FOS­TER­ING COMUNITY AND FUN

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - INSPIRING GIRLS TO RIDE -

Stud­ies have shown that girls will em­brace more tra­di­tion­ally “boy” ac­tiv­i­ties, like cy­cling, when pre­sented with im­ages that show other girls en­gag­ing in them. Vis­i­bil­ity – such as Emily Batty be­ing on the cover of the pre­vi­ous is­sue of this mag­a­zine – isn’t just a nice thing for women’s cy­cling, it’s es­sen­tial for its growth. Na­tional team coach Dan Proulx adds that for girls, the cre­ation of a com­mu­nity in the form of a club, weekly group ride or fe­male-spe­cific pro­gram needs to be in place. Then, he says, girls will come out to ride.

“The peo­ple in the bike com­mu­nity are the nicest peo­ple I’ve ever met. I highly rec­om­mend just go­ing and winging it,” says Emma Robbescheuten, a tal­ented 14-year-old bmx racer. “I can al­most guar­an­tee you’ll make friends af­ter a week of rid­ing, ev­ery­one is so friendly and helps each other.”

“Moun­tain bik­ing was al­ways a part of the fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties for me grow­ing up,” says Trek Canada moun­tain bike racer Soren Meeuwisse. “But I re­ally started rid­ing for my­self when I fell in love with the sport when I had an awe­some group of girl friends I would ride with on Team Hard­wood Devo,” she says, ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­flu­ence of the group in Oro-medonte, Ont.

be­low Emily Batty (back) in­spires young girls to have fun on and off the bike at Durham For­est

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