Join these great Sheffield women in getting more female cyclists out there..
Nine women from Yorkshire have been named in Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling, and three of them are from Sheffield.
Dame Sarah Storey, active travel commissioner for Sheffield City Region, with Sheffield women Betty-Ann Hutchin and Janet Paske, joined a raft of other names of women who have ‘done their bit’ for women’s cycling.
Sophie Carter from North Yorkshire, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central, Trish Cunnison and Mandy Parker from Leeds, Ella Curtis from Bolton, and Jenn Hill (awarded posthumously) were all included for their work encouraging women to cycle.
The women have all been recognised in celebration of the amazing work they have done to inspire other women as part of Cycling Women’s Festival of Cycling which ran throughout July.
Other well-known names to have made the list include broadcaster Rebecca Charlton, Eurosport presenter Orla Chennaoui, YouTube sensation, Ruby Issac, former road and track cyclists Dani Rowe and Joanna Rowsell, and cycling presenter, Laura Winter.
Dame Sarah Storey DBE is nominated not only for achieving the title of most successful female British Paralympian of all time, but also for championing cycling and walking, as the Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region.
Janet Paske founded the inclusive cycling charity Wheels for Wellbeing, and Betty-Ann Hutchin, 72, was recognised for being a true cycling advocate and inspiring countless people to get out there and busy on a bike.
It’s estimated that only a million women in the UK cycle regularly – just three per cent of the population, with many more bike journeys made by men than women.
The Women’s Festival of Cycling aims to address that imbalance by inspiring more women to embrace cycling and get in the saddle.
A recent poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of Cycling UK found that 36 per cent of women said they would be inspired to cycle more with the encouragement of friends and family.
So now the charity is now challenging every female cyclist in the UK to enlist at least one more woman to start cycling through July.
Helen Cook, head of engagement, said: “Every woman on our list is an incredible ambassador for women’s cycling.
“B ut sadly women remain underrepresented when it comes to everyday cycling.
“The gauntlet we’re throwing down is for every woman who already cycles regularly to find just one more woman they can help and inspire to get on their bike.”
The awards were presented at a Parliamentary reception in Westminster, following a ride to the House of Commons by more than 150 women, to raise awareness of women’s cycling.
Leading the ride was one of the 100 Women, TV personality Angellica Bell, who only started riding as an adult after being inspired by her step-father, and a chance to appear on a TV cycling challenge to ride a stage of the Tour de France.
Angellica said: “Wouldn’t it be amazing if every female cyclist in this country persuaded just one more woman to take up cycling. Imagine the difference that could make.
“Cycling is not only one of the most enjoyable ways of getting around, it’s great for your health, fitness and the environment.”
Women’s Festival of Cycling took place throughout July with events held all around the UK to encourage more women to cycling.
To rise to the challenge, and to make an online pledge to encourage another woman to cycle, visit the pledge page at : www.cyclinguk.org/pledge
Or to find out more about the Women’s Festival of Cycling and to see a full list of nominees, visit the website: www.cyclinguk.org/womens-festival-cycling