Jennifer Walker, 45, from Swansea has taken to cycling like a duck to water. The mum of two once competed for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games Regatta, but has swapped the rivers for the roads of Swansea to become one of Wales’ first Breeze Champions.
“I was always out on my bike in the countryside with my brothers when I was a child but I only really got into cycling in 2001, after competitive rower for 18 years. I absolutely love the freedom of being out on the bike and in the countryside as opposed to being confined to the river, but found it difficult to find like-minded women to cycle with. It was quite demoralising hanging off the back of Sunday morning club rides, which were dominated by male riders, and I started to find excuses not to go out.
But since I’ve had two children, and got involved with their cycling club, Gower Riders, I have started to enjoy cycling again!
"I know so many women, friends, colleagues and other cycling mums who feel the same as I did back in 2001, they won’t go out on their bikes on their own and don’t really know how to get started. Breeze is such a great opportunity for women to enjoy being out on their bikes together.
"Breeze is accessible for all women whatever their ability. The rides are sociable, not competitive, and it’s free to join in. It’s a great opportunity to get on your bike in a safe group environment if you lack confidence and you’ll probably make some great friends along the way!”
Jennifer became a Breeze Champion in October 2014, and her rides are targeted at beginners. Every other Saturday there will be an 8-10 mile loop on cycle paths and quiet roads from Penyrheol near Swansea. Once a month there will also be a Sunday Swansea Bay cycle ride on 8 miles of flat cycle paths for beginners to gain confidence on their bikes.
For more information on becoming a Breeze Champion or to find a ride near you visit www.breezebikerides.com