Pendleton hails rising popularity of women's cycling

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Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton (CBE) has revealed her pride at playing a part in the rising participation of women in cycling.

Pendleton was joined by more than 600 women at the 2013 Cycletta Series Event - this year's first event in the United Kingdom promoting women-only bike rides.

The Olympian hailed the gains already made as more and more women choose to cycle, and revealed the important part the Cycletta Series has played in making it happen.

Speaking ahead of the event, Pendleton said: "Over the last few years women's cycling has been growing rapidly. 

"I see more and more women out on their bikes and it makes me proud to know that Cycletta has been a real driving force behind this."

The event has grown quickly, going from a two-stop series in the UK just two years ago to a multi-location event across England, Scotland and Wales.

This year the Chesire stop at Tatton Park included three different rides - a 25km, 37km and 52km course - encouraging all ages and abilities to get out on their bikes.

"I've been involved with Cycletta since it began in 2011 with just two events, now there are numerous events in England, Scotland and Wales and it's a real pleasure to come along to the events and join the ladies out on the roads," continued Pendleton.

"Some of them appear more nervous than others at the start, but everyone helps each other along and there's a really special atmosphere at the finish line."

Registration is open for the remaining Cycletta Series events across the United Kingdom this year. 

For more information visit the Cycletta Series website.

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