The forecast looked about as good as it could possibly be for a ride from London by night to the Suffolk coast. Warm, but not too warm, dry and a touch of a tail wind. So, my final decision, always made on the day, was to ride.However, had I not promised to lead a ride from Ladywell up to the start point I think I’d probably have crashed out at… Read More »Dunwich Dynamo 2016: Back Yet Again
I arrived at Le Delice early and as I breakfasted people began to arrive. By the time we were ready to leave there were 14 of us. Not bad for a January morning with rain forecast later on. It was good to see riders I had first met a while ago on rides last year, returning and keen as ever! We headed off down the good old Waterlink Way! We… Read More »Another Parks Ride
The forecast was pretty bad. Gale force winds with gusts up to 50mph, storm Desmond moving though during the day. So, I wasn’t surprised to find a much reduced group of merely six riders at Ladywell. We left promptly at 9am. I didn’t want to hang around as the weather, already very blustery, was scheduled to get worse in the afternoon. Fiona caught us as we entered Ladywell Fields… Read More »Two Counties Ride
Chiddingstone and Penshurst Ride This was a train assisted ride to maximise the amount of daylight riding in countryside a bit further out in Kent, now winter draws on. The forecast was bad and indeed it was raining as I left. I’d overslept a bit so didn’t have time to ride to the Otford meet point as I usually do, but met Fiona and Steve on the train. At Otford,… Read More »Penshurst and Chiddingstone Ride
A very chilly autumn morning in thick fog saw only eight of us at Ladywell, joined by three more at Greenwich foot tunnel for the City ride this morning. So 11 of us headed down into a strangely empty foot tunnel. So empty, that Maxine decided quite justifiably, that walking through was a bit mad and rode to the lift at the other end. When I’m leading a… Read More »Clerkenwell and City Sunday Ride
For a few years now, I have been riding down to the Shipwrights Arms at Hollowshore on Faversham Creek, in late summer or early autumn. It was Barry Mason who first introduced me to this place, as it quietly sits in one of his favourite areas. In fact, until I met Barry and began riding behind him around those little corners of the South East that he knew so well,… Read More »Late Summer Ride to the Shipwright’s Arms
Sunday 6 September 2015: A ride report from Alex It has been a pleasure to ride with both Lewisham & Bromley Cyclists over the past 2 years and today felt like another step up – my first ride as a weekend ride leader. I’d helped out in the past for shorter pub rides, but not taken the lead on a weekend ride, until today. Overnight I feared that the recent… Read More »A Half-day in North Kent
Le Delice was empty at 8.30am and I began to wonder if anyone was going to join me at all, surprised that on such a lovely summer’s day no one fancied the idea of a ride to the seaside. Then Steve arrived, followed by Meaghan and then a flurry of bikes and riders appeared outside the cafe and in just five minutes there were 17 of us! … Read More »Lewisham Cyclists Seaside Ride to Eastbourne
19 of us gathered at Le Delice, some inside for breakfast, others outside in the sun. We rode off soon after 9am, following a mixture of cycle routes and parks across South London, aiming for Richmond Park. Moving a large group of riders of varying abilities through these streets was never going to be fast and it was nearly two hours before we were riding through a sunny Richmond Park.… Read More »Cookham Ride, Saturday, July 18th 2015
Lewisham Cyclists Ride to the Seaside, Climb a Very Big Hill (or Two) but miss sharing some hunny with a bear of very little brain.
I had set aside the whole day for this ride. It’s neither the shortest, quickest, easiest nor the only way to Hastings, but it’s my favourite. So, I had booked a cheap return ticket for the 7.55 pm train back to London. 0ver 80 miles and more than 5000 feet of climbing, plus fish and chips on the beach to get done before that. We met at Le Delice, breakfasted,… Read More »Lewisham Cyclists Ride to the Seaside, Climb a Very Big Hill (or Two) but miss sharing some hunny with a bear of very little brain.