Something for everyone!

I took my 10-year-old son, George, and his friend (also George – gets very complicated) to see the Tour Series cycling in Colchester town centre a couple of weeks ago.  The series of short, fast and exciting criterium races around UK town centres is well established and is building to a climax, with highlights twice a week on ITV4. 

We arrived early enough to see the women’s race.  This was our first glimpse of Team CTC, the women’s team in the middle of a busy first year, and they rode well.  It was a shame we hadn’t been able to participate earlier in the day in the CTC-organised Tour Series ride.  I met Martin, regular in our Chelmsford group, ride leader and Vice Chair of Council.  He told us about the success of the ride and there is a report here from CTC Local Cycling Development Officer, Richard Monk:

Thanks in no small part to Richard’s drive and enthusiasm, there is a lot going on this summer in towns across Essex, with the emphasis on inclusion and participation.  Chelmsford led-rides are now well under way.  There’s one every Thursday and  Saturday.  More details:

Thanks to Richard (again!) and Maldon and District Cycling Club (where professional Movistar rider Alex Dowsett, no less, was introduced to the art of time trialing) gentle rides have been organised for Mondays and Tuesdays from the town centre:

These led rides are an ideal introduction to the friendship and fun of group riding.  If you try one and enjoy it, you may want to go a little further afield (but still at a steady but relaxed tempo).  Our regular Sunday rides leave each week at 9.15am from the centre of Chelmsford and more details are available on our website: or on the Chelmsford page of the main Essex CTC website: 

Wherever you live in mid-Essex, if you have a bike, there really is something for everyone this summer.

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