Cycletta, a new initiative to encourage more women to take to the saddle, has been launched by Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton. The scheme, supported by Sky and British Cycling, kicks off with two mass participation events in 2011: Cycletta North, June 26 (Tatton Park, Cheshire) and Cycletta South, September 11 (Whipsnade, Bedfordshire) both serving up 40km traffic-free courses designed to appeal to both experienced riders and those looking to up their game and improve confidence. Individual event entry is £45 with a £10 discount for participation in both events (go on, you know you want to); registration includes hints and tips on training, preparation and event strategies with the emphasis firmly on cooperation and teamwork.


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Get back on the bike

So it looks like it might rain and it’s still winter, technically. You’re feeling a bit tired because, well, wasn’t it Christmas last month, almost. Well if you need a bit of inspiration to get back ‘on it’ try this beautiful film from Matt Blandford. Lido Domenichelli is a 73 year old resident of Quarrata, Italy. He still cycles up to 200 km a week in the hills around the town.


I was in my shorts before the credits rolled.



Lo Scugno (English subtitles) from Matt Blandford on Vimeo.