Colchester Cycling UK

Goldhanger Ride Report

December 22, 2013

The pre XMAS ride was advertised as decide on the day. This was to give riders the option of any favourite destinations/a short ride back, etc. Myself as ride leader decided to ride into the wind, a south-westerly suggesting The Chequers at Goldhanger, this was backed up by at least one real ale fan.

Nine riders left Colchester for the elevens stop at Coggeshall Dutch Nursery. After elevenses 4 riders made their way back to Colchester leaving 5 riders to riders to ride on to lunch.

This was a good day for me to do a ride on the hoof/pedal/saddle?! Riding out I was mentally choosing a route to avoid lanes with heavy flood water yet still make the ride interesting enough away from main roads. After a very good lunch (which was served very quickly considering how busy the pub was at the time). On unlocking our bikes and glancing back to the pub, a young man walked out with a dog, the dog turned tail and walked back into the pub, promptly followed by his master. Very amusing.

We had a good wind assisted ride back to Colchester 48 miles on the clock.

By Alan Palmer