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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 »


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 »

Gateway’s donation to Thameside Nature Park

Beautiful day for a ride to Thameside (Mucking) Visitor Centre to hand over a pump and emergency repair kit to be left on site. Jon Lane also present. The closure of the Orsett Cock roundabout and part of the old A13 actually made it a quieter ride. … Read entire article »

Bob’s Wednesday Ride with Cafe Stop

Here are some photos from Bobs Wednesday ride, taken on his video camera. It was a fairly punchy ride by everyone in the group, Dave, Peter Clarke, Ivan, Chris Milne and Frances. We set a creditable 20.5 mph average in sweltering heat, with everyone doing their bit on the front. Gateway CC meet at Orsett War Memorial Wednesdays 9.45am for a 10am depart. The club welcomes all abilities of cyclists, there is a ride for everyone during the week and at weekends. A ‘no drop ride’ means the group will set the speed based on the slowest rider. Other rides may state a minimum average speed. This helps new riders gauge / select appropriate group rides. For more information about all Gateway Rides click here … Read entire article »


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 »

100 miles in the Essex Sun – Ride Report – Sunday 13th June

100 miles in the Essex Sun – Ride Report – Sunday 13th June

It would seem the Gateway Cycling Club has got off to a flying start as covid restrictions relax… Over the past few weekends a mixed bunch of insane cyclists set off to conquer a century in the saddle… No mean feat!The meeting place – Bulphan Primary School, 8am 13th June… As the mercury sharply rose into the 20s Dave R lead the group out to conquer the Dengie Peninsular…. A gentle climb out thru dunton, past the … Read entire article »

Sunday Recreational Ride Report – Sunday 30th May

Sunday Recreational Ride Report – Sunday 30th May

From the start at Blackshots the weather was cloudy but as the day progressed the sun warmed us and we chatted and got to know one another. Our route to Purfleet and Rainham was a well ridden one but a new experience for me was having along cycling friends Terry and Tracey. Terry is a competent and experienced rider, partner Tracey was in her battery powered wheelchair.  Tracey whizzed along with our nice steady pace. The … Read entire article »

Jon calling Dave Fish

A big thanks to Dave F for oganising this little get together at Coalhouse on Sunday, our first meet up following our enforced absence, it was great to see everyone again… Despite the threat of spring rains, under the leafy green trees at this historic site didn’t dampen our spirits, with jolly chat and an all round happy atmosphere. I didn’t count but I guess about thirty or so of us were gathered. Tina and Phil took some snapshots, could a few of these be posted up on to the website please, it would show ‘the world’ that GWC is getting back – up and running. Further thanks to the committee for giving us all the six pound voucher for the Engine Room café eats, which worked to everyone’s satisfaction. I hope also … Read entire article »

So, slowly slowly we start a drift towards normality. 

March 29th. the first step. This has widely been reported as a return to the Rule of Six (or two households) and this applies to outdoor spaces and back gardens. Obviously, this covers cycling in general. Where this has become more nuanced for cyclists, is that British Cycling has decided, that as some sports are allowed greater numbers, BC affiliated clubs will be allowed numbers up to 15 in a group. This, however, is only allowed whilst riding and at the start, stop and end points groups cannot be larger than six. And those groups of six should be fixed for the whole of the activity. They also suggested, although not stipulated, that groups take ‘a picnic’ to make the stops more manageable. This, however, comes with many caveats and many … Read entire article »