OLYMPIC gold medallist and female role model, Victoria Pendleton (CBE), was joined on Sunday by over 600 women at Cycletta Cheshire, as she got the first of this year’s Cycletta events into first gear ahead of the first Cycletta Scotland event which comes to Perth on 15th September.
With the choice of a 20km, 45km or 63km course, women of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take on the challenge with their friends and family in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the official charity. Ahead of the cycle, children aged four-eight years-old are able to enter a fun, mini scootathlon, which is a new addition to the Cycletta Series this year and includes scooting, cycling and running.
Speaking about the forthcoming Scottish event, Victoria said: “Over the last few years women’s cycling has been growing rapidly. I see more and more women out on their bikes and it makes me proud to know that Cycletta has been a real driving force behind this.
“I’ve been involved with Cycletta since it began in 2011 with just two events, now there are several events in England and Wales, and a first event planned for Scotland in September. It’s a real pleasure to come along to the events and join the ladies out on the roads. Some of them appear more nervous than others at the start, but everyone helps each other along and there’s a really special atmosphere at the finish line.”
En route ladies can maintain their energy levels at the very popular treat stops, which are full of sugary goodies as well as energy bars provided by PowerBar and roaming mechanical support by Cycletta’s Official Bike Partner Liv/giant, the women’s division of the popular leading bike brand Giant. On returning to the venue the participants are greeted at the finish line by Vita Coco coconut water, who will be on hand to naturally hydrate them after their cycle.
BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin, also took part in her first Cycletta last weekend and was the first rider to complete the classic distance. A newcomer to mass participation cycle rides, Louise put the lessons she learnt during the BBC Breakfast Christmas challenge at the national cycling centre velodrome to good use as she made her way round the route like a professional.
Cycletta, part of the human race women only series, is a unique series of women-only, mass-participation cycle events. The events take place on safely managed roads and provide a sufficient fitness challenge whilst remaining achievable and accessible to women of all abilities. The events offer world class safety, signage, mechanical support around the route and a Cycletta village to enjoy after the event with food, drinks and entertainment.
Cycling Programme Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, Liz Hemming said: “Cycletta Cheshire has got the third year of the Cycletta series off to a brilliant start. We are delighted to have been charity partner with Cycletta for three years, and would like to say thank you to everyone who has been part of Team Macmillan in this time. The money raised by ladies taking part in Cycletta helps us ensure that no one has to face cancer alone, and we are so grateful for the support. We’re looking forward to many more Cycletta’s this year across the UK and, of course, our first ever Cycletta in Scotland!”
Cycletta Scotland is being held at Scone Palace and event organisers, Human Race, are looking forward to another hugely popular celebration of womens’ cycling.
Registration is open for Cycletta Series events around the UK. For more information visit www.Cycletta.co.uk