British Cycling's women's only initiative - Breeze - is celebrating its fifth birthday as well as having filled 100,000 places on its free led rides.

The UK wide platform which trains ride leaders and lists group excursions has proved to be a huge success in its short life, making cycling more welcoming to women who are turned off by the often more testosterone heavy environment on offer elsewhere.

Speaking about the milestone, Women’s Cycling Project Manager Becki Morris said: "I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s been involved with the Breeze journey so far, from Sport England who funded the initial programme back in 2011, to all our Breeze champions who are leading and inspiring the way today."

The rides open to anyone - regardless of age, fitness level or experience. Great Britain Cycling Team rider Danni Khan said: "A Breeze bike ride is the perfect place to start, whether you’re building confidence, fitness, or just looking to meet new people."


As well as celebrating the milestone numbers, Breeze is also championing the women who make it happen - the ride leaders all over the country putting their time and effort into helping new women get comfortable on two wheels.

The #BreezeInspires campaign celebrates a selection of Breeze Champions and participants from across the UK who reflect the different backgrounds and shared passions of the network. The women represent the huge diversity within the organisation - but they all share one goal – to inspire more women to ride.

The network will be sharing stories from each ride leader throughout the summer - check out this video introducing the stars...

Thinking of joining a Breeze ride? Search for your nearest ride, and check out more stories from the Champions, here.