Event: 19 May 2013
It’s here! - the new Wiggle Essex Explorer from KILOTOGO. There’s some great countryside to explore by bike right here on north-east London’s doorstep. Heading out from the Brentwood HQ and you might not realise you’re so close to the hurly-burly of the City of London.
Lord Sugar, Mark Cavendish and Ford Europe all have homes right here in rural Essex. Essex sometimes gets a funny sort of press and we’re here to dispel some of the myths and show that Essex has got some great cycling – quiet lanes, good surfaces, and pretty villages with weatherboard cottages – a characteristic of rural Essex.
There are enough gentle undulations to put a tingle in the legs of most at some point out on the routes. Remember too that our ‘all-weather’ HQ is easily accessible from the A12 just to the north-east of Brentwood.
No registration queue on the day
Register for our event online, and we’ll send your ‘Ticket To Ride’ pack to your postal address. Then just come straight to the start line having already received your rider number and timing sticker.
Why you must ride Wiggle Essex Explorer!
Rural mid-Essex provides the opportunity to test out your cadence stamina combined with some climbing that will still enable you to maintain a good average speed. This is an opportunity to let loose with some of those larger gear ratios, after all cycling isn’t just about hills. It’s about being competent across all facets. So come and fill your lungs to the brim with fresh rural Essex air, and see what you can achieve!
Long route comprises of 96 miles with 1,200m of climbing
Medium route comprises of 74 miles with 958m of climbing
Short route comprises of 40 miles with 555m of climbing
Weather you opt for the 40 mile short route, the 74 mile medium route or the ‘full-on’ 96 mile long route, you’re in for quite a treat as we take you through some of the prettiest and quietest parts of mid-Essex. Medium and long route riders adopt much of the same route – certainly early on. At eight miles in the first notable village is passed. Stock, with its windmill, sits perched on a heath 300 feet up. Essex doesn’t get much higher than that. At 30 miles in its feed station time with our drinks and munchies just near the village of Woodham Walter. Ploughing on through the village of Pleshey with its large motte and bailey castle ruins, it’s then on to the Easters and the Rodings. In fact it’s just after High Easter where medium riders will turn right whilst long route riders loop south to our feed station near Writtle and back to the Rodings via Blackmore and Willingale. Meanwhile short option riders will have already passed through Blackmore village as it’s only a few miles from the start. All routes will have converged before the feed station at Moreton and it’s a steady 16 or so miles via South Weald Common on to the finish.