Guest Speakers

We are really excited about our line up for 2021 and we hope you are too. We have some amazing inspirational speakers talking to us live as well as some pre-recorded talks that you can watch at any time. This year we will also show a short film of our own Hub staff cycling challenges- each testing our own cycling limits and creating a short film about our experiences. We also have a short film festival, panel discussions and a live film showing of the Adventure Syndicate’s Resolution Race so we have plenty to keep you entertained. For our live have talks we have chosen a range of women with completely different experiences of cycling; from newbies to cycling to world champions, to grassroots cycling organisations and real life local women- there is something to inspire any women whatever your cycling ability.

All of talks will be via Zoom webinar and you will need to register for the talk before the event. Some speakers have pre-recorded talks especially for the festival and some of these talks will be live with a live question and answer session after the talk. Please check out our programme for our full line up and to register for the talks. To find out more information about each guest speakers, see the speakers bios below.

Challenge Yourself- A short film of our Ayrshire Hub Staff Cycling Challenge + Live Q &A s

Wednesday 5th May at 5.30pm

Registration for this talk coming soon

We have five women that work across our Ayrshire Hub sites and each of us have a completely different experience of cycling from no experience to cycle tours around Europe. This year we decided it was time to showcase our ‘talents’ and challenge ourselves in whatever way that be. Watch our short light hearted film to see how we got on from learning to cycle, cycling whilst pregnant and trying BMX-ing for the first time.

Kayleigh Haho

Kayleigh Hago- World Champion Race Runner – Live talk with Q & A

Wednesday 5th at 8pm

Registration for this talk coming soon

“When I was at school, I attended Ayrshire Sportsability and Scottish Disability Sport events and at one of these events, I was identified by staff members for being a potential competitive athlete in swimming and athletics – and this is where my sporting career began. I am now current (2019) World Champion and gold medalist in the Women’s Race Running 2/3 100m. I also hold the World records for 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances (2020). My goal for the future is to compete at the Paralympics in Paris 2024.”

Frankie Dewar with her touring bike during UK bike tour

Frankie Dewar- Newbie on a bike to 3000km UK bike tour– Live talk with Q & A

Thursday  6th May at 8pm

Registration for this talk coming soon

Having never cycled before Lockdown 1, Frankie had the idea of cycling around the UK talking to womxn* older than herself about the outdoors and adventure. With not enough knowledge to be scared Frankie planned a 3000 km loop that would allow her to speak to over 50 incredible womxn, she borrowed some panniers, youtubed how to fix a puncture, and set off. She’ll be telling us all about how things didn’t quite go to plan and what she learned from the womxn along the way. (Please note womxn is used to explicitly include transgender women and nonbinary people)

Claire Martin- Cycling and mental health – Live chat with Q and A

Friday 7th May at 7.30pm

Registration for this talk coming soon

Claire Martin works for Scottish Cycling as a HSBC UK Breeze Area Co-Ordinator for the South West Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire). She is also a part time Occupational therapist for the NHS. She will be talking to us about both these roles and the benefits of that cycling can have on mental health including her own experience. She will also give more details on the new Ayrshire Women’s Breeze rides which will hopefully start once restriction lift.

Wonderful Women tackle the Taboo- Live panel discussion with Q & A

Thursday 6th May at 6.30pm

Registration for this talk coming soon

Five different women with a varied range of cycling experiences will join us for a panel discussion on all things cycling including the questions you want to ask but never do- cycling on your period, cycling through hormonal changes, cycling in pregnancy and cycling and mental health. There will also be a chance to ask your own questions at the end.

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