Meet Dame Liz, the first woman to ever complete a Knighthood. Such an accomplishment may lead you to think she is one of those hard-core athletes, those pedal-stomping valkyries whose wheel you desperately try to hold in Hell Hath No Fury

You might think that, but the Knights of Sufferlandria come in many glorious forms.


Though she played sport at university, the realities of office life took their toll, and Liz found herself looking to regain a modicum of her former fitness.

Parts of her story are common: realise a life change is necessary; get a spin bike; try working out to music. Get bored. Search internet. Find some Suffer-thingy video. Think, "Well, this  Revolver  one is only 45 minutes. How hard can it be?" Suffer like a dog. Think you're going to die. Fear you won't die and the Suffering will never end. Survive. Kind of like it.

But parts of her story are not so common. She wasn't pursuing victory in a race like so many Sufferlandrian cyclists do. Rather, she was pursuing something even more difficult — victory over herself in order to bring a healthy lifestyle back into her life. Despite having little in the way of fitness — and no cycling experience — she not only stuck with it, but became an integral part of that still-fledgling community of diehards who began to refer to themselves as "Sufferlandrians". Through Suffering, she found within herself a steely resolve and determination she didn't realise she had.

How far could she push herself? Just what was she capable of?


Liz was going to find out. Less than two years after turning her first pedal over, she set out to do the impossible: the fabled Knighthood Quest. No woman had ever completed the feat of ten back-to-back Sufferfest videos before. And a woman who wasn't even a cyclist?! No chance!

But Liz wanted it. And she wasn't just doing it for herself. She used the ride to raise money for WaterAid, a charity whose aim is to provide clean, safe drinking water to some of the world's most impoverished people. With this as motivation, and in front of a crowd of supporters at a local community centre, Liz did what many have tried to do and failed.


The Knighthood has a way of transforming a person, and Liz is no exception. With that accomplishment behind her, she began to cycle and run outdoors, and has ridden the 9-day Tour of Sufferlandria multiple times. She's also become an inspiration to others as one of the most active and supportive members of a Sufferlandrian community that is now orders of magnitude larger than it was that fateful day when she first hit 'play' on Revolver. To boot, there are now nearly 100 women who have followed in Liz's footsteps, each proudly calling themselves a Dame. And if, as someone once said, that love is suffering, then sometimes suffering can bring love. Liz met her partner, Matt, through the community of Sufferlandrians and their mutual love of Suffering.




Jared McClintock
Jared McClintock


5 Responses


January 18, 2017

Your’re my SHERO!! I’m super inspired by your story Liz and anxiously look forward to my next “suffer” workout now. I can only hope to reach Dame status one day, and tap into some of your steely determination and courage!
Bravo! Ride ON!!

Dame Liz
Dame Liz

March 22, 2016

Thanks for the kind comments!

Elise – I look forward to welcoming you as a Dame some time soon! #DamePower!
James – long time no see, thanks!
Jeff – Very honoured to be thought of as motivational, I’m living proof that if I can, ANYONE can!

Proud to be a Sufferlandrian and hope to see many more of you at the Knights castle!



March 19, 2016

Liz – what a fantastic story!!! You blazed a trail for those who came afterwards and showed us all what mere mortals (and that’s most of us) can do when we try. Very to cool to have “steely resolve and determination” tucked away in your bag of tricks and tools, ready to whip out whenever life dishes up one of its nasty challenges. Your badass self is ready to tackle the beast, head on, with confidence! thank you so much for sharing Dame Liz!!

james jones
james jones

March 17, 2016

Liz is the greatest!!!

Jeff Tillack
Jeff Tillack

December 11, 2015

Awesome effort Liz. You have my hugest (is that a word?) respect. I’m foregoing Strava jersey’s in favour of “suffer jerseys” from now on too. Such a fabulous community to be a part of. You’ve provided the motivation I need to kickstart my own quest after spending the better part of this year in a car rather than on a bike (of any sort). Congratulations!

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