Carol Cooke

I did my first Sunday Girls ride in the same week I lost my husband to cancer after a long and brave fight. I had bought a road bike but hadn’t had much chance to ride it and didn’t know anything about gears, let alone when to change them. But with help and encouragement from all the girls on the ride, I arrived home that day with a big smile on my face.

The following week, I did my first Breeze ride and between the two groups have met some fantastic people and developed a real passion for cycling. I’ve been away with the Sunday Girls on mountain biking weekends, camping trips, evenings out and even running events (another one of my passions), and had so much fun.

I now hold a Breeze Level 2 ride leader certificate and hope to lead more Sunday Girls rides in the future. In August, I’m going on my first cycling holiday to France, an unsupported ladies-only trip cycling from Bordeaux to Narbonne, with all my camping equipment on the back of my bike. Cycling and becoming a member of the Sunday Girls really has changed my life and through this, I have met some of the loveliest people I know.