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Rule 9 of Velominati's "The Rules" says, "If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period." Here's to all the badasses that were out riding in the rain, yesterday.

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It's a bit of a schlep to get there (5 hour drive from Atlanta), but there is no more beautiful ride than the Virginia Creeper trail -- 17 miles from White Top to Damascus, VA. Very mountainous, b... read more

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There are a few different teams out there who are essentially part of the one organisation. Love2ride asked me to be Champion for NSW Department of Education because that was included in my regist... read more

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September was going really well. The weather in Portland had been perfect and I had an unbroken string of commutes with full weekends of MTB riding. This was going to be my best challenge ever! But... read more

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On the 1st January 2019 I set myself a goal, to complete 150-rides over the next 52-weeks - based on three rides per week. Today, 8th October, 40-weeks to the day after commencing this challenge... read more

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When I lived in DC, I frequently biked to work. Few hills, lots of dedicated bike lanes. Great and convenient bike share program. But in Atlanta? Never! I have worked in downtown Atlanta for... read more

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Tonya Toland Hmm, I live in your area (Edgewood neighborhood), and it is a fairly easy commute to downtown. I bike to Peachtree Center M... read more
Bennett Foster Proud of you, Becky, and love that slogan, Tonya! The Triple H!

Today’s biking

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Just a thought for those who are safety conscious about burglary and stalking. If you use Strava go to your privacy settings and create a privacy zone around your home location- this will keep yo... read more

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Tom Darville I agree and always horrified when people show events on Strava when on holiday basically telling everyone your house is emp... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Excellent point Tom!

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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Tom Darville Old guys rule!!!

Sent an email last week encouraging colleagues to have a go. Volunteered to bring in my tandem if anyone wanted to have a try on the back. So glad Peter took me up on it! Only 10 minutes round the... read more

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

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Sadly I missed the big company ride this past weekend, but had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ireland. This was my first time ever in Europe and I wanted to make the most of my ONE day of... read more

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ride on a green lane and let go by speed

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Well that sucked!

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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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I've joined the Lendwithcare Zambia Bike Ride taking place in May 2020. Its a 10 day trip, cycling 500 kms starting in Lusaka and ending at the fantastic Victoria Falls in Livingstone. We'll be sto... read more

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Richard Leseney amazing !! well done !!

Jason's e-biking experience is encouraging and shows that age is no barrier when it comes to cycling... his story: "I learnt to cycle as a child and up until 4 years ago used a moped to get arou... read more

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Diane Seddon Thank you for those inspiring comments

Cycling makes me feel happy. I used to use a bike trailer to get my son to school and now he rides to school with me. My eldest son likes to do longer rides with me and explore.

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magnifique et très dur parcour VTT vive le sport !!!

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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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December 2015 I was almost 20 stone in weight, as someone once said I was built for comfort not for speed. Something had changed for me however and I was about to embark on something life changing.... read more

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

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In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - n... read more

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I spent the holidays cycling from Santander in Spain to Bordeaux in France. It's a great way to see the countryside.

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Anke P My husband and I cycled from Dieppe to Bordeaux and had a fabulous time. 900 miles approximately. WE found France amazing f... read more

I am 54 year old not rode a bike for about 30 years and thought i would never do what I have actually done. In August 2018 I joined a group called fit rovers this is helping men loose weight creat... read more

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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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Love riding both my mtb and road bike. Rivington and Darwen for most of my local mtb rides. Gisburn and Lakes if going further afield. Enjoy rides to Southport , Blackpool and Garstang on the roa... read more

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After a brief, scary encounter with a magpie last year, we are prepared this year.

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I cycle to work because I enjoy the speed and predictability of my commute. I also enjoy being outside and active, especially after a long day inside. I enjoy going off road via the Philadelphia g... read more

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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

I was more or less born on a bicycle. I used to work at 60 km away and commuted by train. It got me fat and I picked up just any flu or cold that was around. All those people sneezing and coughing ... read more

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Barbara Hampton In 2015 I was diagnosed with FSHD which is a muscle wasting condition. I was lucky enough to have cycling in my life, so in... read more

After taking on the challenge in 24 hours for the last two years, I decided to mix things up a bit and invite my non-cyclist friends along. I was apprehensive that someone would give up halfway but... read more

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12 years ago my wife bought me a birthday present of a dark blue Raleigh man’s commuting bike complete with postman pat bell. I have enjoyed cycling to work ever since and am now onto my third bi... read more

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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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The main thing about cycling to work for me is that I enjoy the extra time in bed in the mornings! My cycle in to work takes 11–12 minutes - compared to either a 40 minute walk in or bus journey... read more

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When I cycle to work I feel more refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Cycling home I can relax and enjoy the exercise — or if it’s been a difficult day I can take it out on the pedals! I cycle... read more

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I commute by bike to and from work every day, all year round! I love cycling and my ride invigorates me for the day ahead, and de-stresses me on my way home as I ride past green spaces, lakes and ... read more

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As human beings, our health is not compartmental. If we experience illness or a lack of health mentally or physically or emotionally/spiritually, it does affect our overall health. It is all interc... read more

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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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My life changed when I was introduced to riding with Breeze network, not many miles but with encouragement from leaders and cycling buddies, I soon got the bug and enjoyed cycling into the wolds an... read more

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Steven Dewar Brilliant story, very inspiring, well done!

Back to riding after ten years or so mainly thanks to all the share bike schemes around... Got my first ever brommie through cycle scheme and loving it!

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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

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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After a serious illness a few years ago, I put on a bit of weight and my fitness suffered because of damage to my lungs. I've been walking to work occasionally, but I finally decided to get a new b... read more

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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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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.

As a commuter, I often have problems with punctures and with overall bike maintenance. My ambition is to be able to carry out simple maintenance tasks myself, without having to take the bike into ... read more

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I vividly remember the dreaded day mum took the training wheels off my bike and took me and my brother down to a park in Brookfield to ride without the stability and reliance of those extra two whe... read more

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My daughter started to cycle again at the end of last summer, which she hadn't done since she was at primary school (she's now post-University). This summer she's taken it a lot more seriously, and... read more

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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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Maybe like me, your work is desk-based. Sometimes my cycle commute is the only exercise I get during the working day. It’s partly because of being office-bound that I like to spend time outdoors ... read more

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