Jackie and Clare met through British Cycling’s Breeze Network and have become firm friends. We love what Breeze offers and stands for, and we want to follow that on in the form of a non-competitive ladies only cycling club that fills a gap in our local area. There are plenty of club options for the guys but limited options for ladies, so with determination and some inspiration from Kate and Judith at Yorkshire Lass CC and the help and support of Andy Liversidge at Giant Sheffield, Yorkshire Rose CC was born.
Both Jackie and Clare are from Sheffield and love getting out on two wheels, be it on the road bike hitting the tarmac amongst a combination of city potholes and stunning countryside, or hitting the trails and country parks on the mountain bikes. If it has two wheels and a café stop they will be there.
Jackie started cycling in 2013 when a friend suggested cycling coast to coast. “How hard can that be?” she asked herself completely oblivious as to what was to follow. Well, very hard, as it turned out but she’d caught the cycling bug and has subsequently completed several sportives including the Prudential Ride London (100) where she raised money for Kidney Research UK. She enjoys annual cycling holidays and also taking part in vintage bike events. She will be riding Reg, her beloved 1979 Raleigh at L’Eroica and L’Ancienne this year.
Clare loves everything about bikes, from riding them to stripping, rebuilding and repairing them. Juggling longer rides and looking after her young springer spaniel is what life is all about, she says. Clare has always been into bikes and taking them to bits, but it was in 2014 when she got into cycling properly by riding a completely unprepared for 59 mile ride from Altrincham to Southport. This was then followed up by doing the Sheffield Sky Ride in what can only be described as biblical rain and that as they say is history, the cycling bug was in the blood. This year Clare continues building on her cycling experience with 3 100km sportives and has set some personal and cycling challenges for 2017.