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Richard's tips on getting cycling this summer in Essex

With spring around the corner, our thoughts drift to lazy cycle rides in the sun. It’s easier than you think, says Richard Monk from CTC, the national cycling charity. Here are his key tips for re-discovering the pleasure of cycling:
Cycling on Essex's sunny country lanes

CTC's Cycling Development Officer in Essex Richard Monk helps thousands of people get cycling each year. Here are his steps to successful cycling:

Step 1. Dust off the old bike and give it a once-over

You’ll be amazed that often all the bike needs are its tyres pumped up and some oil on the chain then you can get going.

The key is to check that the bike is reasonable working order.

Diana's story - respite for mum

Diana was a reluctant cyclist when she first arrived at one of Trailnet’s introductory inclusive cycling sessions. Now, over two years later she is confidently using a bicycle and is one of the centre’s most regular and enthusiastic riders.
Diana on a bike

Diana came along with her mum Audrey and an occupational therapist who had referred her. Diana has some brain damage and learning difficulties after she was temporarily deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth. This means she is not capable of independent living and needs extra support to cycle.

Ride Supporters training course Clacton

Type: 
Cycle Training
Cost: 
Free

A one-day training course for volunteers and partners. We share the extra skills that get more, often less confident people cycling. Inclusion Ventures are hosting the training and have been actively supporting the successful growth of cycling in West Clacton and Jaywick alongside Tendring Enterprise Studio School.

Helen's Highwoods Bike Hike

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Helen's Highwoods Bike Hike

Saturday 17th Jan 10am - midday

 

Blow away those Christmas cobwebs with a nice social cycle around Highwoods.

Helen’s even organised to finish at the Rovers Tye for a late breakfast/early lunch.

Meet at High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre

Essex CTC

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Colchester

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£4 postal, £5 on the line (cheques made payable to 'Essex CTC Member Group')

Rough-Stuff Reliability Ride

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£5 postal and on the line (cheques made payable to 'Essex CTC Member Group')

Colchester 40 / 40

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£3 postal, £4 on the line (cheques made payable to 'Essex CTC Member Group')

Colchester 40 / 40

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£3 postal, £4 on the line (cheques made payable to 'Essex CTC Member Group')

Essex CTC Summer Social Meeting

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free
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