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, 11 April 2011

Sunday, April 10

'Artemis' 30ft monumental sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green on top of The Trundle surrounded by stunning views, it looks as if it's overlooking Chichester Cathedral, to the sea and across to the Isle of Wight. Apparently the sculpture is lit at night.

It was a glorious Sunday morning, apparently the temperature reached 22 degrees! We met outside the Goodwood Hotel, which is so convenient as it has plenty of parking spaces. We cycled through Goodwood Estate to Lavant and met Jill opposite the church in Lavant. We then made our way to Chilgrove, turned right along Hylters Lane up the long and slow hill and turned right at the bottom and made our way along the next long and slow hill with great free cycling down the other side. We came out opposite the Selsey Arms on the Midhurst/Chichester Road.

Here we were met with wonderful sights of vintage cars and motorbikes - waving to almost everyone taking part!
Fom here we made out way to our favouirte coffee shop at the West Dean college and as it was such a lovely day we all sat outside.
Angela and Mercy

After tea and scones/peach and fig cakes we made our way through Singleton and up the Charlton Hill, which is always a challenge - especially for me today as I had been suffering from a chest and throat infection all week and found it rather difficult to breathe!

At the car park on top of the hill a few of us decided to take a look at the horse sculture on top of The Trundle. It was well worth the hike, we left Angela and our 'Honorary Belle' - Malcolm, to guard our bikes....

Angela and Malcolm with bikes

We could almost see the sea from top of the hill

 Goodwood Racecourse from the top...
Charlton village from The Trundle

 The car park below.

Leyla in front of Artemis

Mercy, Caroline, Leyla and myself made it to the top. The sculpture is stunning.

Back to the car park we then cycled along in front of the racecourse, down New Barn Lane and back to the hotel.

It was a fun ride and the weather was perfect - thanks to everyone who came out....Angela, Caroline, Mercy, Leyla, Malcolm and Jill - who only came out for a short time.

Hope to see you all again next Sunday where we're trying out the Charity Ride route - to Bosham, ferry to Itchenor (no doubt a drink at the Ship Inn) and back to Chichester via Apuldram etc.