Colchester Cycling UK

Stisted Ride Report

June 24, 2012

Because we’d heard that Maldon & District Cycling Club were doing a Reliability Trial and heading for the same lunch venue, Alan changed the route to get us to Stisted a bit earlier, and asked everyone to be at Leisure World ready for a prompt start.

Seven of us set off shortly after 9.30 am — Alan (ride leader), Clive, Derek, Des, Paul, Caroline and Pam. At Barnplants we were joined by the Tiptree contingent — Les and Gill on tandem plus their friend Sarah, who started cycling with the Tiptree Cycle Champions project only a few months ago, but is now making great progress.

Just after Perry Green the heavens opened. When asked for a description, Derek said “B wet and cold”. However, the sun was shining again by the time we got to Specialities Tea Rooms in Stisted, so we left wet clothing outside to dry. With perfect timing, Maureen joined us just as we were sitting down, ready to order the food! She had missed us at Barnplants, but found her way with no problems, so there’s another ride leader in the making!

Group at Specialities Tea Rooms

Sean had plenty of towels at the ready, and we were soon tucking in to the delicious fare — including excellent value Tea for Two (pot of tea, sandwiches, crisps and cake for £13). Sean also provided a birthday candle to top one of his delicious chocolate meringues in celebration of our first anniversary. We have already booked again for our second anniversary!

Alan and birthday cake

By Pam Nelson