Five Miles to Fabulous Rides 

Five Miles to Fabulous began as a one-off weekend of rides in June 2007.   South Herts Cyclists have been running them ever since.  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 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. We have a trio of fabulous ride leaders.  This means we can offer a Further, Faster Fabulous option - sometimes as stand-alone rides and sometimes on the same day as the 'usual' fabulous offer.

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 Cycling UK 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.  We are sometimes asked why we run women-only rides - here is an explanation via Isis Cyclists, women-only cycling group in Oxford.

Chris Boardman explains why riding two abreast actually makes it easier for faster traffic to overtake a group of cyclists in this video.

Here is a link to have map reading explained by Steve Backshall on the Ordnance Survey YouTube channel.

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.

"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.
Latest News & Ride Reports 

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!

Our reports right back to 2010 are all in our blog and the latest  reports and news snippets are featured below: