29 June 2020
Following the recent success of the ŠKODA V-Women's Tour, which featured the finish of the 2014 Women's Tour in Bury St Edmunds, Keep Moving Suffolk in partnership with the Women's Tour and the East Anglian Air Ambulance are inviting new, returning and regular cyclists to take on the Women's Tour Virtual cycling challenge.
The virtual challenge, which will run from the 20 July - 16 August, is to ride the 163.8km of the 2019 Women's Tour stage from Beccles to Stowmarket, which was won by Belgian rider Jolien D'Hoore who currently rides for UCI Women's Continental Team Boels–Dolmans.
As well as taking on a personal challenge, participants will also be helping to raise much needed funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Sophie Matthews, Community Fundraising Manager at East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) commented: "We're extremely grateful to Keep Moving Suffolk for choosing to support East Anglian Air Ambulance through this challenge. Our crews have been working hard throughout the crisis to continue to be there for people in need and it really is only thanks to community support like this that we can keep our yellow helicopters flying and saving lives.
"Virtual challenge events are a great way to keep active and replace the support we've lost this year from having to cancel our normal challenge fundraising events. The women's Tour virtual cycling challenge sounds like a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful Suffolk countryside. And as so many people have gotten into cycling during lockdown, hopefully this will be a great challenge to work towards while also supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance.”
Registration for the challenge will open on Monday the 29 June and close on 19 July with a limited number of 500 places available on a first come first served basis. 100% of all proceeds from the challenge will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Full details on how to register for the challenge can be found at www.keepmovingsuffolk.com
Participants will not only have the satisfaction of completing a challenge and supporting the EAAA they will also be entered into a competition to win a pair of VIP tickets for the final stage of the 2021 Women's Tour which will finish in Felixstowe.
Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention said: "It's been very encouraging to see the increase in people getting on their bikes for regular exercise during the coronavirus crisis and challenges of this nature can only help to support and motivate residents to keep it up in the coming weeks and months.
"We were all hugely disappointed to lose the Women's Tour this year, but we are determined to find the positives from these challenging times and I am delighted that we are able to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance, whilst helping Suffolk to become the Most Active County in England”
Participants will be able to split the 163.8km over as many days as they wish during the challenge, logging their progress on the My Virtual Mission platform, which shows how far you have travelled along the route and what's left to do. You can even stop and look at the local scenery on route using street view.
Commenting on the challenge, Mick Bennett, Race Director, The Women's Tour said; "It is great to see this initiative created by Keep Suffolk Moving and the virtual challenge that has been created for such a worthy cause. While we couldn't be in Suffolk for our final stage as planned this June, events like this and our recent SKODA V-Women's Tour help keep the Women's Tour in the public eye and of course build up to June 2021 when we are looking forward to finishing our next edition in Suffolk.”
20 April 2020
The 'Women on Wheels' (WoW) cycling event in Bury St Edmunds, scheduled for Sunday 5th July has been cancelled for this year.
The mass participation cycling event, organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Suffolk County Council is one of four WoW events across Suffolk and has become a popular summer fixture over the last 6 years in Bury.
The all-female cycling event was due to have a new start location in 2020, from Skyliner Sports Centre, taking in 3 new routes around some beautiful Suffolk countryside.
Tracey Loynds, development director at Abbeycroft Leisure said:
"Naturally we’re all extremely disappointed to have to cancel this years event, but we had to base our decision on a number of factors."
"British Cycling extended its suspension on all sanctioned cycling activities until the end of June, and although our event isn’t until early July, we felt we could not promote an event during the current Coronavirus pandemic"
"Also, with many of our staff and partner organisation’s staff on 'Furlough' we simply do not have the resource to manage the preparation required”
"However, our WoW event in Sudbury is still scheduled and we would encourage any ladies that would have taken part in the Bury event to now come and take part in Sudbury instead.”
The event in Sudbury is scheduled for Sunday 20th September and starts from Acton Village Hall, with a 20 or 50 mile route and registrations will be open soon.
Women on Wheels events are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike, with routes of an achievable distance, and are open to all ages.
To find out more about WoW Sudbury visit https://www.acleisure.com/community/events/women-on-wheels-wow
12 March 2019
Hot on the wheels of last week's announcement of the Suffolk stage of the Women's Tour, the hugely popular Women on Wheels (WoW) event is back for a sixth year in Bury St. Edmunds and registrations are now open.
The ride will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 starting from Nowton Park, with four routes available to suit all abilities…10, 25, 50 or 70 miles.
WoW Bury St.Edmunds, is one of four WoW events across Suffolk this year and is organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Suffolk County Council. The event is sponsored by Havebury Housing Association and supported by specialist bike retailer Revel Outdoors, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to local charity, St Nichols Hospice Care, Bury St.Edmunds.
The WoW events are mass participation female only bike rides aimed at ladies of any age or ability (children must be 12 or over) and they focus on the fun, friendly and inclusive aspects of cycling.
There's an Early-bird offer available on the Bury ride until 31 March, offering 25% off the adult fee for the 25, 50 and 70-mile rides.
And this year for the first time there’s also a discount for combined entry to the Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury WoW events.
Last year the Bury St.Edmunds WoW event attracted around 230 riders and raised £6748 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St.Edmunds, who provide help, advice and support to people in West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure's development director, said, "The WoW events just keep getting better and we're hoping for even more ladies and girls to take part this year. It's a great day and a great way to get back on your bike, plus there's coffee and cake, what could be better!"
Cllr James Reeder, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council, said, "The Women on Wheels events do a brilliant job in encouraging women and girls to get on their bikes and enjoy the significant health, wellbeing and environmental benefits that cycling brings. I’m sure this year’s Bury St Edmunds events will see another bumper attendance and, for many, act as a catalyst to cycle on a more regular basis. I wish them all well, safe in the knowledge that by cycling more often they are not only improving their own health but also contributing to Suffolk's ambition of becoming the most active county in England."
Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership, Andrew Smith said, "Havebury are really proud to be sponsoring the Women on Wheels event in Bury St Edmunds, and in doing so, supporting the vital services that St Nicholas Hospice provide. It is great to be supporting an event that promotes and supports community cohesion, it will be an enjoyable day out for all involved."
George Chilvers, Community Fundraiser at St Nicholas Hospice Care said "We're delighted that Women on Wheels has become a permanent fixture in our fundraising calendar and we’re ever so grateful for the wonderful amount raised and all the support that we have received. It’s thanks to the amazing support from events like WOW Bury that we are able to continue offering the vital services we provide throughout West Suffolk and Thetford.
Registrations are now open at www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/news-community/events-listing/women-on-wheels-bury-st-edmunds/
Find out more about the other WoW events in Suffolk at www.wowsuffolk.org.uk
28 March 2018
A cycle event aimed at inspiring women and girls to get cycling will return to the Suffolk town of Southwold for its third year.
Following the success of the past two years, the Rotary Club of Southwold and District, alongside it's new sponsor for 2018, So Southwold, are pleased to announce that this year's Women on Wheels (WoW) will take place on Sunday 22nd July.
Three routes have been designed to suit all abilities, which are 7 miles, 18 miles and 30 miles. They will all start from the William Godell Sports Pavilion with refreshments available en route.
The event is open for ages 8 to 88, although 8-16-year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Women on Wheels events are mass participation female-only bike rides around Suffolk that put a strong emphasis on the fun and friendly aspects of cycling. They are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike.
This year there will also be a range of attractions for men and boys while they are waiting for the ladies and girls to finish the routes.
Suffolk's most active county programme is supporting local towns and villages to develop WoW rides in their communities. The aim of this is to encourage more women and girls to cycle on a more regular basis, making a positive contribution to Suffolk becoming the most active county in England.
Councillor Tony Goldson from Suffolk County Council, said: "We are delighted that Southwold Women on Wheels is part of the calendar of events again this year. We're hoping that as Southwold is such a popular tourist town that both residents and visitors alike will take part in this ride and enjoy the day."
Cathy Ryan, Secretary of Southwold and District Rotary stated "We are thrilled to bring Women on Wheels back to Southwold. It has been such a hit over the last couple of years and we hope that even more women and girls will get involved in 2018. Last year we had 68 riders and our aim is to beat that!"
The local sponsor for 2018's event is So Southwold, a luxury holiday cottage letting agency. George Bradley, General Manager from So Southwold said: "We are thrilled to be sponsoring Women on Wheels, it's a fantastic event with a real sense of community. We love to encourage exercise and enjoyment of the Suffolk Countryside as it is such a beautiful area for bike riding. Many of our team will be taking part in the event and we can't wait to get our helmets ready for the big day!".
To sign up for the WOW Southwold ride visit http://www.wowsuffolk.org.uk/wow-southwold/
Other WOW events will be happening across Suffolk from April to September.
08 September 2017
A cycle event aimed to inspire women and girls to get into cycling will return to the heart of Suffolk to take place in Debenham for its second year.
Following the success of last year's ride, local Women on Wheels organisers are planning another female only bike ride for Debenham.
The route has been designed for all abilities and includes 6, 23 or 34-mile rides, all starting from Debenham Sports and Leisure Centre with refreshments and cakes available en route.
The ride is open to a wide range of ages from 8 years old, although 8-16-year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Jodie Burrows, Event Co-ordinator for Debenham Sports and Leisure and Debenham Women on Wheels organiser, said: "We are thrilled to bring Women on Wheels back to Debenham, it was such a hit last year and we hope that more women, girls and families dust off their bikes and get involved this year. Each route lets you explore a little of what our beautiful countryside has to offer, so whether you are local or visiting the area, it's a perfect reason to get out and about.”
Women on Wheels events are mass participation female only bike rides around Suffolk that put a strong emphasis on the fun and friendly aspects of cycling. They are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike with routes designed to suit all abilities and ages.
Suffolk's most active county programme is supporting local towns and villages to develop WoW rides in their communities with the aim of getting more women and girls cycling on a regular basis, making a positive contribution to Suffolk becoming the most active county in England.
Colin Grogan, Sport, Health and Inclusion Development Manager at Suffolk County Council, said: "We are delighted that Debenham Women on Wheels is part of the calendar of events this year. They are representing Women on Wheels in Mid Suffolk and we hope that people in the district and beyond get involved and enjoy the day.”
To sign up for the WOW Debenham ride visit http://www.wowsuffolk.org.uk/wow-debenham/
Other WOW events have been happening across Suffolk since June and will run until October.
29 June 2017
This weekend marks the start of a county-wide cycling initiative set to tour towns and villages throughout Suffolk, encouraging women and girls to get on their bike.
Women on Wheels returns for its fourth year with events planned in Southwold, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Debenham and Rendlesham.
The first ride takes place at Southwold on Sunday 2nd July from William Godell Sports Pavilion. Riders have a choice of 7 mile, 18 mile and 30 mile routes all of which are marshalled, well signed and have back riders, plus a mobile mechanic.
Open to females aged 8 to 88, Women on Wheels welcomes novices as well as recreational or regular cyclists to come and ride with like-minded ladies and make some new friends.
Ann Williamson, Women on Wheels Ambassador, said: "The ethos of the Women on Wheels events is to get women either into cycling or lapsed cyclists to return to it. Routes vary from 5 miles to 70 miles and are for complete novices to the regular cyclists. They are not sportives, they are social, community based events and what has been really encouraging for me as Ambassador is the number of ladies who continue cycling after the event and return year on year, some taking the next step up and choosing a longer route."
Supporting Suffolk's ambition to become England's most active county it's hoped that participation in the events will lead to participants cycling on a regular basis.
For further dates and more information on forthcoming events, please visit www.wowsuffolk.org.uk.
25 April 2017
A Suffolk based cycling initiative is celebrating today following the announcement of a new partnership
Women on Wheels Suffolk (WOW Suffolk), which is a programme of women-only cycling events organised by local community partners with support from Suffolk's most active county programme, is delighted to welcome Prominent PR, an Ipswich based full service PR agency, to the team.
The partnership aims to help increase awareness of the events and encourage more women and girls in Suffolk to take to their bikes, while raising money for charity. This comes after a recent announcement from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which stated that more than 20 million people in the UK are inactive, with women being 36% more likely than men to be classified as inactive.
This year, Suffolk's most active county programme has taken on responsibility for facilitating the programme and supporting the delivery and development of the events.
Colin Grogan, sport, health and inclusion development manager at Suffolk County Council said, "We are really pleased to welcome Prominent PR as a partner and feel this is a critical step to help raise awareness and increase participation, while raising valuable funds for charity. The report from the BHF last week provides even more evidence that we all need to be more active and we hope that by providing female-only cycling events it will encourage more women and girls to participate.”
Helen Rudd, director of Prominent PR, said, "We are thrilled to be partnering with WOW Suffolk. It's a great cause which helps women to be more active while fundraising for local charities. As a team of ladies at Prominent, we understand how participating in exercise can be daunting for some and the fact that WOW Suffolk offers events for females means that the fear is eradicated while meeting like-minded women.”
In its 4th year, 798 women have already participated, raising £30,000 for charity. The events are aimed at women and girls with the first event for 2017 being held in Southwold on Sunday 2nd July. All capabilities are catered for, with three routes available (7 mile, 18 mile or 30 mile).
For further dates and more information on forthcoming events, please visit the WOW website.