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. For our live talks we have chosen a range of women with completely different experiences of cycling; from newbies to world champions, to grassroots cycling organisations and real life local women- there is something to inspire any woman whatever your cycling ability. 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.

All of talks will be via Zoom webinar and you will need to register for the talk before the event. Our live speaker events will include a 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, have a look at the bios below.

Powerful Projects for Women Cycling in Glasgow-Two pre-recorded short films

Wednesday 5th May at 6.30pm

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SoulRiders: Cycling for women led by women – A short film discussing women’s experiences of cycling in our SoulSisters group. “SoulSisters is led by women for women. Using an innovative and fresh approach, our bespoke programme is a tailored cycling and personal development programme where we empower women through cycling. The aim is to bring women together from all walks of life through activities such as group rides, road safety, mechanical training, and social evenings.”

Bike For Good- Pedal Pathways and beyond. Pedal Pathways was a women’s only project designed, led and delivered by women. The project taught women to cycle as well as holding regular social events. The project has evolved and Bike for Good now offer weekly women’s cycle lessons and cycle rides open to all women and femme/feminine-identifying non-binary people as well as ‘Spokes not Blokes’ bike maintenance classes, which are open to all womxn and all non-binary people. This short film explores some of these amazing projects in more depth.

Kayleigh Haho

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

Wednesday 5th May at 8pm

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“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.”

Cycling Without Age- Women Pilots in Prestwick – Pre-recorded Talk

Thursday 6th May at 5.30pm

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With an active Chapter of Cycling Without Age already  in Prestwick and over 40 more chapters across Scotland, we are enabling more and more people to volunteer to make this wonderful project happen in their communities. Scotland has over 2400 people volunteering, many of whom are women who have never cycled before! We are looking forward to the Ayrshire Women’s Cycle Festival where we will screen some inspiring stories from ladies of all ages who’s lives have been transformed by this simple act of kindness which led them to getting active and keeping fit.  

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

Thursday 6th May at 6.30pm

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Four 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 such as cycling on your period, cycling through hormonal changes, cycling in pregnancy and cycling & mental health. There will also be a chance to ask your own questions at the end.

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

Thursday  6th May at 8pm

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Having never cycled before Lockdown 1, Frankie had the idea of cycling around the UK talking to women 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 women. 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 women she interviewed along the way.

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

Friday 7th May at 7.30pm

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Claire Martin works part time 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. Claire also volunteers as a Breeze champion leading cycle rides for women and is currently setting up Breeze rides in Ayrshire which will hopefully start once restrictions lift. Claire is a recreational cyclist and enjoys mountain biking and will talk to us about all these roles, experiences of cycling and the benefits these have on our mental health.

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