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Transcontinental Race riders to speak at Greater Manchester celebration of women’s cycling

Ang Walker and Julie Bullen will recount their experience of cycling across Europe at special event this weekend

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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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