OCBC Cycle: All-female cycling group Pedal Bellas providing a platform for beginners

    SINGAPORE – When enterprise growth supervisor Jane Baldovino obtained a Facebook message inviting her to hitch all-female cycling group Pedal Bellas from its founder Annabel Buidon, the 28-year-old was hesitant.

    “I was not really keen on joining any cycling groups as I was afraid to do so,” mentioned Baldovino, a Filipina who has been working in Singapore for six years. The cycling fanatic mentioned she was not as match or athletic as the opposite members.

    After some convincing from Buidon, a 35-year-old Filipina who has labored in Singapore for 12 years, Baldovino agreed to hitch the group on its weekly Sunday rides from Mandai to town.

    “At first, I felt intimidated because I didn’t know anyone and when I arrived, everyone looked professional and athletic. I was the only one with a heavy gravel bike while the rest used expensive road bikes,” Baldovino recalled.

    “But the moment they started talking to me, all those feelings of hesitation and insecurities went out the window.”

    She has now been a a part of Pedal Bellas for near 18 months and mentioned that becoming a member of the group gave her a sense of belonging.

    “They are approachable and made me feel like it is okay to start from zero since they did the same too. It’s not a requirement to know how to cycle, you just need to want to be able to know.”

    For Buidon, beginning the group in October 2020 was a informal enterprise with the buddies she had made in different cycling teams and triathlons.

    Competing in triathlons since 2014, the amenities supervisor needed to kind an all-female group to cycle casually on weekends after seeing that the majority cycling teams had been predominantly male.

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    Now, the 30-odd sturdy group of feminine cyclists journey in teams of 5 each Sunday at 5am and finish their 40km journey with breakfast on the town.

    “We want the ladies who join us to be confident on the road,” Buidon mentioned.

    A couple of months after the group was shaped, the members took to social media websites like Facebook and Instagram to doc their weekly rides. The accounts now double up as a recruitment web page for different feminine cyclists who’re seeking a cycling group.

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