A new event – the Women’s Festival of Cycling – has been launched today by Cycling UK to mark International Women’s Day. The festival will take place in July and will be a celebration of female-friendly leisure cycling, both on and off-road.
The festival will aim to inspire more women to ride bikes for their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as for “fresh air, friendship and fun”, says Cycling UK.
A series of rides will take place across the UK, with many of Cycling UK’s groups and affiliated cycling clubs hosting female-specific rides.
Cycling UK will be supporting this programme of rides by providing insurance and a range of resources such as marketing materials, competitions and promotions.
Julie Rand, Women’s Festival of Cycling coordinator, said: “This is a chance to bring together some of the most inspirational groups and individuals across the UK to reach out to the growing number of women who enjoy cycling or want to start.”
As part of the build-up to the festival, Cycling UK will be profiling women riders and supporters of cycling, both within and outside the charity, who inspire others to take up the activity. “100 Women in Cycling will include women who may not be well known by the world at large but who deserve recognition for their achievements,” says Cycling UK.
Cycling UK says the Women’s Festival of Cycling will aim to encourage women of all ages
and abilities to cycle