Always In Motion

OC Women’s Month Profile – Susan Thompson

Susan Thompson is a member of the Collingwood Cycling Club and is a current (& retiring) Board member of many years. Susan has worked tirelessly as the clubs Treasurer and Communications Manager and is a regular Ride Leader for their weekly Wednesday Women’s Only Road Rides.  

Susan grew up in Toronto and began her working life in investment banking in the city. She left the workforce after having three children and was heavily involved in volunteering mainly as treasurer of numerous non-profit organizations. She retired to Collingwood and enjoys hiking, skiing and biking.


How long have you been cycling? 

I used to cycle as a teenager in Toronto to get around the city. I decided to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer about 15 years ago after my mom passed away and I trained for that event. I was then hooked on having fun on my bike. I do like a challenge!


What drew you to getting involved with Collingwood Cycling Club? 

I learned to group ride with the club and joined the board six years ago. The board members were all strong cyclists. I wanted to make sure the club was inclusive of all members. The club had strong female leadership with Noelle Wansbrough as President but I wanted to make sure the recreational female cyclist had a voice on the board. Women now represent 36% of our membership.


What’s your favorite part about volunteering and running these events for women? 

Collingwood Cycling Club started a women’s only ride in 2022. It became quickly apparent that some women are more comfortable learning to ride in groups with just women. The conversions are quite different than mixed group rides and the relaxed nature of our rides has made these rides very popular. It is not unusual for us to have 24 women show up. We also offer a half day training session on climbing, descending and bike handling skills.  


What advice would you give to other women about getting involved? 

It is very gratifying to see women new to the sport, gaining confidence and fitness riding their bikes. It is so much more fun to combine socializing with fitness and both are important to a healthy lifespan.


What’s favourite type of ride?    

I love a hilly butter tart social ride.


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