The ladies from the HSBC Breeze Jersey cycling group are delighted to have received permission from British Cycling to recommence their rides this coming Saturday 20 June.
The riding contingency are the first Breeze group to get back to cycling in the British Isles!
Sue Fox, CEO, HSBC in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man said: “HSBC Breeze is a wonderful way for people to come together in a relaxed cycling environment. Many islanders have enjoyed cycling during lockdown and we hope they will carry on cycling, enjoying the social Breeze outings to do so.”
HSBC Breeze Jersey was formed at the beginning of 2019 and offers fun, free bike rides for women of all abilities. The group’s motto is: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping fit, young at heart, wise beyond your years, or baffled by gears – every woman is welcome on a ride.’
Catriona McAllister, CEO at Jersey Sport commented, “by joining HSBC Breeze Jersey, ladies will discover new places to ride, gain confidence on their bike, make new friends and do things they never knew they could! I know a lot of our regular riders have really been missing the Breeze cycling during lockdown but have kept riding as much as they can individually.”
We asked some of the Jersey Breeze riders to share their thoughts about how they have been keeping fit during lockdown and how they have adapted their cycling, whilst the group rides haven’t been taking place.
Claire explained, “The wonderful thing about being part of the Jersey Breeze group, is that whilst cycling is the focus, it’s also about so much more. Coronavirus has really evidenced this, and whilst we couldn’t cycle together due to lockdown restrictions, we very quickly started to post and share our individual ride routes and photographs with each other on social media. Seeing what my fellow “Breezettes” we’re doing was invaluable to me and has helped ensure that cycling has continued to be part of my routine. You see, there is something very special about the Jersey Breeze community and the continued support and encouragement (albeit virtually rather than physically) has been amazing – ‘once a Breezette, always a Breezette’.”
Michelle said, “During lockdown cycling has kept me sane: it has been my daily exercise and given me the opportunity to discover some of the lesser travelled jersey lanes and roads. These were much quieter than normal at the beginning and it was a pleasure to pootle along taking in the sites and getting some clean air at the same time.”
Elaine added, “We have been cycling as a family on a daily basis to keep fit and healthy and to get my 11 year old off the PlayStation. It’s a real family affair – we even take our Jack Russell-cross with us called Tsotsi.”
For the month of June, in line with Government advice, HSBC Breeze Jersey rides will only be open to existing members, with six riders plus a leader in each group. From 29 June anyone new is welcome to join!
This Saturday the first ride will be taking place starting from La Frégate Café at 08:30.
To find out more about HSBC Breeze Jersey, please visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/HSBCBreezeJersey