Photo (or Rogue) Gallery of our Thurlby adventure

Day one - short ride with John aka The Beard. He promised us a 10 mile round trip to the pub and yes it was 10 miles with another 5 miles thrown in for good measure. Thoroughly recommend the Oakham beers - JBH and Absolution. Day two Ann led the early morning Yoga session - fortunately I didn't arrive in time for this ;-) Today's ride was out to Rutland Water led by Ian. it was a lovely route with the wind slightly against us (40 mph plus). Apart from a car trying to overtake us when we are turning right and an early right turn meaning we ended up at Normanton as opposed to Whitwell, it all went well. Gifford and I decided to take out a couple of electric mountain bikes to go around the lake

A windy trip, south west of Braintree

Wednesday 19 September dawned with a weather forecast for a gale at midday. I met up with about 18 Easy Riders for a bike ride heading south west with a tea stop at the Queen Anne Castle in Great Leighs. A large part of the Easy Rider group were away for a few days in Lincolnshire, and planning to do a 50 mile bike on open roads in the same gale! We split into two groups, and Karen leading the longer group, tailed by Andy, and Paul leading the shorter group. We set off down London Road and discovered the wind was already getting up. Fortunately we battled into the headwind on the way out, and as the windspeed increased over the morning, we benefitted from a considerable tailwind on the way

Our keenest cyclist

Easy Riders ride throughout the year come rain or shine, although the snow and ice last winter did stop a couple of rides. One Easy Rider in particular rode more rides than anyone else in the group and this list of rides covers our Wednesday, Friday, evening and weekend away rides and so we thought we'd ask him a few questions to see what makes him tick and share his response. How old are you? 70 years young How would you describe yourself? Fit and healthy When did you join Braintree Easy Riders? I started the Wednesday rides 3.5 years ago What made you join Braintree Easy Riders? Having seen the notice board outside Cycling UK shop advertising the weekly ridesThis gave me the opportunity to

A Sunday trek to Cammas Hall Fruit Farm

Gwen, Ian, Brian and I set off from Braintree heading west, and met Mark pedalling up Rayne Road towards us. Mark had had the worst start to a day cycling – he started with a rear wheel puncture when he took his bike out of the shed, and had a hurried replacement of the inner tube to start his day. Good job he’s more competent than me at removing the rear wheel for a speedy repair! We rode down to Rayne Station, headed west to Felsted. down Mill Lane, through North End and across to Onslow Green. We followed signs across to High Roding along some lovely quiet roads. Ian’s superior knowledge of these quiet roads served us well as he took us through Great Canfield and Hellman’s Cross, turning

Impromptu Friday ride

I managed to miss the Wednesday bike ride because of a dentist’s appointment, although I waved at the group as they pedalled down London Road in the rain. I have to admit that the fair weather cyclist in me, was rather glad I was not going with them. However, Gwen and Ian and I had decided upon a spin out to Great Waltham. We set off up the Flitch Way to Rayne, and joined the road to Felsted. We pedalled down Mill Lane, and up to North End and Onslow Green. Ian and I were debating what type of hedges we preferred – I’m into deciduous hedges such as copper beech, whereas he prefers native evergreen, like yew. He dropped into the conversation that yew was poisonous in all parts (except

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