Our aim.....

Welcome all Ladies to the Biking Belles - Chichester and District Ladies Cycling Club (TM). Formed on August 21, 2010.

Biking Belles: developing the wellbeing, fitness and confidence in ourselves. For women by women.

We meet every weekend and the rides vary in degrees of difficulty and details of the rides are posted well in advance here on the Blog. We always stop halfway for that important cuppa and a slice of cake!

To enjoy our rides you should be fit enough to cycle at least 20 miles. For the timebeing we are referring all Novice / Starter rides to the CDC website. The dates of their rides are noted on this Blog, on the Starter page.

It's been a very exciting first couple of years and we have fulfilled our original aim to introduce more ladies to cycling, improve our fitness and to make new friends.....and to work towards and achieve those once impossible goals.

The BBs have grown and has become an exciting Club to be involved with, in 2012 we formed the Charity Belles fundraising section, raising over £2,000 during our first year. We are proud to have as our patron the Countess of March and Kinrara.

Social Belles meet once a month for a pub supper. An ideal opportunity for anyone interested in joining the BBs to come along and meet us all. It's also a chance for existing BBs to discuss future ideas and plans.

We welcome new members and I hope you enjoy being part of the BB's and that we form a long and happy cycling friendship!

Why not visit our Forum, just register at: www.bikingbelles.co.uk/forum

Happy and safe cycling!

Val Harper
Mobile: 07824 605317


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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Saturday, Nov 10

Another great turnout today....Alison, Angie, Lynn, Sheila, Marj, Fiona, Ali, new Belle...Nicolette, Judy, welcome back Ruth! and Lisa

We met at Goodwood Hotel, cut through the estate and along past the motorcircuit cutting through Lavant and made our way to West Stoke. From here we went our usual route through Funtingdon, turning right at the pub and down turning towards Walberton. From here Fiona took over and cycled up her long slow hill, which was great for our stamina, ending up at our cafe in Compton....

Now here's the funny bit....Sheila locked her bike to Lynn's outside the caff, but she forgot to bring the key!! We suggested they both cycle home very carefully, but they weren't impressed with this suggestion so a friend of the cafe's owner brought his saw but as he had an operation yesterday he couldn't do anything with it. So yours truly with the help from Alison sorted it out in about 20 seconds....

Don't buy this type of lock as it's made of mostly plastic with a thin piece of wire running through it. I think Sheila bought it from Tesco. The 'D' lock designs are considered the best.

Hope everyone got home safely and hope to see you next week for TWO rides including Brunch at the Woodmancote...£5.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween ride - 28 / 10 /12

Hilarious - thanks to everyone for taking the trouble to dress up - a great day and we ended up at the Woodmancote for cake and coffee.

The witches were...Fiona, Angie, Viv, Lynn, Sheila, Angela, Claire, Alison, Val - Elise and Nikki joined us at the pub.

Enjoy these funny pics.....

Sheila, Viv, Val, Angela, Angie checking her texts, Claire and Fiona....outside Goodwood Hotel....

Fiona, Viv, Lynn, Elise, Angela, Angie kneeling at the front and Sheila....outside the Woodmancote


Viv and Sheila....


Angie, Baileys and hot choc....

Elise and Angie..

Nikki, Claire and Viv....

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Social Belles - Oct 26

We met at the Horse & Groom in East Ashling - Jane, Alison, Judy, Lynne, Fiona, Sheila came along. Good food and good company, I think I can say the evening was another success.

Sandra and Simon popped by as did Kim and Shaun from SDV.  Kim has tickets for sale for the SDV Christmas party on Dec 14 which the BBs have been invited to. If you'd like a ticket please call Kim on:  07920762155. They cost £15 each.

The next Social Belles evening is on Friday, November 30.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Oct 23 - Charity Belles presenting our cheque

On Tuesday, October 23 we met with Di and Jo from The Sussex Snowdrop Trust to present our cheque totalling £2,009.78.

A large part of this total was kindly donated by The Southdown Velo Club and John Rowlands representing the Club joined us in the presentation.

Thanks to Leyla, Jane, Angela and Fiona for coming along on Tuesday.

Well done and many thanks to everyone who helped raise this amount!

John Rowlands and Di Levantine


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Saturday, October 13

We've been so lucky with the weather.....another sunny morning and we even managed to sit outside the Compton cafe again enjoying their delicious cakes!

This is a lovely ride and always a popular one. From Goodwood we cycled through Lavant, Chilgrove and along through the Mardens (up that nasty hill) and we met quite a few other cyclists at the top of the hill.  After a brief chat with them all we made our way down the long stretch to Compton.

These hills aren't the easiest to cycle, but well done to Judy and Ali who worked hard and should be pleased with themselves...it gets easier, I promise!

From Compton, the usual way home and turning left towards Funtingdon, we said goodbye to Fiona and Steph here and Noreen left us at Halidays. A good ride home getting back at about 1pm.

I think everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was lovely to see you all again......Marj, Judy, Fiona, Ali, Noreen, Steph, Jane, Caroline and Sandra.

Hope to see you all next week 

Marj and Judy planning our next ride....

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Saturday, October 6

A 9am meet at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, a great mornings session at the veladrome wth Pod.

Jane, Angie, Julia, Ali, Fiona, Steph, Jenny, Carla, Tizzie and me.....both Leyla and Jessie both managed to oversleep and missed the session!

I very big Thank You to Pod for your patience and understanding.....who's easier to teach Pod? - men or women??

Note the despair in Pod's face!

I think we tested Pod's patieince at times - he had to show us how to take off a wheel...I don't think he was expecting to sink to such basic depths!

'Now girls....this is what we call a WHEEL'......
Someone's cleat which Pod said might need bit of a clean??

One of the reasons we booked this session was for a few of us to upgrade from trainers to cleats. However, we started off the session by checking our bikes - brakes, wheels, chain etc. Then we set off using our new cleats, shoes and pedals for the first time.  And it wasn't as bad as I had expected!  A big step for a few of us but after several laps we were all feeling much happier and more confident. I fell off! ....I unclipped my left cleat but for some reason I moved my weight to the right...goodness knows why, anyway, I paid the price.

Apparently we cycled 25 miles during the whole session!

We then went on to riding as a group and how we should ride as a group along the roads, so we will give this a go tomorrow.

After this we then had a bike maintenance briefing, which included removing the front and back wheels and repairing a puncture. I know Pod was screaming inside - but he was great and very patient. He's even said he will come back and ride wih us possibly in November.

Thanks again to Pod and all the brave Belles who came out today. Hope to see you all again soon - if not tomorrow morning at 9am!