Have you met our Magnificent Seven?
We’re shaking things up a little for this year’s B2GC.
BQ has invited seven amazing women who live and breathe cycling to help support riders in this year’s Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge on October 15.
Ambassadors will ride in every speed category and will all wear special purple B2GC jerseys to make them easily identifiable to women who want to ride with them on the day.
Ladies, this will be the best B2GC yet with seven supportive ladies riding with you! And men of Queensland, it’s the perfect chance to encourage the women in your life – your wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and colleagues – to take on the B2GC Challenge.
The ambassadors include a former international competitive cyclist, a cycling coach, the highest individual fundraiser over multiple years for the Heart Foundation’s B2GC appeal and a cycling devotee who’s helping to organise the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Event Manger Phoebe Kinley is excited about the introduction of ambassadors for women and is confident the concept will have a positive impact on women riding in B2GC.
“We feel that having dedicated women riding as ambassadors reflects the wide range of female cyclists – from first time riders right up to elite racers,” Phoebe said.
Women currently account for less than a quarter of entrants in mass participation rides like B2GC and Ms Kinley is hoping to break that level in this year’s event.
“Having women’s ambassadors riding in each speed category gives women of all abilities the option of riding with a like-minded female rider, which is a great camaraderie boost and hopefully will make the event more inclusive and appealing to women who might be looking for a little extra support to get them through their first 100km ride,” Phoebe said.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson strongly supports this initiative to get more Queensland women cycling.
“While the gender split in all general cycling is tipped far more towards men, we want to see an improvement in female participation in this key event to over the quarter mark – which will be a 3% increase over last year,” Ben said.
Early bird entries are now open for the October 15 event. For more information, visit: b2gc.com.au