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.
*CTC rebranded as Cycling UK in 2016. Lots of people still refer to 'the CTC', and that is OK, it is still the official name of the organisation, but the Cycling UK moniker helps in campaigning work.
Bring a guest entry form if not a Cycling UK 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.
We are on a winter break - but not for much longer! First 2017 ride coming up on 4 March. We have set April and May dates too. For the rest of the year we outline an indicative programme, based on what has worked well in previous years.
Our thanks to the South Herts webmaster, he has been giving our page a bit of a spring-clean.
We have a trio of fabulous ride leaders. Teresa and Angela attended the Cycling UK ride leading workshop in Garston in September 2016 and found it very helpful in confirming their abilities and extending their knowledge of group ride leadership. Rona is celebrating a decade of 5MTF in South Herts this year!
We are sometimes asked why we run women-only rides - here is an explanation via Isis Cyclists, women-only cycling group in Oxford.
Here is a link to have map reading explained by Steve Backshall on the Ordnance Survey YouTube channel.
"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.
Top three basic cycling tips from Global Cycling Network YouTube channel - being good at riding slowly is the top tip. Be able to ride one handed and look ahead are the other two. I would like to add being good at looking behind.
A really good video from Sustrans showing you the M-check. This is how you look over your bicycle to make sure it is safe and efficient.
Ride ReportsOur ride reports right back to 2010 are all in our blog and the latest are featured below:
5MTF runs between March and November with monthly-ish rides, usually with a summer break in August.
We do usually manage more than five miles, but we do not rush, we set out for a morning of enjoyment, distance no object!