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The rest of 2017

Happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas to everyone! There hasn’t been a club blog since mid-August (which feels a lifetime ago in the current weather), so it’s time to write about what happened in the rest of 2017. As usual, the end of August saw our outgoing President’s traditional long-distance ‘Summerhayes Summer Saunter’…

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August 2017: miles and miles and miles

Summer’s still just about here and the members of Lea Valley CC have been racking up the miles all over the place over the last couple of months. In this blog we have reports from The Alps, Scotland, Yorkshire, the Dunwich Dynamo and Ride London. Plus reports of our own events including the Bill Major…

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Summer 2017

Hi again. Time for an update on what’s been happening since April before the Tour de France gets underway and takes all of our attention. First off, some good news: Alex Sweeting is back on his bike again after several months out following his nasty crash and recently got married to Rosie. In the meantime…

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April 2017 – racing season underway

Spring is here at last and the racing season is well and truly underway. One of the traditional ‘season openers’, on the first Sunday in March, is the Hainault Hilly time trial which follows a route a shade under 30 miles that takes in the climb of Theydon Mount twice. We had three riders entered…

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Lea Valley CC Club Runs – FAQs

NB – this was originally written in March 2017, some things have changed so I’ve added a few edits When do you go?We have club runs on Sundays almost every week (unless it’s Christmas Day or the weather is truly apocalyptic). Where  and when do you meet?We meet at the gates to the Town Hall…

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Winter 2016/17

The period of hibernation is almost over with the start of the season just a month away now – time to look back on what’s been happening over the last three months. The last blog told the story of our annual circuit race, the Len Cooper, which was held at Hog Hill and won by…

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Len Cooper 2016

Sunday 30th October saw the latest edition of our club circuit race challenge, the ‘Len Cooper’. Just like last year, it was held on the lower circuit of Hog Hill (Redbridge Cycling Centre), which means you only have climb the lower (and less steep) slopes before hanging a very sharp left and descending. The 2015…

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Ride London & more

Well, September is here with that ‘back to school’ feeling, but let’s have a look back at the last month of summer, starting with probably the biggest cycling event of the year in this country – Prudential Ride London. I didn’t ride it myself this year (choosing to take it easy in the south of…

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July 2016: Survey Results

Last month I posted on the club forum: “ It feels like there has been a huge influx of new members over the last 2-3 years. Not so long ago the club run might have attracted just six or seven riders, we now regularly have over twenty and are able to split into two, three…

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