AKA – Charl, CHM
Hometown – Rochdale
Day job – Solicitor
Bikes – not enough
Favourite piece of kit – My Oakley Jawbreakers
Favourite food – Lou’s chicken massaman curry
Spirit animal – penguin
Hardest day on a bike – anytime I go for a ride with Lou… & riding up Mont Ventoux 3 times in a row
Favourite place to ride a bike – the roads round my dad’s place in Arpaillargues, France
Most looking forward to in 2018 – 2018 cross season (cx is where it’s at!)
Twitter – @charljh
AKA – Beddis, Badass, Dizzle
Hometown – Otley Super Otley
Day job – Development and Project Manager
Bikes – we’ll be here for a while and you lot aren’t stealing them
Favourite piece of kit – zip off warm up tights. Perfect for any occasion.
Favourite food – cheese
Spirit animal – Border Gazelle
Hardest day on a bike – Roc d’Azur day 2 2017 and 3 Peaks 2012
Favourite place to ride a bike – Lucca in Italy and the Yorkshire Dales
Most looking forward to in 2018 – being ready for the women’s CiCle Classic
AKA – G-Bomb
Hometown – Isle of Man – the Home of Cycling.
Day job – Personal Trainer/Procrastinating Student.
Bikes – Colnago C60 and Tarmc SL6 – aka the Nugget and Shy Guy.
Favourite piece of kit – My Whitedown cap (not technically mine, I am borrowing it on a permanent basis).
Favourite food – It’s probably easier to name the food I don’t like – mushrooms.
Spirit animal – Sloth
Hardest day on a bike – Mallorca 312 – 12 solid hours in torrential rain. Never, ever again.
Favourite place to ride a bike – Guarantee me a sunny day (good luck with that) and there’s no place like home.
Most looking forward to in 2019 – Learning how not to race like a donkey.
Twitter – I’m not really cool enough for social media.
AKA – ‘Bobby’
Hometown – Lincoln
Day job – Freelance videogames narrative designer/writer
Bikes – A Canyon Ultimate WMN CF SLX 8.0 Di2.
Favourite piece of kit – A tough one between Rapha’s insulated Gilet, my much-saved-for Gore One X rain jacket (it is incredible) and my shiny new Les Filles QOM kit!
Favourite food – dark chocolate, marzipan ritter sport, mince pies, Lincolnshire sausage.
Spirit animal – I did a ‘what is your daemon’ Buzzfeed quiz once and got ‘Osprey’, which is exactly the kind of complimentary answer you want from ad revenue driving relatable content.
Hardest day on a bike – Tour of Sussex Beachy Head stage. I was so happy it was over I cried.
Favourite place to ride a bike – I love getting to know a route and then watching it change through the seasons; autumn-strewn Kent is pretty nice right now, but there’s not much that beats the big billowing skies of my home county.
Most looking forward to in 2018 – racing with a proper team for the first time is going to be really great. I’m looking forward to playing a role in many Les Filles triumphs! But personally this year I want to finish Lincoln GP in the bunch, on my home territory.
Twitter – @hannahnicklin
AKA – Helen the Shorter (HtS), Shets
Hometown – Cambridge don’t you know!
Day job – Marketing
Bikes – S-works tarmac, Cervelo P3
Favourite piece of kit – all Les Filles QOM kit. Canyon Sram Rapha kit that they’ve given me [for being shortlisted for the Zwift Academy] is beautiful too!
Favourite food – cake. It’s how I keep my Danny Devito figure.
Spirit animal – Shetland pony (see above. We weren’t short before we saw the photos. In fact before photography we were decent height)
Hardest day on a bike – 2013 EnergieWacht Tour in Netherlands. Got on a Cipollini wheel & ended up in 2nd group on road. Whoop! Then spent 100k going backwards, dying 100x! Baptism of fire. Nikki Juniper coaxed me over the line (she’s a ledge).
Favourite place to ride a bike – Mallorca or near Albi, France
Most looking forward to in 2018 – more of the same! It’s always fun with Les Filles.
Twitter – @cyclistmckay
AKA – Paino
Home town – Crewe
Day Job – pharmacist
Bikes – 6
Favourite piece of kit – Vittorio puncture repair kit holder
Favourite food – raclette, G&T, wine, beer
Spirit Animal – kipper
Hardest ride – Majorca last year (212km after getting diverted twice by a motor rally) – Oh knows
Favourite place to ride a bike – Calshott Velodrome
Most looking forward to in 2018 – beating people
Twitter – @vrscorccio
AKA – KB, K-Bod, Bodster, Bods, Allen (or if you’re Nic then Pipsqueak)
Hometown – Marlow
Day job – Account Director
Bikes – S Works Venge (summer), S works Tarmac (winter), Trek Speed Concept (TT)
Favourite piece of kit – I don’t really have one! Love my Gabba but not appropriate in the summer!
Favourite food – most things unhealthy!
Spirit animal – Pit bull or Pug
Hardest day on a bike – Probably a MTB Marathon I did in 2016; Alpen Tour Trophy Stage 3; 6hrs Of MTB with over 3,000m climbing! I’d also gone too hard the day before and was toast from the gun! I’ve had some training rides which have been some of the hardest rides I’ve done.
Favourite place to ride a bike – Spain, Denia!
Most looking forward to in 2018 – Spain, Girona with the gang! Oh and racing with a very cool bunch of Girls of course
Twitter – @karlaboddy but insta better (same handle)…..twitter I just moan to Chiltern Rail about the trains being late!
AKA – Lou
Hometown – Carshalton
Day job – primary school teacher
Bikes – yes
Favourite piece of kit – new Les Filles skinsuit
Favourite food – pizza and salad
Spirit animal – dinosaur
Hardest day on a bike – have a few, main races that properly broke me are Mountain Mayhem a couple years back and Set2Rise.
Favourite place to ride a bike – Arpaillargues (France, Where Charl’s dad lives)
Most looking forward to in 2018 – well it ain’t disc brakes being allowed in domestic races…
Twitter – @teamlouise
AKA – Louisa, Mori
Hometown – Dublin
Day job – Architect
Bikes – Cervelo (black), Giant (white)
Favourite piece of kit – Arm warmers
Favourite food – Haagen Daas Pralines & Cream with that liquid chocolate sauce that solidifies on contact with the ice cream. Yum.
Spirit animal – Dolphin
Hardest day on a bike – November 2015. Commuting to work from Putney to Brick Lane. Rain, 5 punctures and bloody late.
Favourite place to ride a bike – The Healy Pass, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Most looking forward to in 2018 – Sunny days in Oz, January 2018
Twitter – @lou_mori
AKA – Lids
Hometown – H-O-T (Henley-on-Thames)
Day job – Professional paper shuffler
Bikes – err there are a few, we could be here a while…
Favourite piece of kit – X-bionic leg warmers.
Favourite food – avocado, mango, maple syrup, cake
Spirit animal – Lion
Hardest day on a bike – Any day when its over 30 degrees
Favourite place to ride a bike – I quite like to discover new places.
Most looking forward to in 2018 – CX National champs, All city centre crits & any racing that involves a weekend away!
Twitter – @lidskb
AKA – Red Suze, Freebus
Hometown – Lisburn, N.Ireland
Day job – Lawyer, boring, nuff said
Bikes – N+1 but highlights include S-Works Tarmac SL4, Colnago C60
Favourite piece of kit – Castelli Gabba – 1.5 hour commute in the pouring ride and a dry underjersey
Favourite food – Potatoes (I’m Irish), Cake
Spirit animal – Red Panda
Hardest day on a bike – The “Wild Atlantic Way” stage of the Rás na mBan 2015
Favourite place to ride a bike – Anywhere new
Most looking forward to in 2018 – Les Filles training camp in March
Twitter – @cyclingredsuze
AKA – TC
Hometown – Cardiff
Day job – Cycling Coach
Bikes – yes
Favourite piece of kit – new Les Filles skinsuit
Favourite food – Steak and salad
Spirit animal – Sheep
Hardest day on a bike – TransAlp MTB
Favourite place to ride a bike – Mallorca
Most looking forward to in 2018 – racing my nuts off with the Filles