Women’s racing is firmly on the agenda with one of British Cycling’s aims being to encourage more women to race, whatever the level. All race organisers are being encouraged to hold women’s only races. Within the club there are women competing in time trials and circuit/road racing. Several women ride out with the club chain-gang ride on a Saturday morning and this is a good chance to have a chat with the other women racers.
Time-trialling is a good place to start competing as you are racing alone against the clock, so no need to worry about other competitors . All abilities take part. For club TTs just turn up on the night, for open TTs you will need to enter two weeks in advance.
Women’s circuit and road racing is increasing in popularity and there are many more women only races being promoted in 2014. The York circuit holds women only handicapped races (where the less experienced riders set off first) and there are lower category (2/3/4) women only road races in Yorkshire and the North West. For what is going on the best place to look is on the British Cycling calendar and filter for women’s races as well as the FaceBook groups listed below. Practice sessions for women to build the confidence and skills for bunch racing are often available
There are more women now racing cyclo-cross (winter and summer) and these are again a good place to start racing. At the lower levels women race alongside the men’s vets and juniors, however there is always a vast range of abilities taking part so you can enjoy a race against other riders of your standard whatever your ability.
Yorkshire Circuit Series https://www.facebook.com/groups/158239197544781/
Women’s Racing Yorkshire https://www.facebook.com/groups/264128670386669/
Women’s Racing NW https://www.facebook.com/groups/251679091646414/
Women’s Racing NE https://www.facebook.com/groups/203077609730607/
If you would like to know more or have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who wants to have a go at (road) racing, will need to get a British Cycling race licence: details here
For many races such as closed circuit racing, a provisional licence is all that is required, and you get that as part of “Race Bronze” membership. First time members (who are part of a club such as us) get this FREE for the first year (worth £13.50) – see membership page