Posted on Saturday 12 April 2008 by Rona Wightman
Five Miles to Fabulous is a CTC initiative to encourage women into cycling — I organised my event around St. Albans on 5 April. It went very well; I was expecting five, but three couldn’t make it in the end.
The ride was very worthwhile — one lady is an experienced cyclist, but her pace is slow. This makes it hard for her to find suitable group rides. It is good to have her along on these rides, she acts as ‘sweeper’. The other lady is the classic example of the intended target for 5mtf — has not ridden in a long time and feels nervous venturing out in today’s traffic. We all enjoyed our morning. Riding to Hatfield and back was quite ambitious, it is actually ten miles, so we had a sense of achievement as well as delicious cake. The route included short sections of quieter road for confidence building and a lot of off-road cycle route for relaxing riding. The picture is at the Blackberry Arch marking the boundary between St Albans and Hatfield — the red bike is mine.