SheSpoke women's ride to Cycle Show hailed success

Women from all parts of London came together to enjoy a beautiful autumnal ride from the grandeur of the Imperial War Museum to the impressive Cycle Show at Earl's Court.

LCC's ladies defied the looming grey clouds to gather at the Imperial War museum for SheSpoke's second female-focused ride.

Riders benefitted from an female team of Dr Bike mechanics, free cycle safety information and a delicious breakfast supplied by the Imperial War Museum's Company of Cooks.                                                                               
Despite the early start, our enthusiastic riders were raring to go. Some even dressed the part, decorating their bikes with autumn leaves, berries and flowers.

The riders cycled the eight-mile route along London's quieter streets, through Battersea Park, across the River Thames, and through pretty car-free Brompton Cemetery to Earl's Court.

On arrival, LCC arranged for the riders to be met by the Changing Places team, a joint initiative between the City of London Police Force’s Road Policing Unit and the Metropolitan Police Traffic Partnership Unit.

Cyclists were then invited to sit in the cab of a lorry, and learn how these drivers see the road. A safety talk accompanied the safety session, giving advice as to how cyclists should ride on the road when sharing it with an HGV.

Our female-focused event did not end there. The riders spent the afternoon enjoying the Cycle Show, which hosted an 'industry first', a series of popular women’s sessions that provided expert advice for the growing wave of female cyclists in the country. A fabulous fashion show by Cyclodelic was the icing on the cake for our SheSpoke riders.

"We'd like to say a huge thank you to all those who took part in the day. May I also pass my congratulations on to Polly Pollock who won the prize draw and is now the proud owner of a £500 ladies bike courtesy of the Cycle Show."
Alison Waller, Events officer 

photo Around 60 riders and marshals met at the Imperial War Museum for their free pre-ride breakfast

photo Three female Doctor Bikes provided free bike maintenance before the ride to anyone who needed it

photo Riders were encouraged to dress their bikes in autumn colours

photo The final ride briefing before setting off

photo The easy-paced ride followed many quiet back streets

photo Brompton Cemetary provided a beautiful autumnal traffic-free section to the route

photo The Metropolitan Police helped with the lorry safety session at the Cycle Show