welcome

welcome to the new blog for the amos road club. we hope that all things bike and amos-related can find their home on the site.

all posts and other nonsense will also be shared on twitter and facebook:

there’s an email address too: amosroadclub@btinternet.com

if you click on about and gallery you can see that i’ve attempted a summary and any relevant pictures from the various amos rides over the years . there are gaps – please help me fill them!

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monday 25th may

possibilities to do all sorts of different things. there are three interesting looking bike routes from amsterdam you can look at or download by clicking on the links.

HaarlemDunesCycleRoute  

MarkenCycleRoute

ZaanseSchansCycleRoute

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sunday 24th may – the route to amsterdam

3 stages:

1 – ferry to a pancake breakfast (28km, 17miles)

Sun stage 1

2 – pancakes to leiden (18km, 11miles)

Sun stage 2

3 – leiden to amsterdam (45km, 28miles)

Sun stage 3

 

 

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the route from amos to harwich

if you click on the link you can access the route to harwich. i have printed route instructions for everyone

Garmin Connect – Day 1 Amos to Harwich.

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last training ride

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beautiful day for a ride with jonny and jen so we headed off through eton, windsor, marlow, burnham beeches and greenford. saving the real beauty spot till last.

next saturday’s 92 miles feels a bit more scary now!

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our last amsterdam training ride may 2015

Garmin Connect – Amsterdam training ride May 2015.

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amos to amsterdam day 1

Amos to Amsterdam day 1

amos to amsterdam 2015                        

it’s going to be a long and exciting day! we will use the same route  out of london that a few of us followed when we did the dunwich dynamo a few years back.  we will cycle past the olympic park and then head through epping forest.

we join the NCN route 1 at moreton and follow NCN1 through chelmsford and straight on until we turn left through ulting. we will rejoin NCN1 near great totham and follow the cycle route through tiptree and lexden to colchester.

we pick up the NCN51 in colchester and follow the route until turning off near great oakley to meet the cambridge posse in ramsey for dinner.

suitably refreshed we cycle through harwich and rejoin the NCN51 which takes us to the ferry.

Distances

  SplitDistance (miles) Cumulativedistance
Amos 0 0
Olympic Park 4 4
Leytonstone 3 7
Epping Forest 5 12
Moreton NCN1 11 23
Chelmsford 15 38
Ulting 9 47
Wickham Bishop 5 52
Tiptree 6 58
Lexden 9 67
Colchester NCN51 3 70
Wivenhoe 3 73
Elmstead Market 3 76
Great Oakley 9 85
Ramsey 3 88
Harwich Ferry 4 92
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planning the route

we (chris, mike, nive, lucas, jack) didn’t set off from amos until 12pm so maybe colchester was always a tad ambitious.

the first few miles were typical london cycling, pretty good route out along the ‘superhighway’ but not getting very far quite slowly. nive made it as far as west ham and then shot off for some whelks while the rest of us followed a rather complex route through the sights and sounds of the east end. we went past chris’ old stomping ground (romford ymca) and pushed on, yearning for a bit less concrete and a glimpse of vegetation. nature-lover jack was particularly keen on finding the country and we eventually found some, just in time to repair the first of our three punctures.

on we went through countless essex villages all seemingly devoid of cafes, open pubs or even shops. we finally found a garden centre with a teashop advertised in big bold letters but upon closer investigation discovered that ‘we’ve turned the cookers off’ so ‘you’d better go somewhere else you lycra-clad imposters’. whilst admiring a pearlised peacock-themed birdbath in said garden centre, a helpful woman directed us to a nearby village and the promise of an italian cafe.

after we’d asked almost every inhabitant of the village for further directions we finally, and gleefully, found the establishment and headed to the door. as we approached, the owner literally sprinted to the door and managed to turn the ‘open’ sign to ‘closed’ before we got there – shouting through the now-locked door that they would be shutting in 10 minutes. she also pointed up the road to another venue for our refreshment. we headed to ‘bygones’ only to see the proprietor taking down the sign which advertised the tearoom; this was starting to feel like a conspiracy! happily they agreed to stay open for us and toast, teacakes and cake later we headed off with renewed vigour.

we picked up the ncn1 near to chelmsford and discovered that it passes right by chelmsford station which might be handy in may. jack’s second puncture soon after the town centre was the final nail in the coffin and we got as far as hatfield peveral before heading our separate ways.

a good day out and it will certainly help us plan our route to harwich in may.

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amos to amsterdam 2015

Its been great to hear that people have been booking ferries for the Amsterdam ride this summer and it will be great to welcome a number of new riders , as well as those who have not been for a few years. It is also great to have more families join us for the ride.

We now have a very simple booking form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/amostoamsterdam , which we’d ask all those who are coming to complete asap so we know how many are going and what accommodation we will need.

As we are not sure of numbers and to give an idea of costs we have provisionally held accommodation for 40 at Voldelpark hostel for 2 nights- http://www.stayokay.com/en/hostel/amsterdam-vondelpark

This is made up of 2 x 4 bed rooms, 4x 6 bed and 1x 8 bed.

Half board accommodation at the hostel for 2 nights, plus a picnic lunch on the monday, snacks and contribution to the vehicle costs £110 per person.

We know that this accommodation will not suit everyone and again this is why we need to know who is going asap so we can work out a suitable way forward.

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happy 2015

hello everyone. lots more to finalise but time to share thoughts so far about our ride this may.

amosroadclub 2015 – amos to amsterdam; red light to red light

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saturday 23rd may

 we will set off cycling on saturday morning to harwich potentially from two starting points: 

  • amos trust HQ (st slement’s eastcheap) – harwich approx. 85 miles
  • cambridge (st pauls church) – harwich approx 66 miles

 both routes pass through colchester so we could meet there.

there are also other possibilities:

  • drive or take public transport to harwich on saturday to meet the cyclists there
  • drive or take public transport to harwich on friday and spend saturday in holland

23.00pm saturday night – we will take the ferry from harwich – hook of holland.

fares: foot passenger + bike £40.50. you also have to book a cabin which is approx £30 for single, £20pp in 2/3/4 berth cabins

sunday 24th may

 the ferry gets in at about 8.00am sunday morning

we will set off on the LF1 for pancake breakfast in wassenaar. cycle to leiden for lunch (approx 40km)

afternoon – cycle from leiden to amsterdam (approx 45km).

we will leave the historic centre of leiden via a network of canals and rivers that take you past some of the city’s highlights. and journey around the lakes in the kaag en braassem region, which are all connected by rivers and canals. We will see a lot of windmills which were built to regulate the water level in the surrounding polders.

LeidenLakesCycleRoute

we aim to arrive in amsterdam mid-afternoon and plan to  stay at the hostel amsterdam vondelpark for 2 nights. the cost will be approx. 50 euro bed and breakfast per night. amosroadclubber mark rigby has taken students to the hostel at vondlepark. it’s a stones throw from the museumplein where you have  the rijksmuseum (which has rembrandt’s- ‘the night watch’) and the van gogh museum and a nice little cafe called ‘cobra’, and is on the tramway 5 which takes you through amsterdam to the main rail station & city centre.

monday 25th may

there are plenty of possibilities:

zaanse schans cycle route

ZaanseSchansCycleRoute

traditional windmills, green wooden houses and industrial heritage – a 52km route through the zaan region shows you some of holland’s rich industrial history. highlight of the route is museum village the zaanse schans, with its industrial windmills and traditional green wooden houses.

marken cycle route – 51km

MarkenCycleRoute

this varied route takes you through waterland, a region whose history has been dominated by water. Highlight of the route is the former island of marken, with its elevated wooden houses, small fishing harbour and striking lighthouse.

a tour of amsterdam

amsterdam has good cycling infrastructure. most of amsterdam’s main streets have separate cycle lanes and a network of cycle paths takes you through the city fast – and away from other traffic whenever possible.

getting home

once again there are a number of permutations. some will want to leave on monday, some on tuesday and some might stay longer.

the ferry back to harwich leaves the hook of holland at 14.15 and gets in at 19.45.

  • if we set off early we could cycle from amsterdam (84km).
  • alternatively the 11.28 train from amsterdam links with the ferry and trains from harwich get into london at 22.14 and cambridge at 22.40

you can take the eurostar from amsterdam via brussels. it costs about £70 one way plus £30 for the bike

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wotr 2014

2 reflections on the ride have been posted in the ‘about’ section, here

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