After a long hiatus the group started its regular Wednesday rides from Leisureworld on the 24th May leaving at our regular time 11:00 am. For the first three rides we have chosen Wivenhoe as our final destination, being an easy ride some members have not ventured far in lockdown. Next Wednesday 8th July will be our last ride to Wivenhoe for a while the Black Buoy will be open so no need for a picnic I have booked a table, I also noticed this week that the Deli opened at 11:50 am.
A few new rules for you, we are sticking to the 2 meter spacing and are riding single file.
I look forward to seeing you
It is a bit ironic that I have started to update the groups activities when the country is in the middle of a pandemic crisis. For various reasons I have not posted information for a considerable time during which we have re-affiliated with Cycling U.K. and received some support for reworking this site and linking to other cycling websites relative to the Colchester Area.
Sadly in September 2019 and after a long illness Alan Palmer a guiding light and an inspiration to cyclist in North Essex/South Suffolk passed away. He is missed, one of his last acts was to give to me his Bates BAR frame a 1949 model, my year of birth, for me to restore and complete, I now have all the components for a sympathetic build and it will join my 1950 model soon, when ready I feel we should hold a party, if conditions allow, in Alans honour.
I hope to keep this site updated though our activities are restricted, if you can keep peddling, if you wish to start riding and need a bike we can help, make contact.
Best wishes to all Stuart Bailey
Subject to weather a ride from Great Bentley Station to St Osyth, Jaywick, Clacton, Holland, Little Clacton, Weeley Heath and back to Great Bentley. 21 miles about 2 to 2.5 hours plus a lunch stop.
Or Great Bentley to St Osyth, Weeley Heath and back to Great Bentley 10 miles about 1.25 hours plus a lunch stop.
Ride will leave Leasureworld at 10:30 prompt
last Friday we had a fast ride out to the Chequers at Great Tey. Barry hit a pothole on the way back and had to replace an inner tube, a video is available.
I had proposed a long ride to Manningtree this coming Friday but the weather is changing so the destination may change.
I went out with the Wednesday group last week with Barry leading us to The Barn, excellent cakes, Robin had two.
Fridays ride to Nayland took us on roads we had not cycled for over 2 years and an enjoyable lunch was had at The Anchor.
This Friday is Good Friday, if you want to ride will you please let me know and I will arrange one otherwise we will resume on the 26th April.
So on Friday I took the wrong turn to Walton and we ended up at Stratford St Mary to be disappointed that the sausage rolls were not ready I had to make do with an open Coronation chicken sandwich with a pint of Adnams Oyster.
This Friday if the weather is favourable we will venture to Nayland, please note a later start for this week only of 11:00 a,m.
The Friday B Group well 4 of us took the train and then did the 10 mile figure of eight ride finishing at The Plough, the weather was just about perfect.
Weather permitting we will meet as usual at 10:30 Friday and take the train to Walton then follow the coast route to Clacton returning via the same route.
Beth returns to Canada on Thursday and we wish her a safe journey, she and Ian will be back in the Fall.
Now the weather is warming I hope we will see more of you out with us on Fridays, the rides vary from 15 to 25 miles return trip from Leasureworld at a pace of between 9 to 12 mph.
The proposed ride around Bentley is off.
We are going to take a leisurely ride following part of last weeks ride and finish at the Bricklayers Arms. I wish to hold a meeting to discuss cycling etiquette as I do not want a repeat of last week it is not fair on the ride leader. I also wish to discuss new routes that will stretch some of you and issue the emergency number list which will assist communications should the group get split when out.
I also have information on Greater Anglia’s cycling policy and on Cycling UK’s return to Colchester to start a new group.
If you are unable to ride please consider meeting us at the pub at 1:00pm
Over the past few weeks I have looked at new rides and lunch stops for the Wednesday rides as follows.
Donkey and Buskins Layer de la Haye
The White Hart West Bergholt
The Barn Turkeycock Lane
The Half Butt Inn Great Horkesley
Friday rides as follows.
The Chequers Great Tey
The Swan Chapel
We will ride to The White Hart on the 13th March
I have a bad back and may not be out on Wednesday, I will email about the Friday ride on Thursday evening.
The following week I am away so you will have to sort yourselves out.