Meet Our Ride Leaders!

Rachael Halifax

Rachael Halifax

For as long as I can remember I have been able to ride a bike. I ride, road, track, mtb, and commute by bike most days. Riding my bike always brings a smile to my face, even on the darkest day, and I love to see others falling under the same spell. Cycling has given me many opportunities and it can do the same for others. It’s great to be able to share my passion through leading rides and coaching as I enjoy helping people to ride bikes. I volunteer at Free Wheel North a cycling development charity devoted to enabling people of all ages and abilities to cycle, I also coach with Glasgow Riderz, a British Cycling Go-Ride Youth and Junior Cycle Club and help coach youth track clusters for Scottish Cycling. There’s nothing better than seeing people develop confidence in their cycling and getting out there having fun!



Carol Thompson

Carol Thompson

In 2014 I started volunteering at Free Wheel North, a disability cycling charity, which then led onto me working there full time. I started out a few hours a week but became the Project Co-ordinator in 2015 and I look after a wonderful team of staff and volunteers. I became more involved in cycling, helping to get people cycling and encouraging people to cycle. I trained as a volunteer ride leader with British Cycling in 2015 and have gone on to lead women only bike rides, and have encouraged and supported a number of women to get back on a bike and to be confident on a bike. Cycling has become a passion and I have 3 bikes: a road bike for distance, a mountain bike for fun and a hybrid for leading rides. I never ever thought I would be a founder of a cycling club, but it is a project that has so much to offer women of all ages and abilities that I'm so proud to be a part of it 😁



Linda Bommer

Linda Bommer

At the time of the Commonwealth Games in summer 2014, my daughter (Hazyl) and I had a few short excursions on the Nextbikes that were popping up at various stations around Glasgow.

After some persuasion from Hazyl, I purchased a bike in May 2015 through my employer’s Cycle to Work Scheme. The thought of not paying tax on my purchase was the final push I needed.

A chance encounter with a staff member from Free Wheel North while waiting at traffic lights saw Hazyl and me joining the next Thursday evening ladies bike ride at Glasgow Green. We have not looked back. Made very welcome from that first evening, we have since made some wonderful friends.

I recently completed Ride Leader Level 1 and First Aid Training and am now qualified to lead rides instead of just participating. I really enjoy encouraging other ladies who need to boost their confidence in cycling. I also enjoy the challenge of finding new routes that are safe and will help to advance the skills of Glasgow Gals’ participants and also my own.

I encourage everyone to give cycling a try – if I can do it, so can you!


Hayley Robertson

Hayley Robertson

I started cycling again when I was 22 and bought a hybrid. I spent quite a lot of time cycling around the country lanes back home myself, apart from the odd group trip to cycle round Millport. Early 2017 I started looking for a group to cycle with, and found a group of wonderful ladies who welcomed me with open arms. I've since progressed to road riding and now have my own road bike after some welcome advice from the group. I plan to enter a lot more sportifs in the years to come and look forward to the training it brings! Dare I say, even the hills! I became a Breeze champion with the goal of sharing my love of cycling with other ladies and showing that its a sport that can be as inclusive as they come!