All our ride leaders are VOLUNTEERS and have completed their British Cycling Ride Leadership Award Level 1 and Level 2; specialist training to ensure your safety and enjoyment. All of our rides are posted on our Facebook Page with a link to a website called Let’s Ride – www.letsride.co.uk so that you can sign up. You will be able to see which Ride Leader is leading that day, as well as give you the opportunity to chat to the riders and leaders before the day of the ride.
At the start of each ride, the ride leaders will provide a full briefing and guide you through a basic bike safety check.
Read on to find out more about our leaders, and watch this space as we add more to the team:
I’ve always had a keen passion for cycling, having started riding my bike at 16 to help me lose weight as well as enable me to be independent and see my friends without having to rely on Mum and Dad as taxi service!
In 2009, I was fed up of male dominated cycling clubs, not being fast enough on club rides and a desire to make cycling fun and sociable. That was the seed planted. Amy Taylor and I decided to create a social cycling group for women run by women called Women on Wheels. We had absolutely no idea what we were about to create – a bit of a monster. But the best monster and what a fantastic bunch of ladies we have riding with us now. From complete beginners to those chomping at the bit to ride 100km and sometimes even 100miles!
I was already a British Cycling Ride Leader (under the Breeze programme), so we were able to hit the ground running and start offering social rides for women in Worcestershire.
My top tip is ‘Just come out’ – you’ll absolutely love it! We know that some ladies follow us on Facebook for 2 years before they even contemplate coming out on one of our rides, for all sorts of reasons – ‘Will I get left behind?’, ‘Will I have the right bike?’, ‘What should I wear?’ Most women who come out with us all have these worries and the leaders will help welcome you and support you on your first Easy ride with us. And just think that 2 years contemplating, could have been 2 years of enjoying Worcestershire countryside, meeting new people and of course sharing lots of cake and coffee.
What’s your most memorable moment?
I have always been active person, but 12 or so years ago running got the better of me and I started cycling with my husband. We trained for holidays abroad which included France, Italy, Spain and Morocco. It is a great way to exercise, keep healthy and the most fantastic way to appreciate the countryside you are in. I love encouraging people to be more active and make a positive investment in their health, oh and meeting lots of lovely cycling ladies.
I love riding my bike and encouraging others to take up two wheels! We are a fun group that always welcome new comers and no one’s ever left behind. I hope to see you on one of our Breeze rides soon!
Hi I’m Sheena and I’ve been a WOW leader for over three years now. I was inspired to become a leader by Rachel cos there were so many new riders wanting to go out with WOW, and I wanted to be part of a group that was so encouraging to new or returning riders.
My most memorable moment was on an evening ride in late summer, someone said ‘these are memories that’ll keep us warm in the winter’
My tip to anyone thinking of coming along for a ride would be ‘Give it a go – you’ll be back!’
I’m Helen, I love riding my bike with Wow. These ladies have given me so much; good laughs, support, and encouragement, and not just with the riding. I have achieved so much more than I thought I could ever do. Cycling with these ladies gives me such a sense of well being and enjoyment. I love every minute of it! Come and join in with the fun and laughter.
I took up cycling in the Summer of 2014 having received a shiny new road bike as a 40th birthday gift from my hubby! I had no previous road cycling experience so Googled “ladies cycling groups in Worcestershire” and I am so glad I did as I found Women on Wheels and it has been such an amazing journey. In my first year the ride leaders really helped build my confidence and fitness and I loved it…so in 2016 I became a leader myself! Come and join us, I’m sure you will love it and you will gain so much.
Hi I’m Emma but everyone calls me Pixie and I’m the mountain bike division of Women on Wheels or Women on Muddy Wheels which is more appropriate! I’ve ridden a bike as long as I can remember and there’s no better feeling like it, the muddier the better! I love being on my mountain bike and enjoy sharing that amazing experience with others regardless of ability. I look forward to sharing that enjoyment with you perhaps soon!
I am a nervous bike rider and worry about everything! However a couple of years ago I started to ride with Women on Wheels under the British Cycling Breeze Programme for Women. I found the group supportive, encouraging, very friendly and they made me feel totally safe. In a matter of months I developed my cycling and gained confidence. Thanks to WOW, I can now handle my bike better (including drinking from a bottle on the move), ride hills (little ones anyway) and I have even ridden a 60 mile sportive.
I wanted to help others share this wonderful journey and also find pleasure from riding a bike, so I trained to became a ride leader. I lead Easy and Steady rides (as frankly, it is all I can do to keep up with the faster rides!). I look forward to meeting new people and getting them started on this exciting journey
In 2014 I asked for a bike for my 40th birthday as an attempt to try and get fitter. After 6 months riding with friends I realised that cycling was something I really enjoyed and wanted to do more but didn’t have the confidence to go out on my own and the male cycling groups were too intimidating. I was then told about Women on Wheels. So, nervously, I set out on a rainy Sunday morning in June for a Beginners ride. The girls were so welcoming and I felt at home straight away. Within a couple of months I had moved up through the Easy and Steady rides and was ready for my first road bike and a step up to the Intermediate rides. Fast forward to 2018 and I am about to ride the Prudential RideLondon 100. WOW has given me the confidence, advice and support to be out on the roads and has opened up a new social family for me (as well as introducing me to many new places to get delicious cake throughout the county).
I started riding in May 2017 when I completed a Couch to 50k course and shortly after I joined WOW. I love cycling and helping other ladies along the way, where I can. I am a slow cyclist but that doesn’t get in the way of being able to take part in, and lead, the Easy WOW rides. Everyone is always made welcome and no one is left behind!