It is with great sadness’s that I have to announce that Robin passed away on the 23rd January, he and his support will be sadly missed by the group and we send our condolences to his family
We will start riding from Wednesday the 31st of March from Leisureworld at our normal start time of 11:00 am.
The first ride this spring will be to Wivenhoe and I suggest you bring a packed lunch
For the foreseeable future we will ride in groups of six to comply with regulations until they are amended
An excellent turnout last week the Equality Commission would have been proud of us 5 female, 5 male. I thought the Berechurch arms was ok particularly as we had the government discount applied to the food.
This week we will ride to Andy’s Cafe at Severalls, for those of you who have not been there it is a long steady climb downhill all the way back. I would like to discuss routes over lunch and increasing the time on the saddle.
The following week we will go to Fillpots the Cafe has re-opened, the new longer route about 15 miles will give us the opportunity to stretch our legs.
I am considering Abberton for our next long ride any comments.
We have been back in the saddle since 24th June with the exception of last week that was too hot. Numbers have been between 6 to 12 of us and a few new routes tried. We will continue the longer ride ever 4 weeks as I feel we learnt a lot on the first ride.
I would like to have a meeting to discuss routes as we need fresh ideas, maybe one week we could do this before we set off.
Some of our stoping places have still not reopened and a few have gone upmarket making a lunch stop expensive, this week will take an old route with modifications to the Berechurch Arms
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.