“If physical exercise were a drug, it would be hitting the headlines”
Macmillan Cancer Support Chief Medical Officer Jane Maher
Rides & 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
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 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.
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)
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!