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Winter's coming!!

Wed Sep 21 2016





As the summer and the cycling racing season draws to a close it’s time to think about a slightly more relaxed time but also about your cycling goals for 2017. The Chelmer offers a comprehensive selection of group rides throughout the winter from very steady family & beginners rides to full-on non-stop race simulation training rides.

All will become clear on our ‘Integration day’ scheduled for October 22nd. Starting with a talk at the club HQ, this is our annual get together when the various ride leaders will talk you through what each group aims to achieve, what you can expect from the rides and what those rides may require of you! More details of this event will be released nearer the time.

As the organiser of the Club’s ‘Endurance’ group rides I’m in a position to give you a sneak preview of what you can look forward to this winter if you ride with us. Please also check out my preview flyers for our Winter Tour to Wales and our annual training camp on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Firstly though I am pleased to announce the full winter schedule for the ‘Endurance’ rides taking you through to the start of the racing season in 2017. For our newer members the Endurance Sunday rides are for those who have a bit of time on their hands and are aiming for full fitness in the warmer months of the year, not necessarily in March. We ride at a steady (some might say slow!) tempo and always have a stop. We aim to travel different roads each week and in the course of the whole winter we very rarely visit the same café twice. What we do always achieve is to cover all the very best roads, lanes, hills and vistas that our local area has to offer.  

We start every week from the club HQ at either 09:00 or 08:30 depending on how far flung our destination is away, and we generally return to Chelmsford between 14:00 & 16:00. Our average speed starts at about 16/17mph in November and we try to increase gradually to 18-19mph by the time we get around to March. Mileages also grow from 70-80 miles covered in November to 100-120 miles in February and March.

As previously mentioned we always have a stop of about 45 minutes to take on fuel and water, and we try and bring all the bodies home every week!

Mudguards are preferred and for the darkest weeks lights may be necessary for the last dregs of the ride.

We look forward to seeing all our old friends and many new faces over the course of the winter!

16/10 – Chelmer Grand Prix Des Gentleman end of season 15.7 mile TT (open event, one paced rider, contact Duncan Gilbert (07852-950796/  duncangilbert@icloud.com ) if more details needed.  

23/10 – Chelmer Integration Day  Club HQ - Refreshments from 08:30 
30/10 – Westmill Tea Rooms 
06/11 – The 10th Chelmer Winter Tour! – ‘Remainers’ Club Ride destination TBA
13/11 – Fanny Annes Café - Long Melford 
20/11 – Narrowboat Café – Waltham Abbey

27/11 – Red Dog Café – Inworth (Post Dinner Ride 10:00 Start)
04/12 – Café Clare - Clare
11/12 – 80’s Style Ride – 2 Stops, all day ride, bring lights!

18/12 – Christmas Whisky Mac ride! – Rodney PH Little Baddow 26/12 – Boxing Day ride – Rodney PH Little Baddow (10:00 Start)
28/12 – Christmas Shirkers Ride – Ardeley Farm Shop

30/12 – Christmas Shirkers Ride - Linton Tea Shop 
01/01/17 – New Year’s Day ride – Three Elms PH (10:00 Start)
08/01 – Café Plus - Baldock (08:30 Start)

15/01 – Maglia Rosso Café – Hawstead (08:30 Start)
22/01 – Orchard Garden Centre – Coton (08:30 Start)
29/01 – Emily’s Tea Shop – Whitwell (08:30 Start) 
05/02 – Counties Lunch Ride Via the Secret Nuclear Bunker 
12/02 – Jordan’s Mill – Biggleswade (08:30 Start) 
19/02 – Tubby T’s – Stradishall 
26/02 – Café Plus - Baldock (Via Dead Man’s Hill! – 08:30 Start) 
05/03 – Chelmer in Mallorca

12/03 – Chelmer in Mallorca 
19/03 – Chelmer Hardriders Open TT (Finchingfield) – Help Please 
26/03 – Chelmer ‘100 in 8’ – The Final Shoot Out!