Trail dogs are great, but how about a cycling cat? Meet TikTok sensation, Sigrid

Man on bike with cat in front basket
(Image credit: Travis Nelson)

Sigrid is a beautiful white Norwegian forest cat who has gone viral on social media since her owner, Travis Nelson, started taking her out on rides around his local area in central London. 

Initially, all of their rides were on a fixed-gear bike, but the guys at Volt have recently hooked them up with their Alpine e-MTB hardtail, which has helped the pair expand their riding horizons enabling them to explore off-road trails at Epping Forest (see the video below). While not suitable for full MTB use, the Volt Alpine has a 504Wh battery and a hub-powered motor with plenty of range for exploring easy forest paths.

Now, before you go dragging your favorite feline out riding with you, it is worth mentioning that Travis has trained Sigrid from a young age to wear a collar and a leash, much like a good trail dog, which is unusual and most cultured kitties would make it very clear they do not approve of any neckwear. She is also deaf, which probably explains why she is so relaxed on the bike. Cats' reactions and awareness are much quicker and more advanced than ours, and bike speeds would be overwhelming for most moggies.

Volt Alpine bike with flowers in window box behind

The Volt Alpine is a hub-driven e-MTB hardtail that has opened up a world of riding possibilities for the pair (Image credit: Travis Nelson)

One famous feline

Sigrid’s bike adventures began when Travis was made redundant in lockdown, and like lots of others, he bought a bike to explore his local area and decided to take his cat with him. Sigrid travels either in the bike's front basket or attached to his chest using an adapted harness, where she takes in the sights of the big city.

White cat in harness

Unusually for a cat Sigrid is happy to wear a harness (Image credit: Travis Nelson)

But what had initially been a way to keep sane in lockdown changed once he posted videos of their rides on social media. She quickly became an internet star, going viral with one of her videos alone on TikTok having over 750k views. It's not all just riding bikes and making videos for this fabulous feline, though. Travis has used their newly found platform to promote charities and good causes, being involved in the UCI’s World Bicycle Day celebrations promoting diversity in cycling, and others, such as England cricketer Monty Panesar’s Felix Project.

Man with Volt Alpine e_MTB and cat in front basket

Both Trevor and Sigrid have loved the versatility the e-MTB has brought to their riding (Image credit: Travis Nelson)

Travis’s adventures have also spawned a book, Sigrid Rides, a memoir and story of his relationship with his feline companion, one that he says gave him direction and a sense of belonging when he felt lost. Many of us who ride can relate to this, with our five reasons why mountain biking boosts your mental health reminding us of how good getting some fresh air and exercise can be for us.

White cat on lead being offered food by outstretched arm

Sigrid is now quite the internet star (Image credit: Travis Nelson)

If you want to keep up to date with Travis and Sigrid’s adventures, you can find them on Instagram (@skintension) and TikTok (@sigirides).

Neal Hunt
Freelance Writer

Neal has been riding bikes of all persuasions for over 20 years and has had a go at racing most of them to a pretty average level across the board. From town center criteriums to the Megavalanche and pretty much everything in between. Neal has worked in the bicycle industry his entire working life, from starting out as a Saturday lad at the local bike shop to working for global brands in a variety of roles; he has built an in-depth knowledge and love of all things tech. Based in Sheffield, UK, he can be found riding the incredible local trails on a wide variety of bikes whenever he can