MuleBar Girls kick again for 2011
The bitter wintry conditions couldn't stop a hundred-odd revellers from gathering at London café-bar-workshop Look Mum No Hands! for the Winter Energy Party on Friday night.
The enjoyable evening offered Mule bar cocktails, music, merrymaking and, most importantly, a chance to mull over the MuleBar Girls's first year on the British scene.
Since its inception at the start of 2010, the MuleBar Girls team has quickly carved out a niche for iself, showing that female cycling can be fast, fun and fashionable.
Their ethos is as much about having a laugh and helping to get women cycling as scoring a good racing result.
However, the team weren't just making up the numbers when they pinned a number on. Clad in their recognisable white-and-rainbow skinsuits, they showed well across all the cycling disciplines, winning the Brighton Big Dog and Set2Ride enduros and competing in events as diverse as the Megavalanche and Smithfield Nocturne.
Armed with a new bold, blue racing kit - there's fur trim on the collars and cuff - and audacious plans for 2011, the girls also had a playing of their "Fast, Fearless and Female" film - which can be viewed here - at Friday's event, offering an insight into the build-up to a race and the rush of racing.
Film-maker Orban Wallace said: "They are funny, fast talking, fast moving girls, bouncing from one topic to another: I couldn't keep up with the mix of cycling talk, film ideas, stupid jokes and arguments! They do all sort of cycling and it means different things to all of them. How could you put so much variety into a slow-moving narrative?"
New addition Wiesia Kuczaj gets snapped in the new kit
MuleBar girl Anna Glowinski poses in the team's skinsuit