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MIDWEEK RIDE ‘UPNOR CASTLE’ WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY

Together with Bob, we had Vic, Andy, Alan, Chris M, Terry and Phil. A little cooler and cloudier it was up and on out of Gravesend to Sole Street, Cobham and Upper Higham. A pause again on Hermitage Road gave us an inspiring view of our Essex coast and countryside. Hotting up now, it was onwards through the ripening field crops, taking a zig zag route, avoiding tractors… and with much pleasantness all around, we got to the Kings Arms. Hospitality, with exceptional food, drink and craic – we could have settled here a while… Homeward through Strood, passing the refurbished Russian submarine in the Medway we took the long climb out of the town. A sensibly planned sweeping cycle route avoiding heavy traffic led us to Shorne Country Park, then Lower … Read entire article »

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Wednesday Ride Last Week

A slightly belated entry, for another great turnout last Wednesday. Unfortunately Bob could not make it as he was on domestic duties. 10 riders left from Orsett, with me starting early as I am on restricted riding duties and was only going as far as the Pudddle cafe. Taff was on his mountain bike, due to a wheel problem on his road bike. This however did not stop him from completing the whole loop and meeting up with the rest of the group at Puddle. I think he will have his bike back next week. The usual breakfast refuling followed with conversation about hills and Welsh dragons, rides in the sun and soon to be started holidays in “far” away places. … Read entire article »

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Gateway Velodrome Session

Gateway Velodrome Session

There was a great turnout for the Gateway session at the Velodrome last Wednesday, I think I counted 17 riders. For some, it was a real training session and for others it was a first try out on the track. The 17 were split into two groups, the “confident ones” and the “less confident ones”, as defined by the Velodrome instructors. Instruction from the staff was clear and encouraging and there were lots of very sweaty … Read entire article »

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Thurrock Cycle Marathon 2018

Thurrock Cycle Marathon 2018

From Jon Lane. A really good GWC – Cycling ‘blue’ turnout today, bright and sunny, a well organised event by the Rotary Club – a Big Thanks to them! A great mix of folk and families and kids taking part. Many faces old and new were there and a jolly chat with those we hadn’t seen – since last years marathon… Some of you did the 42 miles, twice round the circuit, I only did the 21, … Read entire article »

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Mid Week Ride This Week

Eight riders plus one car assisted out today. Although cloudy and overcast when we started conditions proved ideal for cycling even the roads had mostly dried after yesterdays heavy rain. Only one incident of dangerous driving this week when C.M had to remonstrate vigorously with a motorist who tried to run us off the road because of their inability to drive sensibly in heavy traffic. One of our newer recruits Taff completed the whole loop for the first time after only a few rides with us and has improved his riding very quickly. After a leisurely lunch we upped the pace and made a quick return to Orsett. Whilst having a last chat we were joined by an old acquaintance who kept me talking for nearly 2 hours but thats another story. Arrived … Read entire article »

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Sunday Ride 20th May 2018

Sunday Ride 20th May 2018

In addition to the early group who met at 8 o’clock and headed off to Southend, there was a good turn out of 21 riders on this sunny May Sunday morning. We were fortunate enough to have leaders for 3 groups for the 9.00 O’clock  riders, and the pre ride chat that described the expected average speeds was really helpful. The groups left at one minute intervals, which seemed to work well, and the faster group, … Read entire article »

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Bob Drake’s 80th birthday

Bob Drake’s 80th birthday

At the Gateway Club Night last Friday, we celebrated Bob Drake’s 80th birthday. Bob, his membership number is No.2, has been with the club since its inception and many of you will have ridden with him over the years. Bob’s mid week ride, starting at 10.00 every Wednesday at Orsett, with a stop at the Puddle Duck cafe, has become part of Gateway Cycling “folklore”. He is an inspiration to us, long may he continue. … Read entire article »

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