It became a lot easier to hop on your bike during the covid lockdowns, due to the public spending more time at home. Whilst the weather played a part, the amount of cars on the road reduced by 21%, this was the perfect storm for cyclists to take advantage of the quiet roads and an ideal time for new cyclists to get used to road cycling.
The Department for Transport statistics reported a 12% increase in cycling for men during the pandemic, whilst a larger 51% increase of women choosing to cycle.
Even if your uncle Tom isn’t into cycling, he’s probably heard of the Tour De France. Who hasn’t?!
But this year, step forward the Inaugural Tour De France Femmes. Starting on July 24th at the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, this race will continue to increase in severity across the 8 stages tackling 4 flat days, 2 hill stages and 2 mountain stages. All eyes on women's cycling organised by the leaders in the sport.
Female cyclists are continuing to fight for equal prize money in women’s pro cycling and recently organisers of the Tour of Flanders have announced that they will be paying €50,000 in prize money for the winners of the women’s race, matching the mens prize money.
" From 2023 onwards, it's our intention to equalise the prize money for all our spring races." - Tomas van den Spiegel, the CEO of Flanders Classics, talking to Belgian newspaper De Tijd
Cycle of good allows you to sustainably recycle your old or unwanted inner tubes to give women in Malawi access to education and training.
The cycle of good charity allows you to be a part of a circular economy; reusing unwanted or waste products from the UK and turning them into profit. It’s a quiet revolution of skills building and economic growth in a country with no welfare state.
Cycle of Good have helped to educate over 2000 local women and have completed a diploma training course to make, bags and accessories out of recycled inner tubes.
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*registered as Maxgear Limited as a drop off point on the cycle of good website https://www.cycleofgood.com/recycle-your-tubes/
On International Women's Day, the Women’s Tour organisers Sweetspot have revealed 2 stages of the 6 stage Women’s Tour taking place from Monday 6th – Saturday 11th June 2022.
Stage 1 will be starting from Colchester and finishing at Bury St Edmunds, with stage 5 taking place in Wales, Pembrey Country Park, to Black Mountain. Black Mountain is a hill-top finish with two hairpin bends and inclines of up to 21% gradient, it is sure to be a spectacle.
Do you regularly check your bike to ensure it is ready to ride before you head out? It is essential to keep on top of your bike maintenance, so your ride is as smooth and hassle free as possible.
VeloChampion is proud to continue our partnership with the Tour De Manc. We love a proper northern knees up and can't wait to continue our 5th year of support.