Glasgow Wheelers - Ladies Section
There was a time not too long ago when you were more likely to see girls teeing off at the male dominated elite golf clubs around the country than on a Sunday Club Ride. With Lizzie Armistead, Nicole Cooke and Victoria Pendleton raising the public image of female cycling into the stratosphere that is now history.
Rewind a decade and our sole lady member and racer was Johan Thayne, who was still able to hold her own against riders half her age.
Our girls regularly meet, sometimes in an all-female group but more often at the weekly Sunday Club rides. If you are thinking of joining then please get in touch. Help is at hand with advice on equipment, training and even racing. The group sessions are great for improving bunch riding technique and also general fitness.
We are also delighted to be promoting one of the few girls only races this year, our own GWCC Ladies RR on 20th April 2013, organised by our Ladies Captain, Sarah Barry.
Previously an 800m runner for City of Glasgow AC, Alix had the bad luck to pick up a number of knee injuries which ended her involvement in running. After meeting (now husband) Jamie she picked up the bike, if only for a "if you can't beat them join them" thing. A regular attendee of Club rides, Alix has tried her hand at a few time trials but enjoys cycling to keep fit.
Our Ladies Captain, Sarah is a prominent promoter of ladies cycling in the west of Scotland. Currently she runs the popular Scott-Contessa training sessions on Saturdays which aim to develop new or novice female riders. Sarah likes to compete in both road and cyclo-cross events. Organising GWCC Ladies RR in 2013!
Lochwinnoch-based Kerry is another 2012 addition to our growing Ladies contingent.
Elaine has been our most prominent Lady for the past five years. Her speciality is time trialling but this has developed more recently into duathlon events. She has notched up victories in a number of these this year. A disciplined trainer, Elaine works in the field of nutrition and also lectures at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh.
Swimming's loss is our gain! Fiona is transforming from the top flight of Scottish swimming to cycling. We think she will have loads of potential time trialling or on the track and hailing from Lennoxtown there's no excuse for not training in the hills either.
In her own words, "Former first cat roadwoman. 1996 winner of the Scottish Ladies RR series. 30 mile mixed tandem Scottish record holder together with Allan Maclean. 2009 500m British Masters track champion. Likes hills (over the years I have bagged the ladies prize in the Catford CC, Bec CC hillclimbs, Isle of Man TT, Tour de Trossachs and Beacon Mountain time trials). Doesn't like corners."
A keen triathlete, Deirdre joined the Wheelers in early 2012. She is also a keen participant in sportives and has completed the Robert Millar Sportive and the Etape Caledonia events - both 80 miles plus. Never one to shirk the big distances we need to tell Deirdre to stop training sometimes!