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#ThisGirlCan: Tess Tries… Cycling

#ThisGirlCan: Tess Tries… Cycling

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I’m really excited about this one. Cycling’s one of my absolute favourite things to do and I’m all for getting more women on wheels, in Sussex and beyond!

So this month I went on my first HSBC UK Breeze cycle ride and it was AWESOME! If you’re not in the know, Breeze is a nationwide initiative from Sport England and British Cycling, offering free, women-only ride across the country.

Whether three miles or 30, Breeze offers a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community for women of all ages and abilities to build confidence, make friends and discover new routes whilst of course improving fitness.

The rides go at a pace of the slowest rider, and it’s not competitive at all.

There’s no dropping anyone on the hills or at crossings – you ride as a group from start to finish at a nice social pace, with a coffee and cake stop in the middle (because, really, it wouldn’t be right without cake, now would it?!)

On our ride we had ladies in their 70s joining some of us in our 20s and 30s, on all sorts of bikes including mountain bikes, hybrids and road bikes.

One of the riders had never even sat on a bike until her late 40s, so you really are never too old to get started.

I’ve loved cycling all my life and was lucky enough to be taught how to ride on the road by my Dad when I was a child, but this isn’t the case for many women, who may be nervous about joining a group ride with faster cyclists.

With Breeze you don’t need to worry about speed or fitness, it’s about community and confidence as much as it is the actual cycling, and improved fitness is just a bonus!

Come on girls, on yer bikes!

Find out more about Breeze Network Brighton by following the Sussex and South Downs Facebook page, or sign up to a ride here.

Follow more of Tess’s fitness escapades on her blog, and follow her on Twitter for daily updates.