Women's cycling: Getting started

Women's cycling: Getting started

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While cycling is becoming increasingly commonplace in Britain, there are plenty of us whose experience of riding a bike ended with childhood. British Cycling has numerous programmes in place to help women to recapture the thrill of cycling, or discover it for the first time.

The HSBC UK Breeze programme, which has recently celebrated its fifth birthday and 100,000th participant, gives women the opportunity to enjoy local, fun, social rides with like-minded riders. Our amazing Breeze champions organise rides which go at a speed that suits everyone, and which often start and finish at a café so everyone can have a drink or a chat.

Programmes such as HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Ride Social also provide the perfect environment for novice cyclists to get back into the saddle, while Bikeability – which is based on the government approved National Standards for Cycle Training – teaches  cyclists  the necessary skills to ride safely and confidently on the roads.

For young people, the HSBC UK Go-Ride programme represents a fun and safe way to introduce cyclists to the world of cycling and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. Go-Ride delivery takes place in schools, cycling clubs and community environments across the country in traffic-free facilities.

Getting involved is easy, either with a local Go-Ride club or through one of our many holiday coaching programmes where young people will be able to sample the various cycling disciplines such as road, BMX or mountain biking and start enjoying one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

British Cycling – which is home to one of the world’s best para-cycling teams – also has six disability hubs across the country. These traffic-free hubs improve access to the sport for people with a disability, and ensure that those wanting to improve their cycling receive the support they need in the form of expert coaching involving specially adapted bikes.

For beginner cyclists, British Cycling’s Fan or Ride membership packages offer an array of benefits to help you get involved with the sport.