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Ride Report – Newbie, Beginners and Family Ride – Sun 12th April

Ride Report – Newbie, Beginners and Family Ride – Sun 12th April

Nine of us met up this morning outside Blackshots Leisure Centre, 6 members and 3 newbies. Jon L was our assistant for the morning – keeping an eye open for our peloton from the rear. These nippy spring mornings make it very difficult in deciding what to wear – the sun played it’s part and we soon warmed up as we headed for Bulphan via Orsett. We had only missed, by minutes, the 9 o’clock ‘Blue … Read entire article »

Newbie, Beginners and Family Ride – Sun 12th April

Newbie, Beginners and Family Ride – Sun 12th April

This Sunday, 12th April, we’ll be running another easy paced ride. This ride will be suitable for new riders, families, or those that want to enjoy a slower paced, shorter ride. It is open to members and non-members. We’ll meet from 08:15am at Blackshots Sports Centre and will start the ride at 08:30am. The meeting place is on the walkway just outside the entrance to the sports centre. Make sure you make your self known to the … Read entire article »

Club Run Photo

Club Run Photo

A few weeks ago our club run went up Toot Hill and there was a photographer there taking pictures of the Hainault CC hilly time trial. His name is Davey Jones, and he has contacted us and very kindly given us a copy of the file to use as we wish. The picture in this article has been made smaller for use on the website, the original is much larger and should print out nicely. If … Read entire article »

Mother’s Day Beginners and Family Ride – Sunday 15th March

Mother’s Day Beginners and Family Ride – Sunday 15th March

This Sunday, 15th March, we’ll be running another easy paced ride.  This ride will be suitable for new riders, families, or those that want to enjoy a slower paced, shorter ride. It is open to members and non-members. We’ll meet from 08:15am at Blackshots and will start the ride at 08:30am. The meeting place is on the walkway just outside the entrance to the sports centre.  Make sure you make your self known to the Ride … Read entire article »

Sustrans – Unglamorous Riding

Sustrans – Unglamorous Riding

As you all probably know, long time Club member Dave Fish is our local Sustrans (Sustainable Transport = walking, biking and using public transport … ) Ranger, has published the March to May schedule to clear cycle and footpaths of debris, brambles and boughs which flick or clump us whilst out riding. Smashed glass on paths is perhaps the most anti social of all causing punctures to tyres, cut dog paws and lacerations if you … Read entire article »

Beginners Ride – 1 March – Ride Report

Beginners Ride – 1 March – Ride Report

We met at Blackshots (Bob D and Jon Lane were there to see us off) and had a steady ride out to Puddledock Café for breakfast, before returning via Thames Chase/Fen Lane. The wind was very blustery in places but at least the sun was out and was quite warm if you could get out of the wind. Well done to John, Sharon, Matt, Burt and Frances B. for a great effort today. I hope … Read entire article »

Try a Beginners Ride

Try a Beginners Ride

This Sunday (1st March), we’ll be running another easy paced ride which will be suitable for new riders, riders who want to try club cycling for the first time or just those that want to enjoy a slower paced, shorter ride. We plan to run these regularly and we’ll have an entry in the Event Calendar with details of the upcoming rides. We’ll also include a named ride leader so you know who to introduce yourself … Read entire article »

Cancelled – Club Member First Aid Training

Cancelled – Club Member First Aid Training

Unfortunately we didn’t reach the numbers that would have made running this particular course cost effective.  We’ll look into this and see what alternative we can offer in the future. If you attended the AGM you will know that we will soon have our first club members attending British Cycling coaching courses. A prerequisite for this course is an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. Instead of only first aid training these coaches we would like … Read entire article »

Potash Spring Classic and the Essex Summer Evening Series

Exciting news from Travers Bikes for Essex off-road racers! Following on from the success of their first event, the Potash Autumn Classic, they are back with the Spring Classic and the Essex Summer Evening Series. The Spring Classic will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015 at the private estate called The Lawns in Rochford. Most of the track is in the woods with a mixture of singletrack and short climbs. The woods are used for paintball, which makes for some unique features for an off-road race. The course will be open from 10.00 with the race starting at 11.00. The Essex Summer Evening Series is a 7 race weekly event starting on Tuesday 26th May. The series will start and end on the Hadleigh Farm Olympic Mountain Bike Track with the … Read entire article »