Social rides and groups are becoming more and more popular across the UK, especially when it comes to ‘Ladies Only’. So get back on your bike and join us on a ride to meet up with like-minded ladies, get fit, have fun and probably drink some tea.
The Cycle Chilterns ladies rides are fun, recreational group bike rides led by an experienced female cyclist and will explore the country lanes and quieter roads of the Chilterns. All of the rides start in quiet market towns in Buckinghamshire, most of which have train stations for easy access.
Ride leader Helen Biggerstaff has many years of experience and will be able to give information on what bike and kit to purchase and where to find female friendly bike shops.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When and where?
N.B. All of these rides took place in 2014.
- Sunday 8th June 2014 – 10:00 to 12:00 from Chesham station
- Sunday 29th June 2014 – 10:00 to 12:000 from Princes Risborough High Street
- Sunday 20th July 2014 – 10:00 to 12:00 from Amersham station – stopping off for a cream tea in Great Missenden!
- Sunday 10th Aug – 10:00 to 12:00 from Wendover Clock Tower
- Sunday 7th September – 10:00 to 12:00 from Holmer Green Common
- Sunday 12th October – 10:00 to 12:00 from Amersham station
- Sunday 9th November – 13:00 to 15:00 from Wendover Clock Tower (note: afternoon ride)
- Sunday 7th December – 10:00 to 12:00 from Great Missenden station
- Saturday 20th December 2014 – 10:00 – 13:00 Christmas Ride Special! From Great Missenden to Lee Common and back to Coffee Approach in GM for a special Christmas treat courtesy of Cycle Chilterns.
Who is it for? Women! (max number 8 riders)
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 activitiy. 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. Walking up hills is fine and you’ll soon see improvements!
What sort of bike do I need? Any roadworthy bike will do. If your bike needs a check up, why don’t you visit one of our free Dr Bike sessions in Chesham or Great Missenden beforehand.
Erm, I don’t have a bike? No problem! Just get in touch, we have access to free hybrid bike hire, plus electric bikes.
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.
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.
HOW TO BOOK
Each ride is limited to 8 people so booking is essential. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Helen directly on 07795 030847
OTHER RIDES TO JOIN
With the motto “Smileage not mileage” these ladies rides are organised by CTC South Herts. Ride leader Rona Wightman usually has a basic short ride in mind, but can can add extra loops if the group are going well. They generally cover eight to ten miles. If only ‘faster’ regulars turn up they can cover fifteen miles. There’s always a coffee stop and they try and take in points of interest en route. See the website for dates, times and more details.
Not specifically for ladies but very popular anyway, the rides take place every Saturday at 10am from The Rose & Crown in Ivinghoe. The route and destination is not decided in advance – so feel free to arrive with a suggestion! The abilities and time constraints of all riders is taken into consideration too, so it’s a great group to join if you’re new to cycling or getting back on your bike after a bit of a break. All makes, models and ages (bikes & people!) very welcome – although under 16′s should be accompanied by an adult.
What about the guys?
We don’t currently run any gentlemen only rides because no-one has ever asked for them and ride leaders have never offered to run them. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t if demand was there. So if you have a group of 5 or 6 guys that want to be taken on a gentle ride to get back into cycling, just get in touch via our Contact page and we’ll see if we can help.