A new community exercising group will make its debut in Devonport.

Every Wednesday at 9.15am women will have the chance to be involved in afree cycling fitness group.

Organiser and Feel Great Crew personal trainer Philippa Martin said the idea of the group is to ride at participants own pace on low traffic streets.

“I love cycling and I talk to a lot of ladies who do not want to go out on the roads,” she said.

“I find in other exercise classes people get injured and cycling is an easy on your body exercise to do.

“There areladies only groups in Launceston, so Idecided to make it ladies only, it is designed to empower them and get them out riding.”

The group format is modeled onsuccessful groups in Launceston organised by personal trainer Mark Connelly.

Ms Martinsaid the goal will be for the ladies to participate in a fundraising community bike ride later in the year.

“I am so excited about this new free ladies only cycling group,” she said.

“I can’t wait to watch the ladies develop their skills, confidence and fitness.”

Women of all skill levels and ages are invited to take part.

“I trained a lady the other day and she is in her 70s and she will come along –and while it is school holidays I have my five and seven year olds so I will bring them with me,” Ms Martin said.

“It is for any age and any ability, if children come along their parents will have to be present.”

Ms Martin said she has wanted to organise a group like this for a while, now her youngest is at school the timing was right.

“They can do the school drop off, have their bikes in the car and then go for a ride,” she said.

“That is why I decided to start it at 9.15.”

The cycling group is designed to be a work out ride rather than a social ride but in a positive and supportive environment.

All participants must wear a helmet and obey all traffic rules,Ms Martin advises participants to invest in cycling insurance before participating.

Each ride will be no longer than one hour and 15 minutes long andbasic bike handling skills will be taught.

The cycling group will meet at the Mersey Bluff car park every Wednesday.

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