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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!

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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

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Image for story Joined a club

Joined a club

I rode socially with friends for years but they decided to emigrate to Australia. As I was about to lose my cycling buddies I looked up ‘Lets Ride’ on the web and found like minded local groups. ... read more

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Image for story Getting back on the bike

Getting back on the bike

I've been a cyclist for many years and commuted regularly for a decade. I've ridden many of the great French climbs as well as Mount Diablo in California, have enjoyed cycle touring in several coun... read more

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My love for cycling

I've had my fair share of tragedies over the years, then being diagnosed with Menieres disease, this means I am prone to severe vertigo attacks. I have always ridden horses for years and am lu... read more

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Image for story Finding time

Finding time

Prior to lockdown I used to commute 2 to 4 times a week but then with lockdown I ended up working from home which made the opportunity for biking difficult with the number of meetings, mostly tedio... read more

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Image for story To keep my heart healthy

To keep my heart healthy

I have loved my bike through out lock down. I am the proud owner of a pace maker and have had a few cardiac problems. It has been my bike that has kept me going and healthy . It’s been brilliant t... read more

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Life on my Own

Riding can sometimes be a solo experience...no one there to see you flying over the handle, bars, walking home with a flat tyre, spiking your shin on the peddles, p*** wet through! cryin to yoursel... read more

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Hilly Blasters

I’m a Breeze Champion and for the last 2 or 3 years I’ve led a Thursday night, hilly ride which has proved popular with a core group of die hard riders. We motivate each other and our fitness has g... read more

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Mother and daughter

Encouraged by my daughter to get back cycling. This photo shows us both out today on the Carrington Moss Estate. This is a beautiful place to get outdoors and take in the Natural beauty that surr... read more

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Image for story My 50th Birthday Charity Fund Raiser

My 50th Birthday Charity Fund Raiser

Well here I go again, though I've told My better half this will be the last one! My 50th this March, I'd thought for some years about doing the Lakesman this particular year. An Iron Man distance ... read more

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Hit and run

So after being hit by a car in January I wasn’t gonna let this deter me from cycling, 2mths later and a new bike later I’m back on my bike and enjoying getting out and cycling again. Lovely weather... read more

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Tour de Manc

On Sunday I participated in Tour de Manc raising funds for HaTS charity to help Cancer patients. I initially planned to do a mad manc route which is 200km via difficult terrain. Unfortunately, aft... read more

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Is the universe trying to tell me something!

I do actually love riding to work although this is encouraged by the sunny days sometimes discourage but the threat of high winds storms thunder and lightening... but with every dark cloud there is... read more

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Image for story 'Olive' my substitute horse!

"Olive" my substitute horse!

I have ridden horses all my life but as my pal "GG" was in his final years, and I knew I never wanted to own another one, I needed something to take me to all the places he and I visited. Sooooo...... read more

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I cycle for my dog!

I'm not what you would call an enthusiastic cyclist but I started cycling to work when I adopted a rescue dog. Not wanting her to be home all day alone, but also knowing that she would not enjoy d... read more

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Manchester Gravel #MCRGRVL

Most have re-discovered the benefits of cycling. One element has been taking things a step further and joining a local club. A cycling buddy of mine set up Manchester Gravel MCRGRVL on Facebook, ... read more

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Slow cycling

I have almost never been a fast cycler. Even when I was going full tilt, there were always other people going faster. I no longer have any bikes with drop handlebars. I like to sit up and look at t... read more

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Image for story Me and the lads

Me and the lads

Motivated my mates for a ride beyond their limits on an early Sunday morning. From Oldham to Bury. To local authority areas in less than 3 hours there and back.

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Sharing my passion

I started commuting by bike to work about 5 years ago when I first moved to the UK. I got given a very old purple mountain bike by one of our regulars in the pub where I worked. It was a very espec... read more

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Cycle in my dresses to and from work

A colleague of mine wrote to me last week - she had ventured out on her bike and tried the home to work commute from Stretford to the city centre - using the pop up Chester Rd cycle lane. She'd be... read more

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my ride

if you start to ride it will bring up your heath and you will enjoy it so much definitely riding again and definitely encourage your friends to join you if you don't want to do it alown defo re... read more

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Image for story Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Guided Rides offer fun, friendly, supportive bike rides for individual and family cyclists. The programme has been growing in Scotland over the past few years, helping more people to build their cy... read more

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Image for story Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

The latest nominees for the #SCAwards22 are for the Recreational Cycling Awards, and we're pleased to reveal that Graham McCallum. Pauline Capaldi and Kirsteen Ross have been shortlisted. Since at... read more

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Image for story (E-BIKE) Electric Bike Rentals - on the W&OD in Leesburg, VA.

(E-BIKE) Electric Bike Rentals - on the W&OD in Leesburg, VA.

Call 703-995-4575 to make a reservation. Pedego Leesburg Electric Bike Rentals is conveniently located adjacent to the W&OD (Washington and Old Dominion) bike path that leads to many fun, beau... read more

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Travel by Bike

I love commuting and riding around my home town, Anchorage, Alaska. But I also love to travel, and renting bikes or purchasing a bike tour has been fun, while also being a bit of a hassle and an ad... read more

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Image for story 150th led ride by Rutherglen volunteer

150th led ride by Rutherglen volunteer

Congratulations to our Rutherglen-based leader Neil on his 150th guided ride. Over the past four years Neil has had 740 people come along on his rides and - according to the British Cycling wesbit... read more

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Image for story Riding to Macquarie Park as part of your commute to work

Riding to Macquarie Park as part of your commute to work

If you're thinking of cycling to work to Macquarie Park, or a resident of the area, go my YouTube channel to see first hand where the low stress routes are and other cycling related content Rid... read more

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Image for story Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Hi I run leos rides I take donated bikes and rebuild them and gift them to any one needing a bike to get to work or just for fun and fitness. I am Allso a fully trained advanced bike Macanic and fu... read more

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Image for story Encouraging myself to ride

Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

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Touring

A tour round the outer Hebrides no problem with customs amazing people and beaches that are out of this world, one massive hill ( was massive to me ) and an adventure to catch a ferry almost every ... read more

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No car, no bike, no problem.

I can't drive, and I used to ride my bike to work each day. It's about a mile each way so it's not far and biking was faster than walking. Then a couple of things happened, the first thing was a ca... read more

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Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

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Image for story Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

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Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

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Image for story My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

MY EARLIEST memory of riding a bike - a tricycle with a metal roll-top storage box (a bit like an oversize bread bin, between the back wheels) – was in 1953 when, just before my fifth birthday, I j... read more

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Image for story Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

I'd like more people to realize you can do many more things with your bike. For instance I can haul more with my bike than most people can haul in their car -- a lot more! Recently Silicon Valley B... read more

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Image for story Riding with Purpose

Riding with Purpose

I rode one of the first AIDS Vaccine rides benefiting the Emory Vaccine Center from Montreal, Canada to Portland, Maine in 2001 - on a mountain bike! It was my first century (100 miles) - and then ... read more

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Image for story Enter to win a FREE Electric Bicycle for Biketober

Enter to win a FREE Electric Bicycle for Biketober

Win a Free Electric Bike Yes! This is your chance to win a free e-bike and take a Test Ride too! Stone Mountain Bike Company would like to get more people riding bikes for Biketober and beyond.... read more

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Image for story Bunyip Gravel loop 100kms organised by Audax, what a thrill!

Bunyip Gravel loop 100kms organised by Audax, what a thrill!

What a great way to discover some pretty local township within our lush Victoria. This ride was limited to 100 bike riders and organised by Audax who do a great job. Convivial and social, we got to... read more

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Image for story 50th Guided Ride for Burnside volunteer

50th Guided Ride for Burnside volunteer

Congratulations to British Cycling Guided RIde volunteer Graham MacCallum on reaching the landmark of his 50th Guided Ride. And although this is his 50th official Guided Ride, Graham has also arra... read more

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Image for story Lights under the Northern Lights!

Lights under the Northern Lights!

Nothing has ever quite compared to my middle of the night adventure up in the mountains under the Aurora Borealis!

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Image for story Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

I just did a portion of the 6Gap, Even though I didn’t finish, I was able to clime the highest peak, the Hogpen Gap

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

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Image for story It’s a Revolution

It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

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Great Cycling Challenge

My 2nd year fundraising for this great cause. In UTAH this week clocking miles. Riding early to beat the heat. Staying hydrated, enjoying the scenery. If you can, help . . . . . [address remov... read more

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Hoping to make the world a better place

I have started up a group on Love to Ride. I did it because through work and family commitments I am unable to forward plan ride time so ride solo 99% of the time. Yet through LtR I have a sense ... read more

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anyone and everyone can bike

Hi my name is Liam and im 15 years old with cerebral palsy. I'm new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am just recovering from my 5th knee dislocation injury which doesn't stop me from... read more

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Image for story Zomerse Fotowedstrijd

Zomerse Fotowedstrijd

Fiets je fit met Love to Ride Noord-Veluwe en laat zien wat je onderweg tegenkomt! Of je nu op avontuur gaat in eigen land, een bezoek brengt aan het buitenland óf je work-out op de fiets doet ... read more

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