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What a time for women's cycling!

womens olympic cyclingOne of the most inspirational cycling teams of the summer has picked up the Team of the Year at the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Of course, you all know who we’re talking about. Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell captured the hearts of the nation as they stormed around the velodrome in world record time at the London 2012 Olympics.

The 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards took place last night and were a chance to recognise the sportswomen who’ve excelled throughout Britain’s greatest summer of sport.

Sarah Storey OBE also capped a wonderful year in which she collected four gold medals at the Paralympics, by taking the Paralympian of the Year award. She moved her tally of Paralympic golds to a record breaking eleven in the process.

Now in their 25th year, these Awards are among the most influential in the sporting calendar and the great thing is – it’s voted for by the public. Women’s cycling has come on leaps and bounds in the past few months with other extraordinary achievements by Victoria Pendleton, Lizzie Armitstead and Lucy Garner showing that women cyclists are at the very forefront of British sport. Their success is inspiring many more women across the country to get on their bikes.

Joanna Rowsell - Team GB British Cycling Sky Ride

We're also proudly supported by Joanna Rowsell who said: 2012 has been a great year for women’s cycling and I’m proud to support the Breeze network. Breeze bike rides are perfect for getting together with like-minded women and having fun on two wheels! There are lots of rides taking place this autumn, so get involved today.’

We’re delighted to play our part in getting more women on their bikes. Since Breeze started, we’ve been up and down the country training fabulous ladies to become Breeze champions. Today, we’ve got 450 active Breeze champions who lead and support women on their bikes. Another impressive achievement is that 17,000 women and children have enjoyed at least one of our 2,900 Breeze bike rides, too. Impressive stuff!

A big thank you to everyone who's supported women's cycling over the years - together we're making a massive difference. As Joanna said, there are still plenty of Breeze bike rides taking place so find a ride near you.