Committee

Tams Mole

Founder, Chair and Lunatic

I’m the founder of the Widgers and notoriously barking mad. I started cycling in 2012 because I was diagnosed with a lifelong lung condition and I needed a sport that was sustainable. Then I realised that there was a massive difference in the number of men and women riding bikes in the UK and I decided that I couldn’t be the only one who wanted to ride road bikes for fun. I set up the Widgers in 2013. There is no greater satisfaction in life than helping others. The Widgers inspire me, they motivate me, they make me laugh and they have made me cry on many occasions. For all the right reasons.
This club has grown into the most amazing, supportive, friendly community with a great reputation. I’m super proud, humbled and grateful on a daily basis. May there be sunshine, laughter and bicycles long into the future. Long live the Widgers!

Diana Towers

Health and Safety

I’m Diana and I plan the club ride schedule, support our volunteer ride leaders and look out for safety in our club. I am one of a growing number of retired ladies in the club and can be found riding with the Happy Monday’s and B steadies.

Sue Brown

Welfare Officer

Well, I don’t have a nickname yet but I’m sure it won’t be long, knowing what you Widgers are like…. I’m fairly new to road cycling, having played mainly team (cricket, hockey and football) and racket sports (tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis) all my life.

In fact, I only got my first road bike in 2016, on the ride to work scheme and that was just before I retired. It was a very generous leaving present from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service! Having just cycled with a friend around Surrey and Berkshire, until we moved to Bude in 2020, I didn’t realise that not all roads are flat! I joined the club in 2021 and now I fully embrace those hills… The Widgers are a fantastic bunch of women and with their support and friendship, I have managed to drag myself out of my comfort zone, push myself to improve, complete sportives, time trials and even been to Mallorca on a cycling holiday.

Thank you Widgers xx

Tracy Hipkin-Wale

Club secretary

I’m Tracy and I love being active. I’m Cornish 😉 and travelling is a passion – I reckon it’s because we live so far away down here in the Southwest.

Frances Perkin

I am really a racquet player – well, any game that involves hitting things – but sadly my arthritic joints stopped me playing. When I couldn’t walk much I thought I’d try cycling and after my first hip replacement I joined the Widgers. I’ve never looked back! Although I live quite a long way from Launceston, the drive to join in is well worth it. The routes are varied, as are the cafes, and in areas that I enjoy exploring. We have enjoyed some amazing trips abroad. We are all so different but we all have one thing in common; we love riding our bikes together for fun, support, exercise and excitement.

Merwyn Quick

Zwift and indoor training ambassador

I’m best known in the club as Megga or Merwinator. I’ve been part of The Widgers since 2014 when I met Tams after popping into my gym to advertise for her new cycle club. I didn’t really cycle seriously before that and only rode with my husband and struggled to keep up. I’ve come from a Martial Arts background, following on into Crossfit and now triathlon. I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer and Triathlon Coach.

I’ve always been into fitness, and cycling with the widgers has opened up a new world of sportives and time trials, which compliment my triathlon training. You will often find me leading the A and B+ groups, usually singing up hills and chasing Strava segments. I’ve met some great friends within the club and had some awesome holidays with them too.

Rebecca Sargent

Committee Member

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Road cycling for women of all ages and abilities with the emphasis on safety, confidence, community and fun!