Pilot rides will run in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire

Female-only Breeze rides debut in Wales this autumn

Welsh Cycling has revealed that Breeze is coming to Wales this autumn.

Funded in partnership by Sport Wales and British Cycling, it will be run as a pilot in year one within Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire and then – subject to further funding – will roll out nationally across Wales from autumn 2015.

Wales has been hitting the cycle headlines with cycling champions like Becky James, Elinor Barker and Manon Carpenter on the world stage.

Breeze is all about getting more women on bikes, offering flexible, safe, accessible and fun opportunities to ride a bike as well as training and support. The rides are organised by British Cycling trained local Breeze champions; female volunteers who lead the cycle rides, and aim to fit around busy work and family lives. They are free, friendly and open to women of all ages and abilities.

Georgina Harper, the National Development Manager for Welsh Cycling, said: “It is an exciting time for cycling in Wales and we are pleased to be able to offer a participation pathway in Wales for women who simply want to ride their bike in the company of other women and led by female ride leaders.”

Sport Wales CEO Sarah Powell said: “We’re pleased that with British Cycling the Breeze programme will be extending into Wales. Shrinking the participation gap in sport between men and women is central to Sport Wales strategy and the opportunity to invest in programmes such as this will help us achieve this outcome.

“We have a strong evidence base behind us with our Active Adult survey telling us that more women want to be taking part in cycling activities more often, so we are responding to a known demand. We believe that through providing specific and targeted opportunities we can get Welsh women back on their bikes and enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

As part of the pilot, 60 Welsh Breeze champions will undergo training and receive support from the Breeze network, the first being run on Saturday 11 October 2014 at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff with the first Breeze bike rides rolling out shortly after. More info via breeze@welshcycling.co.uk

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