Have you seen our YouTube cycle ride guides?

Have you ever looked at a map or seen something on TV and thought “I wonder if there are any good rides around there?”.

With that thought in mind I set out in during 2016 with an old friend of mine to put together some videos which answer the following questions:

Is it possible?

What’s the terrain like?

Where can I park?

Where can I eat and drink?

There will be more guides coming in 2017 but here is the selection for now or follow the “With Videos” link:

Sat Nav/GPX guides with videos

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European tour July 2017

Hannah and I will be taking on a European “I can do that” ride in July to hopefully inspire and encourage riders to have a go at The Debdencycle at the start of  September.

So what’s it all about? We’ve all seen or read about people doing all sorts of personal challenges and thought “I could never do that”. We’re aiming for the opposite response of “I think I could do something like that”. We’ll cycle and camp 450 miles over eight days down to Newhaven, across northern France, along the coasts of Belgium and Holland and then back home from Harwich. We’re fair weather cyclist, neither of us are particularly good at languages and as usual we’ll be carrying all our kit (no support vehicle). Oh and just for fun we’re not taking a map, just written notes! If we can do this you can definitely take on The Debdencycle on the 3rd of September.

The ride will be for The Felix Fund charity, we’re looking for corporate backing so if you can help then  please get in touch (tax deductible). There is a just giving page link below and a “guess the weight of the bike” competition. Wish us luck, we’ll need it. The best way to follow our antics is through our Facebook page: Debdecycle Lindsell.

Our just giving page

Debdencycle on Facebook


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2016 Debdencycle ride report

A huge thank you to everybody who helped raise £2250 for The 33 Engineer Regiment’s Injured Soldier’s Fund, well done you!
The 2017 ride is on Sunday the 3rd of September 2017 so mark your diaries but what a day we all had for the 2016 ride. A jolly bunch of nearly 150 riders of all ages and abilities took on our picturesque (but surprisingly hilly) 35 or 50 mile routes. I managed to draft in a few more marshals and there was even an ice cream van at the finish!
Once again due to the financial support the ride has from some terrific local firms I was able to fulfil the pledge that all of the ride entry fees went to the fund. The Debdencycle truly is a “100% Event”. Every penny of your entry fees goes through our hands, to the army and on to the guys and girls who really need it.
How many other events can offer such a pledge on top of free parking, insurance cover, free event photographs etc?
We’ll see you again in 2017 and don’t forget to follow our other antics on Facebook and YouTube.


Cheque 2016

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2017 Ride date is Sunday the 3rd of September

2017 will be a big year for Debdencycle. The Debdencycle in September in aid of The Royal Engineers starts and finishes at Carver Barracks and has a highly revised route from 2016. I say ride but there are still 35 or 50 mile distances to choose from. Whichever distance you take on, it’s not a race, it’s a ride out to enjoy the countryside of Essex, Herts & Cambs whilst supporting serving and ex-serving men and women.

How the Debdencycle 3 Counties ride on September the 3rd operates:

Meet up from 8am at Carver Barracks CB102YA using the airfield entrance where ample parking is available on the runway. Toilets, teas and coffees also available at the start/finish. Both of the rides start off at the same time (10:30) winding through beautiful country lanes from Debden. Both routes pass through Newport to Arkesden and then split at Duddenhoe End.The 50 mile route goes out past Elmdon and back via Shaftenhoe End where they meet up again with the 35 mile route shortly before the lunch stop at The Woodman Nuthampstead. The return leg sees all riders staying together through the Hormeads, then splitting again in Furneux Pelham with the 50 mile route swinging a wider southerly arc down to Hazel end and then back up through Rickling. The riders come together again in Wendens Ambo for the return to Carver Barracks.

You can now download specific route maps

We have two Facebook pages. All ride day specific information i.e. Maps, GPX file links etc can be found on our Facebook page Debdencycle Community and we have a more general day to day and comments Facebook page, Debdencycle Lindsell

That’s not all that’s happening in 2017 for the Debdencycle team

In addition Hannah and I will be tackling a European tour over eight days, passing through four countries. As with our Debden to Cornwall adventures we’ll be carrying everything we need and camping along the way, plus we’ll be updating you each day via Facebook. There will be an accompanying YouTube ride guide to sit alongside our previous ride guides and others we plan to film during the year. For now you can see guides for The Lea Valley to the Thames, Northampton to Market Harborough and the epic Cambridge to Ely. You can download the routes for the rides by going to the Sat Nav routes page on this website.
For more ride information see our facebook pages, Debdencycle Lindsell and Debdencycle Community.
Yours in appreciation of your support
Brian Lindsell
01799 542569/07974771414.

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2013 To Cornwall – Day six & seven Friday 9th & Saturday 10th

Perranporth early on Saturday morning

We had made it to Hendra holiday park, as planned, just outside Newquay by Friday afternoon. It had been another hard riding day and I swear not a metre was ridden on the flat,,, it all goes up or down around here!

That left us with just ten miles on the Saturday morning. Anybody who has driven the 10 miles between Newquay and Perranporth will appreciate that these were some of the most hazardous miles we would travel! (Families just a few miles from their destination seem to lose all regard for other road users). We rolled into Perranporth early on Saturday morning. It felt quite odd to be here without the rest of the family and with no car. After all the hills and all the amazing people we have met, we have finished! I don’t think either of us can quite believe that we actually did it (and with no arguments at all).

I am incredibly proud of the dedication Hannah showed before the ride, her determination during it and ultimately her achievement.

Hannah and I to cycled to Cornwall again in the summer of 2015. We cut a day out of the 2013 schedule meaning 65 miles for each of the 5 days (again carrying all our camping gear and clothes). I’m sure you can manage 35 or 50 miles with us in 2016.

Please mail us at debdencycle@live.co.uk or telephone on 01799542569 / 07974771414 for more details.

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To Cornwall – Day five Thursday 8th

Grand Western Canal

Hooray, earache has passed, onwards and upwards, literally.
Stumbled across the Grand Western Canal outside the campsite so had a beautiful FLAT first 13 miles and then went up the 1.6 miles of Long Drag Hill out of Tiverton. This set the tone for the remainder of the day. 61 miles, hot, wind in our face and very hilly. 9 hours on the road today, very hard work, but the end is almost in sight.

Another superb reception at The Arscott Arms (a few miles north of Launceston, Devon). They do the most amazing burger meals!

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