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Colchester Cycling

Stuck for things to do in Colchester? There are lots of cycle rides, cycling groups and much more going on in Essex.
Cyclists using a cycle path in Colchester

Mondays

Led by Terry Cook. A good pace ride and they go 30 miles or so. Contact Terry on 07806 782574 or email.

Tuesdays

10am from the Musket Club on Lordswood Road in Berechurch - Free!

This group is perfect for families as the ride is just over an hour.

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Sun shines on Braintree cycle rides

The sun certainly shone on the latest Braintree cycle ride. Everybody was raring to come out cycling again and I had to give them a new challenge.
Having a go at Braintree BMX

So what better than going over to Braintree BMX Club, near Towerlands?

A couple of intrepid young-at-heart cyclists decided to try out their skills on the course which involves some scarily steep slopes - I swear they make you end up flying in the air - plus some just phenomenal banking that makes you feel like a dare-devil stunt rider, (even on my Claud Butler hybrid)!

Inevitably, one person came a cropper and ended up sliding down the banking on his bottom. But this 56-year-old was elated at re-discovering his teenage years!

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Cycling is magic in Maldon!

5 June 2013
New weekly cycle rides will be helping hundreds of Maldon residents to re-discover the pleasure of cycling this summer.
Cycling in Maldon - a family affair

CTC has teamed up with Maldon and District Cycling Club to offer FREE weekly rides:

  • Monday evening summer rides - 7pm from outside Maldon Bowls Club, Prom Park;

  • Every Tuesday  - gentle rides 11am from Maldon Library

 

There are three Sunday rides planned on 14 July, 18 August and 8 September.

There are also three Wednesday rides in Burnham on Crouch on 3 July, 7 August and 4 September.

 

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140 families join the BIG Colchester Tour Series ride

Colchester’s BIG ‘Tour Series’ cycle ride was a great opportunity to showcase the quiet cycle routes that Colchester has to offer. With such a great family turn-out, the event was a success, packing the High Street with cyclists all crossing the Tour Series finish line.
Photography: David Higgleton

What a day we had in Colchester! Not satisfied with having Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy racing through our town centre along with 80 other elite cyclists, CTC was asked to run a community cycle ride to celebrate our day of cycling.

140 families and children took part with rides starting in the historic Hythe Quay area of town and the leafy suburbs of High Woods.

BBC Radio Essex - 17 May 2013

Richard Monk Local Cycling Development Officer promoting Colchester Tour Series.

Richard Monk Local Cycling Development Officer for CTC in Essex was a guest this week on BBC Radio Essex promoting Colchester Tour Series BIG cycle ride 30th May.

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Chelmsford Gets Cycling

Following the great success of last year’s led cycle rides, a series of recreational rides have been organised for Chelmsford throughout the summer
Ride to Writtle, Chelmsford

The rides, led by experienced ride leaders, will follow many of the quiet traffic-free routes around the city. The emphasis is on fun and the rides are open to everyone. The group usually stops for a relaxed coffee and there's always time to chat while cycling.

The cycle rides start with nice, short routes lasting 45 minutes and they progress at the riders' pace. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent and be able to cycle comfortably for up to an hour. Parents with trailers or bike seats can bring younger children along.

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Be a part of the Colchester Tour Series

CTC is leading a community ride that will culminate in a BIG, BIG cycle ride on the Tour Series racing circuit on the Colchester High Street.

Colchester will be celebrating another amazing Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle racing day on 30 May 2013 - the race is returning to the town for its fourth year thanks to Colchester Borough Council.

Castle Park will be packed with free events for all ages during the afternoon, including novelty bikes, a 10-second cycling challenge courtesy of Essex University's human performance unit, dance tasters and sports skills sessions.

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CTC Essex Member Groups

A tale of dedicated people who help people cycle together
CTC attracts new cyclists to longer group rides

I attended the CTC Essex Member Group AGM, (see the contacts below), just recently and was made very welcome with lots of friendly interest in my work and a generous helping of delicious food and warm tea.

There’s something extremely life-affirming in being in a room with a group of people who cycle hundreds of miles a year, (in fact, many cycle hundreds of miles a month) and  look every bit as trim and healthy as your average 20 year old athlete.

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Bike maintenance in Essex

Weekly bike maintenance sessions have up and running throughout November in Colchester and they are proving extremely popular. CTC's Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk explains why he set up the project how it will expand.
CTC helping people learn about their own bikes

Master mechanic Ben Paton covers the basics of good maintenance, punctures, brakes and answers any questions too. Ben Paton manages to explain all those complicated things that I've always wondered about, like why do inner tubes have different types of valves.

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Essex Police call CTC’s cycling officer in for questioning

Essex Police called unexpectedly on me this week. Thinking that they must have taken a dislike to my rather shall we say assertive style of cycling to all my meetings and activities, I awaited in trepidation for the expected words of advice.
Essex Police modelling their new Smith and Wesson

Thankfully, Sergeant Ian Banks was proactively looking for CTC to complement an Essex Police Road Safety Day of Action on 29th November.

So, CTC and Essex Police will be at Colchester Railway Station, extolling the virtues of being seen and keeping the bike in trim over the winter months.

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