Registrations open for Women on Wheels

By Nicki Mayhew

Hot on the wheels of last week’s announcement of the Suffolk stage of the Women’s Tour, the hugely popular Women on Wheels (WoW) event is back for a sixth year in Bury St. Edmunds and registrations are now open.

The ride will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 starting from Nowton Park, with four routes available to suit all abilities…10, 25, 50 or 70 miles.

WoW Bury St.Edmunds, is one of four WoW events across Suffolk this year and is organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Suffolk County Council. The event is sponsored by Havebury Housing Association and supported by specialist bike retailer Revel Outdoors, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to local charity, St Nichols Hospice Care, Bury St.Edmunds.

The WoW events are mass participation female only bike rides aimed at ladies of any age or ability (children must be 12 or over) and they focus on the fun, friendly and inclusive aspects of cycling.

There’s an Early-bird offer available on the Bury ride until 31 March, offering 25% off the adult fee for the 25, 50 and 70-mile rides.

And this year for the first time there’s also a discount for combined entry to the Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury WoW events.

Last year the Bury St.Edmunds WoW event attracted around 230 riders and raised £6748 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St.Edmunds, who provide help, advice and support to people in West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.

Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure’s development director, said,
“The WoW events just keep getting better and we’re hoping for even more ladies and girls to take part this year. It’s a great day and a great way to get back on your bike, plus there’s coffee and cake, what could be better!”

Cllr James Reeder, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council, said,
“The Women on Wheels events do a brilliant job in encouraging women and girls to get on their bikes and enjoy the significant health, wellbeing and environmental benefits that cycling brings. I’m sure this year’s Bury St Edmunds events will see another bumper attendance and, for many, act as a catalyst to cycle on a more regular basis. I wish them all well, safe in the knowledge that by cycling more often they are not only improving their own health but also contributing to Suffolk’s ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”

Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership, Andrew Smith said,
“Havebury are really proud to be sponsoring the Women on Wheels event in Bury St Edmunds, and in doing so, supporting the vital services that St Nicholas Hospice provide. It is great to be supporting an event that promotes and supports community cohesion, it will be an enjoyable day out for all involved.”

George Chilvers, Community Fundraiser at St Nicholas Hospice Care said “We’re delighted that Women on Wheels has become a permanent fixture in our fundraising calendar and we’re ever so grateful for the wonderful amount raised and all the support that we have received. It’s thanks to the amazing support from events like WOW Bury that we are able to continue offering the vital services we provide throughout West Suffolk and Thetford.

Registrations are now open here.

Find out more about the other WoW events in Suffolk