Club Rides

Club Rides

For 2018 we are changing the format of our Sunday rides. Canewdon Village Hall will still be our destination for post-ride refreshments but most of our rides will start from Rochford Market Square at 9am, splitting into up to 3 groups depending on rider numbers. Each group will be colour coded according to speed and distance, note that the GREEN group will start from Canewdon Village Hall at 10am:

GREEN - gentle rides for novices or those returning to cycling after a long time away, for around an hour and a half, at a pace of 10-12mph or at the speed of the slowest rider.

BLUE an easy ride for recreational and leisure riders, but for whom riding in a group might be a new experience, for about 2 - 2 hours, at a speed of around 12-14 mph. The ride leader(s) will ensure everyone sticks together and no-one gets dropped. It is recommended that non-members and other riders not used to group riding who wish to join us begin in the blue group even if they are capable of riding at a faster pace before moving up, if appropriate, to the red (or black) group.
The route ridden by the Blue Group Ride on 7th January can be seen here (Google Maps). This is an example of the sort of route this group will be riding. There is the option to extend the ride by utilising the lanes around Canewdon.

ORANGE - a ride of  2 - 3 hours at an average speed of around 14-16 mpg. The main difference to the blue group is not to have a defined leader / rider at the front of the group but for all riders to take equal turns and to learn the routes around Hanningfield and Danbury.

RED a traditional club-run for riders used to riding in a group, averaging around 15-18 mph over 2 or 3 hours, but the pace may vary with the terrain. However, the ride will re-group at the tops of hills etc. to allow stragglers to catch up and not get dropped.
A selection of red group (and other) routes can be seen here

BLACK a challenging ride for experienced riders used to riding at pace in a close group where many will be using the ride as part of their race-training. Averaging 18-20 mph over 3 hours or more, it is to be expected that some riders may get dropped. Whilst it is not the intention to leave anyone behind, participants must be prepared for such eventualities and be self-reliant enough to get themselves home unassisted.

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.

Canewdon Village Hall will still be available for parking; if you do not wish to ride to/from Rochford, you can park at Canewdon Village Hall and ride to the meeting point in Rochford and you car will be waiting for post-ride in Canewdon. It is about 4 miles from Canewdon to Rochford. Note that the Hall will not be open early but the toilets and our selection of tea/coffee and cakes will be available for post-ride refreshments. All we as for is a small donation to help cover the running costs of hall hire.

2019 dates when Canewdon Village Hall will not be open:
Sunday February 10th
- Burnham & Baddow Reliability Ride, event HQ East Hanningfield Village Hall
Sunday June 9th - Club Road Race Chamipionship, Redbridge Cycle Centre
Sunday June 30th - Norman Wells 50 & Southend 50 Mile Cup, Steeple
tbc July - Club Track Championship, Herne Hill
Sunday October 20st - Southend Wheelers Hill Climb, Little Baddow
Sunday December 15th - Christmas Pudding TT, Steeple

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Les Bantock at 
leisure@southendwheelers.org 

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

Selected Sportives and Family friendly rides for 2019 below - all tbc

Date Event Details
Sunday 11th February Southend Wheelers
Burnham & Baddow Challenge
Details
Sunday 7th April Essex Roads Spring Lambs Cyclosportive  
Sunday 13th May Bike Events: Tour de Tendring
6, 20 or 50 miles.
Dovercourt Swimming Pool,Harwich. CO12 3TS
 
Sunday 22nd July Bike Events: London to Southend
52 or 65 miles. 7am Victoria Park, Hackney
 
  Foulness Island Bike Ride  
  Southend Bikeathon  
Sunday 2nd September Action Medical Research Essex 100
37, 68 or 104 miles
 
  Essex Roads Autumn Leaves Cyclosportive  

Read about adventures of various Wheelers at the links below

A guide to cycling in the French Alps

Haute Route de la Pyrenees
Lagos de Covadonga
Southend Wheelers in Mallorca
Martin Harris in Annecy
Adrian & Carol 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
 

 


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