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#womens100 – women’s cycling

July 21, 2014 at 11:47
Posted by Rachael Woolston

On July 20th, as part of our new women’s cycling initiative #fitbitchrideseries, we joined Rapha’s bid to get 8000 women cycling 100km

Hot, hot, hot, is how the day started and ended. But with a bit more sweat, grime and chain grease, etched onto calf muscles and smeared on faces, at the finish.

Cycling 100km is no mean feat. Add on almost 50km more, as some of us did, and it becomes a battle of mind over aching muscles and fatigue (unless your name is Anna Stavrianakis, who is a champion cyclist in the making).

But six of us took part last weekend, with two of the Fitbitch crew, Paulina Alwin and Elouise De Santo, both beginners, doing the ride with the Breeze Network. Set up to encourage more women into cycling, all their rides are free and perfect for beginners.

Meanwhile, another five (one cyclist met us en route) rode almost 150ms, out and back to Box Hill in the North Downs, which formed part of the Olympic cycling route.

Summiting Box Hill, the cafe was full of cyclists. Still, mostly male but at least we knew our contribution to Rapha’s campaign, #womens100, helped swell the numbers of female cyclists out on their bikes around the world that day to 7538, just shy of their 8000 target.

Here at Fitbitch though, we are not content to sit back and increase participation for just that one day. Our ongoing target is to see women getting on their bikes and being part of a competitive, but supportive cycling community.

So why not join our #fitbitchrideseries? You can read about it more HERE.

It is completely FREE. All we ask is that you participate, both in taking part AND in helping out. This will mean taking your turn in helping to ride at the back of a group, and ride/lead at the front of a group that suits your pace.

If you are a beginner who just wants to cycle socially, the Breeze network is the ideal solution.

Alternatively, the #fitbitchrideseries is about training for an event, whether it’s MTB women’s only race, Stilletoes on Wheels, or a cyclo sportive. This does NOT mean that you have to be super fast or super fit. Just willing to train to improve and enter races. We will have different paced groups suitable for different speeds.

We have workshops coming up on bike maintenance, how to ride in a peloton, single track MTB and much more. To find out more visit our Timetable. All of the specific details of training rides will be posted in our closed Facebook group.  Request to join HERE.

 Our Boxhill ride in numbers

Cyclists: 5

Total kms: 146kms

Cakes: 1 banana chocolate, 1 Victoria sponge, 2 flapjacks

Water: 15litres. Approx.

Bike crashes: 1

Bike falls: 3

Punctures: 0

Success: 100%

Enjoyment: 100% (except last Devil’s Dyke climb).



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Four & Two Week Courses

April 13, 2011 at 7:51
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fitbitch Camps – be inspired, be inspiring

Our original four week camps, launched way back in 2009 with just three women. We’ve come a long way since then, helping hundreds of women to lose weight, eat well and discover for the first time, a lifelong love of fitness. Not to mention a perkier butt.

Since launching on Hove seafront, we now offer small group, women-only camps in Queen’s Park, Brighton, Lewes & Worthing.

Fitbitch is not a boot camp in the traditional sense; it is an immersive experience which helps you to create a healthy lifestyle through small group training. You not only receive personalised fitness sessions, but a healthy eating plan and the chance to be part of a fantastic fitness community.

You don’t need to rely on will power when you enjoy doing something with people who you enjoy exercising with. This is the part of the secret to our continued success – creating the right environment for you to get the most out of our courses.

By the time you graduate from our two or four week courses, exercising and eating healthily will feel as natural as getting dressed in the morning.

So, what can you expect on a Fitbitch course?

From boxing to kettlebells, Pilates to yoga, every session is different (in fact, we even switch locations now and again – within reason- to make the most of the awe-inspiring spaces we train in). Rather than having to organise your time and pay multiple studios, we offer all you need to make you strong, fit and flexible so that YOU reap the biggest benefits in the shortest amount of time.

While our courses are designed to keep you guessing about what’s to come, we guarantee that there will be no guesswork about the results – we will help YOU  to achieve  fantastic results, whatever your level.  (See the kind of results by visiting our blog here or our results page).

We are specialists in women’s fitness and run coaching, with our coaches having specialist qualifications in postnatal fitness, well being and fitness for the menopause, running, strength for sport and much more. We are always learning so that we can pass that on to you. Whatever your age, your life stage or fitness level, we supportively challenge you to become a stronger, fitter, more supple you.


1. All fitness sessions within a course of no more than 12 women. (Most locations are 3 sessions per week except Lewes which is twice per week).

2. The Fitbitch healthy eating plan. This will be sent on an email confirmation on booking.

3. An one-to-one personal assessment of posture, biomechanics and goals worth £50.*

4. Along with new found body confidence, the chance to be part of a unique women’s healthy lifestyle community and a sense of vitality, no matter what your age or starting fitness position, which will leave you feeling on top of the world.

Don’t miss our early bird deals for discounts off our full course price.

*Only available on courses of 3 day per week and on an early bird deal. Thereafter £30.

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