Two passionate cyclists have started a local group called The Pink Flamingos to inspire and encourage women of all ages to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Trixie James and Delise Lutz are the locals behind the newest riding community, hoping to encourage women to get peddling.
Trixie said it had always been her plan to start a group for like-minded women and she was looking forward to seeing where she could take it.
“It has been on my mind to encourage other women to get involved and find the enjoyment that I have found through the physical act of riding and in developing some beautiful friends along the way,” Trixie said.
“Cycling in Bundaberg is a growing sport and is a great way to build fitness and get out on the open roads and enjoy our beautiful countryside.
“Women often cite time and family commitments, plus the uncertainty of riding on the road, as reasons why they are unable to take up cycling as a sport.
“Yet cycling offers so many benefits, least of which is fitness and cardiovascular health.”
Trixie said the Pink Flamingos' vision was to empower women to enjoy the sport of cycling whether in a competitive sense or simply social riding.
“To begin with we will be meeting at the crit track, near Lake Ellen, on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm,” she said.
“The goal is to have all level of riders join us with those aged 13 and over invited along.
“We will help beginners to build their confidence on their bikes and intermediate riders to gain power and fitness.
“Women are welcome to ride road bikes, mountain bikes or even e-bikes.
“Once a month we will organise a social road ride which, of course, will take us past a coffee shop or something just as delectable.”
“We had 22 women join us for our first gathering and I know this cycling community is going to continue to grow.”
Trixie is also looking for any local businesses who would like to support the riding community.
“There are many ways that businesses can align with us and help to support this growing movement,” she said.
“It’s not always about asking for donations, but it could be they have a service they can offer.”
The group is also hoping to increase the confidence of riders when cycling on the road.
“It can be daunting riding on our local roads as some drivers may display aggressive behaviours, so we are hoping to help build the confidence of new riders when they take to the road through this group,” she said.
“When riding in small groups, it is safer for riders to ride double abreast, and this is allowed.”
If you would like to know more about The Pink Flamingos contact Trixie James or Delise Lutz on Facebook.
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