As cycling is growing in popularity, women are finally realising the great time and benefits to be had from getting out on a bike.
All too often women are more worried about the lycra and the hair flattening helmet (obviously these two factors also affect men too!) but a bicycle opens up so much more of the countryside to explore especially in locations such as Cumbria and the Lake District. Areas can be reached otherwise inaccessible by car and having a car free day is great for the soul and the planet.
But programmes such as Breeze by British Cycling, championed and promoted through GoSkyRide, has been a real catalyst in introducing more and more women to cycling. It is a women only programme made up of support, women-only rides and a variety of levels and abilities. Regular events take place such as guided bike rides take place offering off-road and traffic free routes to get beginners into cycling and to gain confidence ranging from mountain bike routes to road bike routes. But Breeze also supports and promotes women’s cycling at a higher level such as the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain taking place in June and sportives across the country.
But for beginners, Cumbria and the Lake District is the key to getting gripped by this sport. Combine it with a weekend away with friends and sign up for one of the Breeze events in Cumbria. During June there are some excellent routes such as the Back O’ Skiddaw Big Breeze Bike Ride and Shap – Crosby Ravensworth – Orton loop. Both are areas many people may not have visited so to venture there and do it on a bike is even more special.
Cycle friendly accommodation in a good location to serve many of these events can be found at the Tebay Services Hotel, just off the M6 near Orton. Complete with restaurant and comfortable lounge bar, sip a glass of wine and talk about the day on the bike and make a weekend out of it.