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, 22 May 2011

Sunday, May 22

Mercy, just reminding us all that we need cake!

This was our first MTB and I think everyone enjoyed themselves even though it was a hilly ride. I think this is one of my favourite rides so far.

Thanks to Mercy, Angela, Elise, Nikki, Sandra and Leyla who made this ride such fun.

We met at Harroways, which is opposite Goodwood Racecourse, on what was a very windy morning.

We started off cycling along the tracks in the woods which in places were very narrow with tree roots and short tree stumps along the way.
Crossing over from the woods to the Racecourse track and down to Charlton.

We then crossed over to the Bridleway which runs along the back edge of Goodwood Racecourse, down the hill and out into Charlton, just coming out near the back of The Partridge. This track was all downhill.

Still nobody had fallen off, however I heard that Leyla had to 'dismount in a lady-like fashion', suppose that doesn't count as a fall. So far Angela is in the lead as the most fallen Belle...


From Charlton we cycled past the Fox Goes Free and turned right along the Bridleway which brought us out on top of Cocking hill. This was a rough stoney track with a short sharp hill towards the end - most satisfying to reach the top!

The views all along the ride were spectacular....

This track brought us out on the Cocking road, from here we made our way to our essential tea and cake stop at West Dean, as usual they have a good selection of cakes and scones. In their car park they had several classic cars....

After tea we cycled along the back road from West Dean and along the Bridleway which ends at The Trundle, but first we headed towards 'that hill'.........

Leyla and sheep
Sandra, Angela and Nikki

'That hill' - hard work but very satisying once we'd reached the top...more great views!

Signpost home, back to The Trundle.

Back to the start of the ride.

We reached Harroways at approximately 1pm and had cycled almost 10miles (those who cycled from Tangmere add another 6 miles!).

This was a great ride, as I mentioned, one of my favourites. We have more MTB rides planned in the next couple of months. Our next ride is an evening ride with supper at the Fox Goes Free on Sunday May 29 - this is a road ride and not a MTB ride.

Hope to see you all again soon- safe cycling!

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