Our aim.....

Welcome all Ladies to the Biking Belles - Chichester and District Ladies Cycling Club (TM). Formed on August 21, 2010.

Biking Belles: developing the wellbeing, fitness and confidence in ourselves. For women by women.

We meet every weekend and the rides vary in degrees of difficulty and details of the rides are posted well in advance here on the Blog. We always stop halfway for that important cuppa and a slice of cake!

To enjoy our rides you should be fit enough to cycle at least 20 miles. For the timebeing we are referring all Novice / Starter rides to the CDC website. The dates of their rides are noted on this Blog, on the Starter page.

It's been a very exciting first couple of years and we have fulfilled our original aim to introduce more ladies to cycling, improve our fitness and to make new friends.....and to work towards and achieve those once impossible goals.

The BBs have grown and has become an exciting Club to be involved with, in 2012 we formed the Charity Belles fundraising section, raising over £2,000 during our first year. We are proud to have as our patron the Countess of March and Kinrara.

Social Belles meet once a month for a pub supper. An ideal opportunity for anyone interested in joining the BBs to come along and meet us all. It's also a chance for existing BBs to discuss future ideas and plans.

We welcome new members and I hope you enjoy being part of the BB's and that we form a long and happy cycling friendship!

Why not visit our Forum, just register at: www.bikingbelles.co.uk/forum

Happy and safe cycling!

Val Harper
Mobile: 07824 605317


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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sunday, March 20

We met at my place in Tangmere at 9.30 on Sunday morning and had decided to head towards Duncton, Heyshott, Cocking and then back home.

It was a lovely morning, with plenty of other cyclists in the area. Elise, Karen, Victoria, Angela, Caroline and myself made the ride. We headed towards Goodwood Hotel and cycled up New Barn Hill, as we approached the Goodwood Sculpture Park Angela had a puncture....

We've been here before.......where was Gawd??

Karen very kindly called her husband, Tony, who drove to meet us with another wheel for Angela as we thought if we replaced the inner tube the same thing may happen further along the ride, as it did last week....many thanks to Tony for his help with this.


Wheel replaced we carried on up the hill towards East Dean, turning right at the pond and headed towards Droke.

East Dean pond

There were plenty of cyclists and walkers about today as the weather was dry and sunny at times. Cycling along the length of this road we came out on the Upwaltham road. Most of the traffic was heading towards Chichester so our side of the road wasn't too busy. We cycled down Duncton Hill, along through the village and turned left towards Graffham, heading towards  Heyshott passing some lovely cottages along  the way.

At the turning towards Graffham village shop Karen unfortunately fell off and dislodged her seat - as above. She wasn't hurt and quickly remounted.

From here we made our way to Cocking via Heyshott.

Arriving in Cocking we stopped off at the Moonlight Cottage which is at the bottom of the Cocking Hill for tea. As it was such a lovely morning we sat outside, Karen and Elise had scrambled eggs, smoked salmon on toast which looked very delicious and the rest of us had tea/coffee and cakes.

All the china was blue and white designs, all mismatched and very pretty. The food was excellent also.

After a much needed break we cycled up the Cocking Hill which was tough, but not as bad as I thought it might be. We all survived and met at West Dean and made our way towards Goodwood via the Centurion Way and Lavant and we eventually got back to Tangmere at approx 2pm.

The approximate mileage was 35 miles - well done to everyone.... I said it would be a challenge!

Looking forward to seeing as many Belles as possible next Sunday where we're meeting at the start of the Centurion Way in Chichester at 10am.

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