Fleming, who was born on 13 April, was a long-distance cyclist who in 1938 set the women’s record for the greatest distance ridden in a year. At almost 48,000 km, she rode more than 13 back-to-back Tours de France to set the record, which stood until 2016. She left school at 16 to become a secretary, and at the age of 18, she rode solo around the U.K., promoting the health benefits of cycling. She had several sponsors, among them the bike manufacturer Rudge-Whitworth as well as Cadbury, with her record breaking journey, which was complemented by speaking engagements in the evenings following her rides, attracting immense interest from the public. While riding, she did not carry any water, but stopped at local cafes to refuel. After this achievement, she intended to cycle around the U.S.A, but was prevented by the outbreak of the Second World War. Fleming passed away in North Devon at the age of 100 in 2014.
Cook turned 38 on 13 April. The Welsh rider is a Commonwealth, Olympic and World Road race champion. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she became the first British woman to win a gold medal in any cycling discipline. Cook also held multiple national road and cyclocross titles, as well as winning several prestigious stage and one-day races. Since her retirement in 2013, she completed an MBA at Cardiff University and has come an outspoken campaigner for gender equality in sport and for stronger anti-doping measures.