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Postby nuttycyclist » 30 Oct 2007, 10:22am

From Wickford if you just loop up to Hanningfield reservior and back, most of the lanes inside the square formed by the A129/A1245/A12/Stock Road are relatively quiet. Just grab a map and go explore.

If you can start slightly further northeast, then east Hanningfield isn't too bad. A good route East from the A1245 that I've found quiet is East Hanningfield Road, Buckhatch Lane, Leighams Road, Lodge Road, Crows Lane, then turn left on the unamed road, follow it past the farm (it turns into a concrete track that is labelled as "Private Road"), then turn left when you get to the T junction that on the right hand direction says it's members only for the model aircraft club, and you end up following through to Hackmans Lane. This is a fast road, but not too busy whenever I use it. I tend to then go up to Cock Clarks, turning right to head past Purleigh and up to Maldon. You could loop left at Cock Clarks, via Slough Road back towards Bicknacre. That does give you a very short section of the main road (White Elm Road), but it's not too bad.

You're more than welcome to join the South East Group, who meet at 9:30 Sunday mornings at Halls Corner in Wickford. http://essexcycling.co.uk/southeastgroup/runs.php Rides are a bit longer than your current 5-10 miles so (without wanting to sound uppity or patronising) get some miles in and come and join them. (I say them as I only tend to get out about once a year :( :oops: but maybe I'll get me own recumbent trike out and join you all)

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Postby Ben Lovejoy » 30 Oct 2007, 11:10am

Many thanks for that. Just had a look on a map, and that all looks good. I'm in Shotgate, so the East Hanningfield route is equally accessible to me. I'll map it out for the GPS, then all I'll need is a bike! (I'm hopefully going to see DTek next week.)

Looking at the GPS routes linked from the site, it looks like the club runs are mostly in the 25-40 mile range, so I shall join one once I am doing that sort of mileage. By the way, are you absolutely positive that 9.30am on a Sunday actually exists??

Ben

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Postby nuttycyclist » 30 Oct 2007, 11:40am

Ben Lovejoy wrote:Many thanks for that. Just had a look on a map, and that all looks good. I'm in Shotgate, so the East Hanningfield route is equally accessible to me. I'll map it out for the GPS, then all I'll need is a bike! (I'm hopefully going to see DTek next week.)

Looking at the GPS routes linked from the site, it looks like the club runs are mostly in the 25-40 mile range, so I shall join one once I am doing that sort of mileage. By the way, are you absolutely positive that 9.30am on a Sunday actually exists??

Ben


Say hello to Kevin for me. I was up there last week.

9:30 on a Sunday? Well I did say I only get out there once a year or so, didn't I :lol: :lol:

I was toying with an idea of putting on some shorter rides next summer. (The drawback being that I'd need to commit to getting out to lead them...) Would you, or any other readers, be interested?

The original plan was to have differing start places, based around train stations, so that short rides could be undertaken in different areas. A drawback to this is that recumbent trikes aren't allowed on trains :(

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Postby Ben Lovejoy » 30 Oct 2007, 11:50am

I will. Leastways, I will if you give me a name - if I tell him 'Nutty cyclist says hello', he will probably ask me which one ...

How aware are the station/train staff that trikes aren't allowed on? It's likely that I could arrange to be carrying a printout from the train company website that says all bicycles are allowed, including 3-wheeled ones ... ;)

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Postby BTFB » 28 Sep 2008, 10:06am

..Hi all...ahem new chap here..

I live in south essex and regularly ride around Ingatestaone, Billericay, stock, Blackmore, high wood, kelvedon, hanningfields etc. I also ride out to Dunmow, Thaxted & and Saffron Walden.

I do longer solo camping tours as well (Germany N.S & france N>S this summer for example).

I 'd like to join a club so I looked at essex roads...however that seemed mostly race and TT orientated, which isnt for me. I sent an e mail to the essex ctc but got no answer...does it exisit and does it do anything? :)

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Postby Ben Lovejoy » 28 Sep 2008, 10:47am

Welcome, and thanks for ressurecting the thread as I'm now at the point where I can do the CTC 50-mile rides - assuming they are as leisurely as they claim! Just need to get to grips with that '9.30am on a Sunday' business they go in for ...

You might also like to join the London Cycling Meetup Group that I run
http://bike.meetup.com/342/

We currently do a mix of London and Essex rides, and I'm also working on finding people who can lead rides to the north, south and west of London - working on the basis of train rides up to an hour from central London to reach nice roads.

Next Sunday is a 30-mile ride to Paglesham:
http://bike.meetup.com/342/calendar/8846654/

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Postby nuttycyclist » 28 Sep 2008, 3:38pm

BTFB wrote:..Hi all...ahem new chap here..

I live in south essex and regularly ride around Ingatestaone, Billericay, stock, Blackmore, high wood, kelvedon, hanningfields etc. I also ride out to Dunmow, Thaxted & and Saffron Walden.

I do longer solo camping tours as well (Germany N.S & france N>S this summer for example).

I 'd like to join a club so I looked at essex roads...however that seemed mostly race and TT orientated, which isnt for me. I sent an e mail to the essex ctc but got no answer...does it exisit and does it do anything? :)


Well I don't know where the email you sent the essex CTC went, my inbox didn't get it :?

Yes the Essex CTC certainly does exist, and the various sections ride weekly.

Looking at the areas you ride around, the South East Group are probably your nearest section, so drop me an email (ctc at essexcycling co uk) and copy in the local section (seg at essexcycling co uk), or just turn up at Halls Corner in Wickford at 09:30 on a sunday afternoon.

They rode to Bradwell today (without me) and will be going to Hanningfield via Billericay next week. http://essexcycling.co.uk/southeastgroup/runs.php for the full list.

Michael.

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Postby BTFB » 28 Sep 2008, 5:15pm

Excellent..many thanks. Sunday mornings at 9.30 outside th elittle bike shop in wickford, I know it well. I missed todays ride then...shame...next week then. 8) :)

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Postby nuttycyclist » 28 Sep 2008, 11:17pm

No problems, glad to have helped. I don't know exactly where you're based, but if you're between Wickford/Chelmsford you might want to consider their weekly rides too.

http://essexcycling.co.uk/chelmsford/runs.php

Michael.

(The other sections' rides can also be found on the website, just take a look down the menus on the left.)

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Postby BTFB » 17 Jan 2009, 9:45pm

Is tomorrows ride out from wickford happening still?
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Postby nuttycyclist » 18 Jan 2009, 12:52am

I don't see any reason why not. I won't be there (busy).

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Postby EssexRides » 3 Jan 2010, 4:41pm

2 years ago I sent an e-mail around to all the clubs in Essex asking for a show of support for a Essex based website to promote cycling in the region. I got one reply claiming they would put it in front of their board and was pretty much ignored.

Over the last month I've had a long hard look on-line for anything Essex cycling based I draw up about 3 websites. Only one of which was updated in the last month. So I've come here to ask the people who actually cycle if there is any support for a Essex only site and forum?

I've got some spare bandwidth on a hosting package and dot mind stumping up £10 for a domain name. What I really want to know is ;

A) Is there a desire for an Essex only forum?
B) What people would want from it?

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Re: Essex DA

Postby Si » 4 Jan 2010, 8:09pm

I notice that we now have two versions of the same conversation regarding EssexRides' proposal.
I'd be grateful if you'd use the other one to carry on this particular discussion and leave this one for Essex DA matters.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32646

(have moved replies from here to there)

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Re: Essex DA

Postby badger2 » 22 Jan 2012, 4:27pm

The "Essex DA" is currently going through a revamp ... following the changes in naming conventions by the HQ.

There are also new faces in the Essex CTC Member Group Committee. It's going to be a quite nice round of discussions with regards to changing some internal procedings, from the long-established routines to the much quicker exchange of information via the different fora.

Also, hoping to arrange more events within the DA and/or the MGs - well, I still can't let go of the "DA" as a short form to refer to the parent member group ;-)

Anyway, the SEG's 75 is only 3 weeks away: Please find entry form, route sheet and satnav files at http://www.essexcycling.co.uk/events/seg75.php.

Looking forward to seeing you on Feb 12th in Wickford!

Stefan
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Postby J.Y.Kelly » 22 Feb 2012, 3:36pm

Terry T wrote:My colleague lives by Paper Mill Lock.
I bet those that have never been to Essex think it's all Escort XR3i drivers and white stiletto shoes. WRONG :!:

How things change in 5 years. The car of choice in Essex now is the Subaru and white stiletto shoes have been replaced by long black eyelelashes and orange spray tan!