On Saturday I braved the Cardiff traffic and Welsh rugby supporters who were out in droves, to take part in my British Cycling Breeze level one ride leadership award. The course was held at the Welsh centre for Sporting Excellence in Sophia gardens, right next door to the Tory conference that was also on at the time. I’m sure we provided plenty of entertainment for the hundreds of security staff involved in the conference event.

As cycling has created many opportunities for me, I wanted to offer some of my time to help encourage ladies on to their bikes and discover the fun and friendship that Breeze rides offer.
The one-day training course incorporated classroom tuition including group riding skills, leadership and road safety. The outdoor practical sessions in the afternoon allowed for us to put into practice our new-founded skills leading fellow riders around the busy streets of Cardiff. It was informative, fun, it not a little hair raising at times and was a great introduction to the type of rides I could expect to run as a Breeze leader in the future.

British Cycling’s Breeze campaign is to get more women into riding bikes for fun, the aim is to help women to feel confident and comfortable about riding bikes.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a ride leader and getting more women out on their bikes contact the Breeze network.