This ride, which now has legendary status amongst Britain's biking community, has taken place every year since it was inaugurated by Barry Mason in 2001. It is a great testament to the work that Barry did, that, even more than four years after he died, many people still want to continue doing this ride. It is a great way to explore some of the lesser known features of central London on the quietest day of the year.
We start off at Cutty Sark Gardens by crossing the new Deptford Creek footbridge to cycle along LCN Route 4 past Russia Dock and Rotherhithe to the Southwark Needle. When we reach the Southwark Needle there will be a Southwark cyclist who will take the helm and will show us some fascinating and lesser-known features of central London on a route that takes us up to Edgware Road.
We plan to have lunch at the Beirut Cafe, which, like many Lebanese restaurant in the area, is open as usual on Christmas Day.
Previous years have seen upwards of 100 cyclists of all ages, genders, ethnicities and body-mass indices take part, and we usually get a few skiving Santas thrown in.
This was the route we took for our 2015 Christmas Day ride:
Those wishing to come on the ride are asked to bring warm clothing, water, snacks, lights, basic tools and a spare inner tube in case you have a puncture (particularly important for this ride as there will no public transport on Christmas Day). Active parents are most welcome on the ride, provided that they are accompanied by at least one responsible child, and behave themselves. All should have at least basic road cycling experience.
All our rides are turn up and go, but, if you want to, you can sign up to this ride on the goskride.com website.