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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Monday, 14 November 2011

Maratona Ride - Sunday November 13

This was a good ride and we cycled approx 40 miles!

We all met at Goodwood Hotel - Sandra, Elise, Caroline, Malc and Simon and made our way towards Bosham just to warm ourselves up before the hilly sections of the ride.

From Bosham we made our way along the road towards Compton, which was a long slow climb towards Compton and our cafe! A beautiful crisp morning with lovely blue skies, can't believe its the middle of November! We sat outside and had our tea and cakes.

Here are Sandra's new leggings... which I think we're all going to buy for the colder days ahead.

From Compton we cycled on towards Chilgrove climbing some quite difficult hills, we turned left at The Fish House and cycled the back lanes right on towards The Selsey Arms which is on the Midhurst/Chichester road, crossing over the main road and going along the back lane towards West Dean College. Here we said goodbye to Sandra and Angela as they went home along the Centurion Way and Angela leaves next week for her 400k charity ride in Kenya - good luck to her!

From here, me, Elise, Malc and Caroline went on towards Singleton, towards Charlton (missing out that hill this week) on towards East Dean, turning right at the pond and up East Dean hill - I gather this is the sort of incline we're going to experience on the Maratona, which wasn't too difficult at all.

All along the way Malc kindly gave us some tips on fitness, riding as a group etc which is invaluable - thanks Malc!

Glad to see the nice downhill section from the top of East Dean hill back to Goodwood Hotel.

Next week we're having some indoor training in Portsmouth so this should be very useful.

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