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Inspiring cyclist from Cherwell wants to get people on two wheels

Heidi Yates (Image: Tom Slingsby) An inspiring cyclist wants to get people in her district riding on two wheels. Cycling advocate Heidi Yates is encouraging…

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Heidi Yates (Image: Tom Slingsby) An inspiring cyclist wants to get people in her district riding on two wheels.

Cycling advocate Heidi Yates is encouraging people to discover the freedom of taking to two wheels as she takes up the role of British Cycling community developer in Cherwell District Council’s leisure and sport team.

As Cherwell cranks up its partnership with the sport’s national governing body, Heidi says she looks forward to working with local schools to help develop their resources and make cycling more accessible for children and young people, as well as delivering inclusive activities like Breeze Rides for women.

Ms Yates said: “From a young age I have loved riding my bike because of the freedom it gives me to go wherever I want.

“I got my first road bike through the Cycle to Work scheme and my love for cycling grew even more when I took part in the 100-mile Broughton Castle Sportive and then got into racing triathlon and in time trials.

“Research shows that participation in cycling is not as high amongst women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds as it should be.

“We want to break down those barriers so that more people have the chance to enjoy the fun, the fitness and mental health benefits that cycling in all its forms offers.”Heidi competed in the world triathlon championships Chicago in 2015 and people can experience her spin classes every week at Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury .Over the years she’s drawn inspiration from her parents who are […]

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