Lock Down Rides - 2020

Whilst we all grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic The Fridays is unable to run any large group rides.   Instead, we have instigated a series of smaller rides compliant with government policy on gatherings and social distancing.   There are a variety of rides - daytime (weekends mostly), evening, and night time.  The rides vary in type, distance and difficulty.   But all will be consistent with The Fridays philosophy of being accessible to all.

 

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.   

There are a maximum of five spaces on each ride, plus the ride leader.  These spaces are allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.  When all spaces have been taken, we will start a reserve/waiting list.   Registration will be in the usual way and links will be provided to the relevant form nearer the date.   After you have completed the registration form you will be notified by the ride leader whether you have secured a place, or whether you are on the waiting list.  Please wait for this confirmation before making any arrangements, such as booking train tickets.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions about any of the rides.

The upcoming rides are:

7 August, night time - 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 Tonbridge. 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.  

Register    [NOTE: all available places have been taken, and new registrations are going onto a reserve list] 

9 August, day time - Topiary Hunt (London)      

         

Ride leader: Jenny

A daytime ride visiting some amazing topiary animals. Socially paced 23 miles around North London and ending in Hackney, with an option to travel to Putney (extra 13 miles) to visit topiary heaven. Do not be mislead, this will be a hilly ride (1,400ft).  

NOTE: All available places have been taken, and the reserve list is full, so registration is now closed. 

15 August, day time - The Tonbridge Trundle (Kent)

Ride leader: Ross

A genteel, social paced tour of some of Kent's prettier villages.  Mid-morning start on a Saturday from Tonbridge, with a pub stop at half way.   We'll loop back to Tonbridge where we'll finish with around 50 miles on the clock.    

Register    [NOTE: all available places have been taken, and new registrations are going onto a reserve list] 

21 August, night time - Clevedon Canter  (Bristol)              

Ride leader: Steve

Leaving College Green at midnight, a socially paced ride of 65 miles over the Mendips and down Cheddar Gorge, heading out to the coast before returning to Bristol via the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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21 August, evening - Foxed in Essex    (London)  

             

Ride leader: Nick

Out to The Matchings, back through the Lea Valley (pity about Harlow).

A social-paced ride of 100km, leaving London at 4pm, returning before midnight.

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21 August, night time - London to Whitstable

Ride leader: Ross

Departing central London at midnight, we'll pass Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal before  ducking under the Dartford bridge on our way to a half way stop in Strood or Rochester.  From there, we're on country lanes around Sittingbourne and through Faversham before we enjoy the Graveney marshes on our approach to Whitstable.  Breakfast will be taken at The Waterfront, of course.

Register    [NOTE: all available places have been taken, and new registrations are going onto a reserve list]

23 August, day time - What The Statues Might Say (London)

Ride leader: Titus

Have you ever wanted to know more about the various statues in Central London? Well here is your chance to join a genteel pootle of approximately 20 miles around London visiting some of the statues which form part of the Talking Statues scheme. There is no theme just lots of interesting stories.....

Starting at 10am in central London and finishing at the outdoor cafe in Russell Square.  

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29 August, day time - View to View (London)    

        

Ride leader: Titus

A genteel meander capturing the views over London from Parliament Hill and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Around 50 miles.

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4 September, night time - Chilterns Challenge  (London)

             

Ride leader: Titus

A 90 mile overnight ride heading out via North West London towards Amersham before heading south through the Chiltern undulations towards Maidenhead and back into town via South West London.

Register    [NOTE: all available places have been taken, and new registrations are going onto a reserve list] 

13 September, day time - Chilterns-Great Missenden (London)  

     

Ride leader: Jenny

A jaunt of some 75miles, with 3,100 ft climbing. Taking quieter roads towards Wembley, Harefield, Great Missenden (lunch/toilet stop with cafe/co-op options) and back through Chenies.

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25 September, evening - Fridays Grand Union (London)

 

Ride leader:  Nick

Across Hampstead Heath, north beside the picturesque Barnet by-pass, on to St Albans. Returning along the Colne Valley, then via Ruislip to the Grand Union and homewards. About 100km, mainly flat, some unmade paths. Two pub stops.   4 p.m away from Central London, back before you're riding a pumpkin.

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