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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

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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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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

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Was it already 11 months since I had last done my Brampford Speke and Thorverton training circuit? Conditions today idyllic with a refreshing breeze. This circuit served as a warm-up for my time... read more

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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

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jack Windle Hi Fran please email me so we can share the video jack at lovetoride dot org

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

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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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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

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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]

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Ross Neil [address removed]
Ross Neil Sorry for some reason it’s deleted my link but if you don’t mind going on just giving and searching my name Ross Neil it wi... read more

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

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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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Jack Windle This is amazing, thanks for sharing!

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Adrian Lewis Foldies are Fab and so are you coping with everything that comes your way. Enjoy that freedom of spirit and enjoy your ridi... read more
Philippa Talbot Thank you for your support,since my mild caronavirus type illness last week am now having a bereavement! But havingyour kin... read more

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

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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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Despite riding a bike all my life whether for fitness or commuting I have never managed to break to 50 mile challenge. I regularly cycle between 30 and 40 but for whatever reason never 50. This s... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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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To keep my 2 year old daughter occupied during lockdown and to keep myself fit, I often cycle out to Dartington estate and do a circular ride,breaking the ride up with a walk in the deer park or a ... read more

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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 of cy... read more

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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

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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

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Sean Cooper i quite agree that the avenue needs a cycle lane of sorts and the current situation is great. i would not want to go back ... read more

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

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

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I fell off my bike this afternoon. Approaching a bend on a lane and thought, I had better brake a bit in case there are any cars, well there was and I braked too hard, skidded and came off. Landed ... read more

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Paula Hallett Hope you recover quickly and it hasn't put you off.
Janet H Thank you, no not put me off, but a good time to get my bike serviced, I was putting it off for a rainy day

UK Bike Week. Day 1 Hill Climbing. Today I did Kepwick Bank and Murton Bank linking them with some muddy off road tracks on my Genesis gravel bike. 3000ft. 30 miles. Wind. Rain. Sunshine. Magnifice... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I have taken up riding my after 57 years I threw away my bike after I passed my driving test because it was the only mode of transport I had as I lived in open hilly country side with no near nabou... read more

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Geoffrey Grabham My first time on a bike in 57 years
James Walker Great news, getting you healthy and out and about

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

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Jeanie Pelling Done it , exhausting but I’ve done it !
Christian Lampe Amazing, well done Jeanie. It will only get easier from here on

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

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Pete Roberts Wow! That's a brilliant result. Just taken up cycling again & put in 560 Miles in May & lost half a stone in the pr... read more
James Walker You are inspirational - Great stuff

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

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Matthew Hodder My new normal has involved cycling every day. I had fallen out of the habit, with a new job which didn't really have a com... read more
Lucy Giuliano Hi both, thank you so much for sharing your stories of cycling in the 'new normal'. As it happens, Love to Ride Derby is co... read more

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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Jacqueline Burns Gorgeous photo ❤️

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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