'I just want to ensure women have the opportunity to ride their bikes.'

'I just want to ensure women have the opportunity to ride their bikes.'


Jackie Harris lives in Powys, and joined Breeze in 2015. She never owned a bike as a child, but had a lot of fun learning with her children when she was older. As well as running Breeze rides for local women, Jackie is a member of Hafren CC and regularly competes in club time-trials.

Jackie started cycling as a commuter, averaging 20 miles a day through city traffic. After getting the cycling bug, Jackie joined a cycling club to find other people to ride with at weekends.

“Joining a club was great for, there was lots of encouragement and I learnt lots of new skills. I started to enter time trials which was a fun introduction to competitive cycling! I’m not very fast but it’s a good workout.

I’ve been part of two cycling clubs over the last 10 years, and there is always a shortage of female riders. I started to run women’s rides at Hafren CC, I just wanted to ensure women who wanted to ride their bikes had the opportunity to do so.”

Jackie became a Breeze Champion in the summer of 2015, and leads a variety of beginner rides along the canal to more challenging road rides of greater distances.

“I’m really enjoying being a champion, and would encourage other women thinking about becoming a champion to go for it!

Breeze is such a good idea, it’s like a virtual club for women who want someone to ride with. My rides are always fun and supportive, and I enjoy the social side of Breeze rides. I have a few regular riders, but there are always new people coming along!

It’s rewarding when you see the enjoyment on other peoples’ faces. It’s not hard work at all; it’s just going for a bike ride!”

Jackie regularly runs Breeze rides in and around Newtown and would love for you to join her!

Find your local Breeze Bike Ride at breezebikerides.com