Women on worldwide challenge to end ride at Reading Cycle Festival

Club members on one of the regular rides

Women taking part in the worldwide Rapha Women’s 100 challenge will be ending their ride at the Reading Cycle Festival this Sunday. 

The ninth annual Rapha Women’s challenge is a call to women around the globe to cycle 100 kilometers in whatever way suits them and to “celebrate what you and the women around you can achieve”, says the sponsoring Rapha clothing company. 

The Reading Cycling Club (RCC) is organising a ride as part of the challenge. It begins in the town centre and concludes at the Reading Cycle Festival in Christchurch Meadows. 

The 100km (63-mile) women’s ride will be led by club member Harriet and the average speed will be 14-15mph. 

It will be one of four rides organised by the Reading Cycling Club, all of which end at the festival. 

Club runs secretary Matthew says the four club rides were open to guests so they can try out a ride to coincide with the festival. 

“All rides will take in the wonderful local countryside that Berkshire/Oxfordshire has to offer, each ride will have a cafe stop about half way for everyone to re-fuel and we ride as a group and look out for each other, no one will be left behind!” Matthew says. 

This is the choice of Sunday’s rides:

30 mile ride led by Auria, average speed approximately 13mph

40 mile ride led by Adrian, average speed approximately 15mph

63 mile women’s ride led by Harriet, average speed approximately 14-15mph

65 mile ride led by Matthew, average speed approximately 16-17mph

Anyone wanting to join a ride should email clubruns@readingcyclingclub.org 

The Rapha Cycling Club promotes the idea of everyday trailblazers, saying: “Every rider who sets themselves a new goal or pushes themselves to try something different is blazing a trail. Whether it’s cycling to the office or across a continent, joining a group ride or leading one, every act of bravery on the bike, big or small, is worthy of celebrating. For the ninth edition of the Women’s 100, we’re exploring what it means to be an everyday trailblazer.”

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