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FEATURE ❘ ESSEX


The Outlet offered everything I expected and more. A substantial play area, to keep the kids and me occupied, plus a wide range of stores and places to eat and drink. At this time of day the place was obviously deserted but I would imagine in the middle of the day, it would be bustling with eager bargain hunters. After checking the health of my bank account, thankfully a defibrillator was not required on this occasion; I saved the location in my Garmin GPS unit, titled ‘Shopping Gold Dust’ and jumped back on the bike and cycled out of the Outlet gates. As I passed the large shoppers car park, which the literature informed me can accommodate 1000 cars, I noticed an extraordinary structure which would not have looked out of place in a science fiction movie. It resembled a metallic asteroid. After negotiating the now busy road, I realised it was actually a weatherproof secure bicycle cover. The concept was brilliant and my hope is the idea will eventually be adopted on all High streets or shopping areas, anything that provides a halt to the constant threat from bike thieves. I felt I needed to pen a letter to my local councillors, suggesting the need for these obscure metallic asteroids to be dotted spontaneously around my local community. I think my plan had some merit, don’t you. I was that impressed


I even took the kids back to show them the asteroid, I know how to spoil the offspring. I happily ignored the ungrateful “Dad, do we have to” comments.


From the outlet, I pedalled back in the direction of Clacton. I was intrigued to see what the place had to offer, in the light of day. Clacton- on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula; the main shopping area offers a good range of stores, banks, cafes and restaurants. Unfortunately, it also provides a large quantity of tacky side stalls, kiss me quick hats and plenty of dreary drinking establishments. It lacked any real culture or sophistication. This traditional side of the resort is not for me but others come to Clacton especially for this type of experience, and good luck to them. There are some beautiful cliff top gardens with stunning views over the sea and lovely sandy beaches, which stretch for 7 miles between Frinton and Jaywick. I locked my bike to the railings near the Pier and headed off on foot to explore. The more I wandered around the town, the more I decided I liked the place. It had an endearing simplicity. Interestingly I noticed on a nearby lamppost, an advertisement for the Clacton Air Show. I


March 2015 l Cycling World


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