This money was raised on the back of the clubs 101 and MSG event held last year. So a big thank you to everyone who helped out to make both events a success.
Keep your diaries free for the 9th July when we'll once again be running a money raising sportive event, this time in conjunction with Round Tables Carnival. More details to come soon.
As of November 6th, we enter our Sunday Winter Ride schedule - 4 rides starting from the Market Square, all at 8.30am.
2 hours at 15mph
2 hours at 17mph
3 hours at 15mph
3 hours at 17mph
Over 30 club members tested their climbing mettle against the fearsome climb.
Ok, so being Essex, this was in national terms, a minor ramp rising 43m (142ft) over 0.8km (0.4m), giving an average gradient of 6%. Nevertheless this just meant having to attack it harder and faster.
Awards were given out to various age related categories, plus anyone brave enough to give the feared singlespeed a run.
A fun morning was had by all, and the organising team did a fantastic job, including the laying on of tea, coffee, sausages and doughnuts to all who took part.
Full results attached below.
special medical requirements.
More commonly know as ICE, there are a number of solutions to make carrying this data easier and therefore less likely to be forgotten.
If you have a smart phone that you take on your rides, consider setting your main lock screen to display these details. That way someone can see without having to know the pin-code. One iPhone app that makes this very easy is Ride ID, Android options also exist.
There are a number of wrist bands that can be bought with ICE details embossed, see http://www.roadid.com/ for an example.
Or simply print out the details, laminate and leave in your saddle bag. This site gives a useful template to use http://geticecard.com/
By taking these steps you're helping us to to help you should the worst ever happen.
We're now back to our summer Sunday Club Ride schedule.
Four, two hour rides of various pace (19mph to 15mph avg) leave the Market Square at 7:30am, then at 9:45am another three, two hour rides set off.
See our Club Rides page for full details.
On the 12th September, seven Walden Velo members took part in the La Ronde Picarde sportive. Run by the same organisation that put on the famous Marmotte Grand Fondo, this event offers several distance rides that centre on the town of Abbeville in the Picarde department, with the 135km and 180km routes making a traverse of the famous "Baie de Somme".
Arriving Friday afternoon after a relatively easy drive and "Chunnel" crossing, the group booked into the lovely Hotel Marotte (well done Simon) in Amiens, only a short hop from the start location in Abbeville. After some evening drinks it was soon time to hit the hay for the early start on Saturday. The weather on Saturday was due to break but held out for the start. Unlike previous years the start was staged in batches which meant the manic race experience was missed. However it is still a fast event with a healthy 20mph average for the first half. The route heads out across undulating farmland to the coast, arriving at Ault for a short sharp climb, then out amongst the dunes to the first feed station. The second half of the 180km route goes into the Forest l'Abbaye and started to test the legs. At one point the predicted rain came, but nowhere near as bad as was feared. After a second feed stop, the ride heads back down to Abbeville after a surprising amount of height gain. Just for good measure in the last few km's the organisers throw you up another climb, but the finish comes soon enough and the satisfaction of completing the distance at a very reasonable 19.5mph average feels good.
After getting back to the cars it was time to head back to the hotel, freshen up and hit the town for some well earned drinks and a hearty meal. Amiens has a lively typically French centre so no trouble finding a good bar and restaurant. And after maybe one or two too many, it was time to crash back at the hotel. We headed home on Sunday, a journey that was as straightforward and quick as Friday's.
All in all it's a great French event that's close enough to the UK that it's probably easier to reach than Wales.
Don't just take my word for it, here's what two first timers in the group had to say.
Had a great time. The ride was a superb route, particularly picturesque by the coast and lots of small hills to ensure you get a good workout! The evenings were very sociable too, so overall a really fun event to go to. P.S. Beware of the hill that is immediately around the corner as you first see the sea ahead of you... photo taken there so ensure you smile and gears need to be as easy as poss before you turn the right hand corner. ..only a short one though so all good! Jo
"Very impressed by my first experience of Ronde Picardie. Abbeville is a couple of hours drive from Calais and its setting on the banks of the Somme is spectacular, making for enjoyable cycling on quiet roads. There are enough gradients on the route to challenge and the organisation and marshalling was excellent with main roads often stopped and groups waved through. Feed station was well stocked (cheese and ham baguettes!) and the finish was atmospheric.
In summary - great to ride with other club members and with other serious riders on a challenging and attractive route - close enough to be convenient and far enough away to feel like a short holiday - don't miss it next year." Alan
Below from left to right, James Lloyd, Dan Guise, Alan McGilveray, Simon Hotchkiss, John Archer, Jo Brown, Andy Hutchinson
Congratulations to everyone who took part and managed to complete their challenge.
Courtesy of HS Sports you can find your results here, or download one of the attachments below.
Look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
With less than a week to go before the start of 101 this Sunday, we're busy putting together the final pieces of the jigsaw to hopefully bring you a great day out with Walden Velo.
Whilst we're doing our level to best to provide you with the weather and a good event, you can find further information for the grand depart listed below along with gpx files of the routes (click on the arrows to download).
Route details also online at Garmin Connect
Please bear in mind that the routes could change on the day and if we need to redirect you then we'll issue that information out the day before. There will be arrow indicators on all routes, so hopefully you'll find your way round.
See you Sunday!
Results as follows:
Four of our members competed in tough conditions to cover the 28km against the clock. Unseasonably windy weather added to the difficulty of the challenging TT course and despite giving their all, no one achieved a top 25% qualifying time.
On Sunday, the 43 club members took part in the Grand Fondo event. With amazing local support, and fantastic weather the ride was a hugely memorable experience. It was also fast, with many club members posting sub 4hr times for the 128km. In fact, 20 members achieved the magic 25% required to earn a place at the finals in Denmark.
Well done to all that took part, and special thanks to Russ Powell for organising everyone.
For full details of the event see http://www.tourofcambridgeshire.com
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