Women interested in road cycling and socialising with other women in a friendly and supportive environment now have the chance with the introduction of a women's group road cycling series.
Sport Whanganui and Wanganui Cycling Club have teamed up to run the 12-week series, which started this week.
"The series is for women who want to take up the opportunity to train with other women and perhaps socialise over a coffee afterwards, as well as partake in other related activities if they wish to," says Cherie Prince, Sport Whanganui's bike development officer, who is co-ordinating the group rides and related activities.
"The timing of the series - 12 weeks between now and the end of November - makes it ideal for those women who are preparing to take part in upcoming events. These might include things like the 2016 Lions Tour de Manawatu Charity Cycle coming up on November 6, the 2016 Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge coming up on November 26, or the 2017 New Zealand Masters Games being held in Whanganui on February 3-12. But anyone interested in training and building on their road cycling skills is most welcome.
"Each week we'll be offering two group road cycling rides - one will leave from Velo Ronny's Bicycle Store, 49 Wilson St, at 10am every Wednesday, and the other will leave from the Red Lion Inn, 45 Anzac Pde, at 10am every Sunday.
"The first ride is free, and then one payment of $20 covers the guided rides, Wanganui Cycling Club social membership, a bike maintenance evening (date TBC), a Velo Ronny's Bicycle Store drink bottle, and giveaways and/or maintenance checks available at the mid-week rides. Also, for those who would like to, and at the cost of the usual entry fee, there'll be the opportunity to come along to weekly spin sessions at the Splash Centre."
Women who would like to get involved can simply show up at the allocated starting time and location on the day a ride is taking place.
¦ Keep an eye on Sport Whanganui's Facebook page to find out more, or contact Cherie on 021 748 873 or email: cherie@sportwhanganui.co.nz