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Prostate Peddlers Open Day 2019

Our first Open Day was a great success.

 

We had both medics and prostate cancer patients turn up to find out more about Prostate Peddlers and ride with us through the Chilterns and Ashridge forest.

 

Click on the image to watch a video of the day's events, which  includes interviews with some of those who attended.

Following the open day and preceding the September open day, Charles gave talks to University College Hospital and Hemel Hempsted prostate cancer support groups which were well received and led to several fresh members booking in to start the Peddlers fitness program.

 

If you would like to try a `taster ride` and discuss your own situation please don`t hesitate to contact Charles.

Prostate Peddlers September Open Day

Prostate Peddlers have been busy recently, We hosted our second Open Day at the lovely Musette Cafe in Aldbury which was a great success.

 

We were lucky and honored to have the highly respected Consultant Oncologist Professor Robert Thomas in attendance both to join us in our forest ride but also to give us a fascinating and enlightening talk about the underlying issues driving prostate cancer. Including, guidance about what steps we can all take to help keep the disease at bay and reinforcing the value of exercise and the value of the Prostate Peddlers approach to prostate cancer support.

 

Following on from Professor Thomas, Charles outlined the rationale and purpose behind the Prostate Peddlers and the objectives of the group.

 

Following this there were guided cycle rides in Ashridge forest for both novice and regular riders which gave everybody a taste of the 5,000 acres of beautiful Ashridge forest where Prostate Peddlers practice riding skills and become fitter.

 

Returning to the Musette Cafe many joined in a very entertaining stationary bicycle one kilometer cycle ride competition which was roundly cheered on  by everybody as both the fit and unfit `had a go`. 

Next rides

We usually meet ​up outside the Lifestyle Centre Gym at Ashridge College each Saturday at 09:00 am for a 09:45 ride start. These training rides typically can vary in distance from 12 miles to 25 miles, according to the abilities of those riding with us. Depending on demand, additional rides take place midweek on Wednesday afternoons. 

 

For latest details please refer to the riders WhatsApp group. Please join if you have not done so yet.

We are also planning a series of "Ride Outs" on the first Saturday of the month where family and friends are welcome if they can do the rides. Forthcoming events, subject to confirmation the week before, include;

  • Tour of Bedfordshire ride to Picts Hill House - Dec 7th from the Old School House - circa 2 hours ride time

  • Off road tour of Bedfordshire  inc. Jordan`s Mill - Jan 4th 2020  - circa 3 hours ride time

  • The Grand Union Canal ride to London and back. - Feb 1st  - an all day flat ride on MTB`s with a pub lunch. 

  • Walk and Talk For a change, - March 7th  - Bit of a mystery this but you will not be disappointed! I promise... Pub lunch, allow all day

  • Goring to Christmas Common circular ride - 4th April - 32 mile loop

  • Tour of Cambridge 67 Mile Road Bike Sportive. - June 7th - allow all day, some may want to book a room overnight.

Destination Ride Peddars Way

Several Prostate Peddlers have also just completed the third and final leg of our `Ride from Ashridge to the Norfolk coast` riding the 50 off road miles of the ancient drover`s trail, The Pedders Way.

 

This ride was a `graduation day` for some Peddlers who started riding in an unfit condition about two years ago but who are now capable of wondrous rides!

 

Whilst the Pedders way ride was long and `technical` in places where ruts had to be navigated, a lunch at the Ostrich pub in Castle Acre revived everybody and the whole team completed the ride.

 

A celebratory meal at the` Mariners` in Old Hunstanton before a good nights well earned sleep and England beating Argentina at rugby in the morning completed a fine `away event`.

Exercise benefits for Prostate Cancer

A full and scientifically valid clinical study of the effects of exercise on Prostate (and other) cancer is of course extremely difficult and expensive to stage. However, there is a significant body of well informed opinion which indicates a slowing of the progression of the disease, a decrease in co-morbidities and less of what I call "collateral damage" caused by the disease.

Do read my abbreviated version of the article and read the whole thing if you are interested. It is both fascinating and gives some cause for optimism!

 

All the best, Charles

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Rides & Facilities

Facilities

We usually meet at the Neil Training`s `The Lifestyle Centre` at Ashridge College near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire (HP4 1NS)

The College is set in 5,000 acres of National Trust forest where many of our rides take place and we sometimes use the facilities at the Lifestyle Centre when fitness levels require it or, if the weather is particularly bad

Our Rides

We do not race, we are mostly aged between 45 and 75 and some of us off start unfit and haven`t ridden a bike in years or are recovering from treatment. However, everybody becomes able to enjoy extended rides and ride well. The aim is to get fitter and have fun together. We learn to cycle well (this, surprises those who think that they already know how!) and encourage everybody to meet up to cycle regularly so that we can share our journey.

When the group is ready, we organise extended destination ride-outs and the group and their bikes are brought home at the end of the ride.

The Area

The Ashridge Forest area offers a wide variety of terrain from relatively level rides through to challenging climbs and it offers a large area from which appropriate routes can be selected.

The first step is for us to meet for chat and an assessment ride which comprises a conversation about your current physical condition, your requirements and ambitions, followed by a short cycle ride.

 

TESTIMONIALS

David  (first diagnosis 10 years ago) 

"When you have prostate cancer your choices are limited to accepting whatever therapies you are offered. One way I can avoid being passive and fight back against cancer is to keep myself fit and active. Prostate Peddlers provides me with the motivation and opportunity to push myself physically and to become a better cyclist.”

Ivan (first diagnosis  2 years ago)

October 2017 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 58. At that time I was not doing much physical activity other than walking the dog and I was asked if I'd thought about cycling, something that I hadn't really done since I was a teenager. I contacted Charles at Prostate Peddlers who has been teaching me how to ride a cycle properly, something which I thought was just a case of balancing on a bike and turning the peddles and breaking. It has also allowed me to meet up with other cyclists at different stages of diagnoses and treatments of prostate cancer, which means there is a wealth of knowledge and camaraderie and which has helped me to understand and come to terms with the illness and treatments. We meet up on Saturday mornings and go on different rides around the picturesque Ashridge Estate. These rides are not competitive but enjoyable whilst keeping fit and active and when I started I really didn't realise just how much I would get hooked on cycling particularly as most of the rides are off road. I would encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer to give Charles a call and come along and join us. It really doesn't matter if you've never ridden a bike before.

Fred (58, first diagnosis 18 mths ago)

 

Gallery

Whipsnade Grass Track Race - Sunday 3rd November 2019

British Cycling organised a grass track race over a zig-zag , up and down and very muddy (after a short while) course on Whipsnade Common. A perfect interlude during the Prostate Peddlers Sunday ride. How nice to see an all ages family event. The youngest were 8 years old, the oldest well over seventy. Health , fun, family. Perfect!

The Old School House

Whipsnade 

Tel: 07985 913775

email charles@prostatepeddlers.com

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