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Gateway Cycling AGM 2021 – 8th October 7:30pm.

Five Reasons for going to the Gateway Cycling AGM on Friday 8th. October at 7.30pm. Because; There’s free pizza.  We need to be quorate (that means enough members turn up) otherwise there will have to be another one and so on until enough people do turn up. Turning up does not mean you’ll end up on the committee if you don’t want to. Terry. Honest. To be honest however, the club does need some members to step up to the pedal to take on some of the posts, most pressingly, Treasurer. There’s free tea, coffee and some cake (that I overbought last meeting and it will still be in date). If I can work out how to add a link to this you can see the accounts, agenda etc. online so you can fall asleep at the … Read entire article »

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CANVEY RIDE – 09.00 SATURDAY 28 8 2021 – FROM BLACKSHOTS LEISURE CENTRE GRAYS

From Jon Lane   I’m planning a Canvey Ride tomorrow SATURDAY 28th August 2021, meet at 09.00 at Blackshots Leisure Centre. A straightforward route to Canvey and around the island. We’ve done this a few times before… tough tyres would be best. Bacon sandwiches and ice cream on the south side, overlooking the sea…   Sorry this is a bit late but home stuff to do… … Read entire article »

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REGENTS CANAL RIDE SATURDAY 21 8 2021 – O8.40 GRAYS STATION

Dear All. I’m planning the above ride this Saturday 21st August 2021. Meet at Grays station 08.40, to catch the 09.00, platform 1, train to West Ham, arrive 09.28. (There’s a partial bus service this Saturday…) Briefly, off at West Ham, down Limehouse Cut to pick up the Regents Canal and on to Primrose Hill for coffee and snacks. On to Little Venice, Paddington, The Royal parks and the Embankment. From here a choice to ride homeward via either the north or south bank of the Thames. The canal path can get a little busy with walkers but we usually get through ok, it’s a slow pleasant ride then speed up later. Note. If you don’t live around Grays and you’re coming in on the Basildon line or elsewhere… we can wait for you at West Ham. Please Text, … Read entire article »

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Wednesday Ride

Fifteen riders on today’s social loop to Puddledock via Berwick ponds,nice riding conditions only spoilt by horrendous road works causing long tailback’s and disruption. Usual topical chats then quickish ride homeward. Don’t forget it’s Club Night this coming Friday, … Read entire article »

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Recreational Ride – SUNDAY 8th August 2021

Recreational Ride – SUNDAY 8th August 2021

At Barking station Sharon, Dave and I met with Terry, Roy and Chris G. Chris’s first ride with our small group… Heavy summer rain pouring down though not too windy or cold. Carefully we picked our way through the wet terraced back roads to the ‘Boris Blue Route’ running beside the A13 leading to Beckton. Here with Dave’s expert guidance and safe easy riding, we rode through green parklands on to an early coffee stop … Read entire article »

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August Club Night and Gateway Kit Sale – 13th August at 19.30.

This Friday 13th. August club night at the Orsett Churches Centre at 7:30 – 9:30 for a catch up. Sadly no tea or coffee as they are not opening up the kitchen until September 🤷🏼‍♂️. Feel free to bring your own.   It’s been a long time, so we hope to see you there. There will be a sale of old club kit. Big reductions, but from what I remember not a range of sizes. So think TK Maxx. See links below for items available and prices. Gateway Committee Pro Sport kit sale prices 2021 Giordana kit sale prices 2021 Le Col Kit sale prices 2021 … Read entire article »

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Recreational Ride – SUNDAY 8th August 2021

From Jon Lane Dear All I’m planning a ride this SUNDAY 8th August 2021, meeting at Grays station at 09.00 The weather looks better, less risk of rain. The train timetable appears to be operating normally… Two choices of route. One around the Regents Canal, coffee at Primrose Hill and onward back towards Limehouse, probably eats and coffee at the popular ‘Yurt Café’. Two. Off at Barking station, Cycle Super Highway Route 1 and a pleasant meander through East London and the café. Ride home either north or south of the Thames, maybe through the Greenwch/Woolwich tunnels and homeward. Should the weather change for the worst then the train’s an alternative. Maybe a good idea to take waterproofs… As you probably know we’ve ridden this route a few times now, slow and steady and always enjoyed ourselves … Read entire article »

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KENT RIDE – TO UPNOR CASTLE – SATURDAY 21 7 2021. 09.00 TILBURY FERRY…

From Jon Lane   Dear All. Seven of us set off on the Tilbury ferry then out and up Gravesend High Street. Traffic very light due to convenient road closures and the holiday season. Picked up the parkland that was the ancient Watling Street (A2) The weather ideal, warm and not too windy. A winding route towards Sole Street, passing wheat fields with many shades of poppy and more. On through Dickens’s Cobham village, then a coffee stop at Shorne Woods Country Park. Our usual jolly and relaxing chat following the restrictions… A steady roll along Shorne Ridgeway and down the steep gradient to Upper Higham. Passing the spired church there and along Hermitage Road with the terrific views over the Thames and beyond. Along quirky back lanes ending with the steady uphill … Read entire article »

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KENT RIDE – TO UPNOR CASTLE – SATURDAY 21 7 2021. 09.00 TILBURY FERRY…

Dear All. I’m planning a leisure ride to Kent, Upnor Castle this Saturday 31st July 2021. Leaving Tilbury Ferry 09.00. We’ve done this a few times and the route’s the same – fairly easy, nothing too steep… The Kings Arms pub there opens at 12pm for a very good lunch. On the way we’ll stop at Shorne Country park for a coffee. The whole route is on hard surfaces although some sections through the country lanes there’s often twigs and debris. If this is a concern for you then I suggest Gaiter skin continentals or Schwalbe marathon or similar type tyres – lessening the risk of a flat. The route back from the pub is shorter and a bit quicker. Please note. 14.00 is the last ferry sailing from Gravesend back to Tilbury, ( the crew’s lunch … Read entire article »

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YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!!!

Some of you may have heard that, after 4 years, I will be standing down as Treasurer of Gateway Cycling at the 2022 AGM. This is one of three mandatory officer posts within the club. Please remember – NO Treasurer, NO club! No “qualifications” are required to be treasurer, you don’t need to be an accountant, although some knowledge of Microsoft Excel would be useful and you will be given every assistance from me and previous occupants of the post. To make the transition easier I would suggest “shadowing” the role from late 2021. So as Bob Drake said recently “ask not what your club can do for you, ask what you can do for your club”. A British Cycling “job description” can be found on the Gateway website, click here and if you … Read entire article »

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