AHEAD of a 100 kilometres cycle ride to take place in and around Coventry next weekend, Breeze ambassador Rachel Riley is to appear in the Godiva City.
Breeze, an organisation that raises funds for charity by hosting women’s cycling events across the UK, has become the biggest programme of its kind to get more women into riding bikes for fun.
Next weekend’s ride will see cyclists tour some of the most tranquil areas of the Warwickshire county, starting in Coventry.
Participants will be raising funds for their own chosen charity, however Breeze is closely associated with Cancer Research UK.
Speaking to Observer reporter Shaun Reynolds, Rachel Riley said: “Cycling is just great, it’s a fantastic way to exercise and is something I’ve only just taken up.
“I have already completed the Windsor Breeze Challenge where I cycled 100 kilometres, it was a great day.”
Rachel is now ambassador for Breeze and being a part of the organisation has changed her views on cycling, and the community involved, completely.
She added: “There’s a really strong community both at Breeze and in cycling.
“Where as before I’d commute in a car or taxi across London when I’d find myself in two meetings in one day, I’ll now cycle as it’s a quick and keeps me fit – only last week I turned up to a meeting with my crash helmet and cycling gear on.
“During the Breeze challenge there’s no competitive edge, most women taking part are working mothers and it’s great that so many people have signed up for Breeze Challenge 2015 to give themselves something to work towards.”
The 29-year-old struck fame when replacing Carol Vorderman as Countdown’s numbers lady in 2009 – earning the role ahead of over 1,000 candidates.
Despite taking on the Breeze Challenge, she admits fitness isn’t something she first thinks about when waking up.
She added: “I hate running and I hate the gym but when cycling you can meet some great people.
“Many people view cycling as a solo event but it’s totally the opposite.
“A ride 100 kilometres long is no easy task and it’s a credit to everyone who’s taking part, having a goal to aim for is important in life and Breeze have provided that in the form of cycling and community.”
Warwickshire’s Breeze Challenge takes place on Sunday (September 20).
Entry for women wanting to participate starts at £24 – riders can choose whether to select a 50 kilometres or 100 kilometres route.
For more information, visit www.breezechallenge.com