Shipston Cycling Club celebrates success of newly-introduced women-only rides

The Shipston Cycling Club (SCC) is celebrating the success of its newly-introduced women-only rides.

By Matt Elofson
Friday, 7th August 2020, 3:41 pm
Updated Friday, 7th August 2020, 3:42 pm
Cyclists from one of the women-only rides with the Shipston Cycling Club
Cyclists from one of the women-only rides with the Shipston Cycling Club

The club is operating within British Cycling’s (BC) latest post-lockdown guidelines, and has so far organised three rides for potential new, or existing, female members.

Across the three rides, 50 people have turned up to enjoy a fun and friendly early evening ride into the local countryside, with dedicated ride leaders making sure everyone is kept safe and had a good time.

Ride leader Jan Spalding said: “We’re delighted with the response to these rides. Clearly lots of women have been getting back on their bikes during lockdown, and many ladies have told me they enjoyed both riding with other people and the guidance on offer."

Many women have gone on to join the club since enjoying a free tryout, meaning SCC has smashed through its initial target of 33 per cent female membership only a few months after setting it. The club now has female members ranging in age from 16 to 60, and is looking to achieve gender parity within its membership.

Andy Smith, chairman of the cycling club, said “The club is going from strength to strength and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members.

"We’re an inclusive club that’s open to all, and so these women-only rides have given us the chance to share our love of cycling with many who’ve not tried riding in a group before."