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Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).


Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).


For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).


These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU.
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Essex Castle

Saturday 30 Jun 2018

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   A great day's cycling starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex.

‘.75miles today with the #EssexCastles by @BikeEventsTeam . Absolutely brilliant and well organised event! Awesome ride :)’ C.J

‘Absolutely fantastic ride today - did the 75. So well signed ...and amazing route. Thanks’ O.W

Ride Details
StartKings Head Meadow (Castle Park), Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH
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FinishKings Head Meadow (Castle Park), Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH
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Distance25, 50 or 75 miles
Challenge RatingLong Route Med Route Short Route ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 75 mile route 3300ft. / 50 mile route 2230ft. / 25 mile route 1025ft.
Getting There: CarParking is £2 all day - buy in advance to avoid queues on the day - please follow our signs to parking area. (access via Catchpool Road (off Cowdray Avenue).
Getting There: TrainColchester central train station is just half a mile away from the start. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950
www.nationalrail.co.uk
Start Times8.00am - 10.00am at a time to suit you
Local Infowww.visitcolchester.com
Other InfoMinimum age 12 on the 25 mile, 14 on the 50 mile and 16 on the 75 mile. Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.
Get your bike checked and serviced before the ride
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs
PricingEntry Pack (£19.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Children's Entry (14 years and under) (£8.50)

SUPPORT SERVICESRULES OF THE RIDERIDE PREPARATION

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This is an Open Event - your entry fee goes towards the running of the ride.

You can ride for one of the charities below (select when you book online) or for a charity of your choice (contact them after you've booked to arrange sponsorship collection).

CHARITIES - please contact us for information about how to get involved and for details of our Open Event fundraising packages.


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Founded in 1841, The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) provides services to Deaf people in their first language, usually British Sign Language (BSL) and supports mainstream providers to be more accessible to Deaf people.
https://www.justgiving.com/theroyalassociationfordeafpeople
Registered Charity No. 1081949


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