Sunday 11 May 2014

7th Ronde Chelmsford - the Essex Grand Boucle*

The riders enjoying the lunch stop at the Generals Arms in Little Baddow

The 7th edition of CCH round Chelmsford ride last Sunday was well attended with around 40 riders turning up at the Ice Rink to tackle the 160km ride through Essex - this time anti clockwise. CCH stalwarts and newcomers were joined by our friends from Lea Valley Velo on a lovely sunny day and set off to ride along some of the route of this year's stage three of the Tour de France. The yellow marked sections of the tour route all came after lunch but with all the flowers in the hedge rows out and the rape seed in full bloom the whole route looked yellow. Going round the other way offered some new perspectives and -ahem - detours and we even managed to take in some ERRL racing action as the route coincided with some of the Iceni Velo race. The lunch stop at the Generals Arms at the top of back hill left us all well refreshed for the afternoon - recommended and thanks to Mike for sorting that one out.
Thanks to Boris for working out the revised route and Bjorn for putting it into easily understood format which you can download below if you want to try it out yourself.

Group 2 getting ready to leave whilst group3 await their lunch.
* - look it up.

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