So that’s the main events for this year sorted out, just need to find something for May and August:
- 26 March – Cambridge to Shoeburyness
Starting in Cambridge, this 74 mile on road bike rides takes you through the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, through the villages of Great Shelford, the stunning Finchingfield and Rettendon. With various checkpoints on the way all the way, through to the seafront at Southend, this is a new event not to be missed.
- 3 April – Essex Roads Spring Lamb
The Essex Roads Cycling Club Spring Lambs Sportive is an early season test for the cyclist who appreciates a challenge. This is a different route to our Autumn Leaves event. While taking in some sharp climbs and remote lanes the spring lambs route follows a circular loop around Essex, incorporating the rolling hills to the west of the county then heading north sampling the undulations below Thaxted. It follows by dropping South East to take in the mighty North Hill with a westward return to the Start / Finish at Billericay. The ride will make ideal preparation for road racers trying to sharpen their form or for sportive riders preparing for tougher later season challenges.
- 12 June – Orchid Cycle Essex
Join Orchid and Essex Roads Cycling Club for our 20, 40, 75 and 100 mile rides through the beautiful Essex countryside. It’s a fabulous day’s cycling for all the family.
- 26 June – Essex Countryside
A ride through countryside rich in beauty and natural history.Starting from the grounds of Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, there are 3 great choices: a 25 mile route visiting Hanningfield reservoir and Danbury before looping north of Chelmsford on the return stretch or a 60 mile route heading north through Maldon to Layer de la Haye then turning south through Tiptree and Hatfield Peverel to rejoin the short route on its return to Chelmsford.
- 16 July – Essex Castles
This ride offers three beautiful circular routes, all starting in Colchester, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex:
The King’s Ride – 25 miles into the Stour Valley
The Horses Ride – 50 miles to Castle Hedingham.
The Wall Ride – 75 miles to Finchingfield to take tea & cake in this picture postcard village
- 17 July – London to Southend
Starting in East London, we’re soon out of town and after stops along the way for lunch and tea, we reach the Finish in the pretty gardens of Priory Park, Southend where you can relax and enjoy refreshments, music and sports massage
- tbc Sept – Southend Bikeathon