British Cycling says it is upon course to achieve its target of getting one million more women cycling simply by 2020.

The Women’s Cycling Technique was
launched in Mar by the sport’s national governing body to build on interest following the
London Olympics.

It says around 106, 000 women have participated in programmes this year.

“There is also a real appetite for women to get into racing or to try personal challenge rides, ” said chief executive Ian Drake.

“In the particular six months since we launched our strategy we’ve made some great improvement and our plan to get one million more women cycling over the next seven years is firmly on track.

“So far this year, 24, 000 women have taken part in British Bicycling sportives and our female associate base has increased by 19% since we launched our strategy.

Secretary of state for culture, mass media and sport Maria Miller said: “With great role models like Laura Trott (pictured above) plus Becky James, an increase in women’s races, a Women’s Tour introduced and more female coaches coming through, the sport is in a great position to maintain this momentum. “

Earlier this particular month, the women’s Tour of Britain
was given the same position as the men’s race simply by world cycling’s governing body, the particular UCI, for its launch in 2014 – making it one of the highest-rated women’s races able to attract top bikers.

In its six-month update,
Uk Cycling said 37, 000 women have taken part in traffic-free cycle rides in 2013, including that over a third of the complete attendees were women.

Three-time BMX World Champion, Shanaze Reade, said: “For too long cycling has been seen as an sport for men.

“The more women that will cycle, the more their friends, siblings and mums will be inspired to provide it a try – we’re starting to close that gender gap. “