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How was 2022 for Girls Get Strong Cycling?

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 and a half years since Girls Get Strong Cycling was born. For those that don't know we started in 2020 during lock down. It was merely my lockdown project to keep me sane from the quarantine here in Spain where we could not leave the house and also to settle the resentment I had for the closure of my gym I owned.

I quickly noticed how so many women had taken up cycling during the pandemic even though there were no groups to cycle with. They took to the roads themselves to find some salvation from the pandemic. It was great to help support women to becoming stronger cyclists and find structure, focus and support through our online cycle coaching.

Roll onto 2021 and we started our first cycling camps in September. More than ever women were excited not only to travel but to cycle alongside other women.

2022 has been a great year with 10 camps, 2 of which were for private clubs. It's been wonderful to meet so many women over different ages from different countries all with a passion for cycling. They all are so keen to commit to their time on the bike and make the most of the time cycling on the roads of Mallorca and also absorbing the great advice that our guides and coaches have to offer them. We search far and wide to find a great team to ensure that everyone does actually go home stronger and more confident cyclists. During our camps I really admire to see all the women putting themselves out there and creating a supportive group of women who they have just met. Supporting one another through the highs and lows throughout the week.

On the other side of GGSC we have our online cycle coaching where it has been amazing to introduce Rachel from the UK at the beginning of the year as our cycling coach. Rachel has a huge depth of knowledge of cycling many disciplines and always willing to put herself out there, not only as a coach, but as an athlete. We are lucky to have her to help other women follow the training from an expert. Then in spring we welcomed Charlotte from Canada, who is our cycling and triathlon coach. She has the been there and done it knowledge that only someone with her level of experience can offer along with her extensive coaching experience. It's wonderful to have an all female coaching team that can communicate to women as women.

This year I must have literally met with 100's of women over zoom to learn about their cycling journeys. There is such a diverse mix of motivations and goals in which women want to achieve and also barriers that have been put up against them. From this knowledge I hope that GGSC can break down these barrier to help more women achieve more on the bike and more in life.

So what does 2023 have in store for GGSC? I often get asked how I plan to grow GGSC, the obvious answer would be more camps more locations. But honestly I don't think that we would be able to deliver the same quality and personal experiences at a larger scale, plus I think my stress levels might hit the roof. For 2023, we want to ensure that we work with amazing people that share our values and a personalised approach, so we can carry on delivering an amazing experience for new comers to our camps and returning women that we now feel are part of the family. As for our coaching we are already rolling out our new 12 month packages in order for our coaches to fulfil a year long journey with the women they train.

The one thing I am so humbled with is how so many women enjoy the benefits of cycling and also committed to becoming better cyclists and having a better life for themselves and their families. Thank you to everyone that has been part of GGSC in 2022 and we look forward to sharing more bright and passionate miles on the bike with amazing women in 2023.

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