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Tour de Hedingham

An excellent 'Tour de Hedinghams' was led by Gifford on Saturday starting from Sible Hedingham Library. Eight people participated including one new cyclist from the village. The 'tour' was timetabled to leave the library at 10am however, when just about to depart, a cry came from across the road and lo and behold there was a white boardman bike! The group then departed for a ride around the Hedinghams, nearly thirteen miles in total (despite the number of chains that came off and were reinstated) was covered finishing at the Library for well deserved CTC - coffee, tea and lots of delicious cake!! Thank you for all who helped to support this event.

44 miles later

For this month's 40 miler Mick took us to the Hanging Gardens Nursey Tea Room. 17 riders turned out (a couple new to this distance) and with Mick at the front and Compo at the back we set off. Out via Litney Green, Pleshey, High Easter, Good Easter and through to Willingale. From there we went through Cocksmill and Newey Green and on to Writtle with the tea room just off the A414. Great route with hardly any traffic and nice cycling weather. 28 miles out we certainly needed that coffee and cake. A shorter route back was required to keep the '40' mile tag (give or take 10%). Off back through Writtle, Broomfield and out of Chelmsford via Channels (Those new houses are going up quick!). Back no

Hello, hello, whats all this then?

32 riders in what was forecast to be winter showery weather - how mad are we, with some even in shorts. We set out out towards Great Notley, through Great Leighs where we split in to two groups. The longer ride carried on towards Ranks Green, Fairstead and then to Hatfield Peveral. We were all wondering where we stopping for a coffee especially as the clouds looked ominous. Then we turned back towards Terling and met with the long arm of the law. At first, for those at the back it appeared they had stopped us, no doubt some dodging riding up front. But after Peter chatted to the policeman and Kathy chatted up the policeman it became clear it was a training exercise and as we cycled on there

A ride of two halves

This week was a ride with two halves. On offer was a longer ride with a figure of eight around the Discovery Centre and two shorter rides for the ladies. The reason for the latter was that we also ran two roadside maintenance sessions for the ladies so they got a bit of cycling in as well as getting their hands dirty. Each maintenance sessions was about an hour and kicked off with an overview of the M check or abc (air, brake, chain). Then it was straight down to business removing the front and then back wheel. Remembering to disconnect the brakes and move the rear derailleur to the smallest cog. Off came the tyre (some fell off and some needed teasing) and out with the inner tube. At this p

Teeing off

28 riders set off to Great Notley and here we split in to 2 groups. Ably led my Jim D we rode through Littley Green, Howe Street, Great Waltham and finally arrived at Little Channels cafe at Little Waltham. Good food and coffee and well placed out of the wind. The other group had already arrived but again only just so timings and distances seem to be working out. We set off back as one group via Little Waltham, Howe Street, Great Leighs, Rayne and then home along the Flitch. No problems other than the occasional bollard. There is now a club with 2 members - Paul and Steve.....to get one of their badges you just need to hit a bollard👍Personally I think membership will be slow to increase. Ov

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