Social, Leisure & Training Rides

Social, Leisure and Training Rides

Southend Wheelers members meet every Sunday at Canewdon Village Hall where you can participate in a number of rides suited to your ability.  

Note: If this is your first experience of group riding, you should attend the later 10am rides for the first few weeks. When you arrive at Canewdon Village Hall introduce yourself to one of the ladies behind the counter and they will suggest someone to ride with of similar ability. 

9am at Canewdon Village Hall Group 1– Fast training rides for experienced cyclists used to group riding. These rides cover distances in excess of 40 miles or more traveling out to the Hanningfields, Danbury, Woodham Ferrers or Steeple areas, returning to Canewdon by mid day. Depending on numbers, or the fitness of the riders, the group may split into two groups at Hullbridge, with a faster group riding at an average speed in excess of 20mph and a steadier group at around 16-18mph. It is common sense, but please only join longer rides if you have your puncture-repairing kit with you. Please note that the village hall is not open at 9am.

9am at Canewdon Village Hall Group 2 - A medium paced group (typical average 16mph) also starts from Canewdon at 9am, riding out to the Hanningfields, Maldon, Writtle, Boreham or Stock before returning to Canewdon by 12 noon. The two groups usually split at Hullbridge or Battlesbridge by natural selection.

Please remember to bring sufficient food and drink with you as well as basic tools including a puncture repair kit / spare tubes and pump / gas cyclinder.

10am at Canewdon Village Hall - for more social and shorter distance rides around Canewdon in groups suitable for all abilities ensuring that you can enjoy your experience on the day. By using a range of circular routes from 3 miles to 8 miles in length riders are never more than 4 miles from the village hall or another group out on the road. 

Canewdon village hall offers access to parking and toilets where riders can obtain tea, coffee or soft drink along with cake all for a small donation. The location of the village hall can be found on this Map. So if you are thinking about riding a local charity ride and need to get fitter for it; looking for a club training ride or just wish to ride your cycle on a Summer Sunday morning around the lanes then why not come and join us? Selected local charity rides and sportives are listed below. 

Mike O'Kill will be at Canewdon most Sundays to meet new riders.

Note: The village hall is not open when the club is promoting prestigious events, such as the Burnham & Baddow Sportive, Andrews Trophy Road Race, August Bank Holiday Criteriums at Redbridge Cycle Center or the Christmas Time Trial. Click here for more details on options for Canewdon Closures

2017 dates when Canewdon Village Hall will not be open
5th February -
Burnham & Baddow Sportive
14th May
- Club Hilly TT. Leisure rides available from South Hanningfield Village Hall
4th June - 2017 Road Race Championships (Hog Hill)
2nd July
- Norman Wells Open 50. Event HQ is Steeple Village Hall
9th July - Club Championship 10 Mile TT. Leisure rides available from Bulphan Village Hall
16th July - 2017 Track Racing Championships (Herne Hill)
10th September - Andrews Trophy Road Race. Leisure rides are available from East Hanningfield Village Hall
22nd October
- Hill Climb. Please ride to Little Baddow to support this event
17th December  - Christmas Pudding TT

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing 

Click here for a selection of popular routes from Canewdon / Battlesbridge

Selected Sportives and Family friendly rides for 2017 below

Date Event Details
Sunday 5th February Southend Wheelers
Burnham & Baddow Challenge
Sunday 26th February CTC 75 mile Reliability Ride
Market Cafe, Woodlands Road, Wickford. SS12 0AL
Sunday 2nd April Essex Roads Spring Lambs Cyclosportive Details
tbc The Rotary Club of Basildon
35 or 81 miles
Sunday 14th May Bike Events: Tour de Tendring
6, 20 or 50 miles.
Dovercourt Swimming Pool,Harwich. CO12 3TS
Saturday 1st July Bike Events: Essex Castle
25, 50 or 70 miles
8am King's Head Meadow, Colchester. CO1 1YH
Sunday 16th July Bike Events: London to Southend
52 or 65 miles. 7am Victoria Park, Hackney
tbc Foulness Island Bike Ride  
tbc Southend Bikeathon  
Sunday 3rd September Action Medical Research Essex 100
37, 68 or 104 miles
Sunday 24th September Essex Roads Autumn Leaves Cyclosportive Details

Read about adventures of various Wheelers at the links below

A guide to cycling in the French Alps

Martin Harris in Annecy
Adrian & Caraol Cartwright, Julie Kane & Nicola Wright discover the Semaine Federal
Jane and Martin Harris in Mallorca
Martin Harris & Nick Khan in the French Alps
Five Wheelers in Surrey for the route of The Legs of Steel
Martin & Jane Harris in Mallorca
Martin Harris in the French Alps
Carol Cartwright and Sheelagh Mayhead ride to Lincoln
Martin Harris & Nick Khan in the French Alps
Southend Wheelers Ladies tour of Amsterdam
Carol Cartwright in East Anglia
Martin Harris in the French Alps
Nick Khan in Provence for Mont Ventoux
Elizabeth Simpson at the Ride London 100
Martin & Jane Harris at Le Tour and The Stelvio
Russel Whitford at the Marmotte
9 Wheelers in the Surrey Hills
The Tour Series at Colchester

Track Day Taster session at Herne Hill
Russel Whitford in The Black Mountains
Martin Harris & Nick Khan in The French Alps
Olympic Track Cycling
Olympic Road Race
Russel Whitford at the Tour de France in Boulogne
Martin Harris climbs The Stelvio Pass & Mount Ventoux
4 Ladies ride from Southend to Paris
8 Wheelers in The Surrey Hills

4 Wheelers in The French Alps
Phil James rides London to Paris
The 2011 London to Southend Bike Ride
The 2011 Cambridge to Southend Bike Ride
Martin Harris & Mike O'Kill in The French Alps
4 Wheelers ride The Blenheim 100
A mountain bike trip to Epping Forest
Martin Harris in The French Alps
The 2009 London to Southend Bike Ride