Solo to Great Tey

According to Government guidelines, cycling is still allowed as an acceptable form of exercise. So off I trotted on my bike. Within 200m, I’d met Mick, heading east, and Margot heading west, on the Flitch Way. Margot was returning from a spin around Great Saling, and Mick was heading out for a spin around Good Easter. I’d looked at the weather forecast, and the wind was from the east/south/east, so I’d planned to ride into the headwind on the way to Great Tey, and benefit from a tailwind on the way back. To my total astonishment, the leak on the Flitch Way, east of London Road, has been fixed! I spoke to the workmen who were finishing the job and thanked them for their achievement. The forem

You can still ride.....follow the guidance

One of the aims of Braintree Easy Riders, is that groups of riders will organise their own rides. Yesterday, this is exactly what happened as the BER official ride was cancelled. Seven of us (Cathy, Diane, Margot, Peter, Mark, Julie, and Ann) met up for a ride in the open air, while being aware of social distancing. UK Cycling's guidance can be found here I planned a route for 25 miles, heading out south west into the 15mph headwind, and back north east with a tailwind. I’d also taken into account that I did not feel fit enough for steep hills, my preference for riding the lesser known quiet lanes and aiming for 10mph average. All riders took their turn as back marker – there was lots of goo

First 30 miler to The Hive

15 riders assembled at Drury Lane at 9.30am for Mick’s Friday 30 miler. Fantastic weather for mid-March cycling – bright, and cold, even if we did have a bit of a headwind on the way out. Mick was leading and Helen was tail rider on the way out. As we departed Mark came flying along and tacked himself onto the back of the group. Mick led us south down London Road, and we reassembled at Dagnets Lane, where Ann joined us. We pedalled down, briefly joining Route 16 to go past my favourite Finchs gravel depot, then due south to Belstead. Here we turned right to cross the River Chelmer, coming out at the B1008 in Broomfield. We did a dog leg across the main road, heading west along School Lane (o

All Cannons Firing!

Another lovely day for a bike ride. Tim led the long ride, Gavin led the middle, tailed by me, both heading to Cannons at Witham; and Mick led the short ride, tailed by Bill going to Owls Tea Room in Terling. We pedalled off through the town, along Victoria Street (avoiding the roadworks on Manor Street), then to Millennium Way. We spread out nicely along Long Green, reassembling at the Three Ashes corner. Along this section, Peter told me about his latest cycling holiday in Spain, riding about 40k a day, in beautiful, bright, 22C, spring weather. As there were 16 of us, Gavin led 7 riders into Silver End from the North, and Gifford led the rest of us into Silver End from the west side. We r

The Stores run out!!

It was a lovely bright, cold day for a bike ride. Accordingly over 30 EasyRiders turned up at Drury Lane ready to pedal to 3 different tea stop venues. Mick started us off with the health & safety tip for the day – don’t ride in the gutter but take a reasonable amount of road space, and keep a keen eye out for damaged road surfaces. There are large numbers of potholes around drains on the road (which we can be confident won’t be repaired until the new financial year in April) and on the main body of the road as well. The long group was led by Ian B, with Tim volunteering as tail rider riding to The Snug; the medium group was led by Chris, tailed by Adrian, riding to The Stores; and the short

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