More than 1500 women cyclists participated in Gear up Girl on Sunday 11 March 2018 finishing at Cronulla beach to raise money for the Heart Foundation.

It has been an annual event since 2008, with cyclists enjoying the pristine ride of 20km, 40km, 60km or the new 80km ride from Sydney Olympic Park to Cronulla.

Gear Up Girl is a Bicycle NSW initiative, held with the support of the Heart Foundation, that provides opportunities for women to experience the pleasure of riding a bicycle.

Research shows that only 26% percent of riders in NSW are women (2016 Bicycle NSW Bike Riders Survey), Events like Gear up girl drastically wants to shake up this statistics.

A group of 20 women from Sydney Cycling Sisters took part in Gear Up Girl across different distances on offer. They united at the finish line to much excitement and exuberation.
The youngest member was Ayesha Khan, 10 years old, who completed 20km which was a spectacular accomplishment considering this was her first ride.

Ayesha Khan.

Most notably was Assmaah Helal. She was selected as a brand ambassador for Gear up Girl. Her story was featured on the Gear Up Girl website and in the ride information brochure among 20 others.
Assmaah’s key message was to inspire women to be comfortable and confident in who they are and Sydney Cycling Sisters does that by providing a safe and supportive environment for women to get together, promote positive health and well-being and break down social and cultural barriers.

The key message in promoting Gear up Girl was to encourage all women to get on their bike in celebration of International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) and Bicycle NSW and the Heart Foundation are on a mission to communicate some hard-hitting facts about Heart Disease and the importance of exercise.