This month we chatted to John McArthur, local cyclist, ex-bike shop owner, and Colchester Bike Kitchen volunteer about his life in the saddle. Originally from Scotland, John made his way to Colchester via the Highlands and the South of France. Read the full interview here.
Colchester Cycling Charter
We’re excited to see the launch of the Colchester Cycling Charter!
Individuals and organisations can sign the charter to pledge their support for cycling as a way to ensure Colchester is a vibrant place to work, study, thrive and do business. We all know Colchester is a great place to live, and hopefully together we can show our support for making it even better.
Our friends at Cycling UK are back with their annual celebration of cycling from 8th-16th June. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling! Throughout the week, Cycling UK are aiming to get more people cycling, whether it’s just nipping to the shops or going for an afternoon exploring your local lanes.
Find out more and see if there’s any events near you at the Bike Week website
Colchester’s first women’s road race
The VCR Boudica Women’s Road Race takes place on Sunday 9th June from 1:30pm, taking in a 58 mile circuit south of Colchester. The race is open to 2nd 3rd and 4th category women racers, and they would love to see a full field on the start line.
The circuit around Abberton Reservoir is a short ride south of town, just of the National Cycle Route 1, so it will make for a lovely afternoon out to cheer the riders on!
Find a full map of the course and more details about the race on the VCR website
With summer just around the corner, it’s definitely time to start thinking about dusting off your nice bike and making sure everything’s working just right. Luckily the Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens are on hand to… give you a hand!
Colchester Bike Kitchen are taking part in Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival and will be running some special events. From May until July their Introduction to Essential Bike Maintenance classes will be absolutely FREE, but booking is essential so grab your spot while you can!
They will also be running free cycle marking sessions in partnership with Bike Register. Getting your bike stolen is something you want to avoid if you can, but if the worst does happen then there’s more chance of recovering it if it’s registered On Saturday 21st June CBK will be in Lion Walk offering Dr Bike checks and free cycle marking (usual price £13). Find out full details on their website.
Are you ready to join the 30:30 Essex challenge? Do 30 minutes of exercise for each of the 30 days in June to complete the challenge. It doesn’t have to be all at once either; 10 minutes cycling to school or work, getting off the bus a stop earlier, or just heading out for a 15 minute walk at lunchtime – it all adds up!
We all need to keep active to stay healthy, and 30:30 is a great way to keep up the habit.
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 25th May. Re~Cycle are a non-profit organisation, meaning 100% of the sales goes to the Re~Cycle charity.
There are still RideLondon places available from local charity MS UK with a very modest fundraising target of just £350. The RideLondon sportive is 100 miles through the Surrey countryside, which is a big undertaking but one that’s achievable by normal people!