In February this year, AustCycle Provider Wheel Women ran several courses to enable women to get back on their bikes, and just last week nine of these women completed a 50km ride.
Accredited AustCycle Teacher and owner of Wheel Women, Tina McCarthy, said the changes she has seen in the women is incredible and she emphasised they have all come such a long way from when they first signed up for AustCycle lessons.
“Six of the women came from Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) programs, two came from AustCycle programs Wheel Women ran and the last person was a friend who joined because she wanted some women to ride with”.
“Back in February all of the women could ride no more than about 5km, they couldn’t change gears and they were really nervous riders. But yesterday they completed all 50kms of the Ballarat BAD ride on country roads”.
Tina said she was so proud of the ladies for their dedication to training, determination and willingness to give it a crack. And she said that if it wasn’t for AustCycle they never would have had the chance to change their lives.
“Each lady found it long and hard and said the hills were tough and the head wind was agony. But they never gave in”.
“The most amazing comment was ‘if you told me or put in any of your information about the initial programs that I’d be riding a 50km ride in May, I never would have signed up.. but now I can’t believe I’ve done it. Oh my god - I did it!”
If you live in the Melbourne region and know someone who would like to get back on their bike or improve their current cycling skills, contact Tina on 0412 993 650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch a video that Tina put together of the ladies on the ride, click below.