What we're about
LOVE TO BIKE caters for off-road bikers who prefer longer, faster, harder rides. All Love To Bikes are set in the magnificent countryside to the south west and south east of London, and always start and finish at a train station. Love to Bikes range from 30 to 60 miles (50 to 100 kilometres) depending on the terrain, conditions and time of year. We ride at a sensible, continuous pace and lunch is usually at a pub. Estimated finish and train times are always given along with the options to finish a Love To Bike early should a Love To Biker tire. There is a Love To Bike most months and we ride all year round whatever the conditions and whatever the weather. The maximum group size for a Love To Bike is 10.
LOVE TO BIKERS
LOVE TO BIKE appeals to off-road bikers who are already ‘fit to bike’ rather than novices aspiring to bike to get fit. We attract a broad 50/50 mix of male/females living and working in and around London. Most Love To Bikes require a well-maintained mountain bike and all Love To Bikers must have the sufficient skills to ride on uneven terrain which at times can be wet and muddy. Love To Bikers must also have the skills and tools to change an inner tube unassisted should they puncture.
LOVE TO BIKE is run by Paul New. Paul has been riding both on-road and off-road long before it became fashionable. He has ridden in Argentina, Chile, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Portugal, Rwanda, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda and USA. He has climbed ten of the largest Tour de France cols, conquered the Pyrennes, Picos de Europa and made it t summit of Pico de Veleta (3,398m). He has also ridden the Box Hill zig-zag used in the London Olympics road race course over 1,000 times.
Paul also runs LOVE TO HIKE - Longer, Faster, Harder Hikes: no other group hikes as far as often.
During the week, Paul is a freelance strategy consultant who works at board level with many well-known blue chips companies. Paul has an economics degree from Cambridge University. In his spare time, he is a ‘hunt the hills’ road cyclist, mountain biker, hiker and one of the regulars at his local gym.
Bike-Dreams organises adventurous and challenging bike expeditions for hardcore cyclists from all around the world. It's first tour was in 2006 when it organised 'Paris-Dakar by Bike', a 10 week expedition of 7.200 kilometers. Other expeditions have included The 100 Cols, The Lake Victoria Safari, Les Dix Alpes, La Bella Italia, The Andes Trail and The Great Divide. There are no easy days on a Bike-Dreams expedition. For further information, check out www.bike-dreams.com
If you are looking to improve your cycling capabilities and performance, check out www.njingacycling.com (http://www.njingacycling.com/.)
And as a member of LOVE TO BIKE, you can try two of Njinga's Wattbike training sessions for only £14 with the code 2£14LOVETO.
COTSWOLD 15% DISCOUNT
LOVE TO BIKERS enjoy a special 15% members only discount both in-store and online when shopping at Cotswold Outdoor. Just quote AF-LTH-M6. Check out www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
DASH4IT.co.uk ADDITIONAL 5% DISCOUNT
LOVE TO BIKERS enjoy an additional 5% off the online map superstore's already deep discounted prices. Use code L2H5 to buy a new latest edition Ordnance Survey Explorer map complete with mobile download for only £5.55! Check out www.dash4it.co.uk
Click to read our Disclaimer (http://www.meetup.com/Love-To-Bike/pages/Disclaimer/) and get answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.meetup.com/Love-To-Bike/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/). Happy biking.