Five Miles to Fabulous Rides
Five Miles to Fabulous was initiated by the CTC as a weekend of rides in June 2007. Some CTC local groups have incorporated 5MTF rides into their programme, and South Herts is one such group. The rides are for women who want to cycle, but are put off by the state of the roads and the traffic and the lack of suitable group rides. The format is an easy ride incorporating a coffee stop, using quieter roads and traffic free-routes. The ride thus gives an opportunity both to gain confidence in traffic and discover routes that avoid busy roads.
Bring a guest entry form if not a CTC member. Experienced riders are also very welcome on these rides, your support and advice is appreciated! Exact route to be determined on the whim of the leader taking into account the coffee morning listings in that week's local news and the preferences of those present. Our motto is 'Style before speed', which you may recognise as the slogan of the De Laune CC in the 1920s.
Most rides are on Saturday mornings and start from Morrisons, St Albans. We meet by the cycle stands, near the pedestrian crossing of Hatfield Road. You do not need to be a CTC member to try these rides. Please fill in the Contact Us form if you would like to be added to the list and mention 5MTF. Thank you.
Chester Fabulous Ladies have a very similar approach to our group. Their leader, Sue, runs an excellent blog which I recommend to you; it has lots of useful advice.
Chris Boardman explains why riding two abreast actually make sit easier for faster traffic to overtake a group of cyclists in this video.
Team Fabulous at the St Albans Charity Cycle Ride on 15th May:
Five ladies from the Five Miles to Fabulous group rode 20 miles in the St Albans Charity Cycle ride on Sunday 15 May. They had been practising longer distances than five miles over the previous few weeks and were confident that they would finish. They stayed together during the ride and waited for each other at the tops of the hills. Some walked up the hills, and that was OK. The weather was lovely - bright, but not too hot, and no wind. The atmosphere was very friendly and supportive, and all want to do the ride again next year!
Herts Sports Partnership organised This Girl Can in Herts Week 2016;
a week of events and activities to inspire and encourage women and girls to be more active.
The week ran from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June 2016, and our 5MTF ride on Saturday 11 June was included.
Our June ride was also a Bike Week ride.
"Transport cycling can’t properly grow in the UK while the conditions suit only the young, male, fit and fearless." Cycling UK article by Dr Rachel Aldred on improving conditions for the old, the female and the disabled, groups that are currently under-represented in cycling.
You can see reports from previous years by clicking on the links at the foot of the page. 5MTF runs between March ad November with monthly-ish rides, usually with a summer break in August. The rides list will be updated with ride details and dates in due course.
We do usually manage more than five miles, but we do not rush, we set out for a morning of enjoyment, distance no object!
Saturday 11 June - #BikeWeek #TGCinHerts in the tank tracks of Boudicca
Eleven riders today, ready to celebrate Bike Week and show that This Girl Can. It was a nice day to head north, even if it is 'rolling terrain'.
We cut out a little bit of hill by using the footpath through by Beech Hyde Farm, and so we came into Wheathampstead down the side of Devil's Dyke, a feature of the old British settlement.
The village had the bunting out to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday weekend. We enjoyed sitting in the sun at Loafing (used to be Ushers), getting ready for the return journey.
It is a good idea to ride slowly, or even walk, up Brewhouse Hill, it lets you enjoy the architectural splendours and passing military vehicles to best effect.
Across Nomansland and back to Sandridge, then return to Morrisons via Jersey Lane and Oaklands. Twelve miles round trip.
Saturday 7 May - untrammelled womenhood goes wild in the woods
celebrating Global Women's Cycle Day.
A woodland bridleway and a short stretch of road got us to Napsbury, more sumptuous cherry blossom. Then we were off on tracks through the fields, along the Colne and under the M25. We emerged at the Handley Page industrial estate.
Two of the party peeled off at Moor Mill, needing to be home early. The rest of us carried on along the Ver, with a scientific encounter - we met friendly volunteers from the Ver Valley Society who explained about the river quality monitoring they were doing.
We followed NCN6 - the Abbey Way - back to St Albans, total distance 14.5 miles.
Saturday 2 April - spring at last
The sunshine was quite a contrast to last month, and we had a large group - eleven of us - out on a ride today. Several of the regulars had been ill and requested a 'recovery' ride, so we kept it nice and gentle with a meander around Highfield Park and a loop-de-loop down Nightingale Lane, along the A414 and back up Highfield Lane. That was quite enough recovering and we now needed coffee, so we tootled along to Ayletts. The cycle stands coped, but only just. At Ayletts they have special jam for lady cyclists - Mrs Bridges rides a bike in fine style. We came back via Highfield Park and the Camp Cycle Route.
Saturday 5 March - celebrating International Women's Day
In view of the cold and the poor forecast, a fairly short ride was in order today. Since we were welcoming two new riders to the 5MTF experience a traffic free route was also desirable. So Alban Way it was!
There is always something new to see along the Alban Way these days, especially from Smallford to Nast Hyde. The station building at Smallford is now visible and Nast Hyde station is increasingly delightful.