Women and cycling
HCC welcomes women who enjoy cycling and those who wish to gain in confidence and fitness. In our experience cycling is a safe activity for everyone and promoting safe cycling is a core aim of the club.
HCC stands out as a club that supports women as seen by:
the number of womencycling in and around Hadleigh
the strong presence of women on the HCC committee and the discussions that take place there
the personal support and welcome given by the men on rides and on the committee
In addition we are proactively supporting women cyclists by:
running coaching events and organised rides that are inclusive and some that are specifically for women
offering a variety ofgroup rides that are led by women riders
working to improve cycling facilities in and around Hadleigh
holding sessions on road side repairs such as changing an inner tube
linking with external support through Suffolk’s Women on Wheels events and the British Cycling Breeze programme
For more info on what HCC are currently doing for women cyclists, please see our Women's Page.
Currently, we are no longer required to 'stay local' and group rides of up to 15 riders may take place. However, off the bike the limitation will be 6 people meeting outdoors (the 'rule of 6'), and it may be that this determines how we organise our club rides when they return (we held our first post-lockdown club ride on 4th April!).
With that in mind, please do make full use of the local routes we have developed. With only slight co-operation from the weather(!), there's still plenty of opportunity to get out there and ride, without going far from home. Please see our Family Routes and Club and Local Routes pages for suggestions.
Cycling Working Group
HCC is also involved in some initiatives to improve provision for utility cycling in the town. We are hoping to identify safe routes from residential areas to the business, shopping, school and leisure areas of the town, and new cycle parking facilities have now been installed in several places in the centre of town. Hadleigh Town Council has recently agreed to promote these aims to Suffolk County Council in an effort to achieve Tranche 2 funding from the Government's Cycling and Walking Initiative. See our new Cycling Working Group page for more information.