The Let’s Ride Blog

Updates, ideas and inspiration from the team at British Cycling

Breeze beyond barriers

Mel Nicholls

Newly qualified Breeze Champion – and two-time Paralympian – Mel Nicholls describes the journey leading to her first ride, and how it went.

Manon Carpenter: my mum’s inspiring HSBC UK Breeze journey

Manon Carpenter

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Breeze Ambassador and former downhill mountain bike World Champion Manon Carpenter reflects on her mum’s cycling journey with Breeze. 

My cycling life: Wendy Hartshorne

Wendy Hartshorne

Riding through tough times: Wendy Hartshorne from Newport in Shropshire shares her cycling story with us following the passing of her beloved partner, Ian. 

My cycling life: Julia Davies

Julia Davies

Getting into cycling in adulthood can be daunting, but Julia Davies did just that. After suffering from health problems and injuries, Julia turned to her bike when she was told she had to stop running.

7 tips for making your first MTB ride more enjoyable

Matt Rudd
Getting ready for your first mountain bike ride? Here are seven ways to make it a more enjoyable experience.

Joanna Rowsell Shand joins winners on two Breeze rides in one weekend

Joe McCann

We asked our HSBC UK Breeze community to tell us why they should win a visit from two-time Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand. Here’s who won, and what happened next. 

HSBC UK Breeze reunites schools friends after 18 years

Lynn Gallagher

Forming great friendships is part and parcel of riding with HSBC UK Breeze, but for two women from Hull, joining their first HSBC UK Breeze ride was a case of long-lost friends reunited.

Reducing the faff of cycling

Joanna Shand

Ever thought it was just too much faff to ride a bike? Joanna Rowsell Shand shares her thoughts – and offers some practical tips for faff reduction.

Riding the Yorkshire Lass Sportive

Ruth Raven

She may be a (whisper it!) Lancashire lass, but Ruth Raven recently took on a very Yorkshire challenge. Here’s how she got on – and why she’d love to take you for a bike ride (and a cake).

Top female mountain bikers you should follow on Instagram

Lucy Cranmer

Whether you love to hit the trails or simply looking for a dose of two-wheeled inspiration, check out some of our favourite female mountain bikers who are well worth a follow on Instagram…