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Women’s Cycling Clubs: Are they the Way Forward?

Women's cycling clubs are growing in popularity across the UK, we find out why.

Joining a women’s cycling club will not only get your fit and make you a better rider, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun too

Cycling clubs have a reputation as being competitive, unwelcoming and sometimes a bit scary – but that needn’t be the case. Joining a club provides instant access to routes, riding skills and maintenance advice passed down from more experienced riders as well as a wide social network of people to eat cake with between rides.

With growing numbers of women getting in the saddle, thanks to initiatives like Breeze and Cycletta, a high proportion of cycling clubs now have specific women’s rides as part of their schedules.  For many women, this is enough, and female membership is on the rise.  However, for a growing number of us the idea of joining a women’s cycling club is far more inviting.

If you are about to head out on your first group ride, check out our quick guide to hand signals and calls.

Most women’s cycling clubs follow a similar model to traditional unisex clubs – a Saturday or Sunday ride, with one or two weekly jaunts too. Like unisex clubs, structures, leanings and attitudes vary greatly – some groups put a focus on fun, social rides whilst others promote racing and host specific training events.

Though a women’s only cycling club isn’t for everyone – being a part of a female cycling network has its benefits.


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