On Sunday, 17 April 2016, female cyclists of all ages and abilities will be given the opportunity to band together and be a part of the very first female-only RACV Ascent ride, traversing 100km of closed roads through Victoria’s spectacular Yarra Ranges.
The event will be run by Bicycle Network (organisers of the renowned Peaks Challenge Series) and is born out of a passion for providing opportunities for women in the male-dominated world of cycling.
It will come as no surprise to those within cycling to hear that in Australia only one in three cyclists are women. And while the popularity of granfondo-style challenges continues to grow across the country, participation from female riders remains steady, making up a small percentage of most fields. At the latest Bicycle Network Peaks Challenge – held in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania – this was evident, with females accounting for a mere 12% of the total cohort of riders.
Bicycle Network’s RACV Ascent aims to address this imbalance and encourage more women onto the bike, with the goal of eventually reaching 1:1 male to female participation rates in cycling overall.
In order to remove barriers for women new to cycling or absent from the sport for a while, Bicycle Network will be providing a series of free initiatives in the lead-up to the event: confidence building skills sessions, weekly training rides, demo days, and the opportunity to join a welcoming community of like-minded female cyclists and ambassadors.
So what are you waiting for? The RACV Ascent will be an opportunity for female cyclists of all ages and abilities to come together, rise to the challenge, promote equality within this great sport and have fun on the bike at the same time. Early bird entries are now available here.