Broken Spoke Bike Coop launches funded Cytech training pathway for women, trans and non-binary people

Two women smiling and working together to adjust handlebars in a colourful bike workshop
(Image credit: Broken Spoke Bike Coop)

Broken Spoke Bike Coop, a community cycle project in Oxford, has secured funding to deliver subsidised mechanic training for women, trans* and non-binary people. In a first for the UK cycling industry, five funded placements will be available to gain a qualification up to Cytech 2 level, with ongoing mentoring and support.

The idea is for these newly qualified mechanics to form the backbone of Broken Spoke’s continued work with people of marginalised genders, supporting Beryl’s Night — its free monthly workshop sessions for women, trans* and non-binary people — both helping to create five new career pathways for those largely underrepresented in the industry, while futureproofing the Coop’s own initiatives and increasing its workforce.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike