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This weekend Cycling Victoria will encourage more women to hop on their bike with a Festival of Women’s Cycling in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

A range of women’s riding events will be held over March 25 & 26 empowering women to try different types of cycling, listen to talks and take part in social or competitive rides.

Participation opportunities will cover all aspects of cycling including cyclocross, track, mountain biking, BMX, road and trail riding to name a few. Many events are family friendly and, of course, men are welcome too.

Cycling is progressing at an unexpected rate in Victoria where adult and junior participation has grown, but participation among women in cycling is still roughly only 20 percent in the state according to Festival Director and Riding & People Manager at Cycling Victoria, Mark Drehlich.

“We have always aimed to promote the different opportunities that women have in cycling, as well as break down the barriers that many face … For 2017 we have really wanted to make the point about how many different styles of cycling exist and the opportunities these present for women,” said Drehlich.

In metro Melbourne, events include a ‘come & try track cycling’ session at Harrison Street Veledrome and a breakfast and casual ride starting at Roberts Reserve in Brunswick.

2016 saw over 2,000 individuals participate in the day. 2017 aims to grow beyond 2,500 participants – womens, men and children, with a goal of 1,500 female participants. The day has always been about women enjoying time on bikes with families and friends. This won’t change in 2017.

To find out more information about the Festival and local events happening near you, please visit the Women’s Ride website.

Image: Adrian Marcoux