It’s a jam-packed issue of the newsletter this month so grab a cup of tea, make sure you’re sitting comfortably and have a read… 

This month we sat down for a chat with father and son duo Phin and Gabi Wenlock, and they told us all about their cycling past and future. You can read the full interview here.

Cycling Charter 
We’re really excited to be able to share the Colchester Cycling Charter, and we’d love you all to sign up too. The Charter is simply a way to show your support to the following idea: 

“We, the people, businesses, organisations and schools in Colchester want our town to be a vibrant place to work, study, thrive and do business.” 

The Charter isn’t a commitment to do anything specific, but it is a way of supporting our leaders in making Colchester a better place through recognising the positive impact cycling can have on the town. Pledge your support to the Charter here 

Cycle Training 
The school summer holidays are quickly approaching, and we’re pleased to share the upcoming excellent cycle training from Safeer Essex Roads Partnership. It’s the perfect chance for anyone of any age to get some cycling experience under your belt so you can make the most of your bike over the summer. 

Each course costs £10 and they’re being held at Queen Boudica Primary School in Mile End, CO4 5XT. Please email saferessexroads@essexhighways.org for more information and to book your place. 

Date  Course  Time 
29th of July & 30th of July  Level 1 & 2 (min 9 age)  9:00 to 13:00 
29th of July  Learn to Ride ( any age, max ratio 2 children to one instructor, parent/guardian needs to stay, no stabilisers)  13:30-14:15
14:30-15:15
15:30-16:15 
30th of July  Learn to Ride( any age, max ratio 2 children to one instructor, parent/guardian needs to stay, no stabilisers)  13:30-14:15
14:30-15:15
15:30-16:15 
31st of July  Learn to Ride( any age, max ratio 2 children to one instructor, parent/guardian needs to stay, no stabilisers )  13:30-14:15
14:30-15:15
15:30-16:15 
31st of July  Level 3 (min age 10, must have completed level 1 &2 or be a confidence cyclist.)  9:00 to 13:00 

Womens Festival of Cycling 
Cycling UK are holding their annual Women’s Festival of Cycling throughout July, celebrating women who inspire us to cycle, as well as raising the profile of women’s cycling and encouraging more women to get on their bikes. Find some inspiration to get started from their 100 women in cycling list. 

There’s rides happening all across the country, and you can find ones near you on the Womens Festival website! 

Bike Kitchens 
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen have slightly revised their opening hours, so as well as their usual Monday evening session from 7-9pm they’re now open Sundays from 3-5pm. No need to book, just drop by and they’ll help you with all the tinkering your heart desires! 

Colchester Bike Kitchen are open as usual every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm and the first and third Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm. 

As well as their regular workshops, Colchester Bike Kitchen are currently offering free cycle security marking as part of this year’s Big Bike Revival from Cycling UK. The kits are provided by BikeRegister, and normally cost £15, but until the end of July you can get them absolutely FREE! But don’t leave it too long, there’s limited stock and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Find out more about CBK and what they do here. 

Re~Cycle 
It’s always nice to remind you that Re~Cycle have many fully refurbished bikes for sale that all come with a 60 day warranty! They’re open from 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday and if you can’t make it during the week, they are also open on the last Saturday of every month from 9am – 1pm. The next Saturday sale is the 29th June. Re~Cycle are a non-profit organisation, meaning 100% of the sales goes back into funding the charity’s core aim of sending bikes to Africa. For further information visit www.re-cycle.org 

If you’re planning on a trip to the Eroica Limburg Event in the Netherlands on the 28 & 29th June look out for Re~Cycle’s Bike Stall, where they’ll be selling a wide selection of vintage bikes and parts. 

Things that caught our eye 
The Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive book is a fantastic collection of photographs, hand-drawn maps and memories illustrating the history of the world’s oldest off road cycling club. Formed in the 1950s, the RSF is all about going out and getting lost on your bike, going slow, and finding new places. For a taste of what’s in the book we recommend checking out the @rsfarchive Instagram account. 

This gallery of 15 projects from nine countries makes up Build it and they will bike: The Bicycle Architecture Biennale. Launching on Monday in Amsterdam, the Biennale showcases cutting edge and high profile building designs that are facilitating bicycle travel in communities all over the world. Have a browse and get inspired by how cycling doesn’t have to be all about painted white lines… 

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