Hello, I’m Georgina. I’m 26 years old and an Early Years teacher.
I joined Bingley Belles back in March 2021.
I had bought a bike just before lockdown hit, in hopes of getting fit but didn’t realise how unconfident I had become.
Growing up I absolutely loved cycling. As a family, we used to go out a lot on rides along the canal. I was not afraid and would hurtle down hills at some speed.
When I got to secondary school I gave up cycling and literally forgot how to ride.
Over 10 years later I decided that I wanted to cycle again as my boyfriend adores cycling, so I went out and bought a bike.
I was so unstable, so frightened, and struggled to even get onto my bike without someone holding the bike.
My mum and brother suggested a small ride along the canal and it was a disaster. I had to get off every time a walker/runner or another cyclist went past (yes, I was slower than people walking).
I had no confidence to go up or down any hills, or in fact any confidence to cycle at all, I wobbled all over the place.
As I struggled to pass a runner she told me about how she was part of a cycling group called ‘Bingley Belles’ and told me to email them. As soon as I got home I sent an email and joined as fast as I could.
I am forever grateful to everyone at Bingley Belles for all they have done for me, they have given me the confidence I needed. I absolutely love going for bike rides (when it’s not raining).
I am able to now cycle up and down hills with no fear and just have so much fun. I have completed rides that I never thought I would be able to complete like cycling up to Baildon and that crazy steep hill by Thackley, which is now one of my favourites. I even managed to complete 100 miles in June with some other incredible ladies to raise money for YAA.
I love going out with everyone and having a good chat and laugh with everyone.
After my first ride, I rang my mum and told her how much fun it was and how I couldn’t wait to go again, which then made her decide to join the group.
I am so proud to be part of the group and am thankful to everyone who has helped me fall in love with cycling again.