Essex Castle

Saturday 01 Jul 2017Kings Head Meadow (Castle Park), Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH25, 50 or 75 miles

This ride has now passed.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Essex Castle bike ride on Saturday to raise money for Orchid Cancer Care.
The link to view/purchase the photos is here:

Rider photos

Online booking for this ride is now closed. Please come along and sign up on the day at our admin tent in the start area. The ride starts between 8.00am - 10.00am.

On the day entry fee will be £20 (adult) and £9.00 (under 14).

If you need to contact Bike Events staff during the ride  this Sunday 2nd July you can call us on 07857 477 291. This number will only be active between 08:00 and 17:00 this Sunday. We will give out Medical Emergency and Mechanics/Pick-up phone numbers at the Start line.    

A great day's cycling starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex.

‘.75miles today with the #EssexCastles by @BikeEventsTeam . Absolutely brilliant and well organised event! Awesome ride :)’ C.J

‘Absolutely fantastic ride today - did the 75. So well signed ...and amazing route. Thanks’ O.W

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Ride Details


Kings Head Meadow (Castle Park), Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH


Kings Head Meadow (Castle Park), Catchpool Rd. (off Cowdray Ave.) Colchester, Essex CO1 1YH


25, 50 or 75 miles

Challenge rating

Long Route Med Route Short Route ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 75 mile route 3300ft. / 50 mile route 2230ft. / 25 mile route 1025ft.

Start times

8.00am - 10.00am at a time to suit you


Entry Pack (£19.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Children's Entry (14 years and under) (£8.50)

Other info

Minimum age 12 on the 25 mile, 14 on the 50 mile and 16 on the 75 mile. Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Road bike / hybrid / mountain bike suitable.

It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.
Get your bike checked and serviced before the ride
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

Parking is £2 all day - buy in advance to avoid queues on the day - please follow our signs to parking area. (access via Catchpool Road (off Cowdray Avenue).

Getting here by train

Colchester central train station is just half a mile away from the start. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

Orchid is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of men affected by male cancer and their families.

* Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and sadly 10,000
do not survive. This equates to one man dying every hour
* Over 2,200 men every year are affected by testicular cancer. This
means that every day, 6 men are diagnosed and nearly 50% of those are aged under 35
* A further 600 men are diagnosed with the much rarer penile cancer
Behind each statistic is a man; a father, son, brother, grandfather or friend.

Paul, pictured below, was diagnosed in April 2014 when his son was just 7 months old. The next day he was in hospital having an Orchidectomy to remove the tumour. 2 weeks later he received the incredible news that the Cancer was non aggressive and had been caught at a stage where he did not require any chemotherapy. Paul and his family had never been so relieved.

Join us now and help tackle male cancer!
0203 745 7315

Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU
It makes a huge difference to Orchid's work. So please get as many sponsors as you can, £20 could fund 200 public awareness leaflets which is vital to help save lives. You can set up an online fundraising page at
Registered in England with the Charity Commission No 1080540. Company Registered in England No. 3963360