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Bring me sunshine!

In the absence of sun and sun worshippers. 10 little ducks went swimming one day, along with their rather optimistic waterproof attire. There was only one representative from the gentler sex with not even a female hurricane to keep her company. The promise of sunny spells was only granted in the afternoon once we were safely back home. We splashed our way towards Youngs End not knowing how many potholes were lurking under the puddles. Before too long we were heading through Fuller Street and into Little Waltham, passing the various coffee venues, with only the incessant rain and our water bottles to stop our throats from drying. With the expert help of Mick and Jim, we dodged around the main

A ride with many surprises, on a leaders challenge

A ride, not as the ‘crow flies’, always throws up the unexpected, with one of Mick's planned routes. He always tries to achieve a new route and coffee stop with our regular extended Friday rides, brought forward by a week because of Good Friday being the last Friday of March. Talking of Good Friday, we were blessed with a dry warmer ride than of late with the roads dry but care being needed to negotiate the sporadic potholes that our winter has provided us with. Heading out into a slight headwind through Panfield, along the B1057 to Wethersfield where we had a pre-arranged pick up for Gifford the ride continued in a meandering manner to Finchingfield, Gainsford end, Toppersfield, Stambourne

It's official BER cyclists love the sun

The forecast for today was looking good - no rain and some warmth up to 9C was predicted - positively barmy. We turned out in force with 31 riders (one new rider - welcome Andy) ready to head towards Finchingfield in what ever way Mick had devised. Despite the heat (I use the word with caution), there was still a distinct lack of shorts with only 3 or 4 prepared to brave the elements (or they just lack feeling!) Just past Rayne we split in to our two respective routes, however the longer ride had to split again as there were so many - must be the change in weather that energised everyone. We headed out to Great Saling, through Great Bardfield and on to Finchingfield in beautiful sunshine - t

Spring is here, isn't it?

Spring has arrived maybe? 25 riders set out from Braintree on a very springlike morning. We headed out towards Stisted where the group would split up. We followed Peter Short across the outskirts of Braintree. I do not know whether because it is Cheltenham week or not but Peter fell at the first barrier, fortunately he did not break anything so we didn't have to shoot him. (Ed - please note we don't normally shoot our members!) The group split up as scheduled, longer route led by Mick and the shorter route led by Peter. We went out via Stisted nearly touching a lot of other villages eventually arriving at Earls Colne and Olivers nursery cafe. Very good venue. We left the cafe via Earls Col

Spring is coming ;-)

A week after snowmageddon which forced last weeks ride to be cancelled. Dedicated EasyRiders set off toward Bocking on a dark, drizzly, chilly morning, well wrapped up against the elements and lights on!! We cycled toward Beazley End stopping briefly for water and noticing the ditches laden with the remains of the beast from the east!! Cycling past carpets of snowdrops the Essex countryside revealing delightful signs of spring on the way with crocuses and daffodils preparing to bloom. We stopped for coffee, cake and giant scotch eggs at the George in Shalford treading carefully to avoid spreading mud throughout! The afternoon was brightening up as we cycled toward Shalford Green, Rayne

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