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Want help to look after your bike now it is officially autumn?

15 October 2013
With Bike Maintenance one of this week's Cycling Weekly top 40 tips to keep you cycling through autumn and winter, there's plenty of courses on offer from CTC.
People getting close up to the bike in Essex

It’s the autumn, so when there’s less opportunity to get out at night, what about giving yourself a bit of extra confidence when it comes to fixing a puncture?

We’ve got two evening sessions planned in Colchester in November, four in Chelmsford and more training courses in Yorkshire too:

Mad cycling in Maldon

Making it up Market Hill
Discover the hidden beauty of Maldon and the surrounding countryside on a bike.

The Maldon Mudguards have grown and grown and have continued cycling throughout the year. We still make the rides gentle and friendly and we’re getting new people joining every week. There are lots of rides to choose from:

Introductory gentle rides - Tuesdays at 11am from Blackwater Leisure Centre, Park Drive.

Family cycle adventures – Sundays meeting at Blackwater Leisure Centre, along Park Drive

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Bikes in Braintree

Riding Easy at George Yard
The Braintree Easy Riders just love to see more people cycling. With Mick finding ever fresh cycle routes, you’re never going to get bored of the stunning views of the local countryside. The group is open to all and we start gentle and do a little longer, when people are ready.

Try our rides every Wednesday at 10am or join our fortnightly Sunday rides.They start outside Cycles UK in the High Street. For more information contact us.

If you prefer your cycling a little more fast-paced with ramps and turns to fly around then there's the wonderful Braintree BMX Club near Towerlands. A great facility for young people, and the young at heart.

 

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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.
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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