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, 24 March 2012

Saturday March 24

Piggy wigs....in Byworth

The difference a week makes....a wonderful morning...hot and sunny with a little breeze...perfect for cycling.

Welcome new Belle...Morag.

We met as usual at the Goodwood Hotel, cycled up Sculpture Park Hill, straight across the East Dean crossroads, down the hill and being on the lookout for deer crossing the lanes, as last week there were several who suddenly appeared as we were on our way down.  No deer this week, we turned right at the pond and cycled on towards Duncton hill where we turned right halfway down the hill, via Barlavington and Byworth to Petworth where we stopped at the lovely Choc Cafe there.

We then went towards Midhurst turning left to South Ambersham to Heyshott and on up that 'B' of a hill, as Felicity called it.

We said goodbye to Elise and Felicity as they wanted to cycle back via West Dean / Centurion Way.

The rest of us then cut through Charlton and went up the long slow hill, as I call it, or the Buzzard hill as Mercy calls it. Anyway, this week I spotted that Oak Tree, so all is well.

Mercy picked up a puncture just outside Goodwood Racecourse, so we all cycled back to Goodwood, left her there after telling her not to speak to strangers, while Caroline very kindly drove back to collect her and dropped her off at the hotel.

Happy Birthday to Caroline for tomorrow!

Many thanks to the Belles who came out today and very well done to all...Elise, Angela, Felicty, Mercy, Caroline and Morag. Next week we're meeting at 9am, outside the Goodwood Hotel.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Saturday, March 17

The ducks were happy...

What a day, but we were determined to go out. Elise and myself met Mercy at Goodwood hotel and cycled in the pouring rain to Bishop Luffa school. We were soaked before we set off - as soon as I reached home I went onto Wiggle and ordered a pair of waterproof socks!!

Welcome to new Belles....Alison, Laura, Shelley and Anthea.

Felicity, Caroline, Claire, Carla, Mercy, Leyla and Elise were also out - a very good turnout considering the foul weather!

The path across Bosham bay was above sea level today so we scampered across to our cafe to have hot chocolates and coffees and tea cakes!

Here we are admiring Caroline's new bike in true BB's colours! It looks great and if anyone is interested in having their bike BB-ed then sent me an email and I'll put you in touch with Caroline - I understand it was a birthday present!

After tea and cakes in Bosham we said goodbye to Claire and Alison who made their way back to East Ashling and Rolands Castle.

Once we returned to Bishop Luffa most of us carried on cycling along the Centurion Way to West Dean, to Singleton and Charlton and up what I had thought was the short sharp hill...East Dea, but I was told the Charlton hill is the short sharp one ...what do I know!

Thanks to everyone who came out today and hope to see you all again soon.

The next Easy Belles ride is on Saturday April 7 but as today, there will be an extra loop added for those who want a longer ride.