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Keen cyclist Rebecca, from Bradford, thought her cycling days may be over when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016, but thanks to a more suitable bike she’s not let her condition get in the way of her life-long passion.

Rebecca’s father recently suggested that it might be time for her to stop cycling, because her MS badly affected her balance. 

Her response? “You are joking dad. That is my life, you got me into it, I’m not stopping it now.” 

Rebecca took to cycling at a very young age and even spent her very first wage packet, at the age of sixteen, on a new set of wheels.  

After being diagnosed with MS, a lifelong condition affecting the brain and/or spinal cord, Rebecca didn’t want to stop cycling.  

She joined a women’s cycle club in Bradford called Girls Gotta Ride. The club aims to attract black and Asian women, as female ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in cycling.  

“They cycled by the side of me, encouraging me to carry on,” said Rebecca. 

“My favourite thing about cycling is that I’m out free and I can feel the wind.” 

My favourite thing about cycling is that I’m out free and I can feel the wind.


Far from letting her condition slow her down, Rebecca has now expanded her cycling world by training as a cycle mechanic.  

Rebecca said: “I learnt in three days, which was quick! They said it normally takes a week to learn to fix a bike from scratch.” 

She volunteered first at the Bradford Bikery, a local community bike project running Big Bike Revival drop-in sessions. And now helps to fix people’s bikes at the Bradford Capital of Cycling.  

Rebecca now rides an electric bike which she hopes will allow her to continue to cycle for many more years.

Find out more 

Bradford Bikery 

Capital of Cycling 

Girls Gotta Ride 

Find a local group in your area.

Are you affected by MS? 

If you or someone you love is affected by MS visit the MS Society for support and information.  

Get involved 

If you run a cycling group, workshop or shop and want to find out how you can get involved with the Big Bike Revival next year, get in touch

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