Glendene Cycling Club

Glendene Cycling Club

The club have a number of regular organised rides. The Saturday morning rides are popular. We usually meet at 9:00 am for 9:15 am start. Some longer rides during summer start earlier.

Everyone meets by the Blackmore Tea Rooms in Blackmore, Essex CM4 0RL. Most rides start and end here unless alternative arrangements have been made.

There are two groups going out regularly - Glendene B and Glendene C. The Glendene A group rides during spring and summer, mainly for training and race preparation.

Group Leaders organise their rides using WhatsApp; this allows members to stay in touch and share information with each other.

We welcome new riders of all ages and abilities, and those returning to cycling after a period away from the sport. After some trial rides with us we ask that you become a member to enjoy the continued benefits of riding with a club. You would become part of group with a shared passion for cycling who care for your safety and well-being.

A hard shell helmet is strongly recommended for everyone taking part in club rides and events.

We also recommend having third party insurance, which is included with individual membership of British Cycling or Cycling UK.

Group B - Tempo Rides

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Group B rides are usually at a tempo pace aimed at more serious riders. Join these experienced riders to improve performance or provide preparation for racing.

In summer the rides are usually 60 to 100 miles at an average speed of 17 to 18 mph.

In winter, depending on the weather and road conditions, they are often shorter - typically around 50 miles.

During spring and summer there are also mid-week rides arranged by members to suit.

A GPX route map is available for each ride. There is usually help with punctures and any mechanical issues.

Group Leader: David Jones

Group C - Steady Rides

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Group C could stand for a couple of things.

The first is it's a like-minded group of riders who have an average speed of 15 to 16 mph and would ride on average 50 to 60 miles on Saturdays with a cafe stop about half way.

The second is we have the understanding that not everyone is into stats and data. We like to stop and admire the wonderful Essex countryside and take a little time getting up the road if it's a bit challenging. The aim is for all riders to stay with the group and not get dropped.

If you are new to cycling in a group, we would be very happy to help you develop the necessary skills and ride safely.

We are keen to have new faces come along, join the rides and have fun!

Group Leaders: Steven Pollard & Colin Mannakee

Some of our favourite café stops

These serve excellent tea and coffee, offer a selection of cakes and some have a range of hot and cold food.
And a great time to chat!

The Blue Egg, Great Bardfield

The Hub, Chelmsford

The Shed Coffee House, Sawbridgeworth

Owls Hill Tea Rooms, Terling

Osea View Café Bar, Heybridge, Maldon

Coastal Coffee, West Mersea

Parlour Café, Burnham on Crouch

Pear Tree Pantry, Hatfield Peveral

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our rides, drop us an email. We would be pleased to help.

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