Arthritis Health & Fitness

#128 Wild Betty’s Cycling Groups

June 20, 2014

Today’s post is from the lovely Lorraine of ‘The UnCheshire Wife.’ Lorraine is a wife in Cheshire as opposed to a Cheshire Wife, pregnant at 40 and now Mum to a young teen. She is usually found blogging instead of cleaning up and ironing. Today she is discussing the increase in women taking up cycling in the UK.

As Summer is around the corner we start to think of ways to get out and about to enjoy the fine weather. One of the most popular activities by far is cycling: as a family, a group of friends or individually. With almost two million people cycling at least once a week cycling clubs are popping up everywhere and you can find a group to suit your level. The number of women cycling has risen dramatically in the last 12 months –almost 63,000 more women are cycling regularly. Clubs offering female-only led bike rides has contributed to this rise.


Our local cycle shop has started a ‘Wild Bettys‘ cycling group for women. From the comments I’ve seen they seem to have a great time enjoying the exercise and having a laugh, and of course for some a chance to be out without the kids. Part of the their vision is to establish a cycling club which is accessible to riders of all levels and ability which will involve weekly club rides, weekend endurance challenges and charity rides. People are also setting up their own social cycling groups through Social Media, over 13,000 have been created this way.

As an Arthritis sufferer cycling is not on my to do list at the moment, but that’s more about me than opportunity as participation amongst the number of people with a long term disability has also increased by almost 15,000 in the last 12 months. This is possibly due to the lower impact of cycling, compared to high impact activities such as running! Furthermore, consultants encourage some exercise with long term conditions, not only to boost the immune system but to elevate mood and cycling is a great way to get that exercise.

Have you tried out cycling? Do you have any tips for a newbie cyclist?

Lorraine x


  • Reply uncheshire wife June 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Haha, am I allowed to like this page. : )

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