Crest, a cycling club based on the border between Essex and East London, has a large membership spread out across Essex, East London, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. If you are into your cycling and are close to them, feel free to go and talk to them about joining their club - they do not discriminate, everyone is welcome at Crest Cycling Club, no matter your age, gender, or cycling capabilities.
About Crest Cycling Club
Crest Cycling Club was formed back in 1932 but originally in Ilford, and you can easily distinguish their kits (maroon, white, and green) from other cycling clubs. While other cycling clubs focus mainly on racing events, this club focuses more on the social aspect of cycling. They are a social and friendly club that can offer something to those of all abilities. If you are into cycling and are looking to make some new friends, then you will be doing yourself a huge favour if you decide to go and join Crest Cycling Club.
The club holds training and social rides on Saturdays and each Sunday there is a Sunday club run. To add to these, there are also frequent track sessions and trips to take part in Sportives, challenge rides, and Audaxes. They also run a number of tours throughout the course of the year. Whether you prefer off-road, on-road, or track cycling, you will be able to get your fill at Crest. Although they like to focus on the social side of cycling, they are competitive as well and their members have enjoyed success at both local and national competitions.
On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a club night organised at the Silverthorn Bowls Club in Chingford. To add to this, there is also a monthly meet up at the George pub, which is in Wanstead. These nights are extremely fun, and you will look forward to them each month.
How to Join Crest Cycling Club
If you think Crest Cycling Club is a cycling club that you would love to be a part of, then just go along to one of their rides or send them an email. Please remember to include the following information in your email:
- Your name and location
- The discipline or disciplines you want to join
- Your riding experience (average miles per week, average speed/time and so on)
- What you want to get from Crest Cycling Club and how they can help you
You should receive an email back from them within three days. If you are an adult then a yearly membership fee will cost you £20, while it is £10 for juniors and £30 for a couple or family. Memberships have to be paid every October. In order to become a member, you must get third party liability insurance.
Best Bike Friendly Cafes
When you are cycling around East London, Hertfordshire, and Essex you will obviously work up a bit of an appetite and thirst. It is for this reason why you and your fellow cyclists will stop at some of the best cafes in the area. Below is a list of some of the cafes that are frequented by the Crest Cycling Club:
- More Italy, Wanstead, London
- Blue Boar Deli, Market Place, Abridge
- Bakehouse Coffee Shop, Wyses Road, Chelmsford, Essex
- The Blue Egg, Braintree Road, Great Bardfield
- Westmill Tearooms, Westmill Village Green, Near Buntingford
- Thremhall Park Coffee Shop, The Priory, Bishops Stortford
- Church Farm Cafe, Ardeley, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
If you know of any other great cafes, then let them know as they are always looking for new ones to try out while out for a cycle.