Athena Biking Program
Fresh Air Athena is a women's cycling club where women can come together in a fun, supportive, and empowering environment to develop and continually build on their fitness, confidence and knowledge, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert rider.
Fresh Air Athena
Women's Cycling Club
Build Fitness & Confidence
Beginners, Intermediates, and Experts
When women come together to exercise or play a sport, amazing things can happen! According to the women's sports foundation, girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, among other incredible benefits.
Fresh Air Kelowna's Athena Biking Program was founded by co-owner Amie Olar six years ago to bring women in the Okanagan together to cycle and have fun. In that time the Kelowna bike club has grown organically - up to 80 women.
This year, all proceeds from registration will go to support Mamas for Mamas in Kelowna. The charity provides a safe space for mothers and children to turn to for poverty relief. We're awed by the vital work that they do and are excited to support them. We'll also be teaming up with them throughout the season so stay tuned. Learn more about Fresh Air in the community.
How it works
There are just a few ins and outs that you may want to know when you sign up.
Start Date: TBD
All levels are welcome
Must have a road bike*
*Unfortunately, no downhill mountain bikes or e-bikes
There are two Athena cycling days, Mondays for all levels and Tuesdays for a hill climb. Mondays we break into three groups (A, B and C) based on skill level and take off on staggered rides for anywhere from 20-40 kilometres.
C Group, 23-25 km/hour: Riders looking to gain confidence, strength and skill.
B Group, 25-27 km/hour: Intermediate riders looking to improve cycling and group riding skills.
A Group, 27+ km/hour: Advanced riders looking for a challenge on long, steep rides.
Tuesday hill climbs are recommended for riders in groups A and B. The hill climb will keep a fast pace and routes will vary.