She Rides newbie Lisa gives the lowdown on our recent ‘She Rides Singletrack ABC’. If you’ve never ridden singletrack before then hopefully Lisa will inspire you to join us for out for our next session – check out the rides page to find out about up and coming adventure…
“Most of my riding has been cross-country – enjoying fast down hills and great views on the downs – so I didn’t really get single track trails. But as I’d heard so much about the trails in Stanmer Park I was really keen to go along with She Rides to find out what it was all about.
Despite the torrential rain four of us met up for a slippy slidey muddy ride with Helen and Helen showing us the way. We started off doing a couple of windy, very narrow trails with a few roots cutting across which we all mastered pretty quickly.
How can I win?
Simply email us a picture of you and your bike. Could be…
*Riding in the woods/ with your friends
*Having a break in a pub/ cafe
*Fixing your bike
*Bike in the shed, bike in the living room, etc.
Be creative !!! The best ones will be published on the Stilettos on Wheels website.
Winners can choose which ride category to enter (2 or 4 hours solo, 4 hrs pairs)
Deadline is the 01.08.2013
Send pixs to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Subject: Me and my bike
Men can participate in the photo compeition, but obvisously not in the race, pls pass your free entry on to a girls
More info: http://www.stilettosonwheels.com
She-Rides second timer Sam gives the low-down on last weekend’s ‘We Ride to Alfriston Off-Road’
“What a great day out with She Rides! I’m still quite new to mountain biking and this was a 30 mile off-roader so was a bit concerned about how well I would cope! We started out from the Pier and headed up to the Downs near the racecourse and then on to Kingston Ridge. Next we zoomed down into Southease for a lovely downhill and a stop at the new Youth Hostel over the river for tea. Then it was a great climb upwards and onwards to Firle Beacon with some breath taking views along the way over the Ouse River Valley, Lewes, the South Downs and the sea. Spring was finally underway and there were beautiful, bright fields of rape seed flowers and cherry and apple trees covered in blossom everywhere. No cars to contend with, no traffic lights: just the occasional walker, other mountain bikers, some cows, sheep and horses. It’s so much less stressful than road riding and you have the freedom to speed along with nothing to worry about, apart from the odd rabbit hole to outfox you! cope since I’ve only done about 15 miles off road before in one go! But there was no need to worry at all. It was a nice gentle pace with a couple of stops along the way for a rest. Everyone was really friendly and happy to be out for a top ride in the countryside.
The next section took us down into Alfriston for a steep, bumpy descent into the village where we stopped for ice cream and pies from the local shops. It’s a really pretty place and there’s a good reason it’s a bit of a tourist honey trap – timber framed buildings hundreds of years old, a history of smuggling stretching back centuries and some lovely pubs, not to mention some great mountain biking routes. Then it was on to Middle Farm by road for cider! Hurrah! And brilliant value at just £1.84 for a pint of Devonshire cider. Double hurrah! After that we took lovely quiet country roads to Glynde, stopped for another pint at the lovely Trevor Arms and hopped on the train back to Brighton.
I’m definitely hoping for another off road ride like that – maybe from Brighton to Eastbourne next time please? Thanks so much to She Rides for organising such a fab day out. I had a lovely day, learned some new things, saw the most stunning scenery and had a lot of fun! Looking forward to the next She Rides off road adventure!
She Rides first-timer Claire gives the low-down on one of our recent off-road rides….
“The She Rides Off Road to Lewes bike ride was my first She-Rides adventure and my first experience of mountain biking near Brighton. I am from Worthing and met a couple of the She-Rides girls out on my local girls shop ride, organised by Quest.
We got chatting and they invited me over to join them, I was a bit nervous about coming over on my own but i’m so glad I did, the girls were all lovely, the views were beautiful and the ride was challenging without being too technical.
I met the group at Stanmer Park and after some introductions we set off towards the South Downs Way and along to Lewes. There were some nice steady climbs and wide grassy downhills as our reward, great fun! We stopped to regroup regularly so no-one was left behind or struggling whatever our level of experience and fitness.
Once we got to Lewes we decided to get a picnic and sit down by the river, not quite as warm as we thought if was going to be and despite a nice big cup of tea I was pleased to be back on the move!
We headed south, over the A27 and towards a very steep hill! This was the only time we all had to admit defeat and get off and push, it was worth it for the view from the top though, we saw the whole route that we had ridden, from the Amex in the distance, along the ridge of the downs and into Lewes, and all of it basking in the Sussex sunshine on one of the nicest days of the year so far, how lucky we were!
From here there was a choice of heading down to Rottingdean and along the seafront or across the hills and down into Moulscombe, we all said our goodbyes, thankyous and see you soons and the two groups headed off our seperate ways
What a fabulous way to spend a sunny Sunday, making some new friends, seeing the beautiful countryside and burning a bunch of calories on the way, Bonus!
Thankyou girls, I look forward to the next time! x”
Check out our Rides page for details of up and coming rides. Come join a cycling adventure!
One of our riders made a video of Sunday’s ride. Maybe it will tempt you to join us on the next off-road excursion.
There’s also a video of the descent back into Hove: