The Essex Roads Social Tourers Group Rides are rides that are pitched between Social and Step-Up Group rides. These rides are for experienced riders of good ability who might have been on the Social Rides previously.
Tourers Group rides are set at a good pace – around 16.5 miles per hour over roughly 55 miles. During the Summer these rides can be extended up to 70 miles for those training for events or cycling holidays.
In terms of what you will require you will need:- a road-bike, helmet, puncture repair equipment, energy gels and plenty of water! We also recommend that you wear proprietary cycle wear.
(You are expected to be self-sufficient and able to repair your own punctures).
We all ride as a group and take it in turns to take the front, this way you get to conserve energy and make an impact when it is your turn! There are lots of advantages to cycling in a pack. You will learn lots about bike control, road positioning and how to keep pace with others. If anyone is struggling we will stop at the major turns on the route and let you catch your breath! Towards the end of the ride, the Group may fracture somewhat as some riders push onto the finish and others set a more leisurely pace so you need to be confident enough to ride back to Billericay in a small group or even by yourself on occasions.
We definitely stop for a break at a nice café, where tea, coffee, toast, buns and cake are likely to be consumed. There’re some great places to visit from Epping Forest through to Bradwell-on-Sea and we aim to try and find new café locations throughout the season. What’s for sure is that you will be on roads you’ve probably never seen before.
All our Touring Rides start and finish at the Council Car Park on the western side of the High Street, Billericay at 9:00. The Car Park is reached by proceeding along the High Street from Sun Corner and turning left just past the Iceland store. See below. From there, we take a variety of routes along quiet country roads that you’ve probably never been down before. We are usually back in Billericay about 1pm, or you can turn off earlier if it’s easier for you to get home.
Where and when?
Here’s our club Guide to Group Riding, it really is worth taking the time to read this.