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Saturday morning social ride 14th September

From Mark Woolven Nine riders on today’s ride, thank you to Richard for leading the ride at a great pace for the group 👍 We had two new riders today Ryan and Dan that enjoyed the ride, so hopefully will return and become members. Mark 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️ … Read entire article »

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Isle of Wight sportive

Isle of Wight sportive

From Mark Woolven Here are some photos of our ride on the Isle of Wight. A very challenging ride to say the least. Would I do it again, yes I would! It was a great day with fantastic company.if you would like a challenge get yourself over there next year. Big thank you to Clint and Simon for taking on this ride. Mark … Read entire article »

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Sunday 29th Sept – Charity Social Ride

On Sunday 29th Sept we will be holding our Charity Social Ride. The intention is to start at Bulphan car park as usual and ride to a cafe for refreshments. Entry will be £5 per rider and we’ll have a collection on the day. The club will match all monies collected. I’ve been in touch with Damyns Aerodrome Cafe and they are happy to accommodate us all. The cafe opens at 10am and is not too far away meaning all abilities can get involved. Faster/stronger riders can do a larger loop and we can all meet up at the cafe. Hopefully the weather will be good and we get a good turnout. … Read entire article »

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Gateway Cycling and Social Media

Following recent issues and outbursts on the club WhatsApp group chat the Committee has received complaints and now considers it necessary to act and provide an appropriate usage statement for the club’s social media to prevent further unfortunate incidents. These guidelines have been advised by British Cycling and are therefore relevant to our being a British Cycling affiliated club. We are sure that you will agree that these guidelines make sense and it is unfortunate that we see a need to publish them. Members are advised that all Social Media used to communicate between club members in relation to club events should comply with the following: Be civil, tasteful and relevant. Do not post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive. Do not swear. Do … Read entire article »

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The Gateway Website Forum

A few words to clarify the position of the forum. Only Gateway members, who were logged in with a Gateway account, had access to read or write forum posts. The rest of the world could not see the forum posts written by the likes of Bob Drake, Dave Fish, Jon Lane and others. I’m not sure how many members saw them either. The posts e.g. Bob’s Wednesday ride, you see when you access the web site have been copied from the forum and then published as web posts. This enables the whole world to see the amazing rides and activities we have been engaged in. A selection of members including Bob, Dave and Jon, have now been given Gateway website permissions to create and publish web posts. This means we no longer … Read entire article »

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BOB’S Mid week ride today 4th September

Six riders started today from Orsett. The route followed the usual format, slowed down by newly strewn gravel in Dunning Lane. The perspiring bunch was met at Puddledock by Chris G, who had taken a short cut, and Jon Lane, for brunch and chat. Leaving at 12.30 to slide on more gravel, the group split in Bulphan for rides home. There was a slight delay in leaving Orsett today due to discussions about Bob Drake, a mainstay of Gateway Cycling and the founder of Bob’s mid week ride, who had a cycling accident yesterday. I’m not sure of the full details, but I understand Bob is now back at home and hopefully on his way to a full recovery. We wish him well. … Read entire article »

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Saturday ride 31st August 2019

From Bob D As I believe this forum will be closed down as from tomorrow this is definitely my last words in this format.Any future ramblings if any will reach you in another way as yet not clear to me but all will be revealed in the near future.Back to today, seventeen riders assembled at Orsett ,split into two groups and set off on 25 mile reverse no stop no drop Berwich Ponds loop regrouping at the Whitmore Arms for welcome drink and chat in the garden there.Our group took a slightly different route to Marks group ,not sure if this was by design or not so the groups remained apart until sociably rejoining at the end.Usual traffic issues and road works but otherwise another enjoyable morning out with boys and … Read entire article »

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Mid Week Ride

From Bob D Ten riders at Orsett today including Karine a newcomer on her first ride with us.Taking a leaf from the saturday group I asked if as an experiment everyone was prepared to ride as one group at precisely 15 mph on the outward leg and see what the outcome would be.I thought this worked rather well with everyone cooperating resulting in a very comfortable ride for all albeit taking about 15 minutes longer than normal.The weather changed from cloudy and damp to bright and sunny so lunch was taken outside where there was a light cooling breeze.we were joined here by Jon L and Keith W making 12 for the day.After quite a lengthy stay the homeward trip was made at a very fast pace as usual making todays … Read entire article »

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2 Summer Rides

From Jon Lane On Sunday (25 8 19) four of us set out from Bulphan in the heat… and headed towards the Ingrebourne Valley Path. With the cooling stream running beside us, a few shady trees and at a steady pace we didn’t overheat. We stopped beside the pleasant Spitfire cafe to ensure we were all well hydrated. The holiday atmosphere was in the air with kids, dogs, families and all sorts of folk braving the temperature. On to Rainham village and the Delight cafe for their excellent value tea/coffee and ‘brunch’… With Dave F, Lee H and Tracey A – I’m not sure if it was the summer silly season or what – but we all had a good laugh, jokes and joshing all round… Across the Marsh, then alongside … Read entire article »

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Sunday 25th August Gateway ride to the Blue Egg

From Mark Woolven 9 riders set off from Bulphan at 8.30 on a long route to the Blue Egg. We made our way to Warley, which was a nice start to the ride climbing the hills to get to south Weald. Then we followed the lanes to North Weald, and we were soon on our way to stansted. We followed some great quiet lanes with some lovely views. By time time we got to Thaxted the heat was getting to us and we needed to stop for water breaks and to get our breath back. We got to the Blue Egg at 11.45 and had a well earned lunch break. We sat outside in the sun eating our lunch, which I must say is always fantastic from this Cafe! All home made. Once … Read entire article »

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