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St. Michael's

Rode out to St. Michael's Church and along the public footpath. Good to be out in the fresh air and no one else around.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Lockdown has given me time

Lockdown has given me time

I've always enjoyed cycling, but never got into a regular routine of taking the bike out. It's always been a little spontaneous "Shall we go for a bike ride?" when the fancy took me or my husband.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Reconnecting with my bike

Reconnecting with my bike

I bought my bike about five years ago but rarely used it. For very nearly two years it stood in a corner of my hall literally gathering dust. But since September 2019 I have gradually increased my... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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First Crash

Just over 700 miles rode since the Coronavirus out brake lockdown and I can crashing off my bike. Thankfully no broken bones just a slight buckled wheel and cuts & burses. All part of the fun o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Supporting St. Andrew's on the #2.6 Challenge

Supporting St. Andrew's on the #2.6 Challenge

As a member of the fundraising team for St. Andrew's, I am always inspired to learn of the amazing challenges people take on to support their local hospice. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we reall... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Normality

At the start off lockdown I chose to keep heading out each morning and get in the mileage I would have cycled to work. As time went by I persuaded my partner that we should head out on the weekend... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Canal

Had a lovely ride along the Kennit and Avon Canal, I cycled my husband walked it was beautiful weather. I am trying to keep fit and stay well mentally so to get those endorphin rising cycling is ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Brighton-Saltdean (Undercliff) at full moon

The Undercliff is stunning with a full moon rising over the sea. No need for lights. And it's deserted.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Extea bike time

Extea bike time

Normally, I drive to work as I got to university every night after work to study. With the current pandemic I have to do computer at home and physical in the laboratory (I'm not a mad scientist, I... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bid By Bike

Since the UK went into lockdown, I have ridden 243 miles around the Bristol City Centre BID area. I’m out on my bike every morning to check our city to ensure it stays ready for business by repo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Life in lock down

A very strange year so far. No work to cycle to, until we are allowed back in the next few months. Maybe not even then with the possibility of working from home. Lucky to have a spin bike to keep t... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Campaigning for more cycle-safe routes in South Devon

Cyclists in Totnes are gathering for a socially-distanced group ride around town, to highlight the need to provide more cycle routes and safer streets. Meet at 5 p.m. Friday 29th May in Victoria St... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Carer campaigning for #wagesnotclaps

Carer campaigning for #wagesnotclaps

I'm an artist and illustrator by profession, so working from home is normal for me. But without my daily walk up Steep Hill, which was my regular undergrad commute, I need an alternative, otherwise... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Charity bike ride for CHUF

Hello! I’m fundraising for CHUF. Here’s my JustGiving page, if you’d like to donate: Anything is much appreciated please also share thank you 🙏 ❤️ [address removed]

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story For the NHS

For the NHS

Wonderful opportunity to do something even if only a small contribution to support the NHS while continuing to enjoy my cycling.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Thank you GSK

Thank you GSK

Thanks to GSK I have fulfilled one of my dreams – learning how to cycle!. Years ago, at GSK House, we were encouraged to cycle, and were offered free cycling lessons of which I took advantage.... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story I would ride 500 miles...

I would ride 500 miles...

I like to set myself a target each year. In 2020 I decided that one month I would try and ride 500 miles, having never done that before. I'd got a couple of long sportive rides planned, which have ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Day 6 (Final day and travel day back) We pushed on to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse– through the glorious sunshine again to the very end of the Hebridean Way. To be honest I cried when I saw the ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Day 3 A cosy sleep and a few snacks later – we set off for the lovely Baleshare beach! The sun was out again and stayed out too. Heading to the beach the wind was against us a wee bit so it wa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

The Hebridean Way [address removed] (photos available on my blog) (June 2019) So – a group of my lady friends and I decided to take on the challenge of cycling the full Outer Hebride... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Back on my bike

Back on my bike

I gave cycling up a few months ago as I find change very hard to cope with with Autism. I was getting distressed going out on rides,having to cope with the difference, but at the same time I was be... read more

Topic: Other

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My New Toy

All the worry over the thing and a lockdown and no exercise, not good! What is a boy to do? Someone who trains 3 hours every day and has been very active for 50 years just cannot switch off. An... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Yer Must Be Mad

Yer Must Be Mad

Nope, They must be mad. Getting on a slow packed sweaty bus or sitting in their car stuck in traffic for an hour every morning and evening. Start the day with a breath of fresh air and an easy but ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story #NoCarbon and Daily Exercise

#NoCarbon and Daily Exercise

Since the Government started giving us daily exercise tokens to cash in, I've found that I have placed a higher value on getting outside, both for head space and to keep fit. I started replacin... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Keep peddling

Keep peddling

#nocarbon. During this time everyone needs to keep calm and peddling still taking the country way to at lascar Electronics doing important work for the Nhs and safety critical company's xx everyon... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Rediscovering the Beautiful City of Bristol

Rediscovering the Beautiful City of Bristol

I'd like to focus and share some of the many positive aspects of 'Lockdown' that I have enjoyed and experienced. Noticing and listening intently to the dawn and evening chorus of the many differen... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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1st Ever Time Riding To Work

Throughout my working career I have never had the opportunity to ride to work until now.. Working at the University Of Southampton Science Park, I have always felt the want to travel by bike to inc... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery

Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery

It was warm last night even at 8pm. Fab ride out to Wythall and Alvechurch via Weatheroak Hill. Originally the plans were to cycling from home in South Birmingham to Llanberis in Snowdonia natio... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story CYCALL Adapted Cycling

CYCALL Adapted Cycling

My first outing on a bike for years! I thought that it would feel like being in my wheelchair but our Van Raam Wheelchair Transporter really does feel as if I am on a bike...enjoying the wind in m... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story CYCALL Adapted Cycling

CYCALL Adapted Cycling

We can't wait to get people out on our adapted bikes again in Worthing, West Sussex! [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Keeping Covid Compliant

Keeping Covid Compliant

Enjoying bike ride (on my rather old rusty bike) to local veggie farm who have been wonderful during the lockdown working extra hard to ensure we remain safe and able to purchase local fresh produce.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Stanley's First Ride

Stanley's First Ride

Whilst on furlough during lockdown, I joined an amazing Facebook group called "Sloth Cycling Team". As the group name suggests, speed and distance are irrelevant and the main ethos of the group is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Bicycles and Basketball

Bicycles and Basketball

My 6 year old has started coming out with me on his bike because he "needs to work his skating legs" (he plays roller and ice hockey). He has got the cycling bug now but being a little sportsman, ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Be Safe : Be Alert. Applies to cycling not just the virus!

Be Safe : Be Alert. Applies to cycling not just the virus!

Instead of my cycle commute to the office I have made a point of getting out on my bike at least 6 days of the week. It has been an absolute joy, especially in the lovely weather we have experience... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Post Covid

I haven' beeen on my bike at all for the last 17 days. Usually I cycle for leisure and I cycle to work and back 17 miles per day, I'm a key worker. I contracted the virus and it has knocked me for ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling has helped me to change my life

Cycling has helped me to change my life

Get on your bike and ride Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The world m... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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What to do when you normally cycle to work

I'm proud of the fact that I cycle to work every day. It's easy for me; a straight forward 4 mile each way commute on busy-ish roads with occasional cycle lanes painted on the side of the road :) N... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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First ride to work in about 30 years

Today I hired the ebike from Cycology in Frome via the Frome Town Council site. It is such fun. I did mistake the bell for the gears so watch out Frome for a wobbly ebike coming back from work.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Raising Funds for the local Crisis Kitchen

Raising Funds for the local Crisis Kitchen

This Sunday 24th May, I will be riding around London, visiting all 10 of the Premier league and championship football grounds. About 100 km. All in aid of the local Crisis Community Kitchen, set ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story A year since discovering the world of road cycling

A year since discovering the world of road cycling

This weekend marked a year since giving a road bike a go. I'd been a cycle commuter on a hybrid bike for a couple of years prior but thought i'd give it a go. I loved it, but lost touch with it ove... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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April riding

I ride regularly to and from work and weekends. Having been in lockdown since bank holiday Monday, I have clocked up 695 miles in April. This just going out and doing a loop from home, the most ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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discovering Bristols cycle network

During this time of lock down and being made re-redundant I have been exploring Bristol by bike. I discovered the festival line and i think it is one of the nicest ride I have been on for a while.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Day 5 Jenny and I set off out of Tarbert to be greeted by the biggest ol’ hill we had seen. But. We. Did. It. AND to our right we saw not one … but two eagles!!! Swooping down the hillside towar... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Day 2 The cycling begins! We set off after having a yummy breakfast at the Toffee Factory (aka Heart Hebrides ) for a big bowl of porridge to fuel us for the day ahead. Off to Vatersay we w... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Windy coastal ride.

Today’s [address removed] When the wind blows here there is very little to stop it. We don’t have majestic hills or forests; we have mainly flat terrain and coastal views. On a day when the wind is... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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From about 10 years ago, a ride on my 1931 delivery bike

Today, Monday is one of my non-working days; I work my contracted hours over 9 days of each fortnight. Therefore, having done my chores and listened to the weather forecast I got ‘Old Faithful’ out... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Turbo speed

With my being in the “at risk” category and all the confusion regarding how far we should cycle, a few days before the lockdown was announced I went out and bought a turbo trainer. I now cycle to m... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Still Commuting.

Work as a Laboratory Technician for a Dairy/Creamery Company in Leeds, so recognised as a Key Worker. I can still ride to and from Work each shift, in my seventh year of only riding or walking to W... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Keep calm and pedal on!

Keep calm and pedal on!

Making the most of this strange time to explore the local lanes and smile at strangers

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Peaceful pedalling

#nocarbon Taking advantage of the worst of times to get out on the quiet country lanes, practicing social distancing and enjoying the fresh air and exercise whilst having the time to do it...

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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