LEDBURY'S Pat Strauss has been named in Cycling UK’s list of the 100 most significant women in cycling.

She has been recognised for her many years as Vice Chair of CTC (now Cycling UK) and 32 years of leading cycle tours.

She joins Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, TV presenter Angellica Bell and triple Olympic medallist, Victoria Pendleton in the cycling charity’s list recognition significant achievements in promoting women’s cycling.

Since 1987 Mrs Strauss has led over 60 tours for the CTC, helping other like-minded cyclists to explore many parts of the world, from Alaska to New Zealand.

Mrs Strauss said: "Cycle touring for me is a wonderful way of participating in an outdoor activity at whatever level I find comfortable, along with enjoying the social side of sharing it with others, whether travelling abroad or just down lanes near where I live.

"It makes me feel more a part of wherever I am and lets me stop where and when I like to look at something more closely … and to take lots of photos, satisfying my other passion in life."

The women have all been recognised "in celebration of the amazing work they have done to inspire other women to cycle.

Other well-known names who have made the list include broadcaster Rebecca Charlton, Eurosport presenter Orla Chennaoui, YouTube star, Ruby Issac, former road and track cyclists Dani Rowe and Joanna Rowsell, and cycling presenter, Laura Winter.

It also includes less well-known names of women "who have been working tirelessly at grassroots level to encourage more women to ride".

Helen Cook of Cycling UK said: “Congratulations to Pat for making it onto our 100 Women in Cycling for 2019. It’s an incredible achievement and testimony to the tireless work she’s done to raise the profile of women’s cycling.

“Every woman on our list is an incredible ambassador for women’s cycling, but sadly women remain underrepresented when it comes to everyday cycling.

“The gauntlet we’re throwing down is for every woman who already cycles regularly to find just one more woman they can help and inspire to get on their bike.”

The awards were presented at a Parliamentary reception in Westminster in July following a ride to the House of Commons by more than 150 women.