National Youth Rep hosts the first Go-Ride Racing event for women and girls-only

National Youth Rep hosts the first Go-Ride Racing event for women and girls-only

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January not only welcomes 2014, but also sees Redditch Road & Path Cycling Club take Go-Ride Racing to a new level. Led by National Youth Rep and club member, Steph Holmes, the club will be hosting its first women and girls-only Go-Ride Racing events.

The events will take place at Tudor Grange Park in Solihull on 19 January and 9 February and will consist of short, fun, entry-level races on a closed circuit. This provides women and girls who are new to competitive cycling with a fantastic opportunity to race in a safe and relaxed environment. Riders don’t require any previous racing experience and can compete on any road-worthy bike.

Steph Holmes said: “It is exciting to be holding the first event of this kind and being a female active cyclist I know what racing is available for women and also understand how intimidating they can be to the new riders. With this event, we want to provide the stepping stone to get into racing and encourage more women and girls to take part. It also fits in nicely with the rider development sessions being run by British Cycling, which are giving women and girls the skills and confidence to take their riding further".

Steph Holmes has been on the club’s committee for four years and has gained a wide range of voluntary experience, including running events and creating a new club website. As well as being a valuable member of the volunteer workforce at the club, Steph has also gained her Level 1 Ride Leader and Level 2 coaching qualifications.

Steph is passionate about supporting and encouraging more women and girls in cycling and cycle racing and has selected this as her area of focus as part of her role on the National Youth Forum. Steph has blogged about her volunteer role and experiences, which can be found here.

If you would like to attend the women and girls-only Go-Ride Racing events, please enter online via the British Cycling events calendar; or contact Steph Holmes for further information at

Providing dedicated racing opportunities for women and girls is a great way to encourage new local riders to get involved. The Go-Ride team is keen to support and encourage clubs that are interested in hosting women and girls Go-Ride Racing events, so if you would like to get involved, please contact Jenny Nicholson on 0161 274 2019 or email