Glasgow Life, bike charity Bike For Good, Scottish Cycling and Breeze, Cycling UK (Belles on Bikes) and the Glasgow Gals Cycling Club have teamed up to deliver a Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival (G-WOW) which launches today (Saturday 10 August) as Glasgow marks the start of the second stage of the first-ever Women’s Tour of Scotland.
Funded by Glasgow City Council’s Smarter Choices – Smarter Places fund, British Cycling, the Tampon Tax Community Fund, and Cycling UK, the organisations will partner up to deliver a series of events and initiatives over the coming months, all targeted at getting more women and girls on the saddle. A cross-section of community groups will be involved, as well as the existing and successful women only Glasgow Gals, Belles on Bikes and HSBC UK Breeze rides.
Initiatives will include free weekly led rides by experienced and enthusiastic leaders, as well as introductory sessions to track cycling, mountain biking, and BMX.
Other events include a speaker evening of three well-known and inspirational female cyclists (hosted by the Glasgow Women’s Library), bike maintenance classes, yoga for cyclists, film nights and a finale event – as well as some other surprise events along the way.
To celebrate the start of the festival, a group of female recreational riders met with the Scottish team riders at the start line of the second stage of the Women’s Tour in George Square.
Councillor Eva Bolander, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, said: “Cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit – both physically and mentally – and we’re so proud to play our part in supporting more women and girls across the city get on their bikes and grow their love of cycling. Events such as the Women’s Tour of Scotland are the perfect platform for us to capitalise on and make sure we provide more opportunities for Glaswegians to get active and stay active throughout life.”
To find out more info on the initiatives and programmes available as part of the G-WOW, please visit www.ayecycleglasgow.org.uk
Mel Toner, Participation Officer with Scottish Cycling, said: “We’re really excited to be part of this partnership to promote and support women and girls cycling in Glasgow. We want more women and girls involved in cycling at all levels and the Glasgow Women on Wheels festival brings together local and national organisations who share this aim, to celebrate and showcase women’s cycling and the variety that cycling has to offer. The Women’s Tour of Scotland is the perfect launchpad; shining a light on elite women’s racing, inspiring the next generation of female athletes and women and girls to ride a bike.”
The latter half of 2019 sees Glasgow celebrating numerous cycling events – from the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain Grand Depart in September, and the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November.