For Lisa Jones, all the fantastic feelings of freedom and happiness that came with riding a bike as a child came rushing back on a holiday mountain biking trip in Hawaii. So when she returned home to Birmingham, she wanted to keep the wheels turning.
Lisa has been leading social rides for 3CJ Cycling Club for almost a year now. Her rides are what she calls ‘urban explorer’ rides: off-road fun with the promise of cake and a good brew.
The group of regular riders who attend is growing every week and Lisa is expanding her own experiences: she has just trained as an NSI instructor so she can help inspire more people to learn to ride and develop their own skills through Bikeability.
Lisa said: “Riding a mountain bike in a city can be a struggle but it didn’t take me long to discover the huge amount of green spaces Birmingham has to offer and great off-road routes.
The best part of my cycling journey is the amazing people I’ve met along the way.
“Recently, after endless nagging friends have finally got me on a road bike. I have had a taste of the dark side and it turns out I quite like it. Yes, I hate to say it but even road cycling can be fun!
“But the best part of my cycling journey is the amazing people I’ve met along the way, the awesome adventures we have had and memories that will last forever.
“Sharing the off road routes I have found and showing people a greener Birmingham; the fun you can have by getting out on the bike; and seeing the smiles on the riders faces is what it’s all about for me.”
Lisa was nominated for 100 Women in Cycling by a huge number of people, one of whom said: “Lisa inspires people to get out riding no matter what bike they have, how far they can go or where they ride. Lisa doesn't even have to meet you in person to inspire you, she shares on social media in such an engaging way it makes you want to get on your bike and go on your own adventures.”
Another said: “Lisa has such a positive and infectious energy and passion for cycling. She is amazing at engaging people and encouraging them to take part. Her social media presence highlights the sheer joy of cycling and how it can improve your health and access to the great outdoors.”
And another said: “Lisa works tirelessly, selflessly and passionately to promote cycling in Birmingham. The lengths that she goes to (and I do mean miles and miles and miles), to find routes for us is breathtaking. I am so proud to have met Lisa. She, more than anyone I know, deserves recognition of the highest order.”
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.