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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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Image for story TransKurnow 👍

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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Image for story Smashing my First 💯 miler

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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Image for story Being Present on your ride

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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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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Image for story Return to cycling

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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Image for story Why I decided to get moving #womenwhoride

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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Image for story Bike packing the South Downs Way

Bike packing the South Downs Way

Having been a keen cyclist for years for commuting, in a work based road club, and mtb trail riding with friends. With the lock down easing I decided to try a new challenge with my mtb friends. We ... read more

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Home Home Out out

Come visit for lunch. The folks invited. So with decent weather and coincidentally #Worldbicycleday off I set. 166km round trip and a lovely lunch with the parents. I will take a rain check for a ... read more

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100 miles in a day

I think I did to much the 106 miles was hard but I want to prove I still can at 67 took me all day started at 6am stopped every two hours until 3:40pm. I will not be doing it again

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Congratulations, we made it

I did not think I was competitive, but now realise I am a bit. 3 older brothers, youngest and only girl. Completing the March challenge during lockdown, with an aging body and bike (30 years ol... read more

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Climb the three highest climbs.

Managed it this week! Cheddar Gorge, Bleadon Hill and Burrington Coombe.

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Image for story Lockdown Holiday-Cycle Challenge

Lockdown Holiday-Cycle Challenge

Set out this morning on my challenge to ride my longest ride 50 miles in a single activity. Packed lunch, bottles of water and an afternoon treat Eccles Cake. Heading out of the city towards the c... read more

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Image for story The sunny side of cycling.

The sunny side of cycling.

Boost your fitness, mental health and help reduce our carbon footprint. Get on your bike. 🚲

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No looking back

After treatment for breast cancer I wanted a challenge, so I signed up for ride the night. But hubby pointed out that I didn’t really ride a bike without hitting things or falling off. So I joined ... read more

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Image for story Riding in the cold and rain!

Riding in the cold and rain!

Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

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Image for story Matching lights #LightTheNight

Matching lights #LightTheNight

These two, feeling grown up riding in the dark. The rear bike light is a bit low so clip running lights on their jackets hoods

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Finding my love of cycling and maintenance

Having tipped past 47 years old this time I was keen to make more of an effort to get back into cycling. I joined cycling September challenge, which not entirely successful due to illness did see m... read more

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first 100 miler

on the 5 th September (after commuting 16 miles a day back and fore to work on my E-bike for the last two years), my son in law and I on our new road bikes decided to take the 100 mile in a day cha... read more

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Image for story North Coast 500

North Coast 500

A journey that was originally planned for May 2020 was delayed until September, but it was worth the wait. Some autumn sunshine most days of the week long journey starting in Inverness, just myself... read more

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Image for story My cycle september experience - lots of bikes!

My cycle september experience - lots of bikes!

Cycle September challenge gave me an extra incentive to ride, especially when doing my work's site visits. I've noticed lots more people on bikes and I hope this continues into the darker month... read more

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Image for story Cycling the September challenge for Diabetes UK

Cycling the September challenge for Diabetes UK

Having been diagnosed type 1 diabetic a number of years and having suffered the ups and downs of the disease, I wanted to give back to the charity that is helping support people like me affected by... 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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Image for story 0kms to 20kms to 65kms and beyond

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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Training mood

Challenge Ride ✨🚴🏻‍♂️

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Image for story Tour de Rennie Grove

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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Image for story The New Forest

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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Image for story The early bird catches the Ram!

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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My challenge

I completed my first ever sportive yesterday. 65 miles, with an average speed of 12.5 mph. Three years ago, I thought 10-15 miles was a good ride. My next challenge is to become as confident on a r... read more

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Bicycles - foldable, with a Hub and with a Sterling Ackoroyd Hub

I ventured into cycling and kept on changing bikes - starting out carefully with a foldable bike tucked up in the corner of the office hoping that I would be allowed to visit clients soon. I swappe... read more

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Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Two. Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took ... read more

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I'm done!

Last spin today for the 'Ride it out'. Big thumbs up for all participants from me and thanks to NSC for the logistics and organising the good weather!

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Image for story Lockdown Holiday-Cycle Challenge

Lockdown Holiday-Cycle Challenge

Set out this morning on my challenge to ride my longest ride 50 miles in a single activity. Packed lunch, bottles of water and an afternoon treat Eccles Cake. Heading out of the city towards the c... read more

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Image for story Collecting evidence - by bike

Collecting evidence - by bike

Our team at the University of Brighton has been remote working since March '20 and we're fortunate that most aspects of our work can be undertaken online. However we're on the brink of submitting t... read more

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Reconnecting with my bikes

I promised myself I would use the extra time over the pandemic to get fitter. I have done lots of walking and have spent loads more time with the family which is a positive. However, my bikes hav... read more

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#665Challenge

I'm a local tennis coach so wanted to do a tennis related bike ride challenge to keep my fitness up during this lockdown. I set myself a 665 mile challenge (665 relates to the longest ever tennis m... read more

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Image for story Riding in the cold and rain!

Riding in the cold and rain!

Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

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#LighttheNight

Yes! It is getting darker so to carry on cycling through the winter I replaced my old lights with new light weight rechargeable LED ones. I loved them ~#lightthenight

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My Light the Night

My cycle commute is 12 miles each way on bridleways and country lanes and I leave home at 05:30, which means a dark cycle at this time of year and definitely a case of Light the Night! I have over ... read more

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Biking benefits!

I loved cycle September, it gave me my cycling mojo back and now I’m hooked! I’m fitter, happier and I’m learning new skills. I fitted a new set up mudguards on my bike today (something I’d have pr... read more

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Image for story After-work ride to fly the flag for Walk the Plank

After-work ride to fly the flag for Walk the Plank

With just one last opportunity to get in a few miles I took the chance of working from home this afternoon so that I could also get in one last ride for the arts company I work for, Salford-based W... read more

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Image for story My favourite month to cycle - September

My favourite month to cycle - September

September is by far my favourite month of the year to cycle, you really get to experience the seasons change and I'm often treated to the best sunrises and sunsets when commuting during this month ... read more

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Image for story Road (path) safety check in Ouzel Valley Park

Road (path) safety check in Ouzel Valley Park

Milton Keynes is a fabulous place for biking with a lot more to experience than you can ever imagine.

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