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Mid week ride 17th October 2018

From Bob D Hi all,fifteen riders out again this week ,split up as usual into three groups for eventual rendezyous at Puddledock for early lunch. Much chat about the proposed new Thames crossing and its likely effects on our local cycling.Majority seem to think scheme will be very detrimental to the area as a whole with loss of available local routes and vastly increased traffic through Thurrock. Those of you still cycling post 2027 the predicted completion date will no doubt have to get used to it.Ride home became a bit damp as the drizzle started and continued for rest of the ride. Bob D … Read entire article »

New Lower Thames Crossing

From Bob D. There are consultation events taking place where you can have your say and question the powers that be on this momentous project. The most central one to us is at The Orsett Hall on october tuesday the 16th 2pm till 6pm.. As this project is likely to ruin our local cycling routes during and after its three year construction time it might be a good idea for as many of us as possible to put our points of view forward regardless of whether anyone will take any notice. and later …. Attended this event today. Nice glossy information booklets etc available plus an answer form to record your views and opinions on,also highly qualified consultants on hand to answer or clarify any questions you may have.So far so good,however this … Read entire article »

Midweek ride 10th October 2018

From Bob D. First up,what a lovely day for a bike ride,wall to wall sunshine,warm temps and not too windy,must be one of the best october wednesdays ever.Seventeen out today including one new to us who rode in our slower group of five led this week by Peter C.The fast group were soon out of sight up the road but all stopped in Dunnings lane when Juan unfortunately punctured ,they waved us five through and the next time we saw them they were approaching Corbetts Tey as we were heading back to Pike lane and the cafe,at this point I was thinking they cant catch us now and this is the first time the slow group will be at the cafe before the fast group, that must have been a really … Read entire article »

Bloodwise London to Paris charity ride 2019

Some of our club members have ridden in previous Bloodwise London to Paris charity rides. Registration is now available for the 2019 event. So, as their web site says, “Experience the life of a pro-rider in our unforgettable London to Paris cycling challenge” and raise money for a great cause.…/events-challenges/london-paris … Read entire article »

Mid week ride – 3rd September 2018

Mid week ride – 3rd September 2018

From Bob D. Sixteen riders out today, we have a hard core of about twelve and about ten floaters who turn up as and when they can, this makes for an interesting change of personnel each week and helps keep things fresh. As usual we became three groups and I found myself in a 16mph group of four admirably led by Joe and with Phil and Melvin which made for a nice comfortable trip, not too fast … Read entire article »

Bob’s mid week ride 26th September 2018

Bob’s mid week ride 26th September 2018

From Bob D Another great turnout today, 18 riders plus one by car.This number split into several groups but all arrived at the cafe safely within a few minutes of each other. The outstanding happening was the return to riding of Peter C only a few short weeks after his serious cardiac arrest on a previous wednesday ride and of course we were all so pleased to see him and Theresa back with us again. Lovely … Read entire article »

Mid Week Ride 19th September 2018

From Bob D. Hi all, am finally able to make a short report after delay due to computer glitzes which I am assured are now all fixed. I really enjoyed this weeks ride as all nine starters were able to ride the complete loop as one group, this was enabled by the faster riders deciding to slightly slow their normal pace so that the rest of us didn’t get dropped , thanks to them for that as it made a nice change to all arrive at the Puddle together.We were joined there by John L who had made an early start to go up to Woolwhich, cross the river and return via the ferry and back to join us for lunch. By the time we left for home the wind had … Read entire article »

Mid Week Ride 12th September 2018

From Bob D. Eleven riders including two ladies,Teresa C and Bettina M at Orsett today. The weather was kind to us as the rain had just fizzled out and remained mostly dry for the rest of the day. John L and myself were soon dropped off the back and continued as a pair as far as the Puddle where John decided to make an early stop, I then soloed out to Upminster and rejoined the loop in Corbetts Tey where I was tempted to make a stop at my favorite cafe in the crematorium but resisted and soloed back to the Puddle to rejoin John just before the faster group arrived off the longer Berwich Ponds loop. We were joined a little later by the walking wounded Vic and Ivan who … Read entire article »

Mid Week Ride 7th September 2018

From Bob D. Earlier today I wrote a long detailed description of todays ride,somehow or other I must have pushed a wrong button and the whole screed disappeared into the great unknown. Being too tired and too depressed to recall all I had written, suffice it to say a large number of us enjoyed a great ride including all the usual ups and downs,highs and lows,eats and chats, and hopefully all arrived home safely.Will try to do better next week. Bob D. … Read entire article »