On road - Time trialling, Road racing,
On track - Track racing
Off road - MTB/Cyclo Cross/Gravel rides
On road Leisure - Audax/Club runs/Sportive/Touring/Women friendly rides
Club ride information and colour coded rides
Southend Wheelers are a traditional racing and leisure riding club, established in 1923, and have a diverse and active membership. With over 170 members you are likely to find other cyclists who have similar interests and abilities for new and exciting bike rides or races and other cycling experiences. We reach our 100 years on May 13th, 2023, so join us in celebrating "100 years of Cycling on Sea"
Information about the group rides
There are women friendly rides once a month. Check the events page on the Club website
We meet most Sunday mornings at Canewdon Village Hall, Lambourne Hall Road SS4 3PG where some rides start and finish. Please check our website for more details.
Club rides/Club room
Some of our Wheelers rides start and finish at Canewdon Village Hall, Lambourne Hall Road,
Canewdon Rochford SS4 3PG at 9:00hrs on a Sunday, splitting into groups depending on rider numbers.
Each group will be colour coded according to speed and distance, please note that the GREEN group will start
from Canewdon Village Hall at 10:00hrs. Groups also meet at the Hawk Pub, Hawk Hill Battlesbridge SS11
7RJ at 9:00hrs.
GREEN (No drop) - gentle rides for novices or those returning to cycling after a long time away, for around an
hour and a half, at a pace of 10-12mph or at the speed of the slowest rider.
BLUE (No drop) an easy ride for recreational and leisure riders, but for whom riding in a group might be a new
experience, for about 2 - 2½ hours, at a speed of around 12-14 mph. The ride leader(s) will ensure everyone
sticks together and no-one gets dropped. It is recommended that non-members and other riders not used to
group riding who wish to join us begin in the blue group even if they are capable of riding at a faster pace
before moving up, if appropriate, to the groups below.
A route ridden by the Blue Group Ride can be seen here (Google Maps). This is an example of the sort of
route this group will be riding. There is the option to extend the ride by utilizing the lanes around Canewdon.
ORANGE (No drop) - a ride of 2½ - 3 hours at an average speed of around 14-16 mph. The main difference
to the blue group is not to have a defined leader / rider at the front of the group but for all riders to take equal
turns and to learn the routes around Hanningfield and Danbury.
RED (no drop) – a traditional club-run for riders used to riding in a group, averaging around 15-18 mph over 2
or 3 hours, but the pace may vary with the terrain. However, the ride will re-group at the tops of hills etc. to
allow stragglers to catch up and not get dropped. A selection of red group (and other) routes can be seen here
BLACK – a challenging ride for experienced riders used to riding at pace in a close group where many will be
using the ride as part of their race-training. Averaging 18-20 mph over 3 hours or more, it is to be expected
that some riders may get dropped. Whilst it is not the intention to leave anyone behind, participants must be
prepared for such eventualities and be self-reliant enough to get themselves home unassisted.
Please read our Ride Safety advice.
Should you not wish to ride out, there is parking available at Canewdon Village Hall and our selection of
tea/coffee and cakes will be available for post-ride refreshments. All we ask for is a donation to help cover the
running costs of hall hire. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Kevin Smith
Click here for a selection of popular routes from Canewdon / Battlesbridge
Some Cycling UK advic
You can join Southend Wheelers direct through the British Cycling portal.