Gill makes 100 Women in Cycling 2019 list
A woman from the Eyemouth area has been recognised nationally for overcoming serious health issues to set-up Puffin Cycling and inspiring others to ride.
Gill Caine is one of Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling.
She joins Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, TV presenter Angellica Bell, triple Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton and others on the cycling charity’s list for significant achievements in promoting women’s cycling.
Diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2009, Gill had to have two hip replacements in 2010 and a wrist fusion in 2016. But this did not stop her cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012, and in 2013 took on an epic Dover to Cape Wrath ride.
However, it is her role in the local cycling community in Berwick-upon-Tweed that has had most effect.
She first became involved arranging weekly training rides for local cycling club, Berwick Wheelers. Then in 2015, she set up Puffin Cycling – a social cycling group that meets a couple of times a week.
It is estimated that only a million women in the UK cycle regularly, just three per cent of the population, with many more bike journeys made by men than women.
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Helen Cook, Cycling UK’s head of engagement, said: “Congratulations to Gill for making it onto our 100 Women in Cycling list for 2019.
“It’s an incredible achievement and testimony to the tireless work she’s done to raise the profile of women’s cycling.
“Every woman on our list is an incredible ambassador for women’s cycling, but sadly women remain under-represented when it comes to everyday cycling.
“The gauntlet we’re throwing down is for every woman who already cycles regularly to find just one more woman they can help and inspire to get on their bike.”
Other well-known names who have made the list include broadcaster Rebecca Charlton, YouTube sensation Ruby Issac, former road and track cyclists Dani Rowe and Joanna Rowsell, and cycling presenter Laura Winter.
Gill is among those on the list who have been working tirelessly at grassroots level to encourage more women to ride.