The toughest ride I’ve ever done

Today I did the toughest ride that I have ever done.  It was tougher than the first sponsored ride that I did which knocked me for six.  It was tougher than my 100 miles to nowhere ride.  And this one was less than 40 miles.  It was the London to Southend off road. This route… Continue reading The toughest ride I’ve ever done

London to Southend bike ride 2015

It was that time of the year again.  Time to get up with the sparrows, eat the obligatory bowl of porridge and then catch the train to London for the sheer pleasure of cycling back to Southend.  That was also the raison d'etre for this blog back when I first did the ride back in 2007.  For… Continue reading London to Southend bike ride 2015

South Essex Villages bike ride

What a great day it was today for cycling. Warm sunny weather, slight breeze. Just perfect. And it just so happened that today was also the South Essex Villages bike ride organised by the Rotary Club of Basildon. It was advertised as: A fantastic challenging route for the experienced rider traveling through varying countryside and… Continue reading South Essex Villages bike ride

My bike rides for 2014

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. … Continue reading My bike rides for 2014

London Bikeathon 2013

There is no such  thing as a bad ride but this wasn’t one of most favorite ones.  Lots of London traffic and continual stop and starting at traffic lights guaranteed a slow time and prevented me from getting into my stride.  The route was poorly signed posted and several people missed turns, including me.  In… Continue reading London Bikeathon 2013

Essex Cycle Orchid 2013

I was up at the allotted hour to get ready for the Essex Orchid 2013, a 74 mile ride through the villages of Essex to raise money for the male cancer charity.  I should have gone back to bed! I was reading an article the other day which listed the 10 things to do to… Continue reading Essex Cycle Orchid 2013

Rides for 2013

So here are my initial thoughts on rides for 2013: 23 March, 75 miles – Cambridge to Southend 19 May, 75 miles - Wiggle Essex Explorer 9 June, 100 miles – Orchid Cycle Essex 16 June, 60 miles - Essex County 23 June, 60 miles – Essex Countryside 21 July, 54 miles – London to… Continue reading Rides for 2013