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Why won't women cycle?
12:29pm Sunday 3rd March 2013 in News
In Britain women account for just one in four cyclists.
Funny creatures us women – we’ll drive to the gym and get on a treadmill, while blotting out the boredom with music.
We love cakes and chocolate then diet and worry about shape.
We hate queuing in traffic, but willingly join it.
My teenage daughter would say cycling’s ‘out’ and no-one does it, but she complained she was dependent on others to get about, buses were expensive and walking took an age.
Dutch teenagers don’t see it this way – shapely chic young ladies, always smiling, glide past on their bikes to college – often with a pillion passenger! But, over there, everyone cycles everywhere.
What’s more unsightly than a young woman with flab bulging over jeans and a pastey face? Forget the makeup and get some fresh air to give you that glowing look. And did you know it takes just 20mins to cycle four miles and burn 100 calories ?
There’s a simple solution that independent minded women have discovered. You don’t have to behave like a hamster, you can eat what you fancy while keeping in shape, you can time your journey to the minute and be independent about when and where you travel . . . and all for free (apart from the cake and chocolate fuel of course!) If you aren’t confident cycling or can’t yet cycle, then get the training like you would for driving, except this is paid for under Southampton Council’s Cycle Training Scheme.
If you want to look FAB, shift the flab and join us on Saturday, March 9, for the ‘My Simply FABULOUS Mum’ ladies Breeze ride – for more information, visit goskyride.com
By Dilys Gartside, cycling instructor