Posts Tagged ‘biking for women’

May 30, 2014 at 6:29
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fancy taking on a dream challenge, something that takes you out of your comfort zone but rewards you with new found fitness and confidence? Read about our dream challenge tri team who take on a sprint tri this Sunday and how YOU could become part of our next #dreamchallenge team



At the beginning of this year, three women, Bec, Lesley & Adreina, won free spaces at camp to transform their mind, body & spirit. Two had not done exercise in years and we’re in the obese range. This Sunday, all three take on their first triathlon.

It follows three weeks of FREE women only triathlon training, where a group of 18 women, over two thirds who have never done a triathlon before, trained for this Sunday’s sprint distance in Ardingely (500metre swim, 23kms bike ride, 5km run). We wish them a fantastic race. They don’t need luck. They’ve done all the training and are ready.

If you want to join our next #dreamchallenge team training for Stilettoes on Wheels or the Bacchus Half Marathon, keep your eyes on our Facebook page and blog.


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Cycle Challenge: from beginner to 100miles

July 3, 2013 at 3:06
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fitbitch founder, Rachael begins her cycling challenge

Some women are motivated to get in shape by the thought of having to hit the beach in a bikini, others by getting in shape for a wedding. Nothing wrong with that, except that once your holiday or wedding has past, what then?

Here at Fitbitch, we believe in motivating women to reach fitness goals, whether that is to run a 5k or marathon, learning to do a full push or pull up, or take on a mountain hike. The beauty of this is that you get in shape without the attendant weigh-ins and self-hatred that can often get associated with losing weight for a look.  And, when you achieve your goal, you feel such a sense of achievement that it can boost your self confidence in all areas of  your life  (see Victoria Pendleton’s interview with us about this).

But here at Fitbitch, we don’t just talk the talk.

Last week, VirginActive invited me to train for the Cycle Prudential 100 , a 100 mile cycle race starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through closed roads into Surrey’s stunning countryside as part of a celebration of the legacy of London 2012 Olympics.

I said yes, without owning a road bike nor any of that ‘show every bulge’ cycle lycra, and having never ridden in clip in pedals.

As for the 100 bit in the event title, I didn’t even realise it stood for 100miles. And I certainly knew nothing about the frankly intimidating world of club cycling that I must learn about in order to compete in an event of over 20,000 cyclists.

But there is nothing quite a healthy dose of fear to both get me excited and motivated to train.

I’ve borrowed a bike, some clip in shoes and have done a few 28 mile rides already.

Still, less than five weeks to go and I have to learn about drafting, how to signal when you’re going  at a rate of knots, and just as important, where the hell I get some chic cycling gear!

(I’m just hoping all that hill climbing will help me get in shape for the hilly Beachy Head Marathon in October, my other scary challenge!)

You can follow my progress on Twitter @fitbitchuk and back here once a week.

For details about VirginActive memberships and classes visit


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Girls on Bikes – RideIt Events

April 29, 2013 at 3:59
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Do it for the challenge…or the cake stops

Love biking but find it hard to organise your own routes? Or do you want to enter a mountain biking or cyclo-sportive events that is competitive without it being the cycling equivalent of Black Swan?

Step in Evans Cycles who have a range of mountain bike and road bike events across the UK this summer, for every level, from beginners to women who fancy pushing themselves that little bit harder.

If you fall into the latter category, then try the King of the Downs,  a 54 or 115mile route which covers the Surrey hills, North Downs, Ashdown Forest and Kent although with 9,000 feet of climbs on the full route make sure you’ve done  your training.

With the soaring cost of cycling events nowadays, EvansCycles also offer great value events. The King (should that not be queen?) of the Downs costs just £27, and every entrant receives a free pre-ride breakfast, a cooked meal on return, plus feed stations stocked with sweets, bananas and cake.

Plus, they even have mechanics and a ‘sweep up’ wagon for anyone lagging or in trouble.

Come on girls, channel your inner Pendelton and take on the men on the climbs – and challenge that ‘King’ title!

For more information about this event, along with mountain bike and beginners cycle routes visit


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