British Cycling’s Breeze Challenge Events kicked off in style this weekend as over 250 women lined up alongside Breeze ambassador Rachel Riley on the historic roads and bike lanes of Windsor.
Riders from across the UK cycled either 50 or 100 kilometres as part of Breeze’s first ever challenge event in the south east.
The Countdown presenter opened proceedings, getting the 100-kilometre event underway with some words of encouragement, before taking to her bike and leading the 50-kilometre riders out from the Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Supported by a team of volunteers, Breeze Ride Angels and the Halfords support vehicle, riders were able to focus on clocking up the miles, cycling through the historic and picturesque countryside and roads of Windsor.
The event village, hosted at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, was abuzz with plenty of activities throughout the day. As well as a DJ and compere, the Silver Ring restaurant hosted a breakfast for hungry riders, while the British Cycling tent offered massage facilities to ease the limbs of returning cyclists.
Breeze Challenge rider Julie Turner said:
“I loved every minute of it. The route markings were superb and thanks to all who helped out at the feed stations. It was a great day, with lots of friendly and helpful participants. I'll be back!”
Breeze Challenge Windsor was the first in a series of three events this summer and a fantastic introduction for the events in the South East.
British Cycling’s project manager Sarah Bennett said:
“We’re just so pleased that everyone has had a great day, and to speak to so many women who have enjoyed themselves has been a real highlight.
“I’d like to thank everyone who made today so special, especially the riders and volunteers involved, as you really do make these events so brilliant for everyone involved.”
Rachel Riley said: “It was such a fantastic day, joining hundreds of women taking part in Breeze Challenge Windsor. Everyone was so friendly and it was such a fantastic atmosphere, even in the rain!
“Today was my longest bike ride, and I was on the 50-kilometre ride so a big congratulations to all the riders who took part. I’m already looking forward to Breeze Challenge Warwickshire in a few weeks.”
There are two further Breeze Challenge Events taking place this year; in Warwickshire on Sunday 20 September, and in Lancashire on Sunday 4 October. For more information, or to book your place on either of these rides, visit www.breezechallenge.com.
There are lots of ways to enjoy all the fun of cycling with Breeze by finding a great, free guided ride near you. Our rides are a brilliant way to see your local area on two wheels, as well as keeping fit and healthy and meeting new people. Visit breezebikerides.com to find a local ride near you.