Entries are still available for Kent Velo Girls’ inaugural cyclo-sportive on Sunday April 17. The sportive is being billed as a ‘women only’ event, although to avoid accusations of sexism (probably) men are allowed to ride if they either wear pink or donate £100 to the event’s nominated charity – Breast Cancer Care.
Three distances are on offer in the Kent and Sussex countryside – 20, 40 or 60 miles. There is also a Go Ride event organised for those under-12 to join in. Refreshements and technical support will be on offer during the ride. Entry costs £25 for all three distances.
The rides start and finish in Bewl Water, Kent, and all entrants are automatically put into a prize draw with some great winnings on offer, including a Specialized bike donated by Wildside Cycles, women’s Rapha products and Sky pro rider Kurt Asle Arvesen has donated a team jersey signed by himself, Bradley Wiggins and 10 other riders in the Sky team.
Kent Velo Girls cycling club was set up in June 2008 to encourage women to get more involved in cycling – it has quickly caught on and now boasts over 90 members. The policy of the club is that it rides at the pace of the slowest rider, and no one gets left behind.
The Kent Velo Girls sportive is supported by IG Markets, one of the key sponsors of the Sky professional cycling team.