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, 4 December 2011

Sunday, December 4

Another good turnout this morning - congratulations to Angela for completing the Kenya womenVcancer charity ride and she successfully completed the Gold section, so very well done to her! We think its the BB's training programme which helped get her there!! And welcome back Fiona whom we haven't seen for a few months. Sandra, Caroline, Steph and Elise were also out today and all wearing our brand new spotty windproof/showerproof jackets which look great and received them in record time.

We met at Goodwood Hotel, cycled through to Lavant, passing the Royal Oak and made our way to Chilgrove cycling via the back lanes and eventually coming out by The Fish House. On up the Chilgrove hill instead of turning left I carried on and took the following left hand turning, a new way and I think a little bit better.

From here we went up the hard short steep hill, it not very long but it always gets you, even one of the farmers along the route said 'bet that's difficult!' - it was. From the top its the best bit, a long smooth downhill run almost all the way to Compton. Our favourite tea shop was open and we all sat down for the usual tea and cakes.

We said goodbye to Sandra and Fiona as they had to get back home, we all carried on towards Funtingdon then to West Stoke then to Lavant, the same way we came and eventually ending back at the hotel around 1pm.

Elise and myself cycled back to Tangmere

The previous night most of the Maratona Belles met at my place for a strategy meeting, the conclusion is that we all have booked our flights - departing Gatwick on Wed, June 27! Lots of very useful tips from Malc last night. We have lots to do in preparation, but we'll do it, I have no doubt!

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