The Friday Night Ride is an overnight bike ride, starting at midnight. There are rides throughout the year and they vary in length from 55 to 75 miles. We often start in the city, sometimes riding to the coast, sometimes to other interesting destinations.
We cycle through the night at a conversational pace, arriving at our destination in time for breakfast. This is a group ride and although we may spread out a little, every few miles the front of the ride stops and waits for the tail to catch up.
Help and support is very much part of our mantra: Our magnificent ‘tail end charlies’ look after the slower riders, and help with mechanicals and punctures. Wayfinders stand at turns and junctions and point out the road ahead. The ride leader ensures that the riders stay together and the pace is appropriate.
We stop for coffee and a bite to eat about midway, before arriving at our final destination where riders can enjoy a full breakfast. Our destinations all have convenient train routes back to the start, although some hardy riders will choose to ride home.
Originally known as The Friday Night Ride to the Coast (FNRttC), the essence of our rides was captured eloquently by our founder in a Guardian article way back in the early days. And more recently in another Guardian article after a particularly wet ride from London to Eastbourne.
The Friday Night Ride is run by The Fridays, a cycling club affiliated to Cycling UK.
Registration for rides is essential and third party insurance is required.
The magical cycling adventure known as the Friday Night Ride to the Coast (or, FNRttC for short) began in 2005.
Since then, we've done over 250 night rides - from London to Brighton, Whitstable, Felpham, Southend-on-Sea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Maldon, Cambridge, Shoreham, Emsworth and Newhaven. And explored further afield from York to Hull; Cardiff to Swansea; Manchester to Morecambe. Some riders have even extended the Newhaven run all the way to Paris.
We've even gone on tour (in daylight) from London to John O’Groats. We've explored Normandy; ridden from Caen to Bordeaux; from Cherbourg to Hoek van Holland via Amsterdam, from Hoek van Holland to Dunkirk. And more.
As our list of destinations expanded, we simplified the name to The Friday Night Ride because, well, we don't always end up at the coast.
Many of our riders capture the experience on their cameras. You can see some of these in our photo gallery.
If you have great photos from one of rides and you'd like us to showcase them, please get in touch.
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