A MUM-of-three has been recognised for her commitment to cycling in the community.

Joy Lummis, from Tyldesley, has won a place on charitable organisation Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling list this year.

The 54-year-old is a volunteer ride leader for British Cycling’s Breeze Network after first training with them in June 2011.

Since then she has completed more than 350 Breeze rides and more than 100 rides for the British Cycling Guided Ride Programme and Wigan Council.

She is also a coordinator in Manchester for the Guided Ride programme.

Joy said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and chosen to be on the Cycling Uk list of 100 women in cycling for 2018.

“I love the freedom you get from cycling; it reminds me of carefree days playing out with my mates.

"I have made friendships through cycling and had lots of fun and laughter being involved in the group.

"It is great knowing I can always find someone to go and ride with whenever and wherever.

"I love the little victories that you can help people achieve through cycling, whether it’s by getting a bit further up a hill or pushing yourself to ride a little bit further, or even just turning out in the rain.

“It's done so much for my own confidence and fitness and I want to share it with everyone and show them what they are capable of and how it improves the rest of your life.”

The Cycling UK list was announced last week and included hundreds of nominations from around the country.

It highlights and celebrates women who love cycling and encourage others to take part.

Women from all backgrounds and different areas of cycling such as mountain bikers, endurance cyclists, community group leaders and cycling school-run mums take were involved in the nominations.

Cycling UK’s co-ordinator of the 100 Women in Cycling, Julie Rand, said: “By showcasing how any woman from any walk of life can cycle, the role models of the 100 Women in Cycling list are changing perceptions.

"There are teachers, campaigners and community leaders and many have overcome illness or cultural barriers.

“This diverse group of women have all demonstrated in different ways how cycling benefits people’s lives, and they deserve to be recognised and celebrated.”

Joy does rides on Saturday mornings and summer evenings starting at Leigh Sports Village or Howe Bridge.

For more information visit letsride.co.uk or on the Facebook page Breeze Network Lancashire-Leigh.