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Stories from England

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Image for story UA92 Manchester

UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Informe informe they've all got it in for me!

I'm having a week and I'm having a moan and I'm feeling soooo sorry for myself and a little nervous... Monday lovely ride to work. Tuesday took out by the tram lines! Road cleaning truck in front... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon Time: Registration from 8.15am until 10.30am Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022 Venue: The event will start and finish at Cantley Park, Wokingham, RG40 5QG Routes There ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Porthmadoc, Gwynedd

Porthmadoc, Gwynedd

My favourite place to ride is Porthmadoc, Gwynedd. We have our holiday caravan sited there so me and my husband and our dog go there frequently. I love riding over the Cob traffic free area lookin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Hit and run

So after being hit by a car in January I wasnโ€™t gonna let this deter me from cycling, 2mths later and a new bike later Iโ€™m back on my bike and enjoying getting out and cycling again. Lovely weather... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

It was a lovely day to be out and about on the bike yesterday. I spent most of the day cycling the network of traffic-free cyclepaths south of Bracknell town centre, putting up vinyl stickers to he... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story UC staff reach their goal to save 5000km of co2 during the challenge

UC staff reach their goal to save 5000km of co2 during the challenge

Cyclists have taken UC to victory again. Aotearoa Bike Challenge โ€“ 1st education sector! 237 staff cycled 46,315 kms! Itโ€™s not about winning though ๐Ÿ˜Š, the UC team saved 5292kg of co2, reduced road ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Cycling to work in Bracknell

Cycling to work in Bracknell

Hi my nameโ€™s Phil, right up front Iโ€™ll admit I work at Bracknell Forest Council and my remit is encouraging more sustainable journeys around our borough. I want to highlight some of the work we... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story COVID Made me start a YouTube Channel

COVID Made me start a YouTube Channel

I've always been a keen cyclist and like to get out and about, joined a few cycling challenges here and there and all is good. COVID-19 came around and locked down any group rides in the beginning ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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getting out in to nature

riding along the pathways listening to birds and insects. taking you away for the noise and traffic of the city lost out in a world that you would not know was there unless we jumped on a bike. we ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The 85 year old who rides everyday

I didnโ€™t ride regularly in winter until I was introduced to this man! He goes out at 6.45am everyday and does 10 miles on his electric bike ๐Ÿ‘ He does a longer ride on a Sunday when two of us join... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Night riding

Night riding

We have all missed being out cycling together and fitting it in has required some night riding. We all got the bike lights on tonight and enjoyed a couple of hours of chatting and night riding safe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story What a way to start the day!

What a way to start the day!

I hopped on my bike for my first day at the office in 2022, and like pretty much every time I ride to work, I was surprised by how great it made me feel - and it's my job to tell people that! Fl... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story First ride to nursery

First ride to nursery

Took my son to nursery by bike for the first time. Getting an ebike has given me the confidence to ride with him

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Spreading Festive Cheer

Spreading Festive Cheer

6 of us from our Cycling group of Friends decided to get dressed up and cycle around Morecambe, to do a tour of the houses that were decorated. We all went above and beyond with the outfits and li... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ride the lights

Ride the lights

Especially with friendd

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story First Dec 2021

First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didnโ€™t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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And then it rained!

A beautiful autumn morning, the sun is just out, the sky is starting to turn blue from grey. I am beginning my favourite bike ride. I haven't ridden here for a while so now I hope the autumn se... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story It's (almost) always ride weather!

It's (almost) always ride weather!

A couple of weekends ago the forecast was rain, rain and some more rain. I had planned to do my first ever 100-mile bike ride, what to do? I decided that all winter long the weather might have o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Route 68

Route 68

My favourite place to ride is on route 68 from the Sill on the military road across to Kielder. The route is offroad after a couple of miles then it's just you on the logging roads across to Kielde... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Bike to school week

The weather has been, sunny, torrential rain and windy this week but my daughter, son and I have all managed to rise to the challenge of riding and enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’– Today was our greatest achievement ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Keeping up with my daughter!

Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. Iโ€™ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! Iโ€™m super ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and donโ€™t need two cars anymore. Richardโ€™s senior rol... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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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 couldnโ€™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 Iโ€™d never been... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story New bike day

New bike day

New eBike day. Oooh the hills are so easy now

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Breezelancs

Breezelancs

Encouraging others to ride is my passion. I became Breeze Champion in 2011 and have since led over 500 group rides and encouraged thousands of women to ride!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Today I counted thirty reasons why I was right to sell the car and get a bicycle. Four oโ€™clock. Nearly rush hour, and the roads are starting to get busy. Those who can get away before five do so... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling hurdles

Cycling hurdles

Iโ€™ve been organising our bike hubs recently, getting all the bikes sorted out ready for annual service. As I was climbing over bikes, it got me to thinking about hurdles. Hurdles.. in cycling? Say ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

Iโ€™ve been biking for about 2 years now, but have been off the bike for 7 months following a fall whilst out riding. Back in August last year I was out riding with a colleague, weโ€™d set ourself the ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story I got knocked down, but I got up again โ€ฆ and had a BLAST!

I got knocked down, but I got up again โ€ฆ and had a BLAST!

In November 2014, while completing my final training ride a week out from an upcoming Methven Womens bike race (which I had out off for many years prior), I was struck by a vehicle from behind whil... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Ice Cycle

Last month I was cycling and slipped on a slippery wooden bridge on an icy day and busted some ribs, hurt my leg but otherwise my bike broke my fall and itself. So I've been bicycle shopping again... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

I'm Aidan, and i'm one of the folks at the Council who deals with what we call sustainable modes, or in the case of walking and cycling, 'Active Modes'. I'm a keen cyclist myself, and get out ro... read more

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Image for story MTB stole from school in broad day light

MTB stole from school in broad day light

Last Monday lunch (31 01 2022) my MTB Corratec was stolen from the school Bike shed. Green and Black The 2015 Corratec Opiate 650b FZ is a full-suspension all Mountain/Enduro MTB If any one se... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Picnic lunch with my bike

Picnic lunch with my bike

After all this time, I am still working from home. Usually I go out on my bike or for a walk every day around lunch time to make sure I see some daylight and to get my exercise. To mix it up a bit,... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cycling anyway

I was a bit nervous when I signed up to a local Ladies only cycle - a 10 mile route round Cheltenham but I was determined to give it a go. When I turned up, there was another lady there so we got c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Best ride of the year

Best ride of the year

To celebrate a friend's 50th we decided to try e-mountain biking. What an amazing day we had, we hired the bikes and booked a guide which was a great move. We all had such a brilliant day and were ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Almost there.....

Almost there.....

2021 has been a tough year, work from home no reason to cycle, no commute to work.....set myself a goal, "Ride every day".... was easy to start with lots of enthusiasm much like when you join a gym... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycle-wear for commuters

Summer Commute Cycling - Bike; Sunglasses; Shorts & T-shirt. Winter Commute Cycling - Bike; Lights; Extra Lights; Extra - Extra lights; Hi-Vis Jacket; Hi-Vis Gloves, Trousers, Shoes, Socks, Sc... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Great day out

Great day out

Lovely day riding today. I wanted to find a route that I had found last year , so went out and found it. Great sunshine easy riding.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cycling and chemo

Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycling = Cake

It's funny what interests people to start cycling or cycle more. Some are the cost savings they would make, the health impact, the sense of freedom... well I was sat at work having a treat of a cho... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Despite cycling a lot in the last 10 years, I've never lived close enough for the commute to work to be practicable by bike. Since joining the council in January I've been working from home but ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Joanne Blair is the DAC Beachcroft #CycleSeptember Star 2021!

Joanne Blair is the DAC Beachcroft #CycleSeptember Star 2021!

Joanne had not cycled since she was a schoolgirl of 12 but had a real urge to get back on 2 wheels this September. She had been a close watcher of all our DACB cycling / walking events for years, a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story This #CycleSeptember has doubled my average cycling distance!

This #CycleSeptember has doubled my average cycling distance!

I got into cycling last year thanks to the earlier Cycling initiatives from 'Love To Ride' but my capacity was no more than 10-12 kms at a time. This challenge has only deepened my 'Cycling Romance... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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