In a sport dominated my middle-aged men in lycra or MAMIL’s, the Cycling Australia initiative: She Rides, rolls in this Saturday.

Established in 2014, the program aims to encourage more women to cycle regularly.

Delivered as a series of weekly sessions over an eight week period, She Rides includes different programs for both mountain and road riding, including basics, confidence building and group riding.

Illawarra program leader Jules Verheyen said she was excited to be running the program for the third time.

“Each time we have the program we have 16 ladies come through and then they filter on to riding in the groups that we have with Wollongong Women’s Cycle Club,” Verheyen said.

“It caters for everyone’s needs, not just the fast cyclists. It also caters for those ladies wanting to go along for a social group outing on the bike track. We have a huge network here, we’re just trying to bring more women together.”

Further information about the program can be found at