Cyclists using a cycle path in Colchester
Cyclists using a cycle path in Colchester

Colchester Cycling

Stuck for things to do in Colchester? There are lots of cycle rides, cycling groups and much more going on in Essex.


Led by Terry Cook. A good pace ride and they go 30 miles or so. Contact Terry on 07806 782574 or email.


10am from the Musket Club on Lordswood Road in Berechurch - Free!

This group is perfect for families as the ride is just over an hour.

Not too fast, although we always get a few who lead off a little faster before joining up a little further on. We also have bike trailers so you can bring a little one along. All our rides are FREE. We have bikes and equipment for people to use without charge. So come and join us. You’re sure of a friendly welcome.


CTC Wednesday Cycling meets at 11am from Leisure World. Ride with a group of 20 or so who always have time for a coffee and a chat.

Wednesday Women – contact Sandra Meadows who leads these rides and helps the Champions rides occasionally too. Tel: 01206 851571, email.  The group aims to cover 20 miles or so at quite a pace, so excellent for fitness, and great if you want to enjoy it without the men about.


Pete Finch’s Thursday evening is legendary in Colchester. 7.30pm at Ten Pin then a 20 mile run out to a country pub. Enjoy the night air with a great bunch of people. Tel: 07860 263921.


Alan Palmer from CTC Wednesday Cycling now also runs a group ride on Fridays. Contact Alan on 01206 792929 or email.


Jo Lifford has launched more rides for women at weekends and special rides. Contact Jo on 07590 054548 or email.

And then, the ride that started all the rides.

Sundays with CTC, led by a different person every weekend out for 40 miles or so at a fairly gentle pace, with a stop for elevenses and you are guaranteed to discover some of the most exquisite Essex countryside. Again contact Alan above. The ColchesterCTC  has a great website with details of every ride.

Cycle Chapeau organise fantastic Alleycat Runs including a regular overnighter to the Suffolk coast. Awesome! Contact Richard on 07528 035115 or email.

Finally, there are numerous club runs including Colchester Rovers. The bike shops all run their own rides and welcome new people. Usually, a fast pace and there’s quite a bit of getting muddy too at Friday Woods and various other locations.

For more information on getting cycling in Essex contact CTC's Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk.