What a grim start to the day - Mick had to change his plans with the fog really closing in on this morning's ride. Couldn't believe there were 24 hardy souls this late into December and 3 were still wearing shorts, but then again the temperature was mild for this time of the year. We set off and Mick took us on a series of cycle paths in and around Braintree and eventually we found ourselves at Great Notley Discovery Centre for a welcome break. Whilst the crow might fly directly, we had completed just under 11 miles to get there - it was a wiggly route and for those still finding our way around Braintree it does provide good knowledge. The route back home was more direct with a little deviat
A few intrepid riders (Mave, John, Gifford, Peter, Alan, Diane & Adrian) took the risk to accompany Mick on the ride around Shotley Peninsula (30 miles) with a break at Pin Mill. The weather was wonderful and the ride was more hilly than a number of us expected. That said, we all made it back safely and just in time for the Cyclists and Ramblers Carol Service at Lawford Church (timing excellent Mick). The church was packed and with the vicar wearing a flashing LED jumper we knew the service would be entertaining. It was a lovely service and whilst we didn't win the oldest or youngest member of congregation we came closer on the former!), we did win the longest ride.
Saturday was the day for our annual Christmas meal with the George in Shalford being the venue. Over 30 riders and partners attended. A fab evening of good food, drink and, of course, company! A big thank you to Peter for organising.