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Love To Ride was useful

Love to ride was useful. I found it a good motivation tool and way to trace rides. But they have stopped keeping the totals. At the top of the page was a part with total kilometres and total trips.... read more

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10 minutes a day

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

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NZ Gran Fondo

I had a great day out in Cambridge and the mighty Waikato as a participant of the NZ cycling festival on Saturday (13th Feb 2021), that also hosted a number of national championship races and $50k ... read more

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Up For the Challenge

http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/environment/20210202/up-for-the-challenge-5/

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Bike Breakfast 2021

If you're in Dunedin and looking for motivation to get on your bike during the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, Spokes Dunedin is hosting it's 7th annual Bike Breakfast for anyone who turns up on a bike! ... read more

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Image for story Maybe things do happen for a reason ?

Maybe things do happen for a reason ?

A colleague invited me to join the challenge early in the month. I thought about it and did nothing. On the night of the 17th someone broken into my car, with the intention of stealing it. The d... read more

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Pride on the Pink Path

Loved the changing lights on the Pink Path this morning! Happy Pride! The lights went really well with the multi coloured Sky Tower - too bad it wasn't still dark by the time I reached the pink pat... read more

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TriEye Bike Sunnies

Have to shout out to one of the Bike Challenge supporters; TriEye, the riding glasses with a rear-vision mirror. After a recent experience with a large vehicle that was wider than the driver rea... read more

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Making it a family affair

The kids and I love to ride on the weekends and we have used this challenge to really ramp that up. This weekend they chose to bike to a very far away park so they could log a big distance and we s... read more

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Wildlife

I've met many animals whilst cycling along the North Western shared path. Mainly birds - had some close calls with Pukeko and Oyster Catchers, and I herded a group of ducklings back to their mum la... read more

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A Big WIN all round!

The fabulous E bike that Ian Lancaster (Wellington) won in 2018'sAotearoa Bike Challenge has been put to great use. Ian very kindly gifted the bike to me (his wife) and very patiently encouraged a... read more

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Bike Ride for Fitness & Saves Time

Bike ride very useful for health maintenance. As long as the setting on the bike makes it comfortable and not strain the back and legs. Adjusting the height of the seat is useful. Carry air pump, t... read more

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fitness gains

I like competing in triathlons, but I'm a weak runner, so I normally over-train on running and skip the cycling as I'm a stronger cyclist. This month I've done almost 200km on the bike, and just h... read more

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Oops...

Just did me first ride on my recovered free bike i picked up last year and spent january getting ready. On the way home after biking 7km I changed gear and somehow wrapped the rear derailleur aroun... read more

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PNCC Group ride

Good effort Palmerston North City Council Infrastructure staff - 20 of us on a 10km lunchtime ride to the eel feeding platform on the first day of the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge.

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Waiheke Adventures

Leading the pack at Waiheke (photo) A group of us went to Waiheke, hired ebikes and had the time of our lives. It was an awesome way to get around and we clocked around 30km. We stopped where e... read more

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SH2 Chaos

Started driving my daughter to school from Brookfield to Bethlehem on Friday. Traveled a short distance before witnessing a heavy traffic on Millers Road as far as the eye could see. Knowing that S... read more

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Flash new saddle bags

Biked to work with my newly acquired saddle bags which I won Week 1 through #MoveitMonday. The saddle bags match my bike really well, so feeling well chuffed! I had to adjust the bags on to the... read more

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Tour Aotearoa 2020

I'm setting off on this event, on 19 February, 3000km, Cape Reinga to Bluff. Self-supported. Hope to complete in 30 days. It's a personal challenge, as I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 8 ... read more

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Two trips or one

In my mind a typical commute - in and out - counts as 2 trips. This makes my goal of 50 trips for the month achievable (that's 40 trips during the week and and extra 10 scattered in through the mon... read more

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ride Munich to Rome

training to ride from Munich to Rome, 1400km in 12 days, in May, I have done at least 1 Ironman these last 5 yrs. now changing track and see part of Europe in the process

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Scavenger hunt!

The weather is so nice and perfect for fish tacos by the beach

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Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

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Pit Stop During the IB Active Bike Challenge

We stopped by Cowabunga for a sweet treat (and to fulfill a clue) during our 5-mile bike ride today.

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IB Active Scavenger Hunt

Do the Hunt! It’s FUN! You get the miles in, lots of interesting places to check out, and prizes are an added bonus!🚴🏼‍♂️

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Aller à la plage en vélo

Aller à la plage récréoparc en vélo!!! Beau défi surtout après une semaine de canicule. Nous avons fais 60 km aller-retour. On s’est bien préparé pour faire cette route à vélo sans oublier les truc... read more

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Image for story Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This is my third STP ride, having ridden my 1st time in 2019 with my son Stephen, and I rode virtually last year. I live far off in Southern Ohio, and it was hard for me to find a training partner.... read more

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TransKurnow 👍

TransKurnow - Proper Job👌 190 Devon & Cornish Miles. Stunning weather for #bikepacking 😉☀️ 💯 Greatest Climbs South West ✔️ Coombe Hill (Goon hilly) 25% 🥴 (steep corners!) Millook - 30%!!!... read more

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Smashing my First 💯 miler

Hope you don’t mind, but it’s me again. 🙃 Following on from my previous story when I said my goal was to achieve a 💯 mile ride. Well yesterday I achieved it. I went out for a cycle with my Paul, m... read more

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Being Present on your ride

Yesterday I rode the well known guided busway that runs between St Ives and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. One way it is 14 miles. Because it runs along an old trainline, it's pretty flat the whole... read more

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Tour de Rennie Grove

I’m currently about to take to the roads of the southern Chilterns in the 3rd and final leg of this charity ride. Being a regular cyclist, with distances of 50 miles a regular occurrence, I set my... read more

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Making Time

Spare time is somewhat of a luxury when you have a 5 year old, 3 year old and 5 week old. Finding enough time to get out on a bike ride has proven to be challenging these last few weeks but with th... read more

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Way of the Roses

After three years planning and lock downs we completed the way this June. Setting off from Whalley we rode to Morecambe, took the usual start photo and cycled to Lancaster for our first nights stay... read more

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The New Forest

As part of cycle June I have also been taking part cycling 100 miles for dementia during June. With this in mind I mounted my Cycle on the back of the car and headed with my husband to the New For... read more

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The early bird catches the Ram!

Last week I got on my bike for the first time this year in order to join in with the Great Get Together Ride for Refugee Week. I haven’t worn a watch since lockdown last March so a quick glance at ... read more

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My first century

Trying to cycle more this month and on Saturday I cycled over 100 miles for charity. Didn't think I would ever get to this point but can't believe how much the enjoyment of a day in the sun and the... read more

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Loving the IB

I am enjoying the IB Scavenger Hunt. Visiting so many places and discovering so many new murals.

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Fit Rovers 100 mile ride

Back in 2019 I was encouraged to get back on a bike for the first time in over 30 years by colleagues at Fit Rovers. Since then I have been building up my time cycling and during the pandemic lock-... read more

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My Summer on the Road

From May 29 to August 8 I joined the Fuller Center Bike Adventure to benefit the Fuller Center for Housing. We rode our bicycles from Amelia Island, Florida to Florence, Oregon. We stopped 6 days... read more

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LoveToRide and the MapMyRide app

UnderArmor bought Endomondo and promptly decided in November of 2019 to retire the Endomondo app and substitute their own MapMyRide App...all well and good except that mapmyride on my Galaxy S7 Edg... read more

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King Alfreds Way

King Alfreds Way Between lockdowns last year my youngest son rode KAW (King Alfreds Way) with a friend, they did it rough camping and in three days. Being inspired and needing to plan some th... read more

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Well done everyone for June Bike Challenge

Thank you Love to Ride for the June Bike Challenge and all those lovely prizes. Sad to say I had no luck in the raffles, but hey that is not what it is all about. I was trying not to be competiti... read more

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RNLI Charity Ride

Purely by coincidence, it has been postponed twice due the pandemic, six of us have just completed a four day ride (26th.-29th. June) from Weston-Super-Mare to Padstow in support of the RNLI. Over... read more

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0kms to 20kms to 65kms and beyond

I was a regular biker 10 years ago. used to do 100 mile ride once a year for charity. I couldn't get onto bike riding until this year. I found group of friends doing Saturday rides. We started ... read more

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A bike ride a day keeps the doctor away

I decided to ride my rickety old Kona mountain bike every day of June as a personal challenge. So far I'm on day 22 and have been out everyday and ridden 188 miles, the most in one day is 20 miles ... read more

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Return to cycling

I have always had a bike since I was a child. I would ride all the time with friends or on my own not so much to get places but more for the enjoyment of cycling. However like with a lot of thi... read more

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The Yorkshire Beast

5:01 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2021 Hambleton, England A feast for all. The Main course is ready. Hors d’oeuvres out of the way and the beef suitably rested. Well, The Yorkshire Beast - an even... read more

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Image for story Over the hills and far away

Over the hills and far away

The end of a big challenge. Completed the Dartmoor Classic Medio ride not far off a Silver Medal time. Only started cycling again about 4 years ago, because the work car park was shut!

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Why I decided to get moving #womenwhoride

Lockdown one hit me hard- I developed anxiety and depression through a mix of teacher and mum guilt. This left me both a mental and physical wreck. I was prescribed fluoxetine and it helped however... read more

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Image for story Steve's 41 club Dementia UK 706 mile challenge.

Steve's 41 club Dementia UK 706 mile challenge.

I work at Johnson Matthey at Clitheroe and a lot of colleges have seen me coming into or leaving work in bright coloured lycra. Instead of my bright car. And you have wondered why … I have si... read more

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