The clubs members are treated to multiple rides a week – this week the calendar shows 14 – with Beginner, Intermediate, Advance and Endurance rides to suit a wide range of abilities.
KVG’s policy is to never drop a rider, and Bee told me: “The atmosphere is much more inclusive and forgiving than a traditional club, women coming back from periods of not training for whatever reason, are looked after and encouraged, as well as newbies. For those wanting more challenging rides, competition is alive and kicking on some of the faster rides, but even on those rides, there is an inclusivity, and no riding so hard until someone is dropped.”
Bee is the orchestrator of all things KVG, and told me: “I reckon I spend upwards of 10 hours a week on purely Kent Velo Girls stuff, some weeks much more, occasionally less.”
Bee works with a group of ride leaders to ensure the weekly rides run smoothly, explaining: “I have set the framework for our weekly rides, and a band of great leaders have developed and come forward to run the kind of ride of their choice – we have everything from beginners and social to advanced and endurance rides. We have lots of intermediate rides – as that is how most of our ladies see themselves. There is some kind of organised cycling activity every day of the week, with up to 5 groups going out on some days.”
In the winter there are turbo sessions, led by Bee herself, and she tends to lead the beginner rides: “I personally lead the easy ride on a Monday – I have done since the club started. This is important to me because it is the entry point for most people and I like to start them in their journey, helping them with group riding and building fitness to progress into the other club rides.”