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, 19 June 2011

BB's Club colours...

We're in the process of producing our brand new and unique Club Colours and hopefully they will be available in time for our 1st Anniversay ride to the Isle of Wight on Aug 21st.

As below...

Let me know if you're interested in buying one.

Saturday, June 18

This was our ride along the Downs Link track from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham.

We caught the 0803 train from Barnham and met Mercy at Christ's Hospital station, the morning started off sunny, which we were very relieved to see.

Mercy, Karen and Caroline

New Belle.....Doreen, the chap to the right of the picture was very gentlemanly and kindly helped carry her bike for her.

From Christ's Hospital we joined the Downs Link track passing through Southwater, West Grinstead, Partridge Green and as it started to rain we decided to stop in Henfield for a tea/coffee break at a small cafe which was hidden away on an industrial estate. It was a funny little place  but was very popular and busy serving breakfasts.

Bikes in Partridge Green

Rain had stopped by the time we left the cafe and we carried on to Bramber and eventually arriving in Shoreham at about 11.30am. We had made very good time, from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham is 28.8 miles.

The countryside along the route was stunning.

Shoreham Airport....

Yet was a little muddy in places....

Doreen's muddy drinking bottle, which didn't stop her drinking from it!

We cycled into the town centre and looked out for a cafe as we were in need of tea and cakes!

From the cafe we crossed over the bridge and cycled onto the South Coast Cycle route which took us to Worthing, here Karen and Caroline decided to catch the train home. Mercy, Doreen and myself carried on along the very windy seafront to West Worthing station, before catching the train back to Barnham we stopped for ice cream.

Our total distance was 33.5 miles (those of us who cycled from Tangmere can say 43 miles!) and we used up 905 calories! Back at Barnham Angela and myself cycled back to Tangmere and Mercy caught a train back to Horsham.

Go-carting along the seafront

It was a great day out and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

Reminder: It's our Family Charity ride next Satureday - we're meeting at 4.30pm in Westgate and cycling to Bosham - ferry to Itchenor and supper at The Ship. Lets hope for a lovely sunny afternoon and please bring as many friends as you can to support Ellie and Angela on their womenVcancer 400k cycle ride in Kenya later this year.