Breeze loves volunteers!

Bradford Breeze workshop

Since the launch of the Breeze network of bike rides and support for women this spring, British Cycling has trained 100 local volunteers – almost half its 2011 target.

British Cycling has recruited local female cycling champions across a number of cities including Manchester, Bradford, Blackpool, Leicester, Preston, Blackburn, Bath, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Middlesbrough. The network is being rolled out in more cities throughout the year.

Natalie Justice, Breeze programme manager said: “We’re proud to play our part in the celebration of volunteering in this National Volunteer Week, during the European Year of Volunteering. The Breeze programme is volunteer-led and the local champions are at the heart of everything we are doing to help more women have fun on a bike. It’s great news that we’ve trained 100 volunteers. Together with them we’re aiming to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting 2012 legacy.”

Over the next three years, British Cycling will train over 1,000 women to become local Breeze champions with a Ride Leader qualification. This will result in over 80,000 women getting involved in bike riding.

Breeze champions enjoy a free one day ride leadership course, followed by a two hour workshop about the Breeze network and a chance to meet the team and other volunteers. British Cycling provides free kit, membership of the organisation and support every step of the way. Local champions organise, promote and deliver their own Breeze bike rides – around 14 a year in their local area.

Natalie Justice adds: “The Breeze network is in response to the fact many women would like the chance to ride a bike for fun if they had some support and someone to go with. It’s a great opportunity for British Cycling, our partners and our fantastic volunteers to join together and highlight the ‘Cycling Gap’ – the big difference in the numbers of women and men who enjoy cycling for fun. Volunteers will help change cycling for women, forever. A huge thank you to everyone who is getting involved.”