Altitude isn’t the only factor that sets the Queens apart from most cycling clubs. Underpinning their relaxed attitude to riding – “don’t worry about your ability or level of fitness, as long as you’re on two wheels it’s fine” – is a determination to get more women into the saddle and achieve “parity and equity for women in sport”. That commitment runs deep. The Queens’ official club jersey – a striking garment designed by the Australian professional cyclist Tiffany Cromwell – is vivid green and purple, the colours adopted by the suffragette movement. /