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  The snapshot here says it all… In the fine cycling weather we drifted down to Woolwich and took a leisurely trip on the shiny new ferry boat across the Thames. We turned right upstream taking the dedicated foot and cycle route the ‘Thames Path’ which encouraging walkers and riders with removing hazards/obstructions and provides good surfaces and wide waterside views. First stop was at the new and very pleasant Thames Barrier cafe for a quick tea and snack. – Onward through the ultra modern ‘O2 dome’ developments followed by historic Greenwich, the twin towers of the Old RN college, the Cutty Sark and more… A zig zag route eventually to Tower Bridge and over to Fenchurch Street. Lee H, Tracy A and Alan A needed to return home early, … Read entire article »

London Recreation Ride – Saturday 5th October

Dear All. I plan to ride to London this Saturday, 5th October, starting from Grays station… 09.30. A hop up to Barking then down to Woolwich and the tunnel/ferry across and then beside the Thames upstream, at a very steady pace.  Over Tower Bridge and probably head north to intersect the Regents Canal… and homeward from there. Will make it flexible, nothing set in stone. Doing this I won’t do the Sunday ride from Bulphan, it’s likely to pour down… All welcome, bring your mates (-: The trains seem to be running ok… Reply here if you wish, otherwise just be sure to be at Grays station (platform 1) BEFORE 09.30. Have a good one (-: Cheers! Jon L  To non Gateway Cycling members reading this. The ride is not for absolute beginners, you’ll need a … Read entire article »

Midweek Ride 2nd Oct

Thirteen riders assembled at Orsett  today for usual Berwich ponds loop and out to Puddledock for early lunch.Twelve set off at 10 am but as I hav’nt ridden for four weeks due to my accident I drove to Thames Chase with cross bike and rode a couple of circuits of the park and up and down Pike lane to get the feel of things again and happily felt no ill effects.Down to the cafe where we were joined by Jon L who had just completed another one of his four hour rides up river to Greenwich and back..Usual chat including Xmas lunch which has been booked for Dec 11th more details to follow when available, fifteen takers so far so a few places still available,you dont have to be a … Read entire article »

Charity Ride in aid of Prostate Cancer

Charity Ride in aid of Prostate Cancer

Saturday 28th September saw a windy and slightly chilly day with 22 riders gathering at Bulphan School for the first Gateway Charity Ride. Dave Fish led 3 recreational riders, a group of 8 riders took to the roads around Berwick Ponds for a leisurely cycle and the Fast Group dashed off to Blackmore. Everyone met at Damyns Aerodrome Café for Bacon Baguettes and Sausage Muffins all washed down with Tea & Coffee. We were met … Read entire article »

Midweek Ride Sept 25th

Five riders started at Orsett today including Nick G after a short break welcome back.I joined them at Puddledock where Bert H ,Peter C and later Jon L  who had made an early start and ridden to Woolwich and back all assembled making nine members in all out for todays social ride.Weather was a typical autumn mixed bag,warm,cloudy and damp but the riders seemed reasonably upbeat and not complaining about anything much.Usual chat over leisurely brunch before setting off for home when the riders were caught in at least one nasty shower so were probably a mite damp by the time they reached home.Please remember its the club s charity ride to Damyns Hall airfield this coming sunday,weather permitting hope to see you all there. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Charity ride Saturday 28th September

Due to the weather forecast for Sunday, the ride has been moved to Saturday 28th. We will start at 9am from Bulphan with an aim to be at Damyns Aerodrome Cafe for between 11 & 11.30am I’m sure there will be routes to suit all grades on the day. See you all Saturday … Read entire article »

Jumble Report

Yesterday Ivan B and myself set off at 5am for our trip over to surrey,first stop Cobham services for quick breakfast then on to Ripley for 7am entry. As usual frantic early trading as Ebay dealers and the like rush around for the early bargains followed by a steady flow of browsers settling down to a leisurely market like atmosphere. More food and drink from the onsite caterers and much catching up with old friends and acquaintances .All this on a lovely sunny day and a reasonable journey home after midday made for a great day out in the wider cycling community, hopefully the next one will be nearer home at Navestockside  around Christmas time. Bob D. … Read entire article »

Cycle Jumble

Hi All,this coming saturday fellow member Ivan Brown and myself will be attending a cycle jumble in Ripley village hall and grounds not far from Guilford in surrey.For the uninitiated a cycle jumble is like a boot fair for bikes and anything cycling related,from a nut and bolt to complete bikes of all shapes and sizes,prices from a few pence to thousands of pounds.I am hoping to sell some stuff from my collection to make a bit of garage space but these events are great social occasions where you can meet up with many interesting people from the cycling world.This particular meet is one of the biggest in the country with up to 100 stalls and people visit from all over the world.Hope to give a favorable report next week. … Read entire article »

Midweek Ride 18th Sept

Ten riders started at Orsett  today,on the road they became three separate groups all arriving at cafe stop within a few minutes of each other.I arrived by car and we were joined by Jon L who had started out a little later..Apparently nothing untoward on the road today and everyone enjoying the welcome  sunshine.Not sure when I will be back on bike but hope it wont be too long. Bob D. … Read entire article »