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, 17 July 2011

Easy Belles Ride - Sunday, July 17

Sun, rain, wind, shooting, scrumping, puncture, tea and cakes!

An action packed ride this one, which was supposed to be an Easy Belles ride! We all met at the start of the Centurion Way to discover there was a Triathlon in progress. Not a problem as we weaved in and out of the runners along the track.

The section of the track which runs along the Midhurst/Chichester road Leyla spotted some apples gowing along the hedgrow so we stopped and had a taste. They looked delicious but on tasting they were extremely sour!

We reached West Dean village and Leyla found she had a puncture. The ever ready Belles got out their tool kits and set to work! Elise had a spare inner tube so this was inserted but found that it had narrower fitting than the original.  As it was beginning to rain we decided to cycle on to West Dean garden centre and consider our next steps over a cup of tea.

Taking another look at that inner tube...

All sorted, we repaired the original tube and squeezed it back into the tyre.

Clay pigeon shooting along the way.

 As soon as we left the garden centre the heavens opened, so we all waited a few minutes underneath a tree. 

Cycling home there were still quite a few runners on the track...

We finally arrived back home at about 1.30pm - rather longer than planned. It was good to see everyone - Elise, Joanna and Leyla. There will be another Easy Belles ride in August - date tbc.

The next ride will be a MTB ride on Saturday July 23 and we're meeting at The George pub in Eartham. Further details will be posted on the Blog shortly.

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