Your article: Cyclists saddle up for coast to coast bike ride

Members of the Barmby Moor Pink Ladies Breeze cycle group outside Pocklington Arts Centre.
Members of the Barmby Moor Pink Ladies Breeze cycle group outside Pocklington Arts Centre.

The end is in sight for 14 keen cyclists who are gearing up to tackle a gruelling coast to coast bike ride.

After months of training, members of the Barmby Moor Pink Ladies Breeze cycle group will set off from Morecambe today (2 June) to cycle back to Bridlington on the Way of the Roses. They will take in some challenging hills before dropping into Bridlington on Sunday for celebratory fish and chips and champagne.

Breeze champion and cycle leader Val French said: “This has been a fun last few months but challenging for the girls getting them to believe they can take on this Coast to Coast challenge. Deborah Nott and I are so very proud of these 14 women who have given us lots of laughs through all the training rides. You could say hysteria and excitement are now setting in. We have no doubt that they will all complete the ride and still be walking afterwards.”

The women are sponsored for their own personal charities to the tune of £5,000 between them.

A member of the group, Helen Prosser, said: “This has provided me with a new hobby that I never dreamt I would persevere with. It really has changed my life for the better.”

Breeze cycle rides are women-only led rides to encourage more women to get back on their bikes. In addition to the Barmby Moor Pink Ladies, a new beginners group has now started called Barmby Belles and one at Stamford Bridge under new Breeze champion Jess Walsh Banks.

Visit breezebikerides.com for more information.