Women urged to give cycling a try
Group meets weekly in Castle Douglas
A Crossmichael cyclist is encouraging the region’s women to get on their bikes.
Charlene Saunderson is Dumfries and Galloway’s only Breeze Champion, which is part of a British Cycling and HSBC scheme to get one million women cycling by 2020.
The project aims to overcome fears ladies might have about getting on their bikes and cycling in a group, such as worrying that they can’t keep up, or their bike might not be good enough, as well as encouraging them to make friends.
The rides are free and aimed at any women and leave from Studio Velo bike shop in Castle Douglas at 6pm every Monday.
Charlene said: “Recently we cycled 20 miles to Kirkcudbright, had an ice cream and came back. There’s a social side as well as building up confidence.
“It’s for all ages and abilities as well and children can take part as well. You can take part in a ride anywhere, if you’re going to Glasgow you’re able to join in there.
“One Saturday myself and Hannah Ingram, who is a regular Breeze cyclist, met Beverly Graham. She has been a Breeze Champion for four years and is cycling around the UK promoting Breeze. She’s amazing.”
Around six riders take part each week with Breeze rides limited to eight. Anyone looking to take part needs to register through the www. letsride.co.uk website to ensure numbers aren’t exceeded.
Although Charlene is the only active Breeze Champion in the region at present, a training course will be held in Dumfries on June 30 with the aim of boosting numbers.
Anyone interested in the course should email melanie.toner@ scottishcycling.org.uk or visit www. letsride.co.uk/beachampion.
Cyclists Sharleen Saunderson, Fiona Boyd, Sharon Little and Emma Saunderson in Castle Douglas