Inspiring women to ride for fun and fitness with HSBC UK Breeze. Set up to encourage women to get fit and have fun on their bikes, led by women for women.
This year, we're welcoming Yorkshire Breeze leaders who have organised a women’s ride out from the show on Saturday 21 September.
Whether you’re a lapsed cyclist, you want to improve your on-bike confidence, increase your miles, take on a challenge, or just have a laugh with other cyclists in your area, Breeze could be the answer.
HSBC UK Breeze offers fun, free bike rides – as well as plenty of support and inspiration – for women of all abilities, all across the UK.
With more than 2,000 trained volunteer Breeze Champions organising and leading the rides, the programme is the cornerstone of British Cycling’s ambition to get one million more women on their bikes by 2020.
We’re always delighted to welcome new women to our rides, so why not get involved and join the community?
Judy Robinson, one of the Breeze teams oldest champs, will be returning to Cycle Expo 2019 where she'll be telling her inspirational life story at Guy's sofa sessions at 12:15pm on Sunday 22 Septmeber.
I've had an interest in cycling since I was about 15, when I got my first bike. Although I did very little actual riding for almost 50 years, the interest was always there and I was an RTTC (now CTT) for about 20 years, sitting at the side of the A1 with a stopwatch was how I spent many a Sunday morning during the 70s and 80s. Life took over and I became involved in other things, then someone gave me a heavy old shopping bike when I was 70 and that was it. I was hooked again. The bike got upgraded (several times!) and I somehow got introduced to the Breeze Network. That really was a life-changer for me. At entry level I found women happy to ride at my pace and discovered that somehow I seemed to be inspiring others to do the same. It's 8 years now since I did my Breeze training, and the addition of an e-bike to my stable 3 years ago, has enabled me to take my Breeze groups out on more challenging rides occasionally. The pace remains much the same, but I'm now able to add in a few hills, of which there are many in my area, thereby giving all our legs and lungs a bit of a stretch. I've made so many friends and my regular Breeze rides give me the motivation to get off my backside in the search of cake. Result - I'm avoiding depression and staving off physical deterioration for as long as I can. Now that can't be bad, can it?
Liz Hills Liz is the president of Otley Cycle Club, Breeze champion and all round lovely person. Not only will Liz be leading the women’s ride out from the show at 12:15pm on Saturday 21 September, she will also be chatting about her riding experience to Guy on Saturday's Sofa Sessions.
I'm Liz and it would be fair to say I'm 'all about the bike' and it's an integral part of my life. I commute on my beloved Brompton, I ride socially with Otley Cycle Club (where I'm also President) and I volunteer as a Breeze Champion. I've dabbled in TT racing but I'm not competitive enough to win so just use it as training - or as an excuse to dress up - which would explain the picture of me taken at the top of the Cragg Vale Hill Climb!
I am passionate about helping other women get back into cycling as it really has changed my life for the better so I'd like to 'pay it forward'. The evenings at the Brownlee Centre are so rewarding - watching women master gears and seeing their confidence grow is fantastic. For health and environmental reasons, I think it's crucial that we get more people using bikes for short journeys so anything I can do to promote that I will.