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Chelmsford Chainlinks

Cycling in the sun from Riverside
Welcome to Chelmsford Chainlinks. We’re a group who got cycling thanks to a project run by CTC with the support of Chelmsford and Essex Councils. Most of us hadn’t cycled for years but CTC looked after us and encouraged us as we progressed each week.

Cycling in the City

CTC’s cycle rides are open to all and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome. We take it gently and always have a chance to chat and stop for a coffee. Join us and discover some of the nice, quiet routes in the City and the countryside around.

We’ve linked up with a great new project – WoMEn Time and will be encouraging lots more women to enjoy the relaxed cycling we offer.

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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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Tiptree turns out to celebrate its new pump track

After two years of planning, a new pump track at Tiptree in Essex was opened today by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Councillors Colin and Laura Sykes. Despite the wet weather there was a fantastic turn out from local youngsters eager to try out the track.
Colchester Mayor and local youngsters raring to go !

The event was supported by BMX Braintree ensuring there were plenty of  bikes for  those who didn't have their own to enjoy a lesson and a pump track session.

The track at the Grove Road playing field wouldn't have been possible for CTC to build without the co-operation of Colchester Borough Council, who have directed funding towards this project and other very successful cycling programmes in the village.

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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.
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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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