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Lockdown made fitter and I lost 3 stone

With the gyms being shut and having to social distance. I decided to make use of my mountain bike that had been kept in a shed since I brought it on the nhs cycle scheme. After a few weeks of c... read more

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Last Day of Summer

Wiltshire: Wylye Valley (Nat Cycling Network - NCN 24). Limited-stop training ride: Warminster and Wilton only. Start and finish: Wylye village, off A303. The Wylye valley in Wiltshire is one of ... read more

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Image for story Socially distanced cycling

Socially distanced cycling

Managed a first socially distanced meet up with my family and took the youngest two grandaughters 3 and 5 for a ride along Tiverton canal. Can't post video on here so if you want to see it head ac... read more

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Mamhead Hill Training Ride (The Climb)

Mamhead Hill, a 1.5 mile climb, approached from the 'C' road from Starcross, is located 6 miles from my home in Dawlish, and I use these six miles to gently 'warm up' for The Climb. Mamhead Hi... read more

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Image for story That’s another fine mess...

That’s another fine mess...

Part of the joy of gravel bikes is that you can ride a long distance and still have the capacity to explore. So, “I wonder where...” immediately becomes “Let’s see where... that track/bridleway/gap... read more

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NHS Volunteer Responder

As a NHS Volunteer Responder during this Covid 19 crisis I have been using my bicycle to collect prescriptions from the two chemists in South Molton Devon and deliver to vunerable persons who have ... read more

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Timed Training Ride on the Hottest Day of 2020 (so far!)

Trust me to choose the hottest day of the year (so far; June 25th) to go on one of my timed training rides! For those readers interested in ride and performance stats, a summary of these follow... read more

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Image for story One Hour of Peacefulness

One Hour of Peacefulness

Well -my motivation has been a bit rocky in the last few weeks... the same as lots of peeps I expect! But I’ve clocked a few rides lately. Struggling to know whether to wear shorts or my more t... read more

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Image for story Chasing the Sunset

Chasing the Sunset

Every evening this week has been absolute bliss. Timing has fallen so when I clock of work and then hop on my bike it is the perfect time to chase the sunset down by the Exe Estuary. The amazing co... read more

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How unfit can you get in a month!

I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

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A New Route in West Devon for a Training Ride

For some time I had wanted to ride the 'old' A30 between Whiddon Down and Okehampton, via the village of Sticklepath, a distance of 14.2 miles return. Over the summer I had been visiting the are... read more

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Mamhead Hill Training Ride (The Climb) - A Correction

This isn't a correction about my performance on the ride I completed the other day, as recorded under the substantive title above; and all the stats shown therein are accurate. But, although no o... read more

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The Cyclists' 'M5' - The Exe Estuary Trail: Dawlish-Exeter Return

My ulterior objective for today's untimed training ride (apart from noting the start and finish times for the purposes of my Ride Report), was to collect a handsome hardbook book on canals from th... read more

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The big adventure for the family.

During the lock down my two girls age 6 and 10 wanted to go and socially distance visit their grandma. As un necessary car rides were under scrutiny we decided that we could cycle there. This was... read more

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Image for story Exploring forgotten trails

Exploring forgotten trails

In an attempt to social distance away from busy roads and routes I looked at the map and planned a route down some bridleways I'd not explored before. Had to deal with a very overgrown route at tim... read more

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Timed climb on Stoke Hill, Exeter, via Divine Devon Countryside

Was it already 11 months since I had last done my Brampford Speke and Thorverton training circuit? Conditions today idyllic with a refreshing breeze. This circuit served as a warm-up for my time... read more

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£90 shop on a bike!

I'm trying to avoid shopping unnecessarily, so hadn't been to the supermarket in almost 2 weeks. Our fridge was empty, and the rest of our food supplies were running low. We've been getting fruit a... read more

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Image for story Biking Meetings

Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

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Image for story My 'Quaran-triathlon'

My "Quaran-triathlon"

I was struggling with finding motivation to train during the 1st lockdown. So I decided to do something that could take the focus away from myself and I signed up for a virtual triathlon – called T... read more

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Wildlife incounters on night ride

During lock down to maintain shift separation I had to do night shift. On my ride home over a week I encountered two possum and was confronted by a rat that decided he had more rights to the path I... read more

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Image for story Visiting my Grandson

Visiting my Grandson

On this last weekend of August 2021 I did a solo ride from Dayton Ohio to Columbus to visit my grandson. It was a total of 96 miles over two days. I camped in London Ohio in a hammock at the prim... read more

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Image for story The PEOPLE....

The PEOPLE....

My first, and still functional, but only slightly used, email address is: [address removed] ....you may email me, if you like. I teach Physical Education and it all stands for..... Physical Ed... read more

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Seeing the changes over time

Biking during CoVid-19 has been interesting. It started out with everything empty. Few or no cars and no one outside. Then after a few months seeing an uptick in construction which seemed to pop up... read more

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Image for story Exploring Fife and beyond

Exploring Fife and beyond

I’ve lived in Dunfermline for over twenty years and before that Edinburgh. Most of my cycling has been back and forth between the two for work and the odd ride along a local track. Since the fir... read more

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Image for story Miles=Smiles on my Peloton

Miles=Smiles on my Peloton

I've ridden >350 (virtual!) miles on my Peloton bike in June; pretty pleased with that!

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Image for story Tuesday Sanity Check

Tuesday Sanity Check

While travelling is still tricky and we're both a bit nervous about being around too many people, my daughter and I have been doing weekly Tuesday bike rides. I'm taking one day off work every week... read more

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Image for story Can cycling stop the coronavirus?

Can cycling stop the coronavirus?

During the pandemic it has been really humbling to hear of the hard work of so many in the NHS and other important services. It left me wondering how I could help. One obvious way was to use my ... read more

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Image for story Coffee and cake

Coffee and cake

I first met my friend Chris about 40 years ago. For the last 20 of these years we have shared the occasional bike ride, typically between 10 and 20 miles. Lockdown 1 threw a spanner in the work... read more

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Faking it!

Despite and since wfh during the lockdowns I have continued my commute as a fake commute ensuring I do the outbound and inbound mileage in a round trip. The trick is to vary the route so the ride d... read more

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Good to be back

Finally it is good to get out with club again.

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Image for story Dust off that bike! #WomenWhoRide

Dust off that bike! #WomenWhoRide

When lockdown was announced in March 2020 my first thought was how am I going to exercise with gyms being closed? And so I dusted off my bike in the garage and started to explore the local area. Mo... read more

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Goals in a covid world

Since the start of the initial lockdown in the U.K. i have been riding more than at anytime in my life. I set my goals (distance) wise based on missions on another app and so far have ridden virtu... read more

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Image for story Northern Ireland alternative for Covid Era bike tour

Northern Ireland alternative for Covid Era bike tour

If your planned trip to sunnier climes has been cancelled or deferred because of covid travel restrictions. I can recommend Northern Ireland. Quiet roads, lovely scenery, respectful drivers and r... read more

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Image for story First ever 100km Ride

First ever 100km Ride

As the British summer seems to have vanished temporarily I wanted to share my ride from two weeks ago when the sun was shining! First time I'd ever cycled 100km after starting cycling last year ... read more

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Image for story It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

If there is some silver lining to the pandemic, is that it pushed me into cycling. I do not have a car, but I do not feel limited.

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Image for story Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

So coronavirus lockdown was happening i also suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, and my consultants always quoting motion is lotion, so my husband shown me an adult electric trike, I was apprehensive... read more

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Image for story Wednesday Ride to Check in on our housebound friends

Wednesday Ride to Check in on our housebound friends

Every Wednesday since April 2020 a group of friends rides in Watsonville to check on our housebound (due to age, immunocompromised, non-vaccinated...) friends. It's a fun ride and it brings a litt... read more

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Cycle 100 Miles in June for Dementia UK

I tend to do charity things for Diabetes UK and Dementia UK as my mother had dementia and I have type 1 diabetes, so when I saw the "Cycle 100 Miles in June" challenge for Dementia UK, I dusted off... read more

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Image for story To the unexplore cycling route

To the unexplore cycling route

With my hubby going along the Pari River Bank. The bushes made me feel uncomfortable while pedalling. The unseen path made me worried will be trapped into any hidden hole or drain. But it's fun an... read more

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Image for story From Stockport to Scotland

From Stockport to Scotland

I thought it would be a great idea to cycle from Stockport to Scotland in order to wildcamp with some mates and avoid taking a 6 hour car journey over the border, so I did! Day 1 consisted of 30... read more

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Image for story Tour de Cornwall!

Tour de Cornwall!

My husband Harry & I have just completed the penultimate stage of our very own tour around Cornwall! We're cycling all around the peninsula with our our rucksacks on our backs, up & down th... read more

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Image for story Commuting to Touring

Commuting to Touring

Frequently, while driving through the west and Midwest my family would pass cyclists going and coming across the mountains and the plains. I always wanted to take a shot at Colorado and Kansas... read more

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Please say hello .............. it means alot

Just reached a goal of 1000 in the June bike challenge. Stopped at the top of Cherry Willingham by-pass bridge and cheered to myself. Despite the challenge, it means more to me when someone gree... read more

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4000 Miles for 40

Lockdown has been tough on me and my family, so I'm trying to keep moving and positive, cycling and running are big outlets for that, a time to unwind and switch off, part of that has been to fundr... read more

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Image for story The ultimate screen break

The ultimate screen break

his last year has been hard, with bereavement and my mum having (and thankfully beating) cancer, home schooling, and all the other challenges of lockdown. My role has meant I’ve been one of the for... read more

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Image for story Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Cycling during the pandemic has meant less cars on the road, meaning fresher air :) and also safer roads..!

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New places, new friends, new bike.

I've been commuting to work by bike for a little over 3 years, which has changed my perceptions of cycling from a sport, to a necessity. I've been a rider since I could balance on two wheels, and I... read more

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Image for story Cycling in ladies Breeze groups

Cycling in ladies Breeze groups

In recent months, I have been struggling with low mood and anxiety related to big changes happening at work. Cycling has really helped me unwind and switch off for a few hours each week. But it is ... read more

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From prog rock to the New Forest

Pandemics are not good things I know. However the prospect of being locked in last March, with no prospect of exercise prompted me to put some effort in. From running up and down the drive listenin... read more

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Building energy for biking

I would love to say before I contracted Covid I was an avid cyclist. But, I don't lie and neither would my bike if you saw it. Cycling to work a few times a week, weather permitting of course(any ... read more

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