Carol, 39, developed a love of cycling when she started working for charity Free Wheel North in 2014, leading women’s rides for beginners. In 2017 she started Glasgow Gals Cycling Club, offering inclusive led rides, taster sessions, maintenance sessions and social events.
Carol Thompson said:
“I have made so many friends and my days off are spent on the bike or planning some kind of activity on my bike. Glasgow Gals has helped me get through the pandemic, the support from other members has just been amazing and I'm so proud of our family of Gals, I would be lost without them."
Carol Thompson was nominated for the 100 Women in Cycling by Helen Hill who said: "She encourages women to get out on their bikes whether experienced or riding a bike for the first time, inspiring confidence, knowledge, skills and her support in a non-judgemental manner and giving as much time as is required to individual women or groups. She oozes enthusiasm and energy."
Carol was also nominated by Jane Black who said: "Becoming involved in this group has helped me to meet like minded people with lots of laughs, coffee and cake en route, exercise and maintaining mental health and wellbeing. Carol is a true inspiration and a credit to the city of Glasgow. We are fortunate to have her."
She is so incredibly welcoming and encouraging to new members and old. She coordinates brilliant social rides as well as learning sessions such as bike maintenance and many more which are invaluable!
Katie O'Neill also nominated Carol, saying: "She is so incredibly welcoming and encouraging to new members and old. She coordinates brilliant social rides as well as learning sessions such as bike maintenance and many more which are invaluable!"