Two riders who rode the Transcontinental Race last summer will appear this weekend at an event in part designed to get more women cycling in Greater Manchester.
Ang Walker and Julie Bullen, who rode from Belgium to Greece as a pair, finishing together, will be speaking about their experience this weekend at a special event marking the end of a month in which Greater Manchester has celebrated women’s cycling through the #RideWithUsGM initiative.
Held at the HOME arts centre in Manchester from 11am this Sunday 25 March, the event will include workshops, films and inspirational speeches, with tickets for the pair’s talk available here.
Rapha’s lead womenswear designer Maria Olsson will also be appearing at the event, giving a talk entitled Clothing and Layering on the Bike.
There will be a post-event ride and social at the Rapha Clubhouse, St Ann’s Passage.
Councillor Chris Paul, Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Cycling and Walking Champion, said: “The event at HOME promises to be exciting and inspirational so why not pop down and check out some of the benefits cycling has to offer, from keeping fit and making new friends to saving money on your daily commute.
“More women are cycling than ever before, but men still account for two thirds of the region’s cyclists, so we want to do everything we can to encourage as many women as possible to get out on their bikes.
He added: “The #RideWithUsGM campaign aims to do that by offering specially designed events to help women of all ages, abilities and experiences to tackle some common barriers to making more journeys by bike.”
Events will still be running until the end of March and further details can be found here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.