On Sunday 18th September 2022, Cycle Sisters organised our first ever 100km sportive event for Muslim women. Over 50 women took part in the 'Tour de Cycle Sisters' riding from Palmers Green Mosque on a scenic route through Essex, ending at the Olympic VeloPark.
The Tour de Cycle Sisters coincided with the Rapha Women's 100, a global event of solidarity and celebration of women in cycling. Cycle Sisters along with Rapha are doing our part to help make cycling more accessible for women and challenge stereotypes about who and what a cyclist is. For many of the women taking part in the Tour De Cycle Sisters it was their first time to cycle 100km.
"I only started cycling properly 3 months before doing this tour. Before that, I had no bike or equipment and low confidence. Doing this challenge allowed me to push myself to heights I never knew I could achieve, both mentally and physically, and it all comes down to the beautiful sisterhood that was born out of a shared love for cycling." Tour de Cycle Sisters rider
Riders taking part in the challenge fundraised for Cycle Sisters and The Bike Project's work to emower more women through cycling. We will be donating 25% of the funds raised to The Bike Project's Peddle Power project which provides bikes and cycle training to refugees and asylum seekers.
"This allowed me to be myself for the day. Not a mum, a teacher a wife and the fifty other hijabs that I juggle every day. I loved every minute of the challenge, the chats, meeting new friends and old. I felt like I was part of something bigger." Aisha, Tour de Cycle Sisters rider
We're very grateful to all our partners and supporters who made this event possible including Algbra, Tom Moreland from More than Right Bicycles, Jenna Selby, Rapha, Palmers Green Mosque, Olympic VeloPark, Ashlyns Farm Shop, The Bakehouse and Weald Country Park.
"I enjoyed the sisterhood, an event organised by women for women and it showed, so much care and attention to details. It felt empowering and gave me a warm glow all the way home. I felt proud of everyone who took part and who helped put the event together, it shows what can be achieved when we all support one another." Tour de Cycle Sisters rider.