We at NCA are proud to take part in a new trial scheme (we call it MAD about Cycling). More commonly known as MAD Bike Club, the aim is to ensure more women and girls take part in cycling.

Local funding ensures we’re MAD about cycling

Funded by local government transport body, TfGM, the MAD (Mums, Aunties & Daughters) Bike Club was an entirely free project which ran for eight successive weekends during February and March, and was complemented by the delivery of a new fleet of Carrera hybrid bikes, two of which are electric.

We welcomed females of all ages and cycling abilities to our base in Philips Park, Whitefield. At the most basic level, we had a successful Learn to Ride session for absolute beginners, as well as teaching the fundamentals of bike maintenance and map reading of the area’s many cycle tracks.

Additionally, our intermediate-level course involves relay races and time trials, too. As well as following some of the more challenging trails, including Forestry Commission’s blue trails in nearby Waterdale Meadow. A Gold award was presented for those who tackled our toughest off-road courses out to Clifton Marina and around Philips Park’s very own Blue & Red mountain bike trails on the final weekend.

MAD about cycling awards

We cap the events with a fantastic awards ceremony as well. Attendees including local Radcliffe councillor and cycling advocate, Dr Catherine Preston. Dr Preston was full of praise for the MAD Bike Club.

Cycling is brilliant for you: it gets your heart pumping and works muscles you never knew you had. It’s low impact on your joints and perfect for anyone who struggles with their knees. It’s a great way to keep fit and get yourself from A to B.

Bury is a borough offering outstanding cycling tracks, including the National Cycle Network Route 6. Moreover, this route currently winds all the way from Watford to Windermere.

For more female-friendly bike rides in Bury, I Will If You Will is a local group that arranges regular cycling sessions throughout the town. As well as other activities designed to keep you fit.

MAD about cycling - MAD Bike Club, via NCA GB, Bury/Manchester