With 8 Easyriders still in Norfolk, 20 riders were in Drury Lane ready for this week's ride led by Steve. Forecast was great and it looked like a good ride was in store. Out through the market, with great encouragement from the market stall owners providing we rang our bells. Down towards the station and out on to the new cycle path towards Skitts Hill. Following a cycle path we headed to Challis Lane and then to Masefield Road into Notley Road. We split in to two groups to allow traffic to pass more easily and as the second group headed down Notley Road hill there was a cry of 'Stop you're going the wrong way' followed by Steve pedalling furiously to catch up with the leader. Minutes later

Tuesday 30th May in Wighton

Refreshed and with renewed enthusiasm, 8 Braintree Easyriders set out from Nutwood Lodges towards the familiar green in Wighton. Not deterred by confusing routes or desire for alcohol, we followed a confident leader out of the village and through the narrow winding roads into Walsingham. With a few miles under our belts and having completed the beautiful journey through North and South Creake, we were treated to a glorious tea and coffee stop at Bircham Windmill, a working mill, open to the public with its own bakery where children could knead and bake their own bread. This had not been a week of shopping and we were sorely tempted by the adorable puppies on sale at only £350 each! Onwards t

All you need is pink

It was going to be a scorcher with 30 degrees forecast. Turnout was lower than I thought it would be on such a beautiful morning - 24 riders with shorts on display. We set off out of town together down towards Bocking, splitting her for the shorter and longer rides. Gifford was lead for the longer ride and we headed off towards Beazley End and then on to Gosfield. The countryside looks amazing at this time of year but oh so many flies! From Gosfield we trekked across to Greenstead Green Farm Shop for a well earned break. The shorter ride riders were already there and had bagged some shade (well the ladies had). To approach you needed to wearing something pink....not a problem for one of our

Road Closed...again

Our first AGM meant a shorter ride (17 miles completed) with no coffee stop! Peter took the longer ride and headed out via Great Notley and through Cock Green on to Felsted. Here we met a problem (for the second week in a row) - Road Closed - hopefully fixing all those potholes! Whilst we asked if we could pass we were told it was likely we would be killed and so Peter took us an unplanned way home via Bannister and Bartholomew Greens, then Rayne and finally the Town Hall. AGM then started....minutes to follow.....

Only one 'U turn' allowed

The weather was amazing this week, for the first time we had sun and warmth. T-shirt and shirts were definitely the order of the day. We also had 30 riders which was great with 2 new riders (welcome Mary and Jed) and Mark returning for the first time in 2017. We set off towards Towerlands as a group and split there in to the shorter and longer ride groups. As we left Towerlands Mick expected me (leading the longer ride) to turn left, however i turned right and took the group for a short sprint up the hill in to Bocking just to warm them up. We then turned round and headed back to Towerlands again up a hill. I'm not sure everyone appreciated the warm up...maybe I should admit I went the wrong

Our first evening ride of 2017

The first of a programme of Braintree Easy Rider evening rides took place 9th May, a series of six rides over the three months of May, June and July to optimise the evening daylight. These are happening the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of respective months, meeting at Cycles Uk for a 6.30 depart. On this occasion twelve riders enjoyed (or though John seemed somewhat surprised when Mick asked him to be the 'back marker' rider, a good baptism for the role, John, wearing the orange, how does it feel to be 'tangoed'?) a twenty mile ride, experiencing a recently opened cycle path near Freeport before heading to Black Notley, Ranks Green, Fuller street, Gt Leighs, (where some thought we were

Training pays off

It's May, but it is clear the weather thinks it's still March. On a day when it was cold enough for gloves and buffs, 27 riders turned up to brave the coolness and wind. The forecast was for rain at some point - nice! We headed out of town towards Great Notley and then cut through to Rayne. I took the longer ride and we headed out towards Great Saling, Andrewsfield Airport and in to Felsted. We passed several usual coffee stops and I could guess the comments from the guys on where were we stopping. From Felsted we headed towards Cock Green and finally to Great Leighs for coffee at the Pie and Pint. The other group had again arrived about 5 minutes before us. After a short break (I do wonder

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