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Slang term for a female cyclist

Example usage: Let's invite Betty to join us on the ride.

Most used in: North America, Europe and Australia.

Most used by: Recreational cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 7/10

Also see: Paceline, Drafting, Peloton, Wheel Sucker,


What is the Cycling Term 'Betty'?

The term “Betty” is a slang term used to describe a female cyclist. It is often used as a term of endearment or recognition for female cyclists who are strong, fearless, and passionate about the sport. It is also sometimes used to refer to groups of female cyclists who ride together.

Women have been cycling since the 1890s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that women began to gain recognition for their accomplishments in the sport. Today, cycling is one of the fastest-growing sports for women, with an estimated 10 million female cyclists in the United States alone.

Women cyclists are often portrayed in the media as strong, independent, and capable. This is reflected in the term “Betty” which has come to represent the spirit of female cycling. It is a term of respect and admiration for female cyclists who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the sport.

The term “Betty” has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more women taking up cycling. This has been reflected in the number of female-specific cycling events, clubs, and groups that have sprung up in recent years. These groups are a great way for female cyclists to meet and support each other and to share their love of the sport.

The Origin of the Term 'Betty' in Cycling

The term 'Betty' in the context of cycling has been around since at least the mid-1930s. It is believed to have originated in the United States, but the exact location is unknown.

The earliest known use of the term 'Betty' in cycling was in a 1935 issue of the magazine Bicycling. In this issue, there was an article entitled 'Bicycle Betties,' which described a group of female cyclists who had formed a club in San Francisco. The article referred to the women as 'Bicycle Betties,' and the term eventually became shortened to 'Betty.'

Since then, the term 'Betty' has become a commonly used term among cyclists to refer to female cyclists. It is used to show appreciation and admiration for female cyclists, and is often used as a term of endearment.

The exact origin of the term 'Betty' in cycling is unknown, but it has been around for many decades and is still used today. It is a testament to the strength and determination of female cyclists, and serves as a reminder to celebrate and recognize the achievements of female cyclists.

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