Today was amazing for two very special reasons. Not only was it International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women; but it was also the day 'The Women’s Ride’ took place.
Words and Images - Katie Quinn
Launched in 2015, this initiative was started to celebrate cycling in Victoria and to encourage more women to get on their bikes.
In its inaugural year, the event saw more than 2,000 women participate in more than 50 cycling gatherings. This year there were more babes on bikes than ever before. The variety of cycling activities across Victoria ranged from recreational group rides and bike themed events, to different disciplines of racing.
Events included bike yoga, cargo bike trials, bike path adventures, rides through Melbourne’s hilly eastern suburbs with the fabulous women from Fondo and a Come-and-Try Track session at the velodrome with the ladies from Melburn Hurt. There was something for everyone! Record numbers turned up at the Brunswick Velodrome, with over 45 women curving up and down the banks. Newbies to track were paired with experienced riders for some quality left-turning fun in the sun.
Cycling Victoria partnered with City of Melbourne to host the start area at Docklands Park where cyclists enjoyed a breakfast and official welcome before departing for their rides. Cycling Victoria presented awards to recognise the valuable contribution that women make to cycling within Victoria, and to celebrate the achievements of those who are helping to drive women’s cycling forward.