Women’s Ride Month hosts range of events

Women's Ride Month launches on October 1. PHOTO: JEMMA WELLS
Women's Ride Month launches on October 1. PHOTO: JEMMA WELLS
A Dunedin bike shop is hosting a range of events to help women become more confident riding their bikes.

Cycle World, in Stuart St, is launching Women’s Ride Month on October 1.

Community marketing manager Katy Roberts said the aim was to help women become more confident, meet new people and learn new skills.

At the launch party, there will be guest speakers and information about activities held throughout the month.

People can sign up for the events at the launch.

The events, most of which are free, will include social rides, a mountain biking workshop, a maintenance night, and a yoga session.

‘‘We’ve got a few weekend rides and people can come along and hopefully build their confidence and at the end we do a 100km ride,’’ Ms Roberts said.

While the thought of cycling that far may seem daunting for some, it would be relaxed, she said.

There would be a van following the riders for anyone who needed a break or wanted to stop.

‘‘Hopefully, it will give women the confidence to do it on their own afterwards.’’

There would be two weekly rides — mountain biking on Wednesdays and road cycling on Friday mornings.

It was a good opportunity for those who had always mountain biked to try road cycling, or vice versa, Ms Roberts said.

Anyone, no matter their skill or fitness level, was welcome to take part.

‘‘Some of the weekend rides are quite long so they have to be reasonably confident on a bike, but we’ve got heaps of helpers.’’

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