As cycling is growing in popularity, more and more women are enjoying and benefits to be had from getting out on a bike. From the scenery to health benefits and the social nature this fabulous sport can offer.
All too often women are more worried about the lycra and the hair flattening helmet (obviously these two factors also affect men too!) but a bicycle opens up so much more of the countryside to explore especially in locations such as Cumbria and the Lake District. Areas can be reached otherwise inaccessible by car and having a car free day is great for the soul and the planet.
But programmes such as HSBC Breeze UK by British Cycling, championed and promoted via the letsride.co.uk website, has been a real catalyst in introducing more and more women to cycling. It is a women only programme made up of support, women-only rides and a variety of levels and abilities. Regular events take place such as guided bike rides take place offering off-road and traffic free routes to get beginners into cycling and to gain confidence ranging from mountain bike routes to road bike routes. But Breeze also supports and promotes women’s cycling at a higher level such as the OVO Women’s Tour of Britain starting June 13th 2018 and sportives across the country.
But for beginners, Cumbria and the Lake District is the key to getting gripped by this sport. Combine it with a weekend away with friends and sign up for one of the Breeze events in Cumbria. Kendal is the place to be with weekly Breeze events organised via Kendal Cycle Club. With various routes depending on the time of year, have the chance to explore areas many people may not have visited so to venture there and do it on a bike is even more special.
Cycle friendly accommodation in a good location to serve many of these events can be found at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. Complete with restaurant and comfortable lounge bar, sip a glass of wine and talk about the day on the bike and make a weekend out of it. Secure cycle storage available and choose to arrive by bike, car or train. Book direct via https://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ and enjoy a £10 voucher towards refueling food & drink during your stay!