Women’s road and circuit racing is on the up with female British Cycling licence holders having increased by 23 per cent in the last year.
Figures show there's been a 44 per cent increase in the number of women-only road races and a 66 per cent increase in the number of circuit races between 2012 and 2013, with growth in all regions. All this is ahead of the Women's Tour launching this year in Britain.
British Cycling’s director of cycle sport and membership Jonny Clay said: “We are delighted to see plans put in place last March are already having a tangible impact in increasing the number of events available to women, and the number participants eager to take part.
“Women’s cycling is a clear area for growth in this country and we’re very optimistic that our plans for further strengthening the domestic scene, alongside inspiration through attracting and developing a major international event such as the Women’s Tour, can further impact this trend.”
Increasing both female participation and the number of competitive events available to women are key features of British Cycling’s strategy to get one million more women cycling by 2020. British Cycling regional events officers and Go-Ride coaches have adopted a co-ordinated approach in 2014, delivering women specific rider development sessions linked to racing opportunities.
British Cycling has been nominated for Sports Governing Body of the Year in the Sport Industry Awards, a prize it won last year.