A big well done to our Small Heath store's community champion Tracey Collins who's been named in Cycling UK's 100 Women In Cycling list for tireless work helping a local bike club.
Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling is an annual list celebrating inspirational unsung women like Tracey who do so much to encourage others to take part in the sport.
Tracey was nominated for the list because of the great work she does helping the B10 community cycle club near the store.
She didn't ride often until she started helping at the club, but now Tracey leads regular rides on Thursdays and Sundays, as well as helping out with bike maintenance and teaching people how to ride. She's also helped the club secure grants to continue and expand their activities and buy new tools and equipment.
She said: "It's a bit surreal to be named in this list. Some of the other cyclists are professionals so it's great to be in the same list as them! I got to go to Manchester to meet some of the other inspiring ladies on the list.
"Getting people on bikes is extremely important for their health and wellbeing.
"I first got involved with B10 community cycle club in January last year. The club is attached to Friends of Small Heath Park who I support in my community role with litter picks, and at one of their meetings they were looking for a ride leader for their female cycle rides.
"I went on a ride leader course and am now also club secretary. I volunteer with them through my community role and in my own time too."
Julie Rand, Cycling UK’s coordinator of the women’s festival of cycling, said: “By showcasing how any woman from any walk of life can cycle, the role models of the 100 women in cycling list are changing perceptions.
“This diverse group of women have all demonstrated in different ways how cycling benefits people’s lives, and they deserve to be recognised and celebrated.
“Tracey has been an incredible asset to the B10 community cycle club. She joined them just over a year ago, and is now a ride leader and helps out with bike maintenance. She’s helped the club successfully apply for grants to continue and expand their activities and buy new tools and equipment. She’s a fantastic advocate for cycling and encourages everyone to get involved.”
Read more about Tracey's nomination and find out more about the 100 Women In Cycling list here.