-City-Girl when she bought her Pashley Princess in March 2010, after a 10 year absence from cycling. VCG focuses on CycleStyle and how life on two wheels can have a wonderful impact on our lifestyle. You'll also find reviews on fashion and accessories for both the rider and the bike. 
You'll find her on Twitter as @LadyVelo, on the VCG Facebook page, or at her day job as Operations Manager for Vulpine Cycling Apparel

Panel 2


racing/competitive cycling

Juliet Elliott
I’m an ambassador for Assos, Charge Bikes, Vans and Met, an award winning blogger, and a freelance journalist and consultant.
I’ve got so many bikes, but still not quite enough...
I grew up in Birmingham from a non sporty background. I’ve been cycling track since I was 20, and at 21 I became a Level 2 Track cycling coach. I now work full time as a coach and Cycling Development Officer at Herne Hill Velodrome. I ride for VC Londres, a track club based in South London. I ride a Mekk Pista T1 on the track, a Condor Fratello and a Colnago Strada on the road, and a Harry O junk fixie around town. 
Insta: @veloceleste
I'm an ex-Londoner who lives in South Devon, I spend my time racing bikes for Feather Cycles Racing and riding as many hills as possible on Dartmoor. I've worked in cycling for the best part of a decade; as a cycling instructor, teaching road safety in schools and businesses, speccing custom bikes at Kinoko, organising bike polo tournaments/bike races/cycling events and creating content for cycling brands! I'm trying to organise more road races for the South West Women's Racing Series next year at the moment. Instagram: @lapsandlanes
Sophie Edmonson rides for Feather Cycles in London. And that's all I can write here coz she didn't send me her bio! ;p
Instagram: @soph_eddie

Panel 3


bikes + activism

Hannah is a long-time member of the London Bike Kitchen and credits/blames LBK for turning her into a total bike nut. She is a National Standard Cycling Instructor and currently works with the London Borough of Harrow Council to provide cycle training for all ages and abilities and to increase participation. She planned, launched and developed its still-growing women-only bike club in 2014, which teaches complete beginners through to aspiring commuters, and more recently a week-long cycling festival in the centre of the borough. When not cycling she also produces bike inspired freehand embroidery and runs really far.
Instagram: @hjmcqueerie 
Twitter: @hjmcqueerie
I work on a number of different community projects across London which aim to engage the harder to reach communities in cycling, often for the first time. This bank holiday, in conjunction with a group of friends, we will cycle a flotilla of bicycles across the channel to Calais hoping to engage non-typical activists in an act of practical action and solidarity. I'm usually to be spotted on my 1970s Triumph Traffic Master...although some claim he's a past master at best!
Twitter: @Flaps_of_Steel
I lead on justice for RoadPeace, covering both queries from victims and our policy and campaign work. Our main campaigns have been with ending the discrimination towards road crash victims (e.g. government does not monitor the number of people killed or injured by driving offences), and increasing the transparency and accountability of the police and CPS. 
I have three bikes (road, hybrid and Brompton). I adore cycling and cannot imagine just how much crabbier I would be if I couldn’t cycle. Twitter: @roadpeace
Jenni is the director of the London Bike Kitchen, a DIY bike workshop in Hackney. In past lives she was a Californian, a teacher, and a marketing co-ordinator for an environmental charity before beginning her love affair with bikes. 
Currently she is focused on herding cats (aka mechanics), and concocting cunning plans for world bike domination. She loves singing, tattoos, grammar, and long rides. She has 3 bikes: the very first frame Hartley Cycles made (Diana), a '60's Claud Butler (Jean Claud van Bike), and a step thru 70's Claud Butler (Claudette aka Jenni-chari). 
Twitter: @money_melon, @LDNbikekitchen
Instagram: @LDNBikekitchen

Special guest


Emily Chappell

A former bike messenger, Emily is now a veteran of several long-distance cycle voyages, including an 18-month journey across Asia, winter adventures in Iceland, Alaska and Yukon, and most recently the Transcontinental Race across Europe. Her first book, an account of her days as a cycle courier in London, is due out in January.
Sponsors: Genesis and Apidura
Instagram: @emilyofchappell
You're coming, right?

Featuring fancy pants stallholders


No WAG on Monday 24 August

Come to WAGfest on Saturday 22 August instead! 
Come on down and join the party!
And a final word: 

I was contacted recently by a young trans woman who told me about her experience of discrimination at the hands of other women. She was on a social bike ride, only to hear people make comments about how she was only fast because "she used to be a man", and other awful slurs that I'm not going to type here. This type of hating needs to stop - please don't use gender as an excuse for your own inabilities. You're slow because you're slow! The Huffington Post has a great article about trans athletes if you'd like to read further. Don't hate, educate!

I leave you with a quote from Toni, LB Haringey cycle trainer extraoirdinaire: "I'm very defensive about my abilities being put down to my height or perceived strength.  I've often knelt down to show that you can flip a heavy bike over whatever your height.  I used to do the same when teaching how to take a weapon out of someone's hand.  Good technique is good technique, & needs practice.  I remember Vicky at CTUK teaching me how to fit a new Marathon Plus, & she wasn't strong.  People should watch a tiny female black belt, in almost any style, do her thing!" 


Thanks everyone, looking forward to seeing you Saturday! 

Jenni x
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