• Bridie O'Donnell after setting the women's UCI Hour Record in January 2016 (Getty) (Getty Images)
In this interview with Rachel de Bear, Bridie O’Donnell talks about her freshly baked book, and the wide-ranging challenges sportswomen face, especially in the world of pro cycling.
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Rachel de Bear

17 May - 12:39 PM  UPDATED 17 May - 3:30 PM

Former pro cyclist Bridie O’Donnell sums up her book early on: “unfiltered, unvarnished and caked in sweat.”

And she sure doesn’t sugercoat it: there are many joyous moments but pursuing greatness as a woman and an athlete is extremely challenging.

In this interview with Rachel de Bear, O’Donnell talks about her freshly baked book, and the wide-ranging challenges sportswomen face, especially in the world of pro cycling.

She also tells us what she’s hoping to achieve in her current role as the Victorian Office for Women in Sport and Recreation  and tackles all these issues as eloquently and effervescently as ever.

You can find Life and Death: A Cycling Memoir in all good book stores or order it online directly from Slattery Press.

She is planning a few book readings and signings, with dates/times to be confirmed so follow her at @Bridie_OD to stay on top of the deets. 

O'Donnell sets UCI hour record
Australia's Bridie O'Donnell has broken the women's world hour record, riding 46.882km, eclipsing American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling's mark.