14 February 2017

British Cycling’s women-only cycling programme, HSBC UK Breeze, is on the hunt for female cyclists to inspire other women to get on their bikes in Sheffield.

If you love cycling recreationally and are passionate about supporting others in your local community, there’s no better time to become a Breeze Champion.

Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women riding bikes for fun. Led by women for women, Breeze relies on a group of volunteer ride leaders, known as Breeze Champions, to support other women on free, guided bike rides across the UK. Breeze empowers women to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting legacy in their area.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s an exciting time for cycling here in Sheffield, with the Outdoor City Weekender being held next month and, of course, the Tour de Yorkshire race in April set to finish at Fox Valley.

“It’s therefore also a perfect time for keen female cyclists to think about encouraging other women to pull on their helmets and discover the joys of getting out and about on two wheels.

“This free course is open to all women who are confident on a bike, so I’d encourage anyone interested to give it a try and pass on their love of cycling to others.”

Becki Morris, Women’s Network Project Manager at British Cycling, said: “Our volunteer Champions are at the heart of Breeze. Their passion and commitment to encourage and support women to get into cycling is truly inspiring.

“It is in large part down to their efforts that the programme is as successful as it is. We never cease to be amazed by them.”

With over 2,000 Breeze Champions trained across the UK to date, Breeze has built a growing network of inspiring women. To join them, there’s no need to be a cycling expert, you just need to be confident on a bike and have the enthusiasm to motivate others.

What: Breeze Champion training course (Ride Leadership Award Level 1)

Where: EIS Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA

When: Saturday 18 March

Cost: FREE

The training is a one day course that qualifies you to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children, on roads and cycle paths. You’ll meet like-minded women and what’s more, it’s absolutely free.

After completing the Ride Leadership Award, Breeze Champions will receive free Breeze kit and British Cycling Ride membership.

Visit breezebikerides.com to apply for a place on the Breeze Champion training course.