Beth Jackson’s cycling history is like many people’s: fond memories of childhood bike rides with her family before rejecting the bike in teenage years. However, university offered the opportunity to be reacquainted with pedal power and the love affair hasn’t stopped ever since.
Now 11 years later, Beth is the proud member a wonderful community of cyclists at Kendal Cycle Club. It's a community she has played a large part in helping to bring together.
Kendal CC only began life four years ago but early on Beth was asked if she would like to represent the female membership. Now the club has more that 600 happy members, more than a third of whom are women cyclists.
Beth said: “We have a thriving community of women and men who ride together and support one another, many of whom I’m lucky to call friends.
“Right now my mission is to get more women and girls riding bikes. I want to encourage them to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and try something new, whether that's simply joining our club, riding their first 10, 30, 50 or 100 miles, or entering a cycling event.
Right now my mission is to get more women and girls riding bikes.
“I want women to experience how amazing it feels to achieve something that they never believed they were capable of, and in doing so inspiring others to do the same.
“I love cycling because of how it brings people together, I have met so many amazing people and made lifelong friends through cycling. I also love the simplicity of travelling by bike and unplugging from the real world.”
Beth was nominated for 100 Women in Cycling by Cycle Sprog founder and editor Karen Gee, who said: “Beth has been the leading light in promoting Kendal Cycle Club as a welcoming club for female cyclists in the South Lakes area.
“She has been instrumental in setting up weekly women's only HSBC UK Breeze rides, providing coaching to new and nervous beginners, encouraging more able cyclists to challenge themselves, plus she has organised the now annual Ladies' Bank Holiday weekend ride, which has given many women the chance to experience a multi-day cycling adventure.
“On top of this she continues to inspire others to push boundaries by training for and completing the Fred Whitton Challenge. Beth is a true inspiration who has helped so many to try something different.”
What is 100 Women in Cycling?
Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling is an annual list celebrating inspirational women who are encouraging others to cycle.