March into Spring on a bike with our March – and faster – rides

Sunday 2 March
The E11 Ride
BARA rides have become a staple for people from beyond Bushwood area, so they rebranded themselves as E11 Cycling – but the rides are the good old same socialising events.
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) to leave at 10am. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 9 March
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride

Our aim is for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough (Waltham Forest). Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
Our pace is easy, and the maximum distance we do is 15 miles there and back. We will do our best to tailor our route to the abilities of those who turn up, so the distance we cover might be considerably shorter.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water (in case our plans are thwarted); plus of course a bicycle, and any children you can round up.  In the winter months, please remember your lights.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Sunday 23 March
WFCycling Monthly ride

Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market. The Market opens at 10am so there is just enough time for a hot cuppa or your weekly groceries. Route yet to be finalised (ideas / emerging ride leaders welcome!). We are usually back by 3-4pm but do bring your lights.

Sunday 30 March
Walthamstow Family Bike Club‘s Spring into your Saddle: Local Food Growing Tour
Have some fun with the Walthamstow Family Bike Club and Transition Walthamstow, as we celebrate the arrival of Spring with a cycle tour of food growing sites in Waltham Forest, including OrganicLea’s Hawkwood site.
We’ll set off promptly at 1pm from outside the Ancient House (at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction) in Walthamstow Village, stopping off at a cafe for a bite to eat around 4pm, and will return to the village by 6pm at the latest. Estimated round trip distance will be 15 miles.
More information:, 020 8520 0648
This event is part of the Cultivate Festival running across Waltham Forest 21st – 30th March:

Every Saturday
North Star Velo Road Ride

For those with a penchant / stamina / bike for faster longer rides, the North Star Velo club meet every Saturday at 9am close to the corner of Browning Road and Bushwood, off Bush Road in Leytonstone, and try to leave London asap – most Saturdays the only way is Essex, but they have recently ridden to Maidstone, will be riding in the Peak District in March, and in May around Boulogne in France, and even further.

Every Sunday
Lea Valley Cycling Club Runs

Another one for bar-raising bar-droppers, Lea Valley Cycling Club ride on Sundays from Walthamstow Town Hall in Forest Road E17 and often split at High Beech into faster / longer and slower / shorter rides to cater to all abilities.

Advance invitation…

Saturday 9 August 2014 – FreeCycle. Enjoy traffic-free central London for a day! Well, crummy bits of it… It’s ridiculously inadequate, but still a thrilling experience. We’ll be riding from Walthamstow (and possibly other locations in Waltham Forest) so join us to get to the car-free circuit safely.

For those of you who extend the love of cycling to that bizarre beast that is spectator sports,  some info on the UK bit of this year’s Tour de France and other events.

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