Victoria Pendleton CBE is once again urging ladies nationwide to get on their bikes at a Cycletta event this year.
The series, now stretching into Scotland and Wales with more events, was set up in 2011 to encourage women to take to their bikes. All ages and abilities are welcome, with different distance rides available; the Classic ride is 40km, the Challenge distance is 52-82km and for the first time a 20km ride will be available. Girls aged from 12 to 16 will be able to enter for the first time too, when accompanied by an adult.
Organised by mass participation events company Human Race, riders will have the opportunity to raise cash for Official Charity Partner Macmillan Cancer Support.
Cycletta ambassador Pendleton will be at as many events as possible, according to the official Cycletta statement. She said: “I’ve been involved with Cycletta since it launched with two events in 2011. I am so passionate about this series and it is fantastic to see Cycletta continue to grow in popularity, with events now taking place all over the country.
“There are many reasons why women should get out on their bikes - whether it’s to commute to work, keep fit, socialise or to raise money for a good cause like Macmillan Cancer Support. Some cycling events can feel intimidating, particularly if you haven’t been on a bike for years and that’s exactly what Cycletta aims to change.”
Cycletta Cheshire - 12th May, Tatton Park
Cycletta at the Wiggle Dragon Ride - 9th June, Margam Park, South Wales
Cycletta Bedfordshire - 30th June, Woburn Abbey
Cycletta Surrey - 7th July, Loseley Park
Cycletta Scotland - 15th September, Scone Palace, Perth
Cycletta Brighton - 29th September, Plumpton Park
Cycletta New Forest - 13th October, Beaulieu
All events (except for Brighton) will also host a 'Scootathlon' on the same day, where children between four and eight can scoot, bike and run. Girls and boys will race together in various age categories, completing in a 390m Scoot, 390m Bike and 250m Run.
Each Cycletta will take place on safe well-managed roads and with treat stops along the routes, plus the popular pamper zone offering ladies free post-ride pampering.