WOMEN’S RIDE SATURDAY 6TH JANUARY

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Join us for our next women’s ride on Saturday 6th January, 8.45am from Kringle in Bents Green.

Happy new year! 🥳 Let’s pick up where we left off in 2023 with more women’s rides, more hills and plenty more fun in the saddle ✨ And there’s loads more to look forward to in 2024…. For starters, we’re currently taking pre-orders for female-specific club kit – this is a fantastic milestone for the club as we continue to grow our female membership. And in May we’re heading for an epic weekend in the Yorkshire Dales as Heather leads a women’s squad through some of Britain’s finest cycling heritage. But life’s what happens while you’re busy making plans so there will of course be regular women’s rides to keep you peddling throughout 2024 – we can’t wait! 🚴‍♀️

Heather’s treating the longer ride to Crowdecote this week – a White Peak hidden gem with spectacular views of nearby Chrome Hill 🏔️ There’s a shorter option too heading up Monsal Head before coffee in Calver ☕

55km route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45282169

80km route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45282153

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 🙂

FAQS

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 stick together with exception to the odd ascent or faster section depending on the mood of the group riding.
  • A good level of fitness is generally expected but the pace will ultimately be decided by those who attend.

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?

  • A good level of fitness is generally expected but 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?

  • The group will aim to stick together with exception to the odd ascent or faster section depending on the mood of the group riding.
  • 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.
  • If you’re unsure whether this is right for you please get in touch before joining a ride.

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!
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