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Image for story Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

On our way back from the Gong on Saturday morning, myself, Jim Ponton and Nigel Lamb decided that instead of riding around the Woonona Surf Club where 'NSW's angriest Magpie' lives, we would form a... read more

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Its great to be an encourager

Its an amazing feeling to see your colleagues and friend follow your envouragemnet and go sustainable and carbon free. Their stories of enjoyfull ride are so exciting

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You have to be in it....

I have been a regular supporter of bike riding events that encourage everyone to ride more and have supported the workplace challenge for many years. I've seen it help motivate riders to start a ha... read more

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Image for story Go the bike

Go the bike

Just a quick one - I rode my bike so much that my actual car battery has gone flat.

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Image for story Chasing my Dad

Chasing my Dad

I've been chasing my 83 year old Father's mileage right from the start of this challenge. After doing 120kms last Sunday, I was still 15kms in arrears. I went out early yesterday and did a 53km... read more

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Stories from around the world

Please use lights!

This is a cautionary story of the importance of your bike lights... I'm a keen cyclist, sometimes it happens, your lights are flat, you forgot to charge them, you left them at home, whatever, but p... read more

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Don’t give up.

When I started this whole thing I maybe rode on average a mile a week. I grew up with a passion for bikes. Anything with two wheels count me in. But as I turned 30 I noticed that passion had dulled... read more

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mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

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Image for story Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

On Sunday 28th of August I was involved in a sponsored bike ride to raise money for The Christy's Cancer Research, the was circa 50 people riding on the day. I was riding with the Wigan RUFC Ve... read more

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

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Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

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Image for story A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

The weather this weekend was so gorgeous that I couldn’t have possibly made an excuse to not get out on my bike. I spotted a nature reserve on the map only a few miles from home that I’d never been... read more

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Image for story North Cascades - Care free… and car free

North Cascades - Care free… and car free

Kicked-off our 2022 Bike Everywhere Challenge for the Bikes & Brew gang with a North Cascades Highway century and 6,300 feet of vertical on Sunday. No cars, plenty of pb & j and 6-foot snow... read more

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Image for story Leisure ride down the Fylde coast

Leisure ride down the Fylde coast

Day off work and bright sunny morning, so set off for a ride and earned a 25 mile in one day badge. #RideAnywhereWeek

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Image for story Our team ride for Ride Anywhere Week in Gloucester

Our team ride for Ride Anywhere Week in Gloucester

It was great to get out and enjoy the wonderful Gloucester Quays not far from the Thinktravel offices. We invited our newest member of the team and all enjoyed a cycle using the pool bikes we have ... read more

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Bouncing like a Rubber Ball

I’ve long been a cyclist, keen commuter to work and general adventurer and explorer. In 2016 I was in an accident where I was badly hit on my bike, taken to QE with what turned out to be a Sub ara... read more

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Personal goal

I am really happy to have logged my rides during the Aotearoa Bike challenge. Never knew that I've been riding about 200 km per month mainly to commute. And it is saving me money, avoiding traffic ... read more

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Image for story 25km in one day!

25km in one day!

Very happy with this badge!

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Image for story Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

After missing many biking days earlier in the month due to illness, I thought today would be an ideal opportunity to put some good kilometres on the clock. Starting from Glenfield, I wanted to p... read more

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The whole family are feeling inspired this month

When our office moved into the city centre and there was no longer free parking, I figured my only option was to commute by bus. The Aotearoa Bike Challenge reminded me that actually biking to work... read more

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Image for story TIA

TIA

A couple of weeks ago I suffered what they call a TIA ( or mini brain stroke). I am 68 and had just cycled 80 kms the day before plus 40 kms a day on my commute. Also did the 900 mile Lands End to ... read more

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From there to here...

So last year as the 2021 Aotearoa Bike challenge began, I had bought myself a new bike to commute on (40km/ each way). I was super prepared for the what I thought was going to be a fun month of cyc... read more

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Image for story I chose to Bike There Instead

I chose to Bike There Instead

One of my favourite t-shirts is this red one with a pic of an ice cream atop a bike helmet, the words say "Bike there instead." Going for ice creams with my whānau last week I thought this was a gr... read more

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Full month ahead

Will try to go for a ride everyday come sun or rain. I hope the bike holds!

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Image for story Biking everywhere

Biking everywhere

Came too Florida almost 3yrs ago got job very fast i lived in NJ for 57 yrs well getting place to live was a problem cost money live a hotel for 2 yrs now I have 2 jobs. Biking in the cold is ro... read more

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Image for story 140miler...

140miler...

No Matter What, Let Nothing Get In Ur Way...Ride Ur Way To D Top 😉 If Other's Don't Turn Up, Don't Cancel, Just Go With Whoever Is Available. Nothing Is Impossible, Especially If You Put Ur ... read more

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Winter Wheelers is off on day 1!

17 miles to start!

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Crash bang wallop!

On my route to work yesterday @ 7.30 am I miss timed a curb/hedge/pavement and went over the top of my handlebars into on coming traffic! Fortunately a lovely lady stopped her car and made sure I ... read more

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

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Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

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Image for story 1000 miles Cycle to Work

1000 miles Cycle to Work

In October 2021 I set out to raise £1000 and lose my Covid spare tyre by cycling 1000 miles to work at the University of Bolton, from my home in Blackburn, all in aid of Derian House Childrens Hosp... read more

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Image for story The 311 km ride

The 311 km ride

I took that selfie less than a month ago at the train station in Nairn. Yes not the best picture of me. But still my favorite because I was super proud of myself. I broke my personal record and rod... read more

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

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Image for story My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

At the start of March feeling appalled at Putin's invasion of Ukraine and powerless to help I decided to donate some money to one of the charities I felt was likely to do meaningful work for the af... read more

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Image for story “Making the world a better place”

“Making the world a better place”

Like a lot of solo riders (retired, not working, freelancer, self-employed) I love to ride. I enjoy the solitude of riding alone and am comfortable with this, especially as my commitments schedule ... read more

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Image for story The Sky Is a Neighbourhood

The Sky Is a Neighbourhood

The title of this story is in memory of Taylor Hawkins from #FooFighters who died today. As I read, thinking about that death, I find too that I think about the life around me. I am leaving Milt... read more

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5 Park challenge

So excited, just found out our local parks are taking part in a 5 parks cycle challenge so ive signed up the family and making a day of it, anywhere up to 11 miles round trip, q picnic and even get... read more

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Image for story Have a Great Week All

Have a Great Week All

Have a great week All during this challenge, especially with this decent spell of early Spring Weather. This was us in the Weegie Wheelers yesterday, on the Sunday Social during the Strathblane L... read more

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Image for story Everglades75th Ride

Everglades75th Ride

For the first time in years I made bike riding part of my vacation and did the 15-mile Everglades National Park Shark Valley bike loop to the lookout tower and back. This is a cool year to do it be... read more

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Uneventful cycling month, apart from ...

After an idyllic 20 km morning ride along the sea front in Auckland, I was turning in to my work car park when I felt a sudden pain on my head. In order to pander to my urge to stop what I was d... read more

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Image for story In adversity finding your centre

In adversity finding your centre

I have done the challenge before but never took it seriously and never really set any goals to achieve, I was merely participating. This year about to become jobless and homeless all at the same ti... read more

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We're here, and we're not going away

Had a great ride to the shops yesterday, and not just because of the light Sunday traffic. The footpaths on High St were crowded with pedestrians, there were a few motorbikes cruising along (and on... read more

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Image for story Family fun on the Puketapu Loop, Hawkes Bay

Family fun on the Puketapu Loop, Hawkes Bay

We're on holiday in the Hawkes and it's been great biking around, the cafes and sights. Today's adventure was a sixteen kilometre ride along the Puketapu Loop to the Puketapu Hotel for lunch and th... read more

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Motiviation

Aotearoa Bike challenge giving me motivation to explore my new region by bike :D

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3 Things I learnt while riding in Christchurch

1: Learning the bike routes to work, but cant go both back home, the same way, Tuam and St Asaph are only one way, I wonded why I didnt get any bike traffic lights. 2: Glass, I need to take a sm... read more

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More fun riding with others

This morning I rode with my daughter to her high school and the journey seemed way shorter than the first time I biked. Then I had the rest of the journey by myself, or so I thought. I banged int... read more

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Image for story Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island

What better way to kick off the Aotearoa bike challenge than catching the ferry from Mapua to Rabbit Island. Lovely flat trails meant my first ride on a non-ebike for about 4 years was a breeze . G... read more

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Image for story Miles for Doddie

Miles for Doddie

I have set a challenge a month this year including Miles for Doddie in Jan to completing 1000 miles, the King Alfreds Way, and culminating in the NC500 in August. In between all that I will be doin... read more

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That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

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