Jackie started attending the Community Cycle Club three years ago, after being coerced by her long-time friend Christine.
Neither Chris or Jackie had cycled for 40 years or so but had been looking for ways to improve their fitness and lose some weight in a sociable environment. They weren’t keen on just a slimming group or gym option, so when they saw the opportunity to join the new cycle group for new or returning cyclists at the nearby Mecycle Café, it seemed the perfect fit.
Jackie says, “Being very inactive and unfit I went along with my friend for moral support. Our first ride was about five miles long and I was exhausted at the end, vying not to return the following week. However, my friend persuaded me to 'give it another go' and I am so pleased I did.”
The club provided everything Jackie needed, in term of equipment, support, a qualified group leader and predominately traffic-free routes. Jackie’s mileage grew as her waistline decreased, and she went on to purchase her own bike and accessories, and started to contribute route ideas and assist with registration.
As her confidence and fitness grew, it was suggested that Jackie attend Cycling UK Group Leader training to assist with the growing numbers attending the ride, put something back into the club and further develop her involvement.
Jackie successfully completed the training in February and immediately started to volunteer as a leader and assistant on the rides. She also attends the Sefton Cycle Forum, contributing to ideas and plans for improvements to cycling infrastructure in the local area. It’s incredible to think Jackie has gone from 3 miles a day to more than ten times that, and become a fully-fledged cycle campaigner to boot.