Across the country there are groups of amazing women who’ve been working together for decades to get more women cycling and racing. They’re volunteers and put in a huge number of hours to put on time trial (TT) events for women. In some cases, they’re older women who are not very confident about social media, websites and Excel spreadsheets, and don’t have many offers for help, so they can only do so much.
Find your nearest ladies cycling association, get in touch with them and ask if there’s anything you can do to help. They may just need:
- a pair of hands to help with putting signs out,
- an extra cake to be baked for a local event,
- help with promoting the fantastic work they do by offering to set-up social media accounts for them,
- a poster to promote their events
- people to spread the word about their events
The best thing to do is probably to start by getting to know what they do and and ask them what they need help with. Try not to get frustrated if they do things in a way that seems inefficient or old fashioned to you. Remember that they’ve been doing this stuff for decades and they do it for free, out of love for the sport.
It may be that your local ladies cycling association doesn’t have a website, facebook group or twitter account. If that’s the case, it may be best to speak to people in your local cycling clubs as they’ll probably know if there is one and if so who to contact.
- Merseyside Ladies Cycling Association
- Manchester and District Ladies Cycling Association (M&DLCA)
- Central District Ladies Cycling Association
- Bournemouth & District WCA
The examples above were found by manually looking through the Clubs page on the CTT website. If you know of a list of them somewhere please let us know and we’ll add it here.
If there isn’t one in your area, maybe you could start one? You could talk to the existing groups in other locations to find out what they do and find people you know in your cycling community who might want to help.