Member profile: Lorraine Doran
Published 16 January 2012
Lorraine got into cycling over twenty years ago when she was a single parent and couldn't afford to run a car. 'Public transport was a little hit and miss and I wanted to take my son to school, so I bought a secondhand bike,' she remembers. 'I could do the school run, then cycle to work, and still get there on time.'
Nowadays it's the social side of cycling that Lorraine enjoys. 'It's fun going out with like-minded people who enjoy the company,' she says. Lorraine signed up to become a Breeze champion, and has been trained by British Cycling to organise and lead group rides just for women. (In case you were wondering, she's sporting a santa outfit in the picture above for a festive Breeze ride just before Christmas 2011!)
'Being involved with Breeze has enabled me to become part of a friendly group that isn't lycra-clad and all about fast times like many cycle clubs. I find it so inspiring to watch new cyclists gain confidence and better cycling skills. Breeze has given me the opportunity to make some lovely new friends – we not only ride together, but go out for a social evening once a month as well.'
Lorraine's British Cycling membership brings extra value too. 'Being a member helps me keep up-to-date with the latest information and tips about cycling,' she says. 'There are loads of places you can get discounts from, and it's great having the peace of mind and security from knowing that you're insured.'
And what would Lorraine say to any women who haven't been on a bike for a while but feel like giving it a go? 'Follow me and join Breeze – not only for the cycling skills and the fitness, but for the friends and social side of lots of ladies enjoying the same hobby and sharing experiences. It doesn't matter if you can ride one mile or fifty – everyone's welcome.'