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


You can now follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bikingbelleschichester

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Sunday, August 21

'This road is closed!!'...how many times did we hear this??

Here they come....

We caught the 0759 train from Barnham to Horsham, where Mercy met us and led the ride to Dorking via the quite lanes through Rusper and Capel. Approximate distance was 15 miles to Dorking where we made camp at the Cockerell or is it a Chicken ?? at the Dorking roundabout.

Not as many crowds as I thought there'd be and we had a very good spot to see the cyclists coming directly towards us and then passing us by...in a flash it was all over.

Very exciting atmosphere and the Belles who were wearing the official pink spotty tops were a media magnet with many photographers taking our photos! We'll be looking out for coverage in this weeks magazine and newspapers!

We didn't manage to see Mr Cavendish, but so glad to see he won the race!

Afterwards we headed on towards Dorking town centre for a piece of carrot cake at the Cafe Rouge...

As the race was over and the roads deserted for just a few cyclists we ventured onto the road hoping to cycle back towards the Chicken, but this was not allowed...This Road is Closed was the screach which followed us all along the road. What a shame Surrey Council didn't think to allow families and keen cyclists the opportunity to cycle part of the Olympic route once the excitement was over!

Again, the pink spotty Belles were approached, this time by members of the Surrey Council asking for details of our Club and making a note of our Blog address and Twitter address. We're famous at last!

Mercy then led us back to Horsham via a similar route - quite hilly and at one point we climbed up a 17% hill! As she mentioned....it was character building!

It was a fun day and so glad we made the trip. Finally getting home at about 3pm and those who cycled from Tangmere, we probably cycled 45 miles!

Well done and thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Mercy who led the ride and gave me a day off!

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