Numbers swell for ladies cycle challenge
Posted on 21 June 2013
In a first for Kent, more than 200 women are expected to take to the roads on their bikes for the county’s biggest and only ladies charity cycle this weekend.
The Divas on Wheels cycle challenge on Sunday 23 June will take a fresh approach to the cycling challenge concept. The new ride, from local charity Pilgrims Hospices, is for women of all cycling abilities and levels of fitness.
Lucy Barton from sponsors Biketart has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything goes well: “The momentum is building as the big day approaches and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone on the day. We’ve had a lot of interest from new women cyclists taking the plunge, with many coming along for training rides in the lead up to the challenge, it’s been very encouraging.”
She added: “We are dedicated supporters of Pilgrims Hospices, and have been for a while. This event is a perfect opportunity to do something more involved. We have had lots of support from our other local business too, it’s a real community effort. We hope as many girls as possible will join us for this fun day out, raising money for a great local cause.”
There’s still time to register, and riders can choose from two circular, scenic routes of 25 or 50 miles through east Kent’s countryside, both starting at the Biketart cycle store in Barham near Canterbury.
“More and more women are dusting off their bikes and getting back in the saddle, and with good reason,” explains Pilgrims Deborah Kellond. “Cycling is a great workout, and as well as being a sociable and fun hobby it’s packed with health and environmental benefits. The best thing of course is just about anybody can do it! For the event we have also recruited over 25 ‘Bike Heroes’ who will cycle with our ladies and help with any bike issues, especially the dreaded punctures!”
And the fun on the day won’t end at the finish line, pampering sessions and retail therapy will be on offer in the specially-created ‘Divas Village’ along with live samba music, helmet hair rescue and a barbecue.
There will also be the chance to win lots of cycling goodies with the Divas raffle with everything from a £250 voucher for Crew Clothing, to items from Endura, Michaux Club, Cathy Bussey author of A Girl’s Guide to Life on Two Wheels, Andrew Sykes, author of Crossing Europe on a Bike called Reggie, The Beautiful Ride, Pink Lady Apples, Cath Kidston, Lifestyle Fitness and many more.
* Pre-registration is by telephone until Friday 21 June at midday at a cost of £20. Please call 01227 782062. On the day registrations are £25. Sponsorship is encouraged and will help towards the £10.5 million a year the charity needs to continue providing free palliative care to adults with illnesses that cannot be cured. There’s lots more information on the Divas on Wheels website pages.