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Week off + Rain = Pain! First ride in 11 days.

Topic: My commute by bike

30 Sept 2019, East Devon, leaving work I thought no way can it continue to rain this hard for the entire eight mile ride home. How wrong was I? Biblical. So there’s me doing my bit to mitigate the ... read more

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Charles De Foy Who ever said life was fair!
Paul Thomas I remember cycling across the Dikes in Holland on my way London to Amsterdam into a headwind. Just thought God please turn ... read more

WIND SUCKS! or should that be blows?? Either would do today.......and I thought rain was bad!!

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After a week and a half of enforced working from home thanks to my 'crappy knee' (this is apparently actually in my official medical notes!) I'm back on my bike this week. My knee still isn't q... read more

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Today we went to an open day at Kingston Maurward College - This is down in Dorset, and has a studio school attached. My eldest daughter - 15 is starting her last year in school and wanted to go to... read more

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Yesterday I discovered I get very grumpy if I don't get my daily bike ride! Bloody rain!

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Jasper Post I know the feeling...
Richard Beale Riding in the rain is great. Give it a go.

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Jack Van den Berg Well done... I have been commuting since January 2018 and I am loving it... then I get it in my head to go for a long ride,... read more

Today, on my way home from work, I swallowed a fly!!

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Geraldine Purcell Lynch Protein! Wash it down with plenty of water!
Clive Sheldon The ones that don't touch the sides are the best.

This will be my second year cycling to work. Until this morning I would jump on the train if it rained, but I decided this morning would be different, I didn't think about it, got dressed and cycle... read more

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Marina K Hi Geraldine! Be careful cycling in the rain. I also thought the rain won't melt me but my bike wheel slipped in the ra... read more
Geraldine Purcell Lynch Hi Marina, I am so sorry to hear this, how awful. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you will be back on your bike in n... read more

Yesterday I discovered I don't like cycling in the rain. Today I discovered I'm going to need long sleeves for the early mornings from now on!

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I took a Holiday in Sorrento last year with a friend of mine I have known for 34 years. She has not been on a bike for many years yet I am a keen cyclist. I asked her would she fancy hiring an el... read more

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A few weeks ago I was coming home in the evening with two mates in time trial mode. It was dark but we had good lights. I was second and a naughty badger managed to run between me and the lead ride... read more

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Heavy legs, post gym aches and 5 days of continual cycling. Roll on rest day :) No complaints however, the roads were nice and quiet too!

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Part of my commute home used to be by Sarehole Mill (part of the inspiration for Lord of the Rings) in Moseley Birmingham. There is a short cut around the back that either goes through the ford, if... read more

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Mark is the reason I took up cycling after 30 years. When he calmly announced to the office he had a couple of months to live, we all asked what we could do. Laughing his head off he said “cycle fr... read more

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Clare Cassidy That's a lovely thing to have done, well done.

Myself and fellow Research Nurse Janine started riding with each other for light relief from our slave driving partners. However with a little help from our friend Strava we have become competitive... read more

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I stared riding my bike 7 years ago thanks to my husband, I have since then ridden the Northumberland coast to coast both ways over 4 days, I have ridden my first 200K audax ( up the downs) I have ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Adrian Lewis Great advice. Similarly I came off head first and the helmet saved me! The transcontinental race is on my radar too, but w... read more

I started cycling (after a 25+ year break!) after retiring from rugby about 3 years ago. Now I commute 18 miles a day, 3 days a week and really love it. The best part of this is teaching my eld... read more

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I started with a small section of my commute by bike due to a foot injury. After being initially terrified of rising in a city, I quickly enjoyed the freedom. After treating myself to a second hand... read more

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David Le Bon I love cycling I do it every day to go to work and 5 times a week and I love it. It makes me feel good it is like being... read more

I guess like a lot of folks, I rode a bike as a youngster mainly to get around and go further afield. Dabbled with a mountain bike when kids were younger (usually one on the back in his seat). 4 ye... read more

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Mark Hurst PS I'm almost 52

I have only just recently bought a bike after years of thinking I should be cycling to work. I had ruptured two ligaments in my ankle in a footballing injury at the beginning of last year and have ... read more

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I used to ride loads as a kid but then drifted away from it after taking up rock climbing at Uni. A few years ago some work colleagues got me back in to it, and what a blessing in disguise that tur... read more

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As a child I rode my bike everywhere, I loved the feeling of freedom my bike gave me, however once I'd learnt to drive and had a car that became my preferred way of getting around - it was so much ... read more

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Not as exciting as the title suggests, but I use Tyldesley and Roe Green Looplines for a large part of my commute to work. These are some of the finest cycle paths I've used anywhere and they're in... read more

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After 2 years moaning to the council about a hedge overgrowing over a cycle path, they have eventually cut it back. But not only that they have also cleaned the path of vegetation meaning it is no... read more

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Travelling to work and doing the school can be stressful. So we ditched the car and got our helmets on and started cycling to school. Luckily I can ride to work and get to watch the swans on the Ri... read more

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My cycling story began when I became a hobby widow as my husband approached his mid-40’s. He started riding every weekend, scrutinising his stats, raving about his bike, groupsets and ratios, doin... read more

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Commuting to work on my bike, in the summer especially, allows me to cycle to the pool to continue my triathlon training. I cycle to the pool, then cycle direct to work and sometimes pop home at lu... read more

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After a number of years off my mountain bike (Kids happen) I am really enjoying getting back out on 2 wheels, including the switch to something a little racier through the Cyclescheme, I am lucky e... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

While the nights are light, and the fields remain dry, my commute takes me across the wildflower meadows of Cambridgeshire. Once out of my estate, and having successfully (hopefully) negotiated ... read more

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Beats the bus, smells better, you look hot as a fit not fat person, it's fun, and drivers are mostly decent.

Topic: A happy riding memory

Cycling to the British Library at Boston Spa is a treat. The library is excellent; the staff helpful; the coffee very good. There is no public transport from York. But the best route for a cyclist ... read more

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Just over a year ago weighing 27 stone I finally decided to do something about my weight. I started with the diet but set myself 3 goals which I wanted to hit with the weight loss. 1) Start cycling... read more

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Kevin Jackson Magnificent
Shirley Foster well done Dave, I lost 3 stone over a year cycling to work, have put the weight on again as I stopped cycling. Need to sta... read more

I cant think of a better area to ride in than here. You want hills we got them, Coastal routes, rolling roads, AONB all in the one place. From Tynemouth up to Berwick

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Having lived in London now for nearly 7 years, I'd mostly thought that those choosing to cycle everywhere were a bit crazy to do so. I mean... it doesn't rain on the tube...? And public transport i... read more

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Had to replace my wheels on my hybrid commute bike as the rims were dilapidated. "29ers" were cheaper than "700c". NB unless you are running narrow tyres they are same ;)

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Cycling to work gives me the best start to every day. I'm lucky enough to commute via a cycle path that takes me out of the busy city for just a short while and it's bliss. Last week, a little robi... read more

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I am so lucky to be able to commute to work via a beautiful park, a moment to appreciate the open space en route to work.

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People think I am crazy. a middle-aged (yes I have to write that now) female riding over 11 miles each way to work and back, year round. It took a little while to figure out that 1. there was a r... read more

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So I cycle to work most days,I arrive at work at 5.30am (yes that time does actually exist!). As part of my route I cycle through Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston opposite the The cricket place.. One ... read more

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After years of spending 3+hrs a day commuting by car, I found a role in 2016 where i could cycle to work. Since then I have seen a significant change in my work/life balance and resultant stress le... read more

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William Dafydd Gibby Forgot to add - introduced CycleScheme as an employee benefit too!

Had a nice ride to work today with my back breaks mended and my tyres pumped!

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Loving my new commute via a folding bike and the train. Takes a little bit longer but a lot more enjoyable!

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Every year, my partner and I head to Holland to go on a cycling holiday using the "Vrienden op de fiets" scheme which gives us the opportunity to stay with local cyclists and travel to unusual loca... read more

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I have encouraged my friend Andy to come bike riding with me due to him been diagnosed with diabetes and also company for myself been a lady rider, he got a starter bike to see if he liked it and ... read more

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Laurence Boon Fantastic - thanks for sharing!

Always used to bike everywhere as a kid then life happened and it all got put to one side until a few years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a good idea to take up mountain biking! I went ou... read more

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I've spent years cycle commuting. Anything from 2 to 32 miles each way. I have never driven a car didn't interest me for lots of reasons. I used to work promoting cycling, now i plan custom-buil... read more

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Back in April 2018, I decided I was going to get back in to cycling, and seeing my work place has a cycle scheme, decided to make use of it, as I set my self a target event After spending 3-4 we... read more

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Richard Beale Well done. Keep going that's the way to do it. Cycling gets easier and more enjoyable as you go.

Now its dark in the morning and evening PLEASE can we all wear bright clothing and have good lights, nearly hit a cyclist coming towards me with dark clothing and no lights, idiot!

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Four years ago I had not been on a bike for 30+ years and never thought I would ever be on one again. However a posting to Paris saw me looking for a cheaper option to monthly metro tickets. Tem... read more

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Well that sucked!

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22 cyclists 🚴 500 miles, 6 days… it's the Riders of Shaam who recently took part in a 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge which saw them ride from Amsterdam 🇳🇱 to Berlin 🇩🇪 in support of Rainbows. ... read more

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Richard Leseney well done

No ride today. Gynae appointments and bicycles don't really mix!

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Happy to say that I've completed it today cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a route plenty of hills smaller and bigger made it challenging. 2 months ago I had many doubts about taking part in Peda... read more

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I read of a guy who ran a marathon every day for a year,that and Steve Abrahams attempting 80,000 miles in a single year,since then I have ridden nearly 40 mile a day for almost four years without ... read more

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I was joined by a barn owl on this morning's commute. It flew with me along the lane, just a couple of metres in front at head height. We carried on riding together for about two hundred metres bef... read more

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Clive Sheldon You are so lucky to experience that! I love being close to nature on my rides.
Ruth Billingham that's amazing!

I may not had a Carbon bike, but my 30 year old 531c framed bike was a joy to ride to and from work and weekend jaunts into the Dales. No more, D lock smashed off and insurance not interested du... read more

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John Newell this is why Richard Ballantine thought that hanging was too good for bike thieves...
Tom Darville It is good enough as long as it's followed by being drawn disemboweled and quartered like the good ole days

Not such a successful ride today......yesterdays little trip was nice, wanted to push myself a bit more today! There's a local beauty spot I've wanted to visit for ages but never seem to get a ch... read more

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Students in higher education are at an age vulnerable to mental illness as 75% of mental health difficulties develop before the age of 25. 16-25 is the key age group to target with preventative & e... read more

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I am 62 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis and recently my walking has become very painful, so I asked the nurse what would help me to still get exercise and she recommended cycling. I had a ... read more

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Steven Dewar Fantastic to hear how well you are getting around, a real inspiration, the yorkshire wolds are lovely.
Gill Wood Actually reading through this site I think perhaps I should not be on here as I don't work due to the rheumatoid arthri... read more

We've cycled through the seasonal summer without the ice, And at rare times the sunshine which was nice, Getting up extra early to cycle by the deer, Or the birds of prey swooping past my ear... read more

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I started riding a bike regularly last year after our car was written off. I pulled the old beater mountain bike out the shed and gave it a go. I quickly upgraded to an inherited hybrid I found mys... read more

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Challenging cycle in especially with my panniers that act like sails of a boat! Still mild enough for t-shirt though. Wind is tough to cycle in but still enjoying being outside exercising in summer... read more

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After coming off my bike 4 weeks ago and having 3 weeks of treatment and an X-ray, I finally rode my bike again yesterday and managed 17 miles around the hill. Such a good feeling to be back cycli... read more

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Another commute to work by bike, this morning in rain. Less cyclists but slower journey. All things considered I don't mind the rain it's always better than getting the tube!! :)

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As I were younger I did a lot of riding, mostly mountain biking but also road or trials riding.. Life takes over and the kids grow, now its time to get back on the bike. It's been road bikes for th... read more

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I started riding to work 2 years ago with the aim to get fit and now as a 50 year old with 4 bikes and my second Ride London under my belt and plans to do the Fred Whitton Challenge next year I don... read more

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I started riding just of 14 years ago - a short 1/2 day cycle hire with a mate in Sardinia. In 2006 I managed to ride a total of 1,000 miles & I was absolutely delighted with myself! Each year I... read more

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When the local Authority I work for relocated to an "environmental centre" outside town, the number of Folk cycling to work dropped off. This is due to the office being on a steep hill and having l... read more

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I stopped cycling years ago when the dog gave me a pitiful look if I dared go for a ride rather than take him for a walk, and then children got in the way. As for commuting, a big hill and a relat... read more

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In 2011 I was driving my son James to University in Sheffield. James had the idea that it would be fun to cycle a tandem from Lands End to John O'Groats. We bought a second hand tandem a Dawes Gala... read more

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I bought my first road bike 4 months ago and have fallen in love with it/cycling. Up till recently I have been overweight, and at school was often bullied about it. I have struggled to get rid of t... read more

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On the 8th of August it was cycled to work day with help from let’s ride and colleagues at work we organised a lunchtime ride out. The weather was good no wind nice warm weather, short ride about... read more

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Commuting by bike is a great way to increase your overall fitness for other activities. The more you do, the more you'll find yourself not just wondering where this road or path goes but trying it ... read more

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In 2014 I had a minor car accident. Left me without transport to work and a need to get my body mobile. I was 52 and not ridden a bike in may years. Watching TV late one night, I saw "The Cyclin... read more

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My first ride to work today for over 2 weeks felt empowering. I came off the bike almost 3 weeks ago, resulting in a sprained shoulder, grazing from shin to hip, grazed forearm and a hefty whack to... read more

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I started out commuting to work a few years ago, as an alternative to running. As I grew to start enjoying riding I started to go out with a club, and over time extended my ride distance from 10 or... read more

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Frank Harrison "Chapeau" radonneur!

I am not sure this is the best name for the cycle area at the front of the lights, but I can't come up with anything that fits better. I am beyond fed up with motorbikes and scooters sitting in the... read more

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It has been quite a few years since I commuted to work but have managed to get back in the saddle again. Have been commuting by bike at every opportunity over the past 6 weeks and aiming to keep i... read more

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I learnt to ride a tricycle at the age of 4-5 and at that time cycled up and down the pavement along a main road campaigning for my local M.P. I had strapped to my trike a notice saying "VOTE FOR B... read more

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As a year-round commuter, I'm used to taking on all weathers. Energy-sapping heat, bone-chilling cold and everything in between. Having the right gear helps of course, but sometimes you just have ... read more

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Hi! Each year I raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking on several tough cycling challenges, mostly of my own design. So far this year I've raised over £2000 which is amazing & will h... read more

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Used to commute to work everyday 20 miles but 2 accidents, a broken back, have made me rethink. Still trying but more social now so enjoying the cake stops. Happy rides😎

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Many years ago I used to cycle to work 16 miles each way and loved it. Until one day a driver thought he could be quicker than me and pulled out in front of me and I went through his windscreen. L... read more

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I haven't ridden a bike in years but have a partner who is a cycling nut so I finally cracked and got a Liv Hybird through the cycle to work scheme. Between my partner's nagging and NR's terms and ... read more

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Coming from a cycling family it won't be a surprise that I have been a cyclist all my life. However my cycling activity was curtailed after a cancer diagnosis and prostrate removal in March of this... read more

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I've suffered from mental health problems for a few years following some trauma. I have tried everything to combat it until about 3 months ago when a colleague suggested the cycle to work scheme. I... read more

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I started cycling about 15 years ago. It was when I first moved to London from the countryside of Suffolk for university. I loved it and cycled a great deal. However, after a few years, some ill he... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Another great ride in, no traffic on the roads until I hit the road works - where I bumped into my cycling buddy I've not seen in a while. I've achieved so many PB's on Strava, but bumping into fri... read more

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I reluctantly started a Weight Watchers group, I knew I had to do something and reaching a milestone birthday gave me the push, I plodded on for several weeks and starting loosing really well, I ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

An early start on Saturday morning as our local parkrun was cancelled. The plan that Matt and I had hatched was to ride to to Lancaster from Preston, join their parkrun and then ride home again. O... read more

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I started my romance with cycling a few years ago when I first bought a bike under the cycle to work scheme. I used to cycle from home in the Purbecks to Bournemouth Airport Business Park one day ... read more

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I finally got myself a new bike on the Cycle to work scheme and my daily commute is so much easier as I was using quite a heavy bike before which was also too big for me! I told the secretary at sc... read more

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I started off in January 2018 after two months without work, then got a job locally. My only option was to walk or get on a bike. My wifes old bike was in the garage and I decided to get on it and ... read more

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I took up cycling because it saved my life quite literally. On 1/4/2019, i was on day 3 of a ride down to Rome from London in 7 days to support a friend running the Maradona di Roma. It was magic... read more

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Rus Kesley Maybe that should read Maratona and not Maradona
Carvel Lonsdale hand of god ; )

Over the past few years I have set myself challenges to stretch my personal boundaries. These have been an opportunity to raise both funds and awareness of charities that mean something to me. In ... read more

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