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IT'S A BREEZE: Nairn and Elgin ladies’ cycling group smashes Scottish record including a visit to Duffus Castle

By Louise Glen

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Nairn and Elgin Breeze ride out with Duffus Castle.
Nairn and Elgin Breeze ride out with Duffus Castle.

Six Breeze champions from Elgin and Nairn led 30 women and one talented youngster in Scotland’s biggest ride to date under British Cycling’s Breeze initiative.

Breeze is designed to encourage more women into cycling throughout the UK, and it has been particularly successful in the region.

Four trained ride leaders from Elgin, and two from Nairn offer regular fun, free bike rides for women of all abilities, and at a ride on November 6 broke the programme’s record for the number of riders involved in Scotland.

Organiser and Breeze Champion Diane Maciver said: ‘The programme is especially encouraging for new, returning and not-been-out-for-a while women to come out and 're' discover the joy of cycling, and it was great to welcome six riders who were new to Breeze on this record-breaking ride.’

The group, which included riders from both Nairn and Elgin, enjoyed a steady 17-mile ride including a delicious cake and coffee stop at Kula Coffee Hut at Duffus Castle.

The cyclists quickly regrouped and were led away when the rain started, but atmosphere was fantastic.

Ms Maciver continued: ‘One observer messaged me afterwards saying she had seen us all on the cycle path from Lossiemouth to Elgin. She said: ‘It was pouring rain but all I could see were groups of women cycling and chatting, they all just looked to be really enjoying themselves’

The Breeze Champions will continue to welcome local women to each bespoke Breeze Ride from Nairn’s Maggot car park.

See www.letsride.co.uk/breeze for details and to register for the programme and individual rides.

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