Banbury triathlete invites people to get on two wheels
Heidi Yates, the new British Cycling community developer at Cherwell District Council’s Leisure and Sport team, outlines a number of projects aimed at increasing cycle use in the town.
The Banbury athlete previously competed at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon World Championships and currently teaches spin classes weekly at the Spiceball Leisure Centre.
Heidi said: “Since a young age I have loved cycling because of the freedom it gives me to go where I want. I got my first road bike through the Cycle to Work program and my love for cycling grew even stronger when I participated in the 100-mile Broughton Castle Sportive and then moved on to racing triathlon and time trials.
“Research shows that participation in cycling is not as high among women and people from ethnic minorities as it should be. We want to break down these barriers so that more people have the chance to enjoy the fun , fitness and mental health benefits that cycling offers in all its forms.
Heidi invites local women to join her on Saturday, October 22 for two Breeze Rides, which are gentle expeditions designed to help women gain confidence on the road.
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Rides will depart from People’s Park in Banbury, and women in attendance will need to bring their own road or hybrid bikes.
Heidi is also encouraging locals to bring their bikes to Lock29 on Friday October 28, where they can have their bikes tagged, free of charge, by Thames Valley Police.
Members of the public can also get free routine repairs carried out by a qualified mechanic, courtesy of the Dr Bike service. The initiative aims to help people overcome common mechanical problems, and spare parts like cables, brake pads and inner tubes will be available free of charge.
This event will take place outside Lock29 at Castle Quay on Friday 28th October from 12pm to 4pm.