With Velo! closed for the weekend our start venues were mixed up for the weekend. Although temporarily homeless we ran pair of lovely rides for members of the collective and some new attendees. Both days we were treated to dry and bright conditions, but the savage winds were back in play. A luxury when at your back, but nudging you into the red when trying to maintain the speed when pushing into it!
With most riders adding 10 to 20km onto their ride to make the start for Saturday in Dedham, and 8 to 12km on Sunday for the Tendring meet, the rides were ever so slightly longer than billed. Both rides this weekend were mapped on quicker roads and a slight departure from our favoured quiet lanes. But this was a chance to up the pace a little and take advantage of some dry conditions and milder weather. The groups held together well both days, and with fitness improving all around this makes for a great riding experience. Moving as a mini peloton makes for a much more fun and social ride as opposed to the strung out line of riders. It’s also pleasing to see the development of ColVelo as club and the ever increasing attendance. It’s our goal that we maintain the social side of the ride and that all our members know each other, and have a chance to socialise and ride together as much as possible.
With another Bank Holiday just around the corner our plan is to ramp up the social side with some events and meets. With Colchester-Swaffham-Colchester (CSC) taking pride of place on Saturday 2nd May 2015, the Sunday (3rd May) will be all about the social! A light spin is planned for the morning, then it’s back to Velo! for refreshments and the final stage of the Tour De Yorkshire. Proceedings will then move down the High St to our club Sponsor The Three Wise Monkeys for a beer or Two. Details to follow on this.