The Yorkshire Lasses Cycling Club epitomises ladies that like to cycle, socialise and have some fun on two wheels. The club was set up due to the founders having had mixed experiences in other clubs and felt that a ladies only club would be more encouraging and less competitive.
Set up by Kate Horsfall and Judith Worrall, two good friends who wanted a club just for women, run by women, to encourage ladies to get out on their bikes have fun, get fit, meet new friends and more importantly with a bit of cake indulgence thrown in!!
The club was set up in March 2015 with the support of Tony Booth and All Terrain Cycles, and within a few months had 60 ladies joining – way above any expectations that Kate and Judith had, and highlighted just how many women are getting back into the sport.
The secret to the clubs success is that we are just all normal ladies (some a little bonkers!) with busy lives, family and work commitments. We are not super fit athletes, chasing stats and trying to keep up with each other. We are a group of lasses who like to meet up and ride our bikes, stop for a cuppa and some cake and have a giggle along the way.
We have different abilities in the club and try to mix our rides so we offer something for everyone, from sportives, club rides and mountain biking. We also offer beginner rides for those who may not have been out on their bikes for a few years, and want to start building up those miles. We normally have a mix of rides, both mileage and elevation wise every Sunday, and try to all meet at the same cake stop when routes permit.
We all have our own personal goals just like any other club rider, and give ourselves a hard time when we struggle on hills, but the main thing is we encourage each other to improve and have fun on the way. To find out more and see just how bonkers some of our rides are, have a look at their website and blogs www.yorkshirelass.cc
The Yorkshire lasses have a good social life in the club off their bikes too, and we can’t believe that we have only known each other since the club started just over a year ago. This highlights the success of the club where members actually enjoy spending time with each other, not just racing each other on the tarmac or splashing through the mud.
Just because the lasses have fun doesn’t mean we don’t challenge themselves – a few lasses wanted a challenge and planned 100 mile rides in 2015, others cycled 400km across Tanzania, and a 100km night ride in London will be done by some in May this year, and plenty of sportives have been entered too.
There is no stopping the Yorkshire Lasses, as within our first year we are also organising a sportive in aid of three women’s cancer charities, Breast Cancer care, Jo’s Cervical Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. The start is from Carlton Lodge in Thirsk, and three routes are being offered a 30, 60 and 103 miles. So far 76 ladies have signed up for the sportive which will be a non competitive event, yet challenging enough on some routes for those ladies that want to push themselves.
The shorter routes also cater for those wanting to do their first sportive. Anyone interested in entering can do so here; https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/140445/Yorkshire-Lass-Annual-Charity-Sportive
With over a 100 members, the Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club is going from strength to strength, with their sportive on the 14th August and having just celebrated their 1st anniversary in March – 2016 is certainly looking like an exciting year for the Yorkshire Lasses.
These girls certainly know how to have fun and enjoy their two wheels.
About the Author: Ali has little legs that love to peddle, in fact any day spent on two wheels makes her smile. Charity Adventures have taken her to Vietnam, Cuba and Tanzania. She equally has a lot of fun and weekly adventures with the Yorkshire Lasses!!
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