Health Rides 2015 – get fit, have fun

Finally the good weather is here so now is the time to get back in the saddle and get fit! Starting in April our series of Health Rides will help you do exactly that.

All of the routes will be carefully chosen to be suitable for beginners and will include a mixture of bridleways, traffic free tracks, country lanes and quiet roads and be 8-10 miles long. The group will travel at the pace of the slowest rider so there’s no need to worry about being left behind. The emphasis is on fun and socialising and enjoying riding a bike again.

“By running this series of gentle rides, I’m hoping to encourage people to get back on their bikes and enjoy the wonderful Chiltern countryside around Great Missenden and Prestwood. I often hear people saying they’ve lost their confidence on a bike because they haven’t ridden for so long and feel the roads are too busy and dangerous; riding in a small group with an experienced ride leader can help give people the boost they need.” Helen Biggerstaff, Ride Leader for Cycle Chilterns.

The rides will start from Little Missenden at 6pm and last for around an hour. The rides are for adults and everyone from 18-100 is welcome, (and over 100 if you’re still fit enough to ride! Ed.) no matter what you’re current level of fitness or ability on a bike.

  • Wednesday 8th April 2015
  • Wednesday 15th April 2015
  • and every Wednesday evening until…
  • Wednesday 26th August 2015
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2015
  • Wednesday 9th September 2015
  • Wednesday 16th September 2015
  • Wednesday 23rd September 2015
  • Wednesday 30th September 2015
  • The End


How fit do I need to be? If you haven’t exercised for some time you should seek advice from your doctor before you start, as with any new activity. Rides will last an hour, covering a relatively short distance at a very steady pace. There will be some hills involved (this is the Chilterns!) some will be long and steady, some short and steep; we do try to avoid them where possible. Walking up hills is fine and you’ll soon see improvements!

What sort of bike do I need? We’d recommend something with slightly wider tyres, not just a standard road bike. Some of the tracks and trails will be off-road and the surfaces could be gravel, stone, dirt, even some mud in places depending on the weather.

Erm, I don’t have a bike? No problem! Just get in touch, we have a fleet of hire bikes and electric bikes available for you to use, free of charge on the rides.

What do I wear? Whatever you’re comfortable in – lycra is not a prerequisite, normal clothes are fine. Dress for the weather but make sure you can take a layer off if you get too hot or add one if it starts to get cold. If you’re wearing trousers, make sure the bottoms are quite tight fitting or put a band around them so they don’t flap around and get caught in the chain.

How do I book? Each ride is limited to 8 people so booking is essential. Contact the ride leader, Helen Biggerstaff, directly on 07795030847 or email

More questions? Helen will be more than happy to help out and give you some advice – there’s no such thing as a silly question.

More rides in Bucks – West Wycombe…

A series of rides will take place in West Wycome every Tuesday afternoon from 18th August. They will have a similar format with some extra confidence boosting training from the ride leader. For more details, visit the LEAP cycling calendar.


The Ladies Rides – these girls can

Cycling friends – join a local cycling group

The Ivinghoe Velos Tea Ride

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