We spoke to Alex McNulty about his journey from commuter to long distance rider, and how he ditched his car in favour of a bike.
Cycle the full 14 mile Colchester Orbital route as part of the Jane’s Walk weekend
The Bike Kitchens are getting ready for summer, learn about Wivenhoe’s new opening hours and book your space on Colchester’s upcoming beginners course.
We’ve got an update from local charity Re~Cycle about their monthly bike sale and Easter opening hours.
There’s still a few spots left for the RideLondon Surrey Sportive through local charities. We’ve got full details on how you can sign up to represent them and help raise some money
We’ve also got full details of the Sustrans job we mentioned in last month’s newsletter.
This month we chatted with Alex McNulty about how he got into cycling, the adventures it’s taken him on, and why he sold his car and never looked back! Read the full interview here.
Jane’s Walk (or Cycle)
As part of the Jane’s Walk weekend in Colchester, there’s a chance to ride the new Colchester Orbital route with a group. Meeting on Monday 6th May at 10:30am from High Woods Visitors Centre, Nick Oakley will lead a group round all 14 miles of the Oribital, taking about 2.5 hours. There’s some light off-road sections, so bring a bike that’s suitable.
Wivenhoe and Colchester Bike Kitchens
As well as their usual drop-in sessions, Colchester Bike Kitchen still have a few spots left on their Introduction to Essential Bike Maintenance course this Saturday morning. It’s aimed at total beginners and is open to anyone; you can find out more and book your space here.
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen have changed their opening hours – you can now drop in for some help with your bike Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm and Monday evenings 7-9pm.
Re~Cycle Bikes to Africa
Re~Cycle have many fully refurbished bikes for sale that all come with a 60-day warranty! They are open from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday - Friday as well as the last Saturday of every month from 9am - 1pm. They are a non-profit organisation, meaning 100% of the sales goes to running the charity. This month’s bike sale is Saturday the 27th April.
Re~Cycle will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to give their volunteers a well deserved break!
Ride London – Surrey Sportive
There are still some spots available for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportive on 4th August through a range of local charities. All they ask is you commit to raising sponsorship money for your chosen cause. We’ve got links to local causes on our event page here.
Things that caught our eye
The Bike Show Podcast
Jack Thurston’s relaxing off-beat podcast tells stories of people and adventures to be had without needing to (necessarily) go fast – just up our street! From exploring WW1 battlefields in the Alps to riding around Preston with a local artist, Jack has a knack for inspiring you to get out on your bike.
Container Cycle Hub
Cycle Hoop have come up with a clever idea – the Container Cycle Hub. They take a single-use shipping container and fit it out with cycle racking, then simply drop it into place! It even comes with lockable doors to keep the bikes inside extra secure, solar powered lighting, and a bike pump and tool stand.
Sustrans Engagement Officer, East of England
Deadline: 09:00 Wednesday 24th April
Sustrans are recruiting for a 37.5 hour a week position based in Colchester, leading engagement activities with the local community. Responsibilities are shared between the Colchester Community-Led Street Design Project and a range of other potential projects designed for the promotion of walking and cycling.
Find out more and apply for the role on the Sustrans website.
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