Ladies, get on your bike for fun, fitness and friendship
2012 – what an amazing year for ladies' sporting achievements with women such as Charlotte Dujardin, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Nicola Adams and Jessica Ennis all achieving gold medals for Team GB at the Olympics.
2012 was also the year that Hull's first women-only cycling club, The Sunday Girls Road Club, hit the road when fellow Breeze champions Anne Chatterton, Annie Dalton and Suzanne Szencher wanted more from their cycling but struggled to find a group that offered the kind of distance and pace wanted by the ladies.
British Cycling's Breeze group offers fun, recreational group bike rides led by women for women.
The British Cycling Breeze network was created to inspire ladies to rediscover cycling and to meet other lady cyclists for friendship, socialising and to keep fit.
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Breeze rides are aimed at ladies wanting leisurely rides on a quiet route and to socialise with other similar-minded ladies.
The idea behind the Sunday Girls Road Club is to take ladies cycling to the next stage of more challenging distance and pace, helping to encourage women's participation in cycling and hopefully increase the number of women who cycle.
The aim is to actively promote fitness in women by providing support, a bit of knowledge and also to help with confidence, which some women lack with group riding.
Often many women are put off by joining a predominately male club, not just in cycling but in other sports.
In the summer, four members of the Sunday Girls competed in the Big G Sportive in the East Riding – there were more than 580 men and only 48 women who took part.
In less than a year, the Sunday Girls Road Club has grown from its original three members to more than 25.
As the club expands, so do the events offered. Recently, two members took their bikes across the Channel on the ferry for a cycle into Belgium.
The aim is to offer a variety of distances and pace on different nights so that whatever your fitness level the Sunday Girls has suitable rides to match on a given day.
The only specification to joining the Sunday Girls Road Club is you must have a road bike and a helmet, although the club hopes to soon be in a position to offer a loan bike to those ladies who wish to try out road cycling before commi- tting to buying a bike.
We meet regularly at Costello Stadium on Friday evenings and on Sunday mornings but almost every day of the week there are members out cycling.
They regularly head out on rides between 25 and 45 miles depending on the level of those who turn up.
If you are looking to get back in the saddle, at a leisurely pace, and wish to participate in cycling for either friendship or fitness, visit www.goskyride.com/breeze
If you are looking for the next stage, wanting more distance and pace, visit www.sundaygirlsroadclub. co.uk