It is not often I get an opportunity to organise an evening ride but as it is currently half term in the south of the country, I decided to get out on the bike. We had a few members of Back On Track Cycling, the rest were on shift, plus Dunmow Velo attended and some new faces from the local area. In total 10 fellow cyclists started to pedal the back lanes of Dunmow.
The plan was for a social ride, curbing the speed that Back On Track have a habit of, you know the one, ‘let’s take it easy’, someone says then taking off like a wippet out of the gate. It was a cracking ride and there were a few opportuities for hill sprints, well as much as Essex can do a hill. It was great to see so many people out and something I will aim to do again
So how did Back On Track Cycling start? A question that has yet to be asked by the most powerful minds of the world.
I have a main job that consists of shifts so a 48 hour week is completed in 4 days. I was looking for something to fill my time. I have always ridden bikes and attempted my own repairs, sometimes successfully but as a kid it’s the only way to learn.
As a family we moved to a new estate and many of my new neighbours had bikes. Suddenly I began to assist with theirs, from this Back On Track Repairs was born. I am lucky to have had help from C&D Cycles, based in Kettering. This is an independent shop that is run by my best friend, he offered some guidance and I spent a week working with him and honing my skills.
Back On Track as a repair business has grown and even though I enjoy seeing people back on their bikes, my main love is cycling. Through local repairs I have met others whose work patterns also consist of shifts and we started to ride during the week. Just a few of us to start off with and now we have a regular turn out for cycling, coffee (some in the group even drink tea!!!) and cake. We are still small and have 54 cyclists on the Strava group but looking forward to the summer when more will join us. Rides are posted out on the Strava group including details of speed and distance.
I organised a ride New Years Day and another local club Dunmow Velo joined us. In total we had 14 riders for a 30 mile loop, a nice leisure spin of 15mph average and such a pleasant ride. Hopefully later in the year, when the weather is warmer and the sun is shining another ride will be organised, a little more of an endurance ride.
Plus our cycling kit has been approved by British Cycling and submission is ready to be entered for affiliation.