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Yorkshire bike club to mark International Women's day with suffragette themed ride

A WOMEN'S cycling club in Yorkshire are to dress as suffragettes and undertake a gruelling hill-climb to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The 120-member Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Cycling Club near Bradford was established two years ago to challenge the male stereotype image of cycling as a competitive sport.

It was formed after a mum and her six-year-old daughter watched a cycling race and the daughter asked: “So only boys can race then?”

Elise Fitzgerald, club communications officer, said: “At Queensbury Queens Cycling Club we believe it’s important to challenge these stereotypes and there is a need to increase parity in professional sport.

“As a club we feel that cycling is one of the best feelings of empowerment and freedom.”

The team will tackle the 1.5 mile climb from the town of Ilkley to the iconic Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor overlooking the Wharfe Valley.


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