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.
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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!
happy christmas to you all. some further info about this summer’s ride here
just whetting the appetite
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.