British Cycling: For Women
Posted - September 9, 2011
Yesterday we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, and sporting opportunities and participation were one of the key themes in the spotlight.
The current gap between the level of sporting participation between men and women is quite large; only 13% claim to take part in 30 minutes of sport three times a week compared to 20% of men. Sport England have also released information showing that 30% of women are active once a week whilst 37% partake in sport once a month. This figure is too low, and a prime topic at IWD events was how we can encourage more women to cycle. In light of this, Sport England and British Cycling are planning a number of initiatives to give confidence to women so they become more active and get out on their bike.
British Cycling have developed Cycletta, fronted by Olympic Cycling Gold Medallist Victoria Pendleton. Cycletta is a series of cycling events designed specifically for women of all abilities. Events take place on safe, traffic free roads in the UK and are open to everyone. Ambassadors of Cycletta include Claire Balding, Gabby Logan and Miranda Hart:
“Cycletta is an amazing way to inspire womankind to take to the bicycle. The thought of 1,000s women all cycling together conjures up many entertaining thoughts and should be a huge amount of fun for everyone participating; so come on girls, go for it.”
As well as developing the confidence boosting Cycletta events, British Cycling are also launching a network of local bike rides for women. Starting in May the women-only rides will be focussed on making riding fun. As part of a small friendly group you can enjoy a care free ride amongst like-minded people under the guidance of a local ride champion. The network is funded by Sport England’s Active Women Fund.
In a recent Cycle to Work Alliance survey it was found that only 26.6% of those who cycle to work are women. By increasing the options available to women this number should increase, creating a new generation of British female cyclists. At the top end of the sport, British women are the best in the world, so it is important that we continue to encourage cycling so that this reputation can continue.
You can view upcoming Cycletta events on their website.