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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 25 Jul 2015


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Come and enjoy a great day's cycling and raise money for Age UK Essex and Colchester at the same time.
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 (eventually!). So well signed ...and amazing route. Thanks’ O.W

‘thanks for your great organisation of Essex Castle bike ride. Great route!’ M.R

Ride Details
StartKings Head Meadow, Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH
FinishKings Head Meadow, Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH
Distance25, 50 or 75 miles
Challenge RatingLong Route Med Route Short Route
Getting There: CarParking is £2 all day - buy in advance to avoid queues on the day - please follow our signs to parking area.
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
Start Times8.00am - 10.00am at a time to suit you
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.

All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.

** 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
PricingChildren's Entry (14 years and under) (£8.50)
Entry Pack (£19.00)
Team Entry (6 or more, per person) (£18.50)




Age UK Essex is an independent registered charity which puts older people at the heart of its work so that no one has to face the challenges of later life alone. We have been dedicated to supporting older people since 1949 and this year we celebrate our 65th anniversary.
Registered charity number:1091058

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