Retired professional cyclist Molly Weaver raised more than £9,000 for the Women's Aid Federation Of England in a 130km solo ride that took place in her back garden on Saturday. She called her event 'Dirty Weaver', a play on words, after the long-distance gravel event The Dirty Reiver that she had intended to race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I thought about what I could do instead, and how I could help raise money for charity in this time of increased need," Weaver said in a post on the event's JustGiving donation page.
Weaver designed the course in her back garden through grass, gravel land on tarmac. Each lap was approximately 100m long and she rode over 1,000 laps, all in 12 hours.
"This will be a mental and physical challenge unlike anything I've done before, but every donation will motivate me to keep pedalling for an important cause," she wrote on her donation page. "Let's help support those going through something unimaginable during this lockdown."
Women's Aid Federation of England is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
Weaver explained on her donation page that under 'normal' circumstances the statistics around domestic abuse are shocking and that charities helping survivors are often not given the support they need.
Some of those statistics include; one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime; two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone; and in the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse.
"It is likely that home confinement during Covid-19 will lead to further abuse by perpetrators, and figures are already rapidly increasing during the lockdown," Weaver wrote.
Weaver far surpassed her target of £2,500, bringing in more than £9,000 before the ride had ended.
You can make a donation on the event's donation page with proceeds going to Women's Aid Federation Of England.
*ONE THOUSAND* laps!!! 300 to go #dirtyweaver📸 https://t.co/Jn7on0W1aW via https://t.co/pFuCJSGLQL pic.twitter.com/Tl3j8C0ibxApril 18, 2020
Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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