The word transit is defined as the carrying of people or things from one place to another. Therefore a Transit Ride explains itself; a one-way ride to a destination followed by a train journey back.
Transit rides are a staple of the Colvelo armoury and have taken many guises, with a popular edition being a ride to Norwich and back, taking advantage of the Adnams residency on the train back to Colchester.
A one-way ride gives the opportunity to go further afield without the worry of the return leg, and also to indulge in a big lunch and a few beers at the destination. The format has also been useful when the wind is blowing hard, making use of a tailwind for the whole ride!
The pinnacle of Colvelo transit riding is the London Fields Omynad (reverse Dynamo), a 270km ride from Colchester to London via Dunwich. The route from Dunwich to London Fields is a handed version of the north-east bound Dunwich Dynamo, the benefit being rolling into London to soak up the atmosphere while the night riders depart for their 200km trip.
The route passes through Sudbury, Great Dunmow and Epping and the anticipation builds as you pass under the A406 inner ring road, spotting at first the odd north-bound rider and then larger groups.
This ride is being run again on Saturday 16th July 2016 with a 6am roll out from the junction of Bromley Road and Wivenhoe road. Further details can be found at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/110216/group_events/80217
Hope to see you on the road!
Words by Liam Hendry