The wind in your hair, a fresh breeze in your face, the sound of birdsong and rattling chains.....it could only be the long awaited return of the Women's Bike Rides! Hooray!
These rides are led by Green Estate volunteer Rosemary (who's day job sees her pedalling at Hillsborough Park with Cycling4All). A massive thank you to Rosemary for making this group happen.
It was a cold but bright morning, and after watching a few Park Run finishers - and checking the bikes over - we set off on a tootle around the park.
From there Rosemary showed the group how to connect to the Trans Pennine Trail. This is an off road route that could take us to Rother Valley, Meadowhall or all the way from one coast of England to the other if we fancied!
But today, we were not going that far. Instead we went to visit our new pal "Iron Henry" - a sculpture in Bowden Housteads Woods by artist Jason Thomson.
Spirits were high as we then whizzed along the paths through the woods and back to the park, with pink cheeks and all ready for lunch!
Fancy joining the next ride?
Rosemary pointed out that when people join in with groups like this, they all have their own reason to be anxious, and are likely to be nervous for their first time. Be reassured that this is an open group aimed at increasing women's confidence on a bike.
We hope that people will join a few rides and see their skills and confidence improve over time. Most of all, this group is about having fun and playing outside - you're never too old for that!
How to join the next ride:
These cycle rides are the first Saturday of every month, and start at 10am.
The next ride will be Saturday 2nd April.
We meet on the park next to the car park on City Road (behind York House)
We have a limited number of good quality bikes to lend out. These need to be booked in advance - keep an eye out for event details coming soon, where there will be a link to the booking system. Alternatively, email the Community Park Ranger firstname.lastname@example.org