Although Barry Mason died more than five years ago, people still want to go on doing his now legendary Christmas Day bike ride. We meet at Cutty Sark Gardens at 10am and cycle along National Route 4 past Russia Dock and Rotherhithe to meet up with more cyclists at the Southwark Needle at 11am. We then ride around London looking at some of its fascinating and lesser-known features on a route that takes us up to Edgware Road. Many people just come for a couple of hours, but if you can stay longer we can have lunch at the Beirut Cafe, where we have eaten for the last two years. This restaurant is a Lebanese restaurant which opens 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.
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.
Distance of the ride: 16 miles.
Ride Leader: Bermondsey Bill Owen, assisted by Nigel Bee (tel 07415 315 690, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nigel Bee will be leading the initial leg of the ride from Cutty Sark Gardens to the Southwark Needle. Keith Jones, from Tower Hamlets Wheelers, will be leading a feeder ride, departing at 10.30am from the Beigel Bake (159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB) to the Southwark Needle (call him on 07944 177343 if you wish to join that feeder ride en route).
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.
This is roughly what our route will be::