Our FREE local guided cycle tours are designed for beginners or those who used to cycle and are looking to get back on their bikes. At 20, 30 or 40 miles, these rides are designed to get you outdoors, exercising and enjoy exploring the stunning countryside, quaint villages and quiet country lanes around Essex and Suffolk. All on pre-planned routes, with an experienced cycle tour guide and in the company of other like-minded people. Road bikes, E-bikes and mountain bikes are perfectly suitable for these rides, as we will be cycling for pleasure, not speed. We go at the pace of the slowest rider and never leave anyone behind.
All our rides depart from and arrive back at The Northern Gateway, Colchester. Free parking is available.
Our focus is on taking novice cyclists, or people who used to cycle, and get them back out on their bikes. Starting with a series of free shorter guided cycle rides through stunning, quiet Essex & Suffolk countryside (20, 30 & 40 miles). This is to get you comfortable, confident and inspired. You can stick to only doing the free, shorter guided tours, or hopefully, this will give you the encouragement and confidence to, over time, build fitness and stamina to move onto our more challenging 50, 70 & 90 mile guided cycle tours. With the ultimate aim of completing our 5 day Three Chester Cycle Challenge - cycling with a guide from Colchester to Manchester, whilst also raising money for a charity of your choice.
20 mile guided cycle tour - 9:30am - 12:30am
On this ride you will be amazed to discover such extraordinary countryside views so close to Colchester. Heading through Fordham, Bures and Boxted.
13th, 17th & 26th Jan
3rd, 7th,14th & 24th Feb
30 mile guided cycle tour - 9:30am - 1:30am
Cycling through Dedham, East Bergholt, Shelley & Boxted Cross. Taking in stunning countryside views and quiet country lanes.
12th, 20th & 27th Jan
2nd, 10th, 16th, 21st & 28th Feb
40 mile guided cycle tour - 9:30am - 2:30pm
This route takes in some of the most stunning scenery the local area has to offer. We cycle through Little Cornard, Great Waldingfield and onto Boxford, where we stop for coffee & cake!
10th, 19th, 24th & 31st Jan
9th, 17th & 23rd Feb
To ensure spaces are available for everyone, we are restricting the free rides to 3 rides per person. 1 x 20 mile, 1 x 30 mile & 1 x 40 mile ride.
As a minimum requirement, participants must bring their own bike, which must be legal, roadworthy and recently serviced. You must be in good health and of a reasonable level of fitness. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, wear a safety helmet, eye protection and have working front and rear lights on your bike.
We will need to be informed of any dietary requirements, medical conditions and made aware of any medication you may bring on the ride.