Riding with KCC
At Kinross Cycling Club we are very keen to promote cycling amongst women. We are a small, relatively new club but with a small core of women riders. We would like to attract more
women to our club with both road and off road rides.
To give you a few ideas Carolanne, who has the role of Womens Coordinator, has written an article on her experiences of starting cycling with a club.
I was asked to write an article for the club about riding as a female member. Well, to be honest I struggled as to what to say. I could say yes, really enjoy being part of the club and usually
I am the only female cyclist on a club run. However, I don't feel that is very inspiring to anyone and any female readers may feel a bit intimidated by the number of male members!
So, I decided to go back to where it all started.
I've been a member of Kinross Cycling Club for just under 2 years now. I joined the club really to cycle with like minded people, maybe increase my speed and possibly increase my mileage.
There was no way I would be doing TTs, as these are for pros/experts right? There was no way I could do a Sportive what 60, 80 even 100 miles no way!! That is far too long a distance
I just wouldn't be able to do something like that. I was just going to stick with the club runs, that would be enough for me. I had never done road biking with a club before so riding in a
group was new. I had an average fitness level from doing all sorts of fitness throughout the years so hopefully I could keep up. I knew there would be re grouping points along the way on a club
run so that no one would be left behind.
Before I joined I didn't give a thought as to who would be there ie would it be all guys, all females, an even mix? That didn't bother me. What I did think about was will they be friendly? I
used to think that cyclists got their heads down, got into the zone and didn't talk about anything else apart from cycling. Well, maybe some are like that but the club members are all normal and
do talk about other things which is great!
Something happened along the way doing club runs where my mileage was increasing and I wasn't going home after a Sunday run completely exhausted and I felt I was getting stronger. I was starting to
cycle more to work too. I was starting to enter Sportives first the new Sportive Kinross and then the Etape Caladonia. That same year (2011) I started doing TTs within the club the adrenalin
rush is something else! These are not races but an event where you set your own personal best (PB). I also booked a rather challenging and demanding cycling holiday. The Raid Alpine in the French
Alps which was amazing!
I don't think I could have done all these events last year without being part of a cycling club. As well as being fitter and stronger on the bike I am more confident riding in a group and on the road
too. I must point out that I am not a fast cyclist, but have improved in the time I have been a member of the club. I do find that cycling with faster people does improve speed and stamina as you do
try to keep up with them.
I find the club very friendly and more often than not, I am the only female out on a club run. To be honest, I don't really notice it now. The guys are all chatty and if you do have a mechanical
issue, or want to purchase a bike related item there is always someone who will give you help or advice.
It would be great to see more female members joining the club, or even more members. Why don't you come along to a Sunday run and give it a go? There is something there for everyone, whether you
just want to cycle with 'like minded people' or are a serious racer. Whats the worse thing that can happen? And, you never know, you might just enjoy it!!
Our Womens Coordinator
If you are interested in coming cycling with us, then just contact Carolanne who is our Womens Cycling coordinator. You will made more than welcome on any of the club rides.
Contact the Womens Coordinator