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Finding my way to Runcorn

Starting a new and finding my over the many proposed routes has driven up my time in the saddle. Now finally cracked it! 30.54 miles round trip and hope to smash the 1 hour barrier soon. The hidd... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Evaluating the month of cycling

Evaluating the month of cycling

I had only planned to ride my bike a few miles throughout the month, but when the weather improved, I was able to travel farther. Evening rides have helped me feel better overall by relieving some ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story 5000 miles cycled!

5000 miles cycled!

🚴 Go me! I’ve cycled the length of Africa! 🚴 A few years ago I got myself an E-bike for my work commute, to do my bit for the planet 🌍 With what I saved on parking the bike had paid for itself i... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Great to be back helping others enjoy riding their bikes

Great to be back helping others enjoy riding their bikes

Changing jobs lead to not being able to lead rides anymore, but I'm trying to make time and still want to help others get out and cycle. Happy miles all round .

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding to School

Its a bit far to Ride to work, but as part of the bike month challenge, when i work from home i take the kids into school on their bikes. My son has been really motivated by the challenge and logg... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Not had a bike in years

After my dad passed away in 2007 I was very unfit. I was recommended to get a bike by a friend to help get fitter in 2008, i hadn't had a bike in over 25 years.... . I struggled to do 2-3 miles, t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A different place to work & ride

A different place to work & ride

I worked out the train stops nearest. Checked my sat nav & alternatives. Asked my boss where my bike could be stored safely. My clothing I could both cycle & wear at work. Challenge was on ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Fun in the Sun

Just over 31 miles today & I even got my partner in crime to join me… When the sun is shining it would be rude not to.. Cheers 🥂

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Sunny Sunday

We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday here in Gloucester so my husband, daughter and I rode along the canal out to Wholly Gelato for an icecream. A really beautiful 25 mile ride in total, a comple... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Aaargh!

Been cycling to and from work for about 4 weeks now! Please tell me the thigh muscle pain eases? I mean geez! Ha ha

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The long way round.

The long way round.

Now that the weather has improved somewhat I have taken back to two wheels for my commute. To say that the quickest route is a little (boring, congested, dangerous. Pick one or all three) would be ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows

I enjoy the ride at Ferry Meadow every time. So many places to see at any time of the year and every time there is something new and interesting.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Saul & sore

Weather looking a bit indifferent but dry for the time being so let's see if I can stretch my legs, test the lungs and keep motivated for the longest ride of the year! Taking in the countryside a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Geese

Any tips on riding past geese with goslings? Im cycling down bridgewater canal path daily but constantly at a stand off by protective parents! As daft as is sound im extremely nervous passing them.

Topic: Other

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Forgetting about the OTHER gear shift!

I'm new to bike adventures and am not super familiar with my new bike. I proved this on a recent long cycle up a steep incline in the borders of Scotland where I was struggling for so long only to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Strava Art!

Strava Art!

Seeing Earley Panda's picture below, here is some Strava Art we did a while ago between Wokingham/Bracknell

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ride in the Yorkshire County 😎

Ride in the Yorkshire County 😎

Nice ride around boughbridge with my wife

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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WWindermere

Windermere in the lake district. When you get treated to views like this and some fab riding just heaven.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My Cyclocross Commute

My Cyclocross Commute

I thought you'd like to see my morning commute scenery.....

Topic: My commute by bike

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With my dads encouragement

My dad bought me my first bike three years ago, the first I’d owned for years and at the grand old age of 48! I loved it and quickly became addicted. Then he died two years ago, and it has been my ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Route 45 - Cainscross (Stroud)-Woodchester-Nailsworth, and back

Route 45 - Cainscross (Stroud)-Woodchester-Nailsworth, and back

First ride for Bike Month was a family one. 44yF 41yM 8yF 7yM, hooking up 2 Cube bikes and 2 kids bikes onto our secondhand towbar rack. Literally bought this this morning from marketplace and it's... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story The Tweed Run - Saturday, 29th April 2023

The Tweed Run - Saturday, 29th April 2023

During a visit to London on Saturday, 29th April 2023, I happened to witness a quirky sight. A mass of dapperly dressed men, women, and children cycling through the city streets, only to discover t... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bluebells Aplenty

Bluebells Aplenty

The sun is shining and its getting warmer just in time for the bike challenge! Took a ride to the local woods to a field of bluebells everywhere, now I can eat for the rest of the day 😊

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Sunny days

Beautiful morning on the bike & look what I came across whilst cycling along the Railway track ❤️

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Beginning looking for advice

I’m new to electric bikes and I’m just looking for tips to save me from falling off again , what’s the best way to come down a hill 😆 got a little scared when coming down one and braked and the bac... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Slimbridge to Thornbury

Slimbridge to Thornbury

A favourite cycle route. Smooth, quiet lanes in the countryside. Free carpark at Slimbridge then swap the car for the bike. Good day out.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Cycling To Work

I cycle to and from work every day Monday to Friday without fail unless if I have a problem with m bike and it needs a repair. The cycle to work involves a lovely cycle route along Morecambe Prom t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Sunday ride

Thought we'd give our bikes a ride out into the countryside but needed a destination - we decided upon the Hot Numbers Roastery near Shepreth. The ride was lovely with respectful car drivers and fr... read more

Topic: Other

To help me

I ride to help with my mental health as I have struggled with it all for as long as I can remember.. which then was made worse by covid, losing a friend, my husband health battle and nearly losing ... read more

Topic: Other

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I love my bike

I moved to Cambridge over ten years ago. The thing I love about Cambridge is I can cycle everywhere. It's funny when I have to walk and it seems to take forever especially on the routes that I usua... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Early help hub ride to our conversation conference!

Today the early help hub attended the our conversation conference. It was decided that we would commute as a group, which was an thoroughly enjoyable and team building experience! Both experienced ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story 75 km and Bike + Rider = 127 years

75 km and Bike + Rider = 127 years

This year I'm upping my game and putting myself outside my comfort zone. I'm not going to climb Monte Zoncolan or Alpe d'Huez but I am going to ride more organised rides instead of just heading out... read more

Topic: Other

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Community cycle ride

The sun was shining on Saturday in Peterborough which was perfect for this led cycle ride. Peterborough City Council arranged for Eric from Sustrans to lead the ride from the city centre to Nene Pa... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Where am I?

My brother & sister moved to the UK sometime ago so I play this game when I am out on my bike…I take photos of places I pass & then send it to them asking Where am I? It’s so much fun waiti... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Beautiful Jersey

If you haven’t already paid Jersey a visit you must put it on your places to go list… Lots of beautiful scenery & country lanes to explore…beaches & pubs!! Todays ride 25 miles according ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story The sun has got its hat on ☀️🌞

The sun has got its hat on ☀️🌞

What a difference the sun makes when out cycling…. 22 miles this morning & look how clear France is from St Catherine’s… Keep bouncing back & forward from E-bike to my manual… love them bo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Fun, fitness & shopping

Fun, fitness & shopping

Amazing what things you see when cycling solo!!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story eurovelo 1 here i come

eurovelo 1 here i come

Well where to begin, border book store and i spy a touring book, eurovelo 1 it looks great, so dust of my touring bike (steel frame) some new tyres and splash of oil on the chain and let the adven... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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MY BIG CHALLENGE

On 5th Aug 2023, I’ll be riding 1000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats. I’ve been talking about it for years so I finally took the plunge, booked it and decided to try and raise some cash for L... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story To E or not to E that is the question!

To E or not to E that is the question!

I currently ride a hybrid bike with way more gears than I actually use which has lead me to start thinking about single speed or a bike with only a handful of gears to use......and does having an e... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle with the kids

My kids (7 & 6y old) were asking nearly for a week just before bed time if they could go out for a cycle with me. So last Monday on the bank holiday I took them out and they loved it. And o... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Underlying health issue

Back in Oct 2020 I was brought to my knees by something I never hope to experience again ,wow this thing knocked me for six,to the point I was not eating or drinking or taking my statins,one of my ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Back on my bike again

Six months after becoming very poorly with covid I am back on my bike. I have had to switch to an e-bike to help manage my loss of fitness and ongoing covid recovery. Was so lovely to get out on it... read more

Topic: Other

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Bike park wales

Bike park Wales is amazing

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Trying to make it a habit.

Trying to make it a habit.

Second time I have ridden into work, managed one day last week, aiming for pedalling in at least two days this week.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Fun & a good deed done !

Fun & a good deed done !

Not only did I have to revert to a manual bike on the 1st day of the challenge but I also sponsored Barney who is a trainer guide dog…. 😍

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Getting back to it

Let's get fit again!

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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lets ride

in 2017 i quaified as a british cycling ride leader and have had the pleasure of helping many people who are new to cycling or lacking confidence to enjoy getting out on their bikes, my favourite b... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story One man. One leg. Many rides to peace of mind.

One man. One leg. Many rides to peace of mind.

I will be thirteen years sober in June of this year. And for the past three years - I've acknowledged my recovery 'birthday' by setting myself a challenge on my bike. My love for road cycling be... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Coast to coast charity ride

I have agreed to do the Somerset to Dorset coast to coast cycle challenge for the air ambulance…. Such a great charity.. it’s crazy to think how the air ambulance is self funded and really relies o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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