There is a “massive increase” in women’s cycling which Spalding Cycling Club is keen to help develop.
The club’s press officer Tim Bryett says it’s “probably one of the biggest growth areas” in the sport, thanks to women who want to achieve health and fitness and also as a result of cycling’s current popularity.
Tim said: “As a club we hosted for the first time last year a ladies only “come and try” time trial night in the summer and we had a few people turn up and we plan to do that again this year.”
People approaching charity bike rides are also joining the club to aid their training.
Feedback to the club suggests that cycling, and schemes such as Go Ride, help young people in other ways, such as at school and in developing confidence.
For instance, Spalding Cycling Club had two or three young teams in a grass track race meeting last year at which Tim says they did “exceptionally well” against older people.
He says: “The noise and support for them was absolutely incredible. One girl described it as a ‘wall of sound’ and they still talk about that now.”