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FEATURE ❘ ESSEX my bike.


I am embarrassed to admit it but in the past I have been prone to prejudge Essex, my opinions have mainly been clouded by the press and the media, they appear happy to constantly promote trashy TV programmes and obsessively follow these minor celebrities, with their over the top and outrageous lifestyles. However, in reality the area has so much more to offer, than just vajazzling, especially to an avid, slightly addicted cyclist. It was continually bursting with contradictions. The roads are quiet, the scenery stunningly beautiful, the locals are extremely friendly and there is plenty to see and do, but only if you make an effort to see through the haze of tacky merchandise and some minor neglect. So if you do go and visit, I advise you to completely ignore any preconceptions you have in your head and just allow yourself to enjoy what this part of the Country has to offer. Trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised.


INFORMATION:


‘Images courtesy of Visit Essex’ For more information and other Essex cycle routes go to www.visitessex.com/cycle


70 www.cyclingworldmag.com


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