Lock Down Rides - 2021
Whilst we all grappled with the Coronavirus pandemic The Fridays was unable to run any large group rides. Instead, we instigated a series of smaller rides compliant with government policy on gatherings and social distancing. There were a variety of rides - daytime (weekends mostly), evening, and night time. The rides varied in type, distance and difficulty. But all will be consistent with The Fridays philosophy of being accessible to all.
So far we've ridden overnight to Kings Lynn, Brighton, Ashford, Whitstable, and the Chilterns. We've done tours of London tracking down topiary, talking statues, some of London's best views and iconic locations, and a selection of the tiniest things in the capital. And we've had day time and evening rides along the Thames, around Kent, the Fens, Essex, Hertfordshire and the Chilterns. We've even gone off-road!
We're adding these rides a few at a time until we are able to hold large group rides again. Details of each ride will be posted here so keep checking back for updates and new rides.
The new lock down rules that come into effect on 29 March 2021 allow for organised sport to resume, with some social distancing measures. The Fridays rides will always comply with the prevailing legislation and we are resuming lock down rides with some changes to the way our regular rides are run.
1. The Sport England exemption places no upper limit on the number of participants in organised sport such as group cycle rides.
2. Cycling UK, which is our national governing body, state that the maximum number of riders on a group ride is 15. This is in line with British Cycling guidance.
3. There remains a limit of six people meeting together, which affects our rides as we (usually) have half way stops and destination cafes (even if these are outdoor only). Therefore…..
4. At half way stops, and at end destinations where refreshments are being taken, all rides of more than six people will be dispersed into groups of no more than six people, using different facilities where available.
5. Our rides will still have Covid mitigation measures, including test and trace protocols (e.g. record keeping), one metre social distancing while riding, two metre social distancing while not riding, and guidance covering hygiene, equipment sharing and self-sufficiency. These measures will be specified in the pre-ride communications and in the safety briefing before a ride sets off.
By registering for a ride, you are certifying that you have not had any symptoms, have not been around anyone with the Covid 19 illness for 10 days to the best of your knowledge and that you have not had the illness yourself or if so, have been symptom free for 10 days and have been cleared by your GP or a test. And you commit to letting us know if your circumstances change before the ride starts.
Saturday 17 April - The Fridays Ride Out Of Dartford.
Ride leader: Ross
A ride of 40 miles or so taking in some of Kent’s prettiest lanes. From Dartford we’ll climb gently to the edge of the London basin before plunging down the outrageous Vigo Hill on our way to Covid secure coffee/lunch (i.e. standing outside Costa Coffee) in the pretty market town of West Malling. From there we'll pass through Offham which has one of the last, possibly the last, Quintain posts in the country taking pride of place on its village green. We'll then turn north through the chocolate box village of Ightham before climbing the legendary Exedown Hill. Our reward for conquering the beast is the sublime descent of Knatts Valley before the final few miles back to Dartford.
10.30am start, back at Dartford before 4.00pm.
This ride is in the past.
Friday night 23 April - Amble to Ashford (London start)
Ride leader: Tim
This is a ride of two halves. We start by going south through Bromley, climbing up to the top of the North Downs, soon followed by the climb over the Greensand Ridge. From the top it's mostly downhill to the halfway stop in West Malling. The second half will find us cruising along delightful (and very flat) quiet lanes passing through sleepy historic villages before arriving in Ashford (Kent) for breakfast. Midnight start from Fridays Central on the South Bank. A ride of just over 70 miles.
You missed it - this ride is in the past. Read the ride report.
Friday night 30 April - Fen Bridges (Ely start)
Ride leader: Claire
An excursion of about 80 flattish miles across the Fen Bridges, taking in the weird and wonderful sights of Fenland on our looping way from Ely to King's Lynn and back. Leaving Ely at midnight, be prepared to carry your own refreshments for the half way stop. Similarly, there are only limited 'facilities' along the way, but there are plenty of hedges.... The second half will loop route back to Ely where breakfast will be available from Grain Culture bakery in market square. Other options available on the market square.
This ride is in the past.
Sunday 16 May - Herons and Hills.
Ride Leader: Tim
Departing from Rochester Station at 10.15am we'll ride out to the Isle of Grain on the delightful Heron Trail with its quiet lanes and magnificent views over the Medway and Thames estuaries. The second half of the ride heads up into the more hilly North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will go through picturesque villages such as Shorne, Cobham and Luddesdown and we will stop at a country park for refreshments, before heading back to Rochester. 50 miles, arriving back in Rochester around 3.30pm. If you were registered for the 11 April event which was postponed, and want to come long on the new date of 16 May, you need to re-register using the following link.
This ride is in the past.