WOMEN’S RIDE SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Join us for our next women’s ride on Saturday 23rd September, 8.45am from Kringle (Bents Green).
Blessed by blue skies (finally!), the 7 Hills women’s ride continued to gather speed last weekend with another bumper turnout and a cracking route courtesy of Heather. We’re proud of the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received so far and are grateful to all the wonderful women making it happen 🚴♀️
Let’s hope the weather holds for this Saturday’s ride – a lumpy 80km loop of the White Peak, enjoying quiet country lanes through Litton and Peak Forest before a café stop at Newfold Farm Café in Edale. There’s a 50km option too which peels off before Litton and heads for coffee near Hope ☕
Answers to all your common questions below, but anything else do get in touch – Fiona, Heather, Hatty and Anna (x2) are all on hand and happy to help 🙂
80km route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44492087
50km route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44492188
What’s this all about?
- Our women’s ride was set up to offer something slightly different for female cyclists around Sheffield.
- Routes tend to include plenty of hills over a 80-90km (50 miles) loop of the Peak District, with a well-earned café stop en route.
- The group will aim to always stick together with exception to the odd ascent or faster section depending on the mood of the group riding.
Why are you offering a separate women’s ride rather than mixed rides?
- We have always offered mixed rides which cyclists of any gender can join, but we recognise that we need to do more to support more female riders.
- We recognise that some women might prefer group rides which are specifically organised by, and for, a female audience.
- By offering a separate women’s ride, we hope to support more women who might otherwise be put off.
- As a club, we want to create an environment where women feel comfortable, safe, valued and involved.
Is this a lesser ride? Are you saying women can’t keep up with men?
- The women’s ride is absolutely not a lesser ride.
- We recognise we could do more to promote women’s cycling. We want to provide a female-friendly environment where women feel comfortable, safe, valued and involved.
- Women continue to be welcomed onto all of our existing mixed rides, and we hope that this new women’s ride will encourage more women onto our other rides too.
- The women’s rides are designed for women, by women.
How fast will the ride be?
- The pace will ultimately be decided by those who attend.
- We anticipate that the pace will be around 19-23kph (12-14mph), though this will vary depending on attendance, terrain, weather etc.
- We are seeking to offer longer rides at a moderate pace as there are few other female club rides of this type in Sheffield.
Will I get dropped?
- These first rides are no-drop rides as we want everyone to give it a go.
- If someone is struggling and doesn’t feel comfortable completing the full route, experienced riders will be on hand to ensure they get home safely.
- We anticipate that going forward the pace will be around 19-23kph (12-14mph), though this will vary depending on attendance, terrain, weather etc.
Why are you only offering a long ride at a moderate pace?
- We want to offer something new to female cyclists in and around Sheffield.
- There are already other female-friendly clubs in Sheffield offering shorter rides, but we’re providing something new for women wanting to cycle longer distances in the Peak District at a moderate pace.
- Generally some riders will be doing shorter versions of the route which will be made known at the meeting point.
- This is a new idea which will evolve over time according to those that turn up. We welcome feedback – get involved and let us know!
Do I have to do the full route?
- No – riders can choose to do all or part of the route.
- We always encourage our club members to offer shorter versions of the full route which others can then join.
- We strongly encourage riders to come prepared with whichever route they choose to do.
How often will the rides be on?
- We are hoping to run women’s rides fortnightly for the time being.
- This will depend on interest and will ultimately be decided by those women that get involved.
- 7 Hills CC currently runs mixed club rides three times a week.
Are men allowed on the women’s ride?
- This is a women-only ride recognising the need to create an environment where women feel comfortable, safe, valued and involved.
- We want to support women’s cycling by providing female-friendly rides which are organised by, and for, a female audience.
Sounds great – how can I get involved?
- Come to our next ride!
- We are looking for more amazing women to join our organising group. If you’re passionate about cycling and want to get involved, please get in touch!
What if I get a puncture or my bike breaks?
- Riders will be on hand to help in case of a mechanical, but please make sure you bring enough kit to be self sufficient. We recommend a multitool, spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump.
What about the weather?
- We ride in (almost) all conditions!
- If the forecast is particularly bad, we will send an update via our social media channels.
- Otherwise, keep an eye on the forecast and bring a packable jacket (even in summer!)
I’ve never ridden in a group – what should I know?
- Riding in a group is a great way to meet new people, find new routes and have fun cycling!
- Communicate potential hazards (e.g. potholes, cars, pedestrians) using shouts (“car up!”) or hand signals.
- Single out where appropriate to allow traffic to flow – e.g. on narrow roads. A “single out” shout can help too.
- Maintain a consistent speed and avoid sudden braking unless in an emergency. Be aware that there might be other riders very close to you.
- Communicate as you slow down or stop (e.g. shout “stopping” as you approach a red light) – this ensures everyone stops safely.
- If you’re nervous about riding in a group let a more experienced rider know – they will be more than happy to help you settle in.
- Shout if there’s a split in the group or one person is off the back. This will ensure those at the front know to ease off and let the group reform.
- Look after one another – if someone is struggling consider dropping back to give some support. A little camaraderie goes a long way.
- More tips here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/skills/get-started/article/izn20180503-Riding-in-a-group—Top-10-tips-0
Is the club insured?
- Yes, as a British Cycling affiliated club all our club rides are covered by public liability insurance.
What do I need to bring?
- A fully functioning road bike.
- Multitool, spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump.
- Enough food and water (but there will be a café stop).
- Money/card for the café stop.
- A mobile phone.
- The route (not essential, but strongly recommended).
- Good vibes!