Friday wet 40 miler

Friday 27th April, looked a very damp morning for our planned ride to the Round Bush cafe in Purleigh which is a village beyond Maldon, so only 5 brave souls came prepared to get very wet, Mick, Paul, Ian , Bill and myself Peter. We left Braintree at 9 30 and made our way to Rivenhall, and decided though there were rain clouds around, it was not actually raining and we would continue on to Purleigh. We went through Witham and then Little Braxted and soon after then we could see the coast and headed into Heybridge and as Mick said we have a nice little surprise for you and then cycled up the very steep incline into Maldon , thankfully it is only very brief. We then headed to the Round Bush ca

Triple ride trial!

The BER Wednesday cycling was today experimenting with three rides rather than our usual two with a longer, shorter and short version of meandering routes planned by Mick, all eventually arriving at The Castle pub at Gt Leighs for refreshments. On the rides and at the refreshment stop there was some discussion about what the differences were and why they weren't labelled as the larger, medium and smaller rides, mentioning no names PR. For the record, the longer ride went into Terling (25miles), led by Jim D and Cathy, the shorter ride into Fuller St (19 miles), led by Mick and Diane, and the short ride direct to Gt Leighs (12miles) led by Bill, T by the time everyone arrived back into Braint

Bill's ride leader baptism in that mysterious yellow circular shape in the sky

Today's ride was kindly hosted by Sue and Peter Short from their homestead in Beazley End. With this offer and opportunity Mick planned a meandering ride with three start points to accommodate different choices of distance to a new venue, Spencer's, at Wickham St Paul, the three being Braintree who wanted a longer ride, Beazley End for a shorter ride and Gosfield for a short version. With twenty on the ride to the coffee/tea stop venue, ten from Braintree, nine from Beazley End and one from Gosfield. This was Bill's first ride as second leader and he had a lot to contend with having selected to lead the shorter route, a new route and venue, puncture, going astray and correcting himself, a ne

The sun and bikes are like magnets and metal, attracted to each other

On a very Spring like sunny morning, our second Saturday riding event and first Dr Bike session, the sun and bikes seemed to attract each in the same way that magnets and metal does, along with their riders. For the Learn to Ride and cycle confidence session we had eight participants for varying lengths of time, two families with respective children and two adults enjoying a fun Saturday morning. Various exercises were experienced by the participants on the safe tarmac area for learning bike handling skills, including braking techniques, braking emergency stops, bike control meandering through positioned cones, passing a baton between two riders as they rode towards each other (whilst missin

Great Start to Saturday morning Cycling Confidence Booster sessions

Our first Saturday start-up sessions at Braintree Leisure Centre in Panfield Lane kicked off to a great start. These free sessions can be anything from: a) not ever having cycled, b) not being able to cycle, c) for those that can cycle but want to enhance their handling skills before progressing to the road d) once beyond the above exercises, to enhance their traffic awareness and how to deal with these circumstances. This session is for one hour between 10.00 and 11.00 Three cycling returners were expertly guided through cycling basics by Mick. One returnee hadn’t been near a bike since childhood, a lapse of fifty years, but after fifteen minutes she was cycling with panache, whilst th

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