To my surprise, I have discovered that running is not the only fun sport around. There is also cycling.
Through Facebook, I found out that Dani from Leeds Girls Can was running a cycling group. It runs from various locations around Leeds and there was one going from Middleton. So, I decided to give it a go.
I set off in gale force winds and hail to meet at Middleton Park golf club. Unfortunately for me, that meant cycling the whole way up Dewsbury Road. In reality, I pushed my bike more than I rode it.
I finally arrived at the golf club as the hailstorm started, but never mind. I was there and I was going to enjoy this ride if it killed me.
I found Dani in the golf club and received a very warm welcome, she introduced me to the other ladies, but I can’t remember all of their names so am not even going to try. I had the standard check of my bike to make sure it was fit to ride. When everyone was ready, we set off through Middleton Park along a route that I have run many times before, but never cycled. Luckily for me, it was all downhill.
We stopped a few times to regroup and have a chat . We rode along the side of Middleton Railway and up to The South Leeds Academy, I was over halfway home so decided to leave the group at that point. I had already done the uphill bit after all.
Dani runs the cycling group in Middleton on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm meeting at the old golf club. The next session is on Wednesday 5 May. She also has other groups at varying times during the day in other parts of Leeds.
This girl can ride!
This post was written by Amanda Binns using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.