North Leeds: Women’s club is a tour de force

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when it comes to its members, Wetherby’s new cycling club is just as much about girl power as pedal power.

Kate Horsfall of Wetherby, Judith Worrall of Thirsk and Sarah Cave of Harrogate decided to form Yorkshire Lass CC, supported by All Terrain Cycles, in response to the growing popularity of women’s cycling.

There will be plenty of time for a chat... and we’ll even have a cafe stop to refuel with tea and cakes.

And a staggering 68 women signed up to saddle up in just one week.

Kate said: “Judith, Sarah and I are all keen cyclists but we’re not hugely competitive, while we have our own personal goals, ultimately we cycle for our own enjoyment and we just want to ride with like-minded women who enjoy the sport.”

She said although clubs often had ladies’ groups, it was not always possible to ride in a ladies-only group and when the groups become mixed, the level of cycling tended to become more advanced.

“Unfortunately, this more serious approach puts off many less experienced female cyclists and inevitably women end up cycling alone, in small groups or not at all.”

Interest in cycling has soared across the region since last summer when Yorkshire hosted the first two stages of the Tour de France, with the world’s elite cyclists setting off from Leeds on the opening day.

Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles, said: “One of the legacy’s of last year’s Tour is the emergence of more women in Yorkshire taking to two wheels.”

He added: “We’re happy to support this new ladies’ club which we hope will inspire even more women to give the sport a try.”

Kate urged local women to get on board, adding: “There will be plenty of time for a chat along the way and we’ll even have a cafe stop to refuel with tea and cakes.”

Rides start at All Terrain Cycles, Audby Lane, at 10am on Sundays. See the Yorkshire Lass Cycle Club Facebook page for details.