“Cycling can be a meditative experience that helps riders find mental clarity and handle stress.”
Sarah Gravel MacKenzie, the founder of Manitoba’s first Seniors Women’s Cycling Club, is on a mission to empower senior women and promote the benefits of cycling. MacKenzie shared the journey of her club, highlighting its rapid growth and the increasing popularity among senior women in the area.
It all began with a small group of three women who started the club as a way to enjoy tryout rides. Today, the club has expanded to over 50 enthusiastic members, organized into four different groups, with another 40 women eagerly waiting to join. One of the reasons behind the club’s success is its focus on meeting the specific needs of senior women. MacKenzie realized that many seniors don’t feel comfortable joining existing cycling groups that often have specific requirements or cater to a younger demographic.
As a LIV ambassador for the cycling brand, MacKenzie passionately advocates for the benefits of cycling. She believes that cycling is an inclusive activity for people of all ages and abilities. Not only does it offer cardiovascular benefits, but it also contributes to mental well-being. MacKenzie herself discovered the joy of cycling more seriously after retiring six years ago and found it to be an excellent way to stay active despite dealing with arthritis.
The club primarily rides in the northeast area of Winnipeg, but MacKenzie is open to expanding to other parts of the city based on feedback from participants. What makes this club unique is its welcoming nature toward all types of bikes and abilities, ensuring accessibility to everyone. MacKenzie also mentioned that the group engages in other activities like hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing during the fall and winter months to stay connected and active.
Embracing the winter season, the Seniors Women’s Cycling Club is considering the establishment of a winter cycling group. MacKenzie highlighted the fun and beauty of winter cycling and encourages members to give it a try.
Before founding the club, MacKenzie faced challenges trying to join other cycling groups. She either didn’t meet the requirements or felt out of place. Frustrated by this, she decided to create her own club, aiming to provide a fun and inclusive experience for all senior women who share her passion for cycling. The club’s success brings MacKenzie immense joy, as it has brought together a diverse group of women united by their love for cycling.
If you’re interested in joining the Seniors Women’s Cycling Club, MacKenzie invites you to reach out to her via email or follow her on Instagram for more details. The club promises to continue promoting cycling as a healthy and enjoyable activity for people of all ages and abilities.
In a world where inclusivity and diversity are valued, Manitoba’s Seniors Women’s Cycling Club is a shining example of how individuals can come together to create a supportive and empowering community. Through their shared love for cycling, senior women are finding the freedom to embrace an active lifestyle and connect with like-minded individuals. As MacKenzie’s club continues to grow, it is sure to inspire more senior women to hop on their bikes and enjoy the physical and mental benefits that cycling has to offer.