17 August 2019

L2B with team breeze – Chatting allowed!

June 10, 2013

Time is limited, but I have managed to fit in a couple of training rides this week, one hill circuit and one longer flat ride in preparation for my team breeze, London to Brighton ride next weekend.


Spending time out and about on my bike during this lovely weather means I am becoming accustomed to the more sociable side of cycling, each longer ride I have taken recently has featured a chat with a stranger at some point along the route. Ignoring the whole ‘Stranger Danger’ issues, I have welcomed these little moments in life to engage with a fellow cyclist and have enjoyed the rides all the more because of them.

The first time it happened, I had gone exploring and found my self at a dead-end; not a nasty, dark, isolated dead-end (I am not that daft), but a stunning row of quarrymans cottages overlooking the most beautiful, verdant valley. As I swung my bike round to go back I got chatting to an old boy who was sat outside his house; he was having a cup of tea and admiring the view that he wakes to everyday, but never tires of.

Spurred on by my enthusiasm for his luck in living in such an amazing place, he invited me down the garden in front of his house to appreciate the full beauty. At this point several things go through my mind ‘is this wise?’, ‘I am supposed to be training, not chatting’ and ‘don’t be stupid he is clearly just a nice old chap and not at all dodgy’. Sensing my moment of hesitation he quipped,

“Don’t worry – there are no tigers!”

To which obviously there was no reply but to get off my bike and follow him. And it was well worth it, the small terraced garden afforded the most wonderful, uninterrupted views of the valley and way in the distance, the White Horse of Westbury on the hills in Wiltshire. We chatted about how it couldn’t be beaten, and then he told me all about his days cycling here there and everywhere. How he used to cycle to London from Birmingham, his days as a member of the CTC of Britain and the heydays of cycle touring back in the 50’s and 60’s.

The conversation had me pining for the quieter roads of days gone by, but it also warmed my soul. Training, pah…this is enriching and what for me, getting on a bike is all about.

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Click here to read my previous post

Danielle is joining Team Breeze as part of the British Heart Foundation London To Brighton Bike ride this weekend www.justgiving.com/Team-Breeze

Why not check-out The British Heart Foundations other events – there are loads to choose from.

More info: Breeze is the UK’s biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. A programme set up by British Cycling, with the aim to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride.

While cycling is becoming more and more popular in the UK, the proportion of women getting involved is actually declining. They want to change that. They train up volunteer Breeze champions who organise and lead free, local, group bike rides for women of all ages and abilities. Find out more at breezebikerides.com


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