Review and Rides for Week Ending 21st

Last Wednesday was a glorious ride to Fillpots with a new variation of the route, good to see Roy back from Norfolk.

Friday 7 of us much enjoyed Jon W’s trip to Walton and Clacton, a bit breezy but that made the ride more enjoyable as the waves and breakers were worth seeing and the Cafe was excellent.  Down side was having to wash the bikes down when we got back, it took me 2 days to get the sand out of my padlock.

This Wednesday I propose we try the Cafe within Wyvale’s, this will only be a short ride down the London Road Stanway.

Friday we will venture to Poplar Nurseries at Marks Tey.

I need to bring the information I hold upto date, please note you do not have to provide if you so wish.  I will be handing a form out requesting the following.

Name

Email address

Mobile Number

Emergency contact, person and phone number.

A Fools and Horses Moment

Last Wednesday we MIST the train Doh!  So it was Wivenhoe for most of us but Ruth and Jon did the ride and enjoyed lunch.

Friday was a non event due to riders cancelling so Claire and I did our own thing.

This Wednesday we will be going to Fillpots and its looking hot.

Friday is a train and cycle day organised by Jon, Schedule as follows:-

• Leisure World: 10.30 am;

• Catch 11:11 am train from Hythe Station to Walton on the Naze;

• Ride from Walton station to The Naze;

• Ride from the The Naze to Clacton;

• Lunch at Greenswald Cafe;

• Ride from Clacton to Walton station;

• Aim for 3.00 pm return train, but if we miss it then have afternoon tea in Clacton and catch next available train (trains run hourly);

• The ride is about 18 miles;

• Open day return tickets from Hythe are £9.20 or £7.60 if bought in advance.  Riders buy their own tickets;

• Join either at Leisure World or Hythe station or any other station that’s convenient.

Friday B rides will cease at the end of October and resume in April. The majority are fine weather riders.  Claire and I will continue to ride and you are welcome to join us email me for details, we may even go out with the A ride.

The Christmas lunch is booked for Wednesday the 28th November 13:00 at the Alma Copford.

Fish and Chips

Christmas Pudding with Cream

Coffee

There will be no charge to regular Wednesday Riders, this may be the last free Christmas meal so make the most of it.

 

News and Updates

This Wednesday we are going to Great Bentley by train again.  I will block book 8 tickets with open return, please let me know if you intend to ride.

Friday we will decide on the day, however the following Friday 12th October Jon W has scheduled another train ride to Walton from where we will cycle the coastal route to Clacton and then return after lunch to Walton, again please let me know if you will attend.

The Christmas Lunch is booked for Wednesday the 28th November, 13:00 Pm the Alma at Copford.  I will make arrangements nearer the time for transport as I know a number of you do not drive.  The lunch will be Fish and Chips followed by Christmas pudding with cream and coffee, if you require other dietary requirements please let me know.  The cut of point to book is the 12th November, this will be the last year the Group will pay for the meal, shortly there will be news on the Groups new format.

Week Ending 16th

This is my last posting until 23rd/24th

Friday Claire and I cycled to Nayland and we will add this destination to the Friday Rides.

Wednesday the weather looks inclement, for those of you who venture to Leasurworld we will go to the Roman Circus before it closes for the winter.

I will not be around from the 14th, Friday Riders do you own thing, Wednesday Group I have arranged a female ride leader (Pam) to take you out, enjoy.

Upon my return watch this space for news re the future direction the group will take.

Week Ending 9th September

Wednesday we will ride to Fillpots.

Friday I am looking at a route to Nayland, however there are hills.

I will be unable to  lead rides on the 14th, 19th and 21st of September and have arranged a ride leader to take the Wednesday ride out, I assume the Friday riders will sort themselves out.

I have once again been looking at alternative routes for the Wednesday Ride, The Shepherd at Langham is a possibility, a ride similar to Fillpots, However, the food is not cheap £6.50 for a sandwich with trimmings.  Would you please email me at stuart_cfp@icloud.com with your thoughts/comments on this.

After much deliberation I propose the Christmas Lunch to be held at The Alma this year, the date for your diary November the 28th, more on this next month.

Finally, the large increase in female riders over the summer is heartening.

Week Ending 2nd September

Wednesday drizzle is predicted, I am planning two routes to the Cafe near Andy’s we will select on the day depending on the weather.

Friday a trip out to Messing as Barry has made it clear he does not want to meet us in Scarborough.

The number female riders has increased which is good news and I have had positive feedback on the Train and Ride ventures both groups have undertaken.  As we approach autumn these rides will tail off but next year we will increase the number of ventures to new pastures, so any suggestions please let the committee know.

There has been no change in the ride leader situation though Cycling U.K. and Colchester Travel Plan Club are trying to assist. I will not be available to lead rides from the 14th to the 24th September.

Ride Updates

I will be out this Friday

I am awaiting a date for a minor operation next week, if I cannot take the Wednesday ride out I will make arrangements and book a ride leader.

Please check back for more information.