17:26 Friday 11 January 2013

Women told it's a 'breeze' riding a bike

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

CIVIC chiefs are setting up a women-only cycling scheme in a bid to ensure one legacy of the 2012 London Olympics in South Derbyshire is an increase in female cyclists.

John Lemmon, chairman of the authority’s housing and community services committee, has backed the programme, Breeze, in the knowledge that even with the gold medal success of Victoria Pendleton and the team pursuit trio Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell,three times more men than women cycle.

“From Monday, January 14, we are starting Breeze, a women’s-only bike riding scheme, to increase the numbers of women who enjoy cycling,” said the Tory, who represents the Melbourne ward.

“Breeze has been established by British Cycling to make more women confident and comfortable about going on a bike.”

Led by a qualified instructor, the Breeze cycle rides will take in the leisurely paths and trails of Rosliston for 30 to 45 minutes every Monday.

They will start at 12.30pm.

Councillor Lemmon said: “Each ride depends on having decent weather, so I would advise women riders to ring Rosliston Forestry Centre to make sure the ride is going ahead.

”Cycling is a fun way to keep fit and enjoy the wonderful South Derbyshire countryside.”

Interested riders can contact the centre by calling 01283 563483.

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