Cycletta cycling events will no longer be standalone women’s only sportives. Instead, the series will now consist of a women’s only wave at four key Human Race events.
The events launched in 2011 – every ride was a women’s only affair and distances began at 20km. Now in its seventh summer, the organisers say that the audience for the Cycletta series has outgrown this format.
Where in 2011, 75 per cent of those taking part in Cycletta events were riding their first sportive, the women’s branch of Human Race say that number now sits at 21 per cent.
This year, Cycletta women’s only waves will be available at flagship Human Race events:
- Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride (Sunday 30th April): 45km women’s wave
- Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France (Sunday 11th June): 100km women’s wave
- Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival (Sunday 16th July): 52km women’s wave
- ICAP L’Etape London by Le Tour de France (Sunday 24th July – entries open Thursday 9th February): 79km women’s wave
Women’s only cycling events have always drawn mixed responses. Some women love to ride alongside those of their own sex alone and value the atmosphere that brings, whilst others are happy to ride a unisex event – though most would value some female company. The move will no doubt come as a positive and progressive movement for some, whilst others might feel Cycletta is letting them down.