Jersey Sport’s weekly guided women-only cycle rides, HSBC Breeze Jersey, have proven so popular for women on the Island that more weekly rides have been added for cyclists of all abilities, including complete beginners.
Around 80 women have signed up for the HSBC Jersey Breeze rides so far, enjoying a selection of five different rides throughout the week. To help with the extra demand, HSBC is funding the training of extra Breeze ride leaders to help ensure cyclists enjoy the experience with confidence and learn about cycling safely in Jersey.
HSBC Breeze is a fun, free nationwide British Cycling scheme that encourages women to get outside, make new friends and gain confidence on their bikes. The Breeze rides are part of the Banks ongoing support of cycling, which locally includes the second Let’s Ride Jersey family cycling event that is being held at the end of June.
Breeze ride cyclist, Geeta Pankhania, who earlier this year couldn’t ride a bike, has published a series of blogs about how she learnt to ride. They describe how, with the support of Jersey Sport and the Breeze rides, she’s on target to achieve her goal of attending the HSBC Let’s Ride cycling event later this month and taking part in one of the ride-outs with her family.
You can read Geeta’s blogs on the HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/hsbc-channel-islands-isle-of-man/geeta-pankhania-breeze-blog-1-learning-to-ride-a-bike-as-an-adult/2044567589184268/
Catriona McAllister, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Sport, commented on the expansion of HSBC Breeze in Jersey:
“HSBC Breeze has been a real success in Jersey and I am pleased more sessions have been added, helping women, like Geeta, enjoy cycling in a fun, non-competitive environment. It is a great way to meet like-minded friends, get outdoors and build your confidence on and off the bike.”
Sue Fox, CEO, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, also commented:
“Cycling is the perfect way for islanders to enjoy time outside and also help Jersey’s environment and their health at the same time. HSBC Breeze is a good example of making cycling easy and enjoyable for all, no matter what your ability and we are very happy to help support the addition of more ride leaders. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the HSBC Let’s Ride event later this month.”