I am behind in my ride planning for 2014, but here is what I am hoping to achieve. I am sure some will fall by the way side, but you have to start somewhere don’t you. And the more the merrier!
I was hoping I could have started the year with the Cambridge to Southend ride. I haven’t managed this for the past two years due to the appalling weather. Sadly I won’t do it this year either as it is not being put on due to lack of support. I can’t help think that if it would have been held in April or May instead of March that this wouldn’t have been an issue.
So here’s the latest list (there will be others):
Now this is a real problem as I have done the Orchid Essex for several years and love it. But the Wiggle Essex was the best ride I have done. Hmmm lots of pondering needed…
6 April – Essex Roads Spring Lambs
The Essex Roads New Spring Lambs Sportive is on Sunday 6th April 2014 and as a sportive rider you are invited to this even exiting event! It’s a 150 Kilometre Sportive covering the best of our wonderful county of Essex. It’s one of the first early-season challenges of the year and one of the few sportive rides located in the South-East
17 – 8 May – London Revolution
In 2013 thousands of cyclists took up the challenge of the MITIE London Revolution making it the largest multi-day sportive in the UK. Riders of all shapes and sizes conquered the iconic 185-mile loop around the capital with hundreds staying with us for the sell out camp and party at halfway
8 June – Orchid Cycle Essex
With sporting activities suitable for all abilities and fitness levels, you can also enjoy a BBQ, beer tent and family entertainment throughout the day back in the park making it a day out for all the family. We also have a GoRide event to teach kids bike skills and safety.
8 June – Wiggle Essex Explorer
Ride the most picturesque parts of the 2014 Tour de France stage 3 route. We’ve a fantastic new HQ for 2014 providing immediate access to the very best parts of the 2014 Tour de France stage 3 route – to be held just 4 weeks later. Quiet well-surfaced lanes and pretty villages of weatherboard are the order of the day.
15 June – Essex 100
A brand new challenge route for 2014 featuring chip-timing and web results so after the event, you can see your overall time and average speed along with the opportunity to compare your time with your friends.
22 June – Essex CountrysideThe event is back again for 2014 with brand new routes across the picturesque Essex Countryside.
20 July – London to Southend
There is no way I will miss this. Starting in Victoria Park, 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 before making your way home – Southend Victoria railway station is close by. Stops for lunch and tea? LMAO!!!
26 July – Essex Castle (my birthday weekend ride)
I really enjoyed this last year. Come and enjoy a great day’s cycling and raise money for Age UK Essex and Colchester at the same time. Starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex.
31 Aug – Essex 100
Our Essex 100 charity cycling sportive is one of our most popular rides attracting over 700 riders. You can enjoy some excellent cycling terrain on this bike ride raising funds for vital research for sick babies and children. Three route options take you on a journey through quiet villages and the farmlands of north Essex where the undulations will have you in and out of the saddle.
7 Sept ? – Southend Bikeathon
A must for old time’s sake