explore and en­joy

with MARY TEBJE of the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND - MARY TEBJE @vis­itchilterns

IT SEEMS like the whole coun­try is keen to get cy­cling, so here are some great ideas for how to ei­ther get back into the sad­dle, or to try some new Chilterns’ routes brought to you by Cy­cle Chilterns.

So­cial rides and groups are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar across the UK, es­pe­cially when it comes to ‘Ladies Only’. So get back on your bike this summer 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 led by He­len Big­ger­staff who 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. The next two rides are on: Sun­day, Au­gust 10 from 10am to noon start­ing from Wen­dover Clock Tower – 10:00 to 12:00 from Wen­dover Clock Tower.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 7 from 10am to noon from Holmer Green Com­mon.

Each ride is lim­ited to eight peo­ple so book­ing is es­sen­tial. To book, email he­len. big­ger­staff@ctc.org.uk or call He­len di­rectly on 07795 030847. Two other rides you could con­sider are: Five Miles to Fab­u­lous 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.

Iv­inghoe Ve­los ‘The Tea Ride’ 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 and peo­ple!) very wel­come – although un­der 16s should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

For more summer ideas, visit www. Vis­itChilterns.co.uk and www.Cy­cleChilterns.co.uk.

Un­til next week

Pic­ture cap­tion here

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