Get on your bikes ladies

A CYCLING campaign aimed at getting more women in the saddle is hitting the streets of Pocklington next week.

British Cycling launches the ‘Closing the Cycling Gap’ initiative on 20 April, which sees female volunteers, or ‘Breeze Champions’, lead women-only bike rides around the local area.

The first of these will leave from The Francis Scaife Sports Centre at 10.15am next Friday, 20 April.

It will be a short easy ride on quiet country roads with a coffee stop en route.

The ride will be led by Breeze Champions; Val French from Barmby Moor, Sarah Johnson and Bernie Clarke from East Riding Council.

The rides are free and all you need is a bike. Val said: “This is a fantastic initiative by British Cycling that we are proud to be part of.

“Cycling is a fantastic way to not only keep fit but to enjoy our beautiful countryside, meet new friends and enjoy a coffee and a chat en route or afterwards.

“We are also working closely with our local bike shops ‘Cycle Lane’ and ‘Wheelies’ who can give you all the advice you need on bikes, will fix your old bike and support us in getting more women biking.”

Cafes in Pocklington and en route are also supporting the scheme and you can visit to book on to the rides.

Val added: “We will look after you and lead you so, if you haven’t been on your bike for a long time, don’t worry, all you have to do is pedal and Bernie, Sarah and I will do the rest for you.”

Val is also happy to arrange more rides to start from surrounding villages, Barmby Mooor, Everingham, Melbourne, Bishop Wilton, Wilberfoss and Allerthorpe - just get a small group of women together and she will come to you. For more details ring Val on 01759 303939.