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06th August 15 Waltham Abbey to London

Maurice, Andrew, Lindsey R, John B, Lynn B, John T, Steve, Lynn & Frances set off from Waltham Abbey cycling beside the Lee Navigation via Enfield Lock and Ponders End eventually arriving at the Olympic Park. From there to the Hertford Cut and down the Regent Canal to Limehouse Basin and the Grapes Pub for refreshments (bang on opening time)

As John B, Lynn and John T became ensconced at the Grapes, Maurice led the rest of the group to Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Katherines Dock and a well deserved lunch. We certainly saw all the sites yesterday including The Gloriana Barge ( built for the Queens Diamond Jubilee). As a bonus as we left the Grapes Pub we saw the actor Sir Iain Mclellan (who owns the pub)

On the return it was a detour around the Olympic Park before returning to Waltham Abbey.

Total mileage 38

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30th July 15 Great Chishill – Puckeridge- Standon -Much Hadham circuit

Thanks to John B for organising a superb cycle ride from Great Chishill to Puckeridge – Standon – Latchford- Much Hadham- Little Hadham – Brent Pelham.

The Peloton consisted of John B, John T, Ken W, Andrew R and Maurice W.

Enroute to Standon we passed a very large openair pop concert venue called “Standon Calling” an event that has been running annually for over 10 years -We all said we would go to this rave however, no one has heard of any of the groups in the lineup – I wonder why ?? .

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23rd July 2015 Steeple Morden ride – Photographs of the 355th Fighter Group Memorial

Maurice our engineer in residence  contemplating adding a four bladed prop to his bike.
Maurice our engineer in residence contemplating adding a four bladed prop to his bike.

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Champagne back at Maurice's house celebrating a long standing legal dispute and another successful ride.
Champagne back at Maurice’s house celebrating a long standing legal dispute and another successful ride.
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Thursday 23 July 2015, starting and finishing at Maurice’s house, via Royston, Steeple Morden, Baldock and Sandon 28 miles. Then to The Pheasant for lunch.

imageToday’s ride started and ended with celebrations at Maurice’s house, which then continued at The Pheasant afterwards. Maurice will no doubt fill in the details to those not already in the know! In between, Maurice, John B, John T, Andrew R and Martin W enjoyed a shortish circuit to Royston, Steeple Morden, with a stop to look at the war memorial on the old US airforce, and then delightful lanes to Baldock via Ashwell. John B then took us, unintentionally off-road across the A505 but we were soon on the tarmac again and climbing up to Wallington where we stopped to look at the cottage where George Orwell lived for a few years during the war. Then it was back to Maurice’s house via Sandon and Reed to crack open a bottle of champagne, and tweak John T’s bike in Maurice’s well equipped bike workshop.

Kell R and Ken W joined us for lunch at The Pheasant, which ended a very good day’s ride.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015, 35 mile circuit from Steeple Bumpstead

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Maurice arranged a great ride today starting from the Moot Hall in Steeple Bumpstead and ending at the Fox and Hounds, which is very conveniently next door. The other cyclists were John B. John T, Ken W and Martin W. Heading Northwards initially towards Kedington and Stradishall, where Martin W’s dad was based during the war, we then made a detour to visit one of Suffolk’s best pubs, the Star in Lidgate, but it was closed. So the wait for much needed caffeine had to wait until we reached Clare, where we stopped at an antiques shop cum coffee shop.

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Then it was back to Steeple Bumpstead via more quiet lanes and pretty villages for an excellent lunch at the Fox and Hounds.

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Thanks, Maurice, for another excellent day.

 

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9th July 2015, Steeple Bumpstead circuit via Castle Hedingham and Great Bardfield, 35 miles

Today’s ride took five of us around quiet Essex lanes on a glorious day, stopping for coffee and cakes at our favourite haunt in Castle Hedingham, where there were no volunteers to have their bike padlocked to Martin Woodhead’s bike in case he again forgot to bring a key, as happened last year. However, we were not incident free due to John T’s chain coming off at frequent intervals which even our back up mechanic by the name of Maurice was unable to fix. Despite this, we moved along at quite a pace and arrived back at the Fox and Hounds by 1.15pm, well in time for a really excellent lunch. Other than millions of little black bugs which seemed particularly attracted to Andrew’s yellow day-glo vest, or it could simply have been because they knew he was Scottish, it was a perfect day’s ride.

Thanks, Maurice, for planning it and not getting us lost.

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Cooling off at the Fox and Hounds, above, and the mechanic at work on John’s bike, below.

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25th June 15 Wimpole Hall

John B and Andrew R enjoyed a brilliant 38 mile ride on Thursday 25th June to Wimpole Hall averaging 16MPH on the outer leg (Just as well Kell was on QM2!!) and not much slower on the return.

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02 July 15 Great Chishill -Saffron Walden- Widdington-Ugly

02 July 15 Great Chishill -Saffron Walden- Widdington-Ugly.

Another excellent route organised by Chef de Velo Maurice.

Joining Maurice  Andrew R, John B, John T, Ken W.

A pleasant 14.5 MPH ride stopping at the new Cycling Cafe in Saffron Walden- Biciceletta Coffee con Velo. Returning to the Pheasant via Ugly and Rickling in light rain.

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Six souls braved heavy rain on Monday nights midsummer ride from The Pheasant – 22 June 15

Six hardy souls braved heavy rain, wind and a temperature of only 10 degrees and complete a circuit from Gt Chishill- Elmdon -Strethall – Littlebury Green and returned to the pub looking like drowned rats.

John T and Bridgette took the sensible choice of returning home to change into dry clothes before returning for food and a well deserved refreshment.

John B took the even more sensible decision to stay in the pub all evening to avoid getting his new bike wet – ha ha

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Thursday 18th June 2015 Barley- Barkway- Great Hormead- Brent Pelham- Clavering Lakes

Numbers depleted to two riders today – John T and Andrew R completed a  Barley- Barkway- Great Hormead- Brent Pelham- Clavering Lakes circuit with a photo stop at the memorial to F/O Archie F. Daniels Flying with the 83rd Fighter Squadron who crashed his P-47D just after takeoff.

Coffee stop was planned for Clavering Lakes however, it was closed. Thankfully Kell’s daughter Aislinn came to the rescue with some grand filter coffee.

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Thursday, 11 June 2015, Steeple Bumpstead circuit via Castle Hedingham and Henny Street

Coffee and cake at a delightful oldy worldy tea shop in Castle Hedingham
Coffee and cake at a delightful oldy worldy tea shop in Castle Hedingham
A well deserved lunch at the The Henny Swan
A well deserved lunch at the The Henny Swan
Maurice you couldn't have picked a better place to take beer and have lunch in Constable country
Maurice you couldn’t have picked a better place to take beer and have lunch in Constable country
The River Stour at Henny Street
The River Stour at Henny Street
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Thursday, 11 June 2015, Steeple Bumpstead circuit via Castle Hedingham and Henny Street

This was another glorious ride of 44 miles on a perfect  summer’s day wending our way through Essex lanes. Starting from the Fox and Hounds in Steeple Bumpstead we stopped for coffee and cake in Castle Hedingham and then proceeded to Henny Street in Constable country for lunch by the river and much needed cold beers. A tail wind got us back to Steeple Bumpstead somewhat faster than on the outward stretch. Other than experiencing a violent domestic argument between two people in Sible Hedingham it was an uneventful trip. It was good to meet up with Kell Ryan at the end. Thanks, Maurice, for organising the ride. You are forgiven for only getting us lost once.image

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Club members enjoying goujons and chips in The Pheasant

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Monday 8 June 2015

Three runs tonight on a pleasant summer’s evening, but getting chilly towards the end –  the red run was about 20 miles, the blue was 22 miles and the black via Manuden was 26 miles. (Note that The Windmill Cycle Club colours in grades of difficulty are different to those used in skiing.)image

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A welcome pint in Sicklemere + John B, Ken, Maurice and Martin outside Lavenham Church

A welcome pint in Sicklemere John B, Ken, Maurice and Martin outside Lavenham Church

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Thursday 4 June 2015, Sicklemere to Lavenham via Hartest hill and back via Rattlesden

This was a glorious ride of 32 miles through Suffolk countryside on a perfect day for cycling. No mishaps this week.image

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Laxfield to Aldeburgh

Well done Maurice – a delightful 43 mile cycle ride through the Suffolk Countryside -The Croissants and beer were a lovely treat at Shrimp Cottage – memorable

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Laxfield to Aldeburgh via Thorpeness and back via Snape. 43 miles.image

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