After a pandemic hiatus, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont & Terry Bicycles Wellness Revolution is back. Launched in 2014, the program is designed to get more women riding bikes, safely and comfortably, and promotes healthier lifestyles over the course of a 4-6 week training program.
Beyond great exercise and camaraderie, the Wellness Revolution includes sessions on bike maintenance, mindfulness, urban riding techniques, cross training and more. The effect of having a supportive group all wanting to thrive via cycling has had a tremendous impact on all of us at Terry and Blue Cross, and helps shape our understanding of the barriers to getting more women riding.
“Before taking part in the Wellness Revolution, I wasn’t comfortable riding my bike in traffic and I struggled with hills,” says Becky Campbell, a Wellness Revolution alumnus. “Over the course of the program, I built confidence so that I’m not afraid to take my bike onto a busy road, and I have a much better understanding of how to tackle those hills!”
Wellness Grad Rides on to National Competition
“Last summer, the opportunity to join a women-specific cycling workshop in Rutland popped up on my Facebook feed. Intrigued to meet other women cyclists, I immediately signed up. The overall experience was beyond my expectations because the classes gave the women an opportunity to learn about cycling and develop a positive and inclusive experience. I come from an experienced cycling background; however, the sessions offered a variety of information that women of all abilities could benefit; whether it be changing a flat tire, fitting a helmet, and even learning to ride an E-Bike. I remember with a big smile the look of shock on some of the women’s faces when they learned that underwear is not worn under bike shorts! At the end of the event, the Wellness Revolution women rode with a sense of confidence and joy.
“On a personal note, the cycling group propelled me into going beyond my comfort level in road cycling. One of the women in the group suggested I cycle in the Vermont Senior Games Championship 40K Road Race that was held last September. I spent a few weeks training for the event, and ultimately finished 2nd place in my age category! Wow! This event automatically qualified me to compete in the 2022 National Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida being held at the end of this May. Over the winter, I cycled many miles on a Tacx bike trainer in combination with daily strength training for the event. In addition, I communicated via email other Vermont participants to discuss training methods, diet, and motivation.
“I look forward meeting and riding with the Vermont cyclists in person at the National Senior Games as well as giving 110% of my cycling ability as I represent the State of Vermont! Thank you, Terry Bikes, for opening the door to the world of cycling for Rutland area women.“
– Kate Herbert
The Duo Behind the Revolution: Lisa & Megan
“We encourage women across the spectrum of cycling comfort levels to join us. Whether you are just starting out or are looking to get exercise in a supported way, this free program advances women’s cycling abilities, builds confidence, and provides an opportunity to connect in a fun, supportive environment.”
-Megan Peek, Community Relations and Health Education Manager at Blue Cross
“The Wellness Revolution program reminds me of all the things cycling has done for me. It provides the grit and determination to try new things, the confidence in knowing you’re stronger than you think, and develops new friendships that can last a lifetime. My eight-year affiliation with the Wellness Revolution, BCBS of Vermont and Megan Peek is great example of this.”
–Lisa Wilkes, Customer Service, Ambassador, Sponsorship and Events Manager at Terry
If you’re in our neck of the woods (Vermont) and are ready to join the revolution the next time around, please connect with us. It’s never too late to set a new goal for yourself or help someone else change her life through cycling.
To learn more about the Wellness Revolution and other great community events, visit Blue Cross’ community events page.
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