Help needed for the Orchid Festival of Sport
on Sunday 7th June 2015

Dear Club Members,
The Orchid Festival of sport is happening again this year on Sunday 7th June and our club needs your help. Essex Roads have supported the Orchid Cancer Appeal for the last 15 years through running this event and as a consequence raised over £350,000 for research in to and finding cures for penile, prostate and testicular cancers. On the day we have four off road rides, one off road and one fun run. To find out more go to and follow the link. In order to run this event we need members to put out signage and collect it, to man feed stops and to act as marshals on course, to set up and take down the go ride event and to set up the event HQ in the morning. This event cannot go forward without your help so please come forward and let me know what you can do. Several of our much loved committee members have passed on in recent years due to cancer and this is a golden opportunity to help those suffering from these diseases today.
Mark Stanbury
General Secretary

OrchidCycle Go-Ride

    Essex Roads CC are running another Go-Ride event for Under 16s at the Orchid Sportive on Sunday 7th June. There will be two activities throughout the event; a timed mini-cyclocross race and also various coaching sessions.
    The event will be held on grass so road bikes are not suitable. Riders can have as many attempts at the timed circuit as numbers allow.
    There will be a separate boys / girls competition and all riders will receive a certificate of attendance. Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
    Date; Sunday 7th June Time; 10am – 2pm (drop-in at any time during this period) Cost; £2 –payable on the day You will need; Your bike- in good working order Your helmet (you can borrow one of ours if necessary) Sensible / comfortable clothing and footwear Venue; Lake Meadows Park, Billericay, CM12 0AQ Event Organiser; Gwen Cook

May Committee News

  • Our Road Race events were a success, and there was a very positive response to the introduction of the Women’s race. We are looking to run both these events again next year but will liaise with BC re the 5 minute ruling to try and ensure that riders are not pulled out too early.
  • Our Spring Lambs Sportive is nearly full –should be a good event on Sunday!
  • Entries are now closed for our TT May 16th –we have 45 riders.
  • Entries are coming in for our Open TT Wednesday 10th June –get your entries in soon if you want to ride –if you don’t know how to enter or for help completing an entry form, please ask one of us at the evening TT series.
  • We are continuing to build our coaching team –Congratulations to Dave Nock who has passed the first weekend of his Level 2 Coaching Course. Dave Brown is also applying to do his Level 2 Cyclocross training in October.
  • We ran a successful Go-Ride event on the Monday of the ECCA Festival –a great time was had by all.
  • We are running another Under 16s Go-Ride event at the Orchid Cycle –please bring your children and tell their friends to come along too! (See website for details)
  • ECCA Festival –full results not yet finalised –watch this space.
  • After a long wait, the next order of Club kit is due any day now (this includes the skinsuits!)
  • We are purchasing a set of lightweight racing wheels for use by juniors in major competitions –please apply to the committee to book them.
  • The wheelchair bike that we purchased for Just Ride Southend is in use and very popular. Just Ride send their thanks.

Fun Go-Ride (Under 16s)
On Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, we will be running a Fun Go-Ride (Under 16s) event during the lunch break of the third day of the ECCA Festival. Riders will be able to have as many attempts at the timed skills activity as numbers allow, and there will also be a coaching activity for riders to take part in.

Entry fee; £2 (payable on the day)
Venue; High Easter Village Hall Playing Field, High Easter, Chelmsford CM1 4QS
Sign-on from 11.45am
Activity from 12noon till 2pm
Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event

ERCC website makeover!
Thanks for those that completed the website survey already. We have recieved some brilliant feedback so far! So if you want your say in the website's future and you have missed the link to our survey, you can click here to take part: ERCC website survey.

Latest news from the March committee meeting

  • Cycling weekly are looking to feature an article on ERCC at some point in the future. Watch this space…!
  • We have submitted our application for Clubmark status –we are awaiting a response from BC. If we are awarded Clubmark status it brings various benefits to the club.
  • A provisional date has been set for the AGM; 22nd November 2015. To be confirmed next month.
  • Open Events planning meeting –this will be held straight after the penultimate Evening TT (19th August).A photographer will be taking photos of club members in the new kit to create a new club kit display on the website. Timescale April(ish!)
  • We are aiming to have a new ERCC website up and running in the next 4-5 months.
  • Lea Marshall is planning another Youth Training Camp for the end of August.
  • Saturday Go-Ride sessions will continue at Hadleigh Infant School for the foreseeable future.
  • Awards Evening; we are looking into alternative options for next year’s event –a questionnaire will go out to members to gauge opinion.

ERCC Spring Lambs and Team Sportive 2015
This prestigious 150 Km event is now open for entries and as a member of Essex Roads CC you are invited. It's on Sunday 10th May and starts from a great sporting venue - Brentwood Leisure Centre offering full changing facilities and car parking. We've got our popular pasta and salad feast when you return and full feedstops, toilet and maintenance facilities en route. For those looking for something different this is also a 'Teams of Five' Sportive offering you the chance of gaining an additional "team time' for your collective efforts. This is a first for sportives in the UK. To find out more and to book on to this amazing ride go to If you do one early sportive then make it this one!

See 2014 Boxing Day TT Results

CTC Reliability Ride 22nd February 2015
The South-East Essex Group of the Cyclist's Touring Club (CTC) cordially invites you to its annual Reliability Ride, on Sunday 22nd February 2015. This long-established 75-mile event takes in some beautiful Essex countryside.
The start point is the Wickford Café Restaurant, 1-7 The Broadway, Wickford, Essex SS11 7AD (map reference OS Sheet 178, TQ747936). 3 start-time options - 0830 (7-hour ride), 0900 (6-hour ride) and 0930 (5-hour ride). Cafe open from 0800. Refreshments will be available at the cafe (start/finish) and the approximate half-way point (Great Bardfield Town Hall). Entry fee: £6.00 (postal entries, cheques made payable to 'South East Group'); £7.00 ('on the line'). Wickford railway station and free car-parking (e.g., SS6 7QD) close by.
Further details:

Sunday Redbridge Go-Ride Race Series
Visit our "Go-ride" page under "Activites" above.

Sunday Senior Race Training Sessions
Starting in November - see ERCC Events Calendar.

ERCC Autumn Leaves sportive
The Essex Roads Autumn Leaves 150k sportive was held on Sunday 28th September. Our thanks to everyone who took part and especially those who helped at the weekend.
The results will be available on

See Justride Southend

Congratulations to Colin Ward for breaking the 100 mile record
Colin broke the 100 mile senior record by nearly 10 minutes!
See the full record details..

Interested in Track Racing at the Olympic Velodrome?
Then visit our "Track racing" page under "Activites" above.

Essex Roads gets First Place in ECCA Festival 2014.
For details see ECCA Festival Summary

Cyclists and Horses
Please see this important Poster.
We’ve also had communication from Sustrans asking us to be understanding in the way we interact with horses ridden on the counties roads. In full recognition and agreement Essex Roads Cycling Club has developed a protocol for its riders to follow so as to reduce the risk of horses becoming frightened by passing cyclists. If you are an Essex Roads Member then please read the Sustrans Code of Conduct and follow our ERCC protocol for passing horses on Essex roads.

Essex Roads Club Kit Sale - still 50% off
To find out more Click here.

Billericay Circular Cycle Ride
In order to bring further leisure cycling to the local area, Essex Roads Cycling Club has recently worked in cooperation with Billericay Town Council to produce a 15 mile cycle route taking in the best sights of the country within the locality. Essex Roads officially cycled the route on Saturday 1st October 2011 after meeting at Billericay train Station. This is a lovely ride, so please try it out!

Bike store discounts
Did you know that by joining Essex Roads Cycling Club you can get generous discounts in some local bike shops! On production of your membership card Herongate Cycles in Herongate will be able to give you very good deals on an array of bikes and equipment, and Momentum Cycles in Brentwood are able to give you 10% off any shop price listed, as well as Yellow Jersey Cycles in Billericay. So, there’s every reason to enjoy your cycling even more with Essex Roads CC.


. . . . . and we are still welcoming new members :-

Have you ever thought just how you might start cycling with a club? Did you know that every Sunday we organise four types of rides: novice, touring, club and training rides so you can pick the distance and speed to suit you best - then graduate to the next group up as you get fitter. We even do early-bird rides on a Sunday starting at sun rise. Everything is possible with Essex Roads!

And we don’t just cycle on-road, we go off-road riding too. Practically every other Saturday we organise off-road rides in all parts of our beautiful county. We also organise off-road and on-road trips and endurance rides. You can experience this too with Essex Roads!

Are you a youngster who is keen to take up cycling – we are a registered British Cycling Go-ride club and can start you off in the right direction.

Are you a more mature rider and have waited long enough to achieve your cycling ambitions – many of our riders are in their 60’s and 70’s and cycle every week!
Are you a lady cyclist – we have many lady members in our club, and families too. All these things are possible with Essex Roads!

How about taking part in a time trial – a race against the clock like they do in the Tour de France? We organise weekly events of this type from April all the way through to August. Have you thought about competing in national time trials along with riders from other clubs – our members take part in many ECCA events each year.

Ever thought of riding a sportive . How about developing your fitness in the dry over the winter – every Wednesday we hold a winter turbo training class right through from October to March to develop your core fitness and cycling techniques. This is happening with Essex Roads!

And in 2014 we are going even further! We’re introducing more member benefits so that you can save even more on your cycling by becoming a member of our rapidly expanding club – we increased our membership last year to well over 300 club members! We are working on developing more events and expanding our portfolio of activities to appeal to even more cyclists. Above all, we are turning into a cycling club for everyone. Come and meet us and we will turn you into the cyclist you want to become!



ERCC Event Calendar
ERCC TT Events & Results

Members' Results in
Other TT Events
Other RR Events
TT Event Planner
Suggested Events Diary
"Post-it" page
See Results of
7th December
Go-ride Racing
Indoor Training tips
ERCC Event Calendar
for Turbo Training dates
See Results of
2nd November
Go-ride Racing
Justride Southend
Track Programme
Lee Valley Olympic Velodrome
Book Your Place
at the
ERCC Dinner & Dance
8th June "Orchid"
Go-ride Racing
See Results & Awards
of 30th March
Go-ride Racing
See Results of
2nd March
Go-ride Racing
See Results of
2nd February
Go-ride Racing
See Results of
5th January
Go-ride Racing
Suggested Events Diary
75-mile CTC SEG
Reliability Ride
Sunday February 23th 2014
Essex Roads 2013
Boxing Day TT Results
ERCC Go-Ride Racing
Jan to Mar
Boxing Day
Time Trial

Matthew's Gold Award
Navestock Knockout Jumble Sale on Saturday 7th December
Need to know more about
Bike Maintenance

Also see
Clubnight Events
advanced notice of our
Turbo Training Sessions
starting in October
See our first
2013 Member Exploit
Chris Armishaw's TDF
See Result of
Essex Roads Spring Lambs Road Race
28th May 2013
HALF-TERM Road & TT Coaching at Peterborough Showground
2 & 10 April 2013
Road Racing Techniques
Members, Family & Friends are invited to
Essex Roads Dinner Dance and
2012 Awards Presentation

Essex Roads Cycling Club is a proud supporter of the Orchid Cancer Appeal, researching the causes and finding cures for male reproductive cancers!

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