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Moments in our club History

Women welcomed into the club

As we celebrate the Women’s Festival of Cycling over this week, is worth remembering that Women were not allowed to take part in lots of sports years ago, and cycling was no exception. Fortunately for Southend Wheelers the decision to accept women into the club came about in May 1939, when Miss F J Newberry, who had been social secretary to the then named, Southend & County Wheelers, senior men’s organisation, put the proposal forward with energy and enthusiasm.

Today, the number of Women within the Wheelers now totals around a third of its 170 membership, and although back it 1939 it was said ‘the girls will never be able to keep up’, which as we all know that’s not true, many club women have proved that point since 1939 and still do today, leaving some of their male counterparts lagging.

Women's Festival of Cycling 2022

The Women’s Festival of Cycling still has a few more events to run, so why not come along and join in? Details can be found on our events calendar here:

An off-road ride

Date: 1st September

Time: 18:30

Venue: Woodland Centre, Belfairs Golf Course, SS9 4LR

Details: An off-road ride around two hours in duration, everyone welcome

Entry fee: FREE

Come and try a time trial.

Date: 3rd September

Time: 08:30

Venue: Shepherd and Dog pub, Stambridge, SS4 2DA

Details: A special Women’s event, you are riding against the clock over seven miles – Novices welcome

Entry fee: £4.50 (pay on the day – please make every effort to bring the correct money with you)

A leisurely group ride

Date: 4th September

Time: 08:30

Venue: Chalkwell Shelter, Southend, SS0 8HW

Details: A leisure ride for all abilities, heading out to Barling, returning to the start, with a coffee stop along the way

Entry fee: FREE

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