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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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Saturday, October 6

A 9am meet at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, a great mornings session at the veladrome wth Pod.

Jane, Angie, Julia, Ali, Fiona, Steph, Jenny, Carla, Tizzie and me.....both Leyla and Jessie both managed to oversleep and missed the session!

I very big Thank You to Pod for your patience and understanding.....who's easier to teach Pod? - men or women??

Note the despair in Pod's face!

I think we tested Pod's patieince at times - he had to show us how to take off a wheel...I don't think he was expecting to sink to such basic depths!

'Now girls....this is what we call a WHEEL'......
Someone's cleat which Pod said might need bit of a clean??

One of the reasons we booked this session was for a few of us to upgrade from trainers to cleats. However, we started off the session by checking our bikes - brakes, wheels, chain etc. Then we set off using our new cleats, shoes and pedals for the first time.  And it wasn't as bad as I had expected!  A big step for a few of us but after several laps we were all feeling much happier and more confident. I fell off! ....I unclipped my left cleat but for some reason I moved my weight to the right...goodness knows why, anyway, I paid the price.

Apparently we cycled 25 miles during the whole session!

We then went on to riding as a group and how we should ride as a group along the roads, so we will give this a go tomorrow.

After this we then had a bike maintenance briefing, which included removing the front and back wheels and repairing a puncture. I know Pod was screaming inside - but he was great and very patient. He's even said he will come back and ride wih us possibly in November.

Thanks again to Pod and all the brave Belles who came out today. Hope to see you all again soon - if not tomorrow morning at 9am!

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