In February 2011 we were 7 women and by Sunday 4th September 2011, 100 women and their bicycles changed cycling in the North West forever - 100 women gathered together to ride their bikes in the Manchester 100 Sportive
100 Women Cycled the Manchester 100 Sportive - Sept 2011
Riding Through History
Team Glow is the first women's cycling group to be established in Manchester for over 125 years. Manchester has a rich women's history not least of which is the home of both prominent and less well known suffrage and civil right campaigners. Bella Bathurst in her Bicycle Book said 'the simple joy of sitting astride a bicycle was hard won'. Cycling brought women a degree of freedom, emancipation and independence - it truly disturbed the social order of life!
Over the past three years Ursula Harries and Glynis Francis, of Team Glow, have been exploring that history and sharing their findings on a series of heritage cycle tours. To date we have led seven tours linking the National Cycling Centre in East Manchester, the People's History Museum on the Left Bank in the city centre, the Working Class History Library in Salford, the home of Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth in Heald Place, Rusholme, the Pankhurst Centre, the Town Hall and Free Trade Hall, Alexandra Park in Moss Side to name a few places and people.